A. Grades 3 - 12 are all welcome. Note that Grade 3 members will require a parent chaperone.
Q. Should I label all of my child's stuff?
A. YES!!!!!!!! Many things are lost and few of them found. If labeled percentages increase.
Q. What if something is lost?
A. We try to "police" the area throughout each evening,
with extra attention paid after 7:15. If we have found any items they will generally be referenced in that day's summary email, along with a picture if necessary.
If you would like to check with Wachusett you should use this form.
If you have great detail about theft or a lost item (i.e. time of loss/theft, location, suspect, etc.), then you may want to call to request security review the tapes. ----
Call 978-464-2300 (Main Number).
Q. When does Ski Club begin?
A. The first or second Tuesday of January. For 2018-19 the 1st night should be 1/1/2018.
Q. What do I need to do to sign up my kid?
A. Go straight to our Registration Page.
Here you will find an outline of the basics. There are a few forms to fill out and two payments to be made
(one for USSC Membership and one to Wachusett for a lift badge or Season Pass + any rentals or lessons).
Q. Do I need to accompany my child?
A. Only if you are the parent of a 3rd grade student. We have found in past years that 3rd graders, in a very general sense, need a little more attention.
If they are taking lessons and require rentals then this is absolutley the case. We do normally have enough chaperones with Whitin students to place 4-6
kids with each. When one of those is a 3rd grader it is difficult to provide all the attention deserved. We want all kids to enjoy themselves.
Starting off with a parent present helps to assure the right track! Thank you for understanding.
Q. What if my child is sick? Are there make-ups? How is that handled?
A. First, we hope he or she gets better soon!!! Sadly there are no make-up days due to an illness (or skipping a day by choice).
Instead, Wachusett provides a $20 discount coupon for each absence. These are distributed to the coordinator for your school group. We then try to distribute them to you.
Q. What if my child is injured and unable to complete ski club?
A. First, we hope he or she gets better soon!!! If a doctor note is provided
along with a written request to dropout, then Wachusett will pro-rate and return the calculated amount to you. Our membership payment is handled in the same manner, pro-rated and refunded.
Q. By what date do you need forms completed and payment recieved?
A. End of November, but subject to change. Please refer to club emails for specific dates.
NOTE: The main reason for getting members signed up, along with payment, is to allow for our payments for buses and T-shirts.
Q. Why Charter buses? Why not school buses?
The primary reason is really a combination of safety + space. Storage space underneath the bus provides a much safer ride inside the bus. The FTI buses allow for
ample storage of all the gear that is necessary to the sport. With all the skis, boards and boots underneath there remains plenty of room in the main cabin
to move freely and safely, in the unlikely event of an emergency. With overhead storage there's rom for backpacks and lunch bags or coolers. Also, but of much less
importance - school buses are generally not available at the times we need them.
Nor do they offer ample storage with a level of acceptable safety, especially on the highways. And, two more happy-to-have-them reasons, a) a DVD player and b) a bathroom.
Q. What is a "lift badge"?
A. A lift badge is only good on Ski Club evenings. It is passed out Tuesday in the gym or
on the bus and then collected that evening on the bus ride home.
Q. What is a Season Pass?
A. A Group Season Pass (or GPS) is good throughout the season, not limited to Ski Club evenings only, like the Lift Badge.
A Season Pass is a good investment - if you plan to ski / board at Wachusett more often than our club days.
Q. What do chaperones do?
A. Our wonderful, all-volunteer chaperones perform a variety of functions, such as counting & herding!
But seriously, you can learn all about our chaperones here.
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, contact Eli or Shelley.
Q. Will you be taking pictures of my child and if so, will they be posted in this site?
A. Yes and No. Yes - we do take pictures on occasion, in the lodge, outside, on the trails or on the bus, etc. No - we will not publicly post those pictures. Following each Tuesday outing you will receive an email with a summary of the evening,
a reporting of good, bad and, if needed, the ugly, and a private or hidden link to pictures. These will be posted on
Shutterfly or Google Photos, or possibly another service. The link will be shared only with parents of children in Ski Club.
Also on this topic, if you happen to be up there as a chaperone, parent and / or a skier / boarder and decide to take photos or videos,
we ask that you refrain from posting them publicly.
Q. Should I/we rent, lease or buy skis/snowboard?
A. Each option has benefits. Here's the way I would look at it:
1. Rent - if Ski Club sessions will be the only skiing/boarding your child will be doing
this season, then this is a decent option. It becomes a better option if he or she
will be able to get to Wachusett at least a few times, in addition to Ski Club. Con: rentals are limited to use at Wachusett.
2. Lease - this is a great option if you will be skiing/boarding at multiple locations
throughout the season. This way you get the latest and greatest, and get to keep
the equipment (and not have to stand in line each visit as you would with rentals).
3. Buy - this only makes sense [to me] if your child is no longer growing, and really needs
the newest stuff (i.e. future Olympian). Or you are planning to buy used from a
Ski Swap -
annual will be October 3-8, 2018. It really comes down to personal preference, but I hope the information above is helpful.
Q. Do you publish a newsletter?
A. The weekly email follow-up to each Tuesday could be considered a newsletter. Each week's "edition" will contain a link to prior week reports.
If you missed one or want to refer back they will be available for at least 60 days after the end of our season.
Q. What if my child forgets to bring something on Tuesday?
A. Due to our lost & found we do have extras of many items. However, we do encourage you to pack all that will be needed.
Many evenings get very cold, so not having something should, well, not be an option...
Q. If I have a question that is not addressed here, who do I contact?
A. If you have any questions or concerns, email Eli or Shelley.
Wachusett RFID Cards (used for badges & passes)
Q. What is RFID?
A. RFID is a small circuit, in this case integrated into a card - your lift badge or season pass.
As you pass through the lift line the card will reflect its information to a reader, allowing you access to the lift.
Look here to learn more about RFID,
or here for some interesting ways RFID is utilized around the world.
Q. Why has Wachusett decided to use RFID cards?
A. There are several benefits RFID provides to Wachusett Mountain.
For example, Wachusett wanted to eliminate the lanyards which can be caught on things, or zipped inside of coats causing delay in the lift line,
or lost while in the lodge. The new cards will be zipped inside your pocket, safe and secure. Cards can be reloaded and will allow quick access to lifts;
including no need to find and show a pass (with the card in your pocket). Without the visible check we expect lift lines to move more smoothly.
Q. What if I lose my pass on / at the mountain or lodge?
A. Always report this to Customer Service and leave your information with them.
So far people have been good about returning them. The pass is yours and if/when lost Customer Service will simply turn it off. Therefore, the pass is no good to anyone,
as long as you report it.
Q. Can I punch a hole in my RFID card?
A. No. Holes must never be punched in your card.
Although very durable, such severe damage may render the card inactive. Should your card need to be replaced a $15 fee will be imposed.
Q. Where should I carry my RFID card?
A. Your RFID card should be in a waist-high pocket separated
from things such as a cell phone, iPod, or foil wrapped items such as gum wrappers, cold medicine etc.
Q. What will happen if a kid comes up without his or hers?
A. It will cost them $15.00 to ski or ride that day.
Q. What will happen if one is lost or damaged?
A. It will cost them $15.00 for a replacement badge.
Q. Can a magnet damage an RFID card?
A. No. Data is not stored magnetically.
Q. What if my card goes through a washing machine or dryer?
A. No problem. RFID chips are designed with normal wear and tear in mind.
Q. What will happen in the lift line if no card is present / readable?
A. The guest will not be allowed to get on lift.
Q. What information will be on the cards? How will our kids/members privacy be protected?
A. The chip located inside the card has only a code on it, no personal information.
Q. Can RFID be used to access my personal information?
A. No. Your RFID card will contain a unique code number, associated with your user profile.
Your profile is securely stored in a secure database. This information will not be accessible.
Q. How will these cards work with chaperones?
A. Just as they have in the past.
Q. Will the chaperone passers be universal or generic?
A. They'll be generic to your school only. When it comes to chaperones needing rentals,
Each week at check-in the coordinator will let us know which chaperones will need rentals. Slips will be given to the coordinator to disperse to chaperones.
Q. How do the cards work/react if you have two of them in your pocket?
A. Only ONE card in pocket by itself, or it won't work.
Q. If a guest with a "lift badge" for Tuesdays only comes up on a different day
with a second badge on their person, will that cause any problems?
A. Yes. They must use only the badge / card for the particular program day, or they
will not be able to get on the lift.
Q. Will RFID cards contain all rental / lesson info as well?
Q. What if there's a change / addition?
A. We will need the change or addition in writing from the parent along with
payment ($10 change fee), and the RFID card in order to make a change.
Q. Will there be ID checks at any time?
A. A picture is taken a couple of time throughout your session as you go through the lift line gate
to make sure the student is the owner of the card.
Q. Will anyone be subject to an ID check of any sort?
A. Only if the badge doesn't work.
Q. What if two kids swap theirs by mistake? Will there be any issue / repercussion?
A. The badge will be taken and given to the Group Sales Office. We will then contact your group's coordinator.
Q. In the event of accident/injury will the card be read by first aid and the child presumed to be the holder of the card?
A. The card has the school name and student name on it. Ski Patrol will call your group's coordinator to the Ski Patrol station.
Q. What will the contact "flow" be? Is there any chance that a parent could be called before confirming that the child with the card is the child listed in the database?
A. If a chaperone or coordinator doesn't come they contact us in Group Sales and we contact the coordinator ASAP. With no pictures on their badge, as it has
been in the past, Wachusett staff must go by the information on their badge.