By Heather Burke, Boston.com Correspondent
Need a ski buddy and a better plan to ski more this winter? If you haven’t mapped out your alpine assault yet, consider befriending the Boston Ski & Sports Club, your ski calendar and ski friend count will soon be on the up. The BSSC is 50,000 members strong– not all skiers – some are just social or prefer summer sports, but still – a big ski faction based right here in Boston.
Boston Ski & Sports Club’s calendar of ski trips is in a word – irresistible. Whether you are a member ($65 to join) or not, you can hop on a bus from Boston to some of the best ski resorts – day trips are offered every weekend, overnight and weeklong trips are planned throughout the winter, including NYE and MLK holidays. For even bigger adventure, book an organized inclusive BSSC week to ski Utah, Colorado, Canada, Switzerland, Austria or Japan.
Ski day trips to New England’s best are just $81 on weekends, or $70 midweek, typically including bus transportation, lift tickets, discounts on rentals, even lessons and après ski. Start your day, albeit early, enjoying coffee and chatter on the bus with ski friends, no stress of driving, ending with après ski banter and loose boots on your return trip to Boston after skiing all day.
Daytrips kick off with Killington Dec 5 and 19, Sunday River Dec 12 and 27, Loon Dec 20, and Jay Peak Dec 26. Throughout the winter, the BSSC offers additional day trips to these ski resorts plus Stowe, Cannon, Okemo, Bretton Woods, Sugarbush and Bolton Valley, often for less than the cost of a regular lift ticket. See the BSSC day trip schedule.
Weekend BSSC ski trips include Sugarloaf on MLK weekend Jan 15-18, February 19-21, March 4-6, ending with April 15-17 which is Reggaefest at the Loaf. Sugarloaf trips include roundtrip transportation, condo lodging, breakfasts, lift tickets, and free adult group lessons, starting at $279 for the first December trip, on up to $469 for peak MLK holiday weekend.
Sunday River weekends with BSSC are Dec 11-13, Jan 22-24, Feb 26-28, March 18-20 and Parrothead weekend April 1-3 with lodging at the Grand Summit, daily breakfast, lift tickets, a group lesson and après ski.
New Year’s Weekend in Quebec City sounds magical with skiing at Le Massif and Mont Sainte Anne. I love staying at the beautiful Château Frontenac, this 4 night trip Dec 30- Jan 3 is $629 (that’s US) including the (long) motorcoach ride to Quebec, with discounted lift tickets available to Mont Sainte Anne and Le Massif – two awesome ski resorts overlooking the St Lawrence Seaway.
Another ski favorite of mine, Stowe is offered Easter weekend, March 25-27, with lodging at the Town and Country Resort, on the Mountain Road with its own heated pool, hot tubs and sauna, 2 full buffet breakfasts and Saturday dinner, plus two days of skiing at Stowe for $349 with BSSC – a great deal given that Stowe’s lift ticket are now $115.
Boston Ski Club trips with airfare include the new Park City in Utah – with 7,300 acres of skiing now that Park City and Canyons are joined, Whistler Blackcomb and Revelstoke in Canada, Telluride Colorado, St Moritz Switzerland, Zell am See-Kaprun Austria, and Niseko Japan for serious powder. See the details and serious savings, many of these ski trips are under $2 grand with flights, lodging and lift tickets. See all the skinny on these ski and snowboard trips at BSSC’s site. Put some excitement in your winter, and a few ski trips with the Boston Ski Club in your ski calendar.
See you on the slopes.
By Heather Burke
Ski Photos of Austria, Killington, Sunday River, Le Massif, and Revelstoke by Greg Burke