BASC -- as in “bask in the afternoon sunlight, moonlight, spotlights, and occasional fireworks light” while skiing or snowboarding at Liberty, Whitetail, and Roundtop mountains just across the Maryland line in Pennsylvania!  BASC is primarily a "virtual" club created by a few skiing/snowboarding families in the Bethesda, MD area for the purpose of obtaining a discount night ski/board club card (NCC) that can be additionally discounted via a rebate from selling the free chaperone cards we receive. 

For those new to NCCs, they are simply a group discount skiing/snowboarding approach that many schools, churches, scout troops, neighborhoods, and others use routinely. Our club, BASC, was started by Jim and Judy Laurenson and friends in the Bethesda area in October 2012 as a way for neighbors and friends (and us!) to get an
additional discount on their NCCs, beyond the discount that’s already built into the NCC. For more about the additional discount/rebate, see the "fine print" box below. For more about the NCC system, see

The fine print -- what's the “additional discount”?

The NCC is just a way for Liberty and sibling mountains to get someone else--the club organizers (us!)--to market and sell NCCs for them, and in return the organizers get a free NCC for every 15 that are sold, plus another three NCCs for every 40 sold (or a season's pass at the 40 mark, but we usually just go for the NCCs). Thus, 45 regular members results in 6 free NCCs! Most NCC clubs use the free NCCs for the organizers, chaperones, gifts, etc. We do things a bit differently and instead roll the free NCCs back into the club so that we can share them as a discount/rebate. Once we see how many people actually buy NCCs through this club by about early December or once we reach 51 members (45 regular members plus 6 members who buy the free NCCs), whichever comes first, we'll know how many of the free NCCs we’ll get and thus how much of an additional discount everyone gets back. If we hit 51 members--which we've done every year thus far!--we'll reach our maximum additional discount amount of about $18 per NCC (depending on what kinds of cards people buy). So for example if you buy a basic early bird NCC for $184, and we hit the max members, you'll likely end up having paid only $166. After 51 members, we'll need another 15 to get another free card to sell for a rebate for those 15 members, etc. To be completely transparent, we do take a 50% discount for the three organizers' cards because of how much time this takes to organize and how many NCCs we sell, but trust us, this is totally not-for-profit...correction...this is probably a total money loser for us given the time involved! But it's fun, and an experiment (we're both scientists!), we get to interact with lots of fine folks, and we get to share a nice discount with everyone!!
Members MUST be able to either (1) purchase the NCC, upload the photos needed for the pass ID, etc. through Liberty’s ONLINE SYSTEM described below OR (2) contact the Liberty staff (contact information below) and they'll usually do it for you on the phone. Our staff (ha ha!) don’t have the time to deal with the offline version of this, which would involve lots of paper forms, photo printouts, and checks sent to us for schlepping to Liberty. (The alumni of the North Bethesda Middle School Ski Club, which also uses the offline version of the Liberty NCC system, know what we're talking about!) After we get the maximum number of members for the rebate, as noted in more detail below, new members join directly through BASC and not via the Liberty online system.

The deadline for the early bird pricing for the 2016-17 winter season is November 7, and NCC skiing starts January 2, 2017. There is no deadline for getting an NCC through BASC, although the best BASC discount/rebate (beyond the regular deal represented by NCCs) will only go to those who sign up early. Any BASC discount/rebate after we reach our magic target of 45 regular members will depend on whether additional increments of 15 and 40 more additional members join so that a discount/rebate from more free cards can be shared (see "the fine print" and "status" boxes for details). We stress the "read the instructions carefully" bit because this won’t be cost-effective if we have to answer a lot of questions. But if you do have any questions about NCC in general or the use of the sign-up instructions below, please contact Liberty at 717-642-8282 ext. 3305 or email If you have any questions about BASC and the discount/rebate, please email

While this club is designed mainly for getting additional discounts on NCCs that go beyond what the regular NCC provides, it can also be an opportunity to CARPOOL from the Bethesda, MD area. So feel free to send BASC's link to skiing/boarding friends or your neighborhood or school listserv and get a group together, and/or email the other BASC.

You can also join our facebook group, and send friends there too ( Find out the latest on the slopes, gather a carload of other members, or just chat about skiing! And again the more members we have the larger the discount to all of us (to an extent -- see "the fine print" box). We'll also have a little "meet and greet" for card distribution, at which point you can make connections with other club members then.

Status: BASC regular members as of...

...12/1/2016 = 51! So we hit the "best rebate" target of 45 regular paying members for purposes of obtaining complimentary passes for use as rebates (see the fine print box above for the nitty gritty). The next regular members will either get a slightly smaller rebate based on the one or two comp cards they share for a rebate, or none if we don't get at least 15. Last year we got close to the big target of 80 total regular members, which would have gotten us three additional comp cards to sell for a much better rebate for this 2nd group of members!


To purchase your NCC online you will need to do the following.
You must follow these instructions carefully!
The system isn’t completely intuitive in our (BASC’s) opinion, but it’s what Liberty and sibling mountains use. We’ve tried to enhance the instructions a bit that Liberty gave us, but if you see a need to clarify something, please let us know. Alternatively you can contact Liberty (info. below) and they usually can work with you. Liberty also has these step by step instructions,, which you might want to try instead of the ones below (with our club name and password). Our version below points out some of the oddities of the Liberty site.
  1. Go to the following website:


  1. Enter the following information in the Club Login in Box in the center of the screen--don't use the User sign in at the top:

Club name:  BASC

Password (case sensitive): member 

Select: Login.  The screen will appear as if you hadn't logged in (yeesh!), but you should see "Group: BASC" and/or Bethesda Area Snowsports in the top right of the page or under the Login box.

  1. Select: See Available items

  2. Select: Night Club Cards OR one of the NCC Night Season Passes. NOTE: Most of us will want to select Night Club Cards option, which is the 1st selection and doesn’t have a price listed (but will after you click it). See the Liberty version of the instructions if you want a Night Season Pass. If you select Night Club Cards -- which again is most of us! -- go to Step 5.  If you select a Night Season Pass: go to step 8

  1. Select appropriate age of cardholder

  1. Decide if you want to purchase the Advantage Card Option. The Advantage Option will save you 40% off your lift ticket (and rentals and lessons if purchased) anytime you cannot use your Night Club Card, such as day skiing. For only $20 it will be added as an option to your Night club Card Pass and will pay for itself after only ONE use!

  1. Decide what type of Night Club Card you wish to purchase. If you need to purchase a card with rentals you will need the following information – Height, Weight, Shoe Size, and Skill Level.

  1. Decide if you want to purchase the Protection Policy and/or a Smith Venue Helmet (Night Club Card Only). More on these items in the Liberty version of the instructions above.

  1. Select items you wish to add.  (Please make sure you are aware of the Code of Conduct and the Responsibility Code listed below your items to purchase)

  1. Select: Add to Cart

  1. Select Add/Change Guest (located in the guest box)

  1. Select Create New Guest or Look yourself up if you are a returning guest. If you use Create a New Guest, fill out all the information and select Save.  If you are looking yourself up: type in the first few letters of your first and last name and select Look Me Up. You will be given a list of all the possible names to select. Enter your password. If you had a password last year, ignore the phone #/zip code prompt! If you do not know your password, you can select to have it emailed to you. You will receive an email with a new password to enter. If you have any trouble with this, you can call the resort and have the password reset and given to you.

  1. **Save time and upload a photo now if you don't have a current one loaded**  Otherwise, you will need to visit this website,, using the instructions at Type in your first and last name to determine if you are presently listed in the Liberty System. Enter at least the first 2 letters of your first and last name, and then click the "Look Me Up" button. If there are multiple matches, click on the best match. The link above helps you with password and other instructions. If you are not in the system, select Create New Guest, Enter your information, and then follow steps to upload your photo.

  1. Check your cart contents to make sure they are correct. If you need to purchase another card select Continue Shopping. If you are finished select Proceed To Checkout

  1. Verify your cart contents and select Next

  1. Verify Purchaser Information and scroll down. If you need to change the purchaser information, select the Change/Set Purchaser button, not Edit this Purchaser. If these buttons aren't displaying, see the Liberty version of the instructions (link above).

  1. Enter your Credit Card information and select Finalize Sale. Your credit card information is not stored in the system.

  2. Download the Liability Release Agreement from The cardholder and a parent or legal guardian must sign this form if the cardholder is under the age of 18. The form must be filled out in its entirety! Then, immediately EITHER (1) if you know how to use PDF Typewriter and Signature features--really easy and highly encouraged! but your signature must be a graphic of an actual signature, not just typed in--or if you scan or take a photo of the signed release form, you can email it to; OR (2) mail or drop two copies of the signed forms to BASC, c/o The Laurensons, 5916 Melvern Drive, Bethesda, MD  20817; OR (3) bring your signed release to Liberty (though you'll need to pick up your NCC at Liberty).

***No card will be issued by Liberty to us and thus for delivery to you without a signed release agreement.***

  1. At the completion of the sale you will receive a confirmation email and a receipt.  Please PDF/save or print out the receipt for your records.

  2. BASC will keep everyone posted using the email you entered when buying the card when we receive the cards from Liberty. In early December, we will calculate how many members there are, and thus how many free cards we are getting, and thus how much of a discount/rebate everyone will get. We will hold a "meet/greet and card pickup" session somewhere in the Bethesda area to distribute the cards and discount/rebate. The "meet/greet" part is also for anyone who wants to meet other members and set up carpools, etc. For those who can't make it, we can send the cards and refunds in the mail. Also, you can pick up your card from the Liberty Group Sales desk, which is in the clock tower building, or the Whitetail or Roundtop group sales desks (wherever they are!) but you need to let Liberty and us know -- emails below.

If you need assistance with signing up using the above instructions,

please call 717-642-8282 ext. 3305 or email

If you have questions about BASC, email