Ski Club Announcements


Mid-Season Update

posted Feb 25, 2016, 3:46 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

Just Three Quick Things...
  • No Ski Club This Friday.  Due to MCPS Early Release, we will not be transporting students on Friday, 2/26.  Your student's Night Club Card, however, remains valid every Monday-Saturday after 4pm, and Sunday after 3pm.
  • Final Ski Club on March 4th.  Our last ski club is on Friday, March 4th.  Yes, there is still plenty of cold and snow up at Liberty, so we'll make the most of it.  
  • 6th Grade Outdoor Education. Half of the 6th graders will be on Outdoor Ed on Friday next week, arriving back at NBMS at 1:15pm.  Parents must pick up their student at 1:15pm, and then return them to NBMS at 3:00pm for Ski Club.  Unfortunately, there is no supervision available between those two events.
If you have a question, please e-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.
Thanks!

Ski Club Leadership Team
North Bethesda Middle School PTO
www.nbms-pto.org 

Fourth Ski Club Trip - 2/19/16

posted Feb 17, 2016, 3:20 AM by North Bethesda Ski Club

Fourth Ski Club Trip is Friday, February 19, 2016! 
  
We are on for this Friday.  Morning drop-off is 7:15-8:15am.  Buses leave NBMS at 3:20pm.  Pick-up is between 11:05-11:15pm.  Remember to pack food or bring money, dress for the weather, and focus on safety.  If you have a question, please e-mailnbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.
Speaking of Safety...

Safety is our #1 priority - make sure it's your child's as well.  Last trip we had a few injuries - all occurring in the last hour of the night.  This is when skiers and boarders are most susceptible to injury because of exhaustion.  Remind your student to take breaks, fuel up, and listen to their bodies. If they feel tired, take it easy or head in to the lodge for a rest.  And, as a reminder...

Eleven Decisions Made Every Week by NBMS Ski Club Participants
1. Do I rent skis or a snowboard tonight?
2. Do I take lessons tonight? If yes, at what time?
3. What lifts and runs will I try tonight?
4. Will I use the terrain park tonight?
5. With whom will I ski/board, and what is their ability compared to mine?
6. If my friends want to ski/board on a run that I'm not familiar, what will I do?
7. If I get separated from my friends while on the mountain, what will I do?
8. Will I ski in control or unsafely?
9. Will I drink high-caffeine energy drinks?
10. How will I behave on the bus, in the lodge, and on the mountain?
11. If I'm feeling tired, will I ski hard runs, easy runs, or take a break?
Thank You!
 
Due to your generosity, the NBMS PTO raised $2,300 for the NBMS Principal's Fund, administered by the school to support/assist needy students at NB to fully participate in academic and extracurricular activities.   In the past three years, we've donated $4,100! 
And remind your student.... HAVE FUN!  :)


Ski Club Leadership Team
North Bethesda Middle School PTO
www.nbms-pto.org 

Mid-Season Update

posted Feb 11, 2016, 3:34 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

Just Three Quick Things...
  • No Ski Club This Friday.  Due to President's Day Weekend, we will not be transporting students on Friday, 2/12.  Your student's Night Club Card, however, remains valid every Monday-Saturday after 4pm, and Sunday after 3pm.
  • Make-Up Dates Scheduled.  We will have two make-up days - Friday, February 19th and Friday, March 4th.  We cannot go on 2/26 because it is an early-release day for MCPS.  
  • Night Passes Available. For a donation of $46 per pass, you can ski/board with your student at any of the three resorts.  100% of the proceeds benefit the NBMS Principal's Fund for needy students.  E-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com if interested in securing any passes, which include lift, rental and lesson.  
If you have a question, please e-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.

Third Ski Trip Info - 2/5/16

posted Feb 11, 2016, 3:33 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

YES!  WE ARE GOING SKIING ON FRIDAY!  YAY!
  
Few reminders:
  • Morning Equipment Drop-Off.  From 7:15-8:15am.  Drive Safely.  Label Everything.
  • After School Bus Ride.  Remember to send some food/drink with your student.  Fueling up BEFORE skiing is important.  
  • On the Mountain.  Safety, safety, safety.  Please talk with your student about the decisions they make, especially which runs they will ski/board.  Also, 2 lessons do not make you an expert skier/boarder.  Lessons are an important part of becoming a skilled snow sports athlete.  
  • Night Pick-Up.  Please be at NBMS by 11:05pm, ready to pick up your child when they arrive.  
If you have a question, please e-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.
Make Up Dates Scheduled
  
For the first time anyone can remember, we had to cancel two dates.  The good news is that we have options for two make-up dates:
  • Friday, February 19 & Friday, March 4
  • The reason we don't go on 2/12 is because of the huge crowds on President's Day Weekend.  We can't go on 2/26 because it is an early release day.
Make a Donation - Get A Night Ski Pass!
  
The NBMS PTO has 40 one night ski passes valid now through the end of the season.  Each pass gets you a lift ticket, rental, and lesson.  Valid Monday through Saturday 4pm-10pm,  Sunday 3pm-10pm.

For a donation of $46 to the NBMS PTO, we will give you a ticket.  Limit 2 per family.  100% of the donations will be given to the NBMS Principal's Fund administered by the counseling staff to assist needy students at NBMS.  

 

After purchase, we will mail the passes to you within 24 hours.  Click here to donate.

Third Ski Trip Info - 1/29/16

posted Jan 27, 2016, 5:37 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 3:31 PM ]


SKI CLUB TRIP ON 1/29/16 CANCELLED DUE TO MCPS SCHOOLS CLOSED
Will we have Ski Club on Friday, January 29th?
  
It depends.  Here are three scenarios:
  • MCPS schools closed on Friday - no ski club.  If this is the case, we will likely add Friday, March 5th as our second make-up day.
  • MCPS schools open 2 hours late on Friday - yes ski club.  Morning equipment drop off would go from 9:15-10:15am.  If you are unable to make it at that time, remember that students may bring their bags/equipment onto the school buses and walk them over to the PODs.  
  • MCPS schools open on-time - yes ski club.  All normal.
Remember - your student's Night Club Card (including any lessons and rentals) are valid Everyday after 4pm (Sundays after 3pm) at Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail.  Consider grabbing some kids and heading on up.  The lodge is a great place for parents to hang out while their kids ski and board.

If you have a question, please e-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.
We'll be back in touch Thursday night...

Third Ski Trip Info - 1/22/16

posted Jan 19, 2016, 12:53 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 5:38 PM ]

SKI CLUB TRIP ON 1/22/16 CANCELLED DUE TO MCPS SCHOOLS CLOSED.

Will we have Ski Club on Friday, January 22nd?
  
It depends.  Here are four scenarios:
  • MCPS schools closed on Friday - no ski club.  This scenario would be announced prior to Friday 5am by MCPS.
  • MCPS schools have early release on Friday - no ski club.  If announced before school begins, that makes it easy.  If they announce during school, and we have already loaded the POD Friday morning, we will staff the POD at release time to allow for pick-up of gear.
  • 'Epic' snow storm predicted on Thursday evening for Friday afternoon/evening - no ski club.  Ski Club leadership will consult publicly available forecasts and Liberty Mountain to make the call.  An email will go out by 9pm on Thursday.
  • 'Moderate' or 'Delayed' snow storm predicted on Thursday evening for Friday afternoon/evening - ski club is on.  This is what we're hoping for.  Again, we'll send an e-mail out by 9pm on Thursday.
If we cancel the 1/22/16 trip, we will activate our make-up day of 2/19/16.

Remember - your student's Night Club Card (including any lessons and rentals) are valid Everyday after 4pm (Sundays after 3pm) at Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail.  Consider grabbing some kids and heading on up.  The lodge is a great place for parents to hang out while their kids ski and board.

If you have a question, please e-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.
Lost and Found
  
Missing something?  First call should be to Liberty Mountain Guest Services.  The only items we have in our lost and found are hats, gloves, etc.  Small stuff.  We'll have it all on display on Friday mornings and Friday afternoons.  

There was one bag switch last Friday night.  If you have a black High Sierra bag, open it.  If it contains white boots and a white helmet, you have the wrong bag.  The owner of those contents has your orange boots, black helmet, and black snow pants.  Email us back so we can get you in touch with the family with your bag.  

A reminder to all - LABEL EVERYTHING.  :)
We'll be back in touch Thursday night...

Ski Club Leadership Team
North Bethesda Middle School PTO
www.nbms-pto.org 

Second Ski Trip Info - 1/15/16

posted Jan 16, 2016, 1:30 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

Second Ski Club Trip is Friday, January 15, 2016! 
  
Thank you for sending you NB student on the first 2016 Ski Club trip.  It was quite a successful and fun night, with every student participating safely.  As we prepare for the second trip, please review these quick reminders.  If you have a question, please e-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.
Safety Rules for Parents
  
While your students were perfect, we had a few minor rules violations by parents.  Here are a few reminders:
  • Drive safely at morning drop-off.  At least one car fish-tailed out of the parking lot, and a few others drove a little too fast.  An extra few seconds saved is not worth risking the life of a student or parent volunteer.  Thanks.
  • Signed note is required if student not taking bus home.  We do this out of an abundance of caution, as we take our head counts seriously.  Thanks.   
  • Pick-up is from 11:05-11:15pm.  At least half a dozen students were picked up between 11:20-11:40.  We won't leave them alone, so please be on time so the parent volunteers can get home to bed too.  Thanks.
Safety Rules for Students

Safety is our #1 priority - make sure it's your child's as well.  Just because they were perfect last week doesn't mean they'll remember to be the same this week.  Review this list with your student before Friday.  Beginners especially need to be reminded that one week of lessons does not equal blue square and black diamond runs, despite what their best friend says.  :)

Ten Decisions Made Every Week by NBMS Ski Club Participants
1. Do I rent skis or a snowboard tonight?
2. Do I take lessons tonight? If yes, at what time?
3. What lifts and runs will I try tonight?
4. Will I use the terrain park tonight?
5. With whom will I ski/board, and what is their ability compared to mine?
6. If my friends want to ski/board on a run that I'm not familiar, what will I do?
7. If I get separated from my friends while on the mountain, what will I do?
8. Will I ski in control or unsafely?
9. Will I drink high-caffeine energy drinks?
10. How will I behave on the bus, in the lodge, and on the mountain?
Friday Morning Equipment Drop-Off

It will go MUCH faster this week, since most if not all bags have been tagged.  Be sure to put your student's name and home/cell phone number on every bag, coat, helmet, and piece of ski equipment - even if you are not putting into storage.  Our lost and found was quite extensive this week, and most items were not labeled.  If you're missing something, send us an e-mail and/or contact Liberty Mountain Guest Services.
Remember...

Be sure to have your student bring appropriate cold-weather gear for the weather in Carroll Valley, PA.  It is always colder there than in Bethesda, so don't let the temps here fool you.  Some suggestions:
  • Appropriate winter/ski clothing - including helmet, coat, gloves, ski goggles, and face mask or bandana.  
  • A plan for before-school drop-off of equipment/bags.
  • A plan for after-school food/drink.
  • A plan for dinner money while skiing.  Click here to learn about loading money on your student's Night Club Card.
  • A parent-student conversation about decision-making.  See below.
  • A plan to pick-up your student at 11:05-11:15pm on Friday night.
  • Hopefully not necessary, but your availability to drive up to Liberty or a hospital in case of medical emergency so that you can drive your student home.

As a reminder, if schools are closed or close early, no ski club.

Lessons are Awesome!
 
If your student's Night Club Card comes with Lessons, they are at 5:45pm or 7:00pm. Instructors will be punching their lift tickets with the Liberty Mountain logo to prove they took a lesson.  This allows you to have proof if you need it with the punched ticket.  We highly encourage lessons, especially for beginners.  Perhaps you can create an incentive for your child to take lessons?  We highly encourage them!
And remind your student.... HAVE FUN!  :)


Ski Club Leadership Team
North Bethesda Middle School PTO
www.nbms-pto.org 

First Ski Trip Info - 1/8/16

posted Jan 6, 2016, 7:40 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club


First Ski Club Trip On For This Friday, January 8, 2016! 
  
Welcome to ski season!  Please re-read the Ski Club Information Packet (click here to download) to answer most, if not all of your questions.  This e-mail provides some reminders, but does not cover everything.  If you have a question not covered in the packet, please e-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.
What's Up with Bus Assignments?
  
Bus assignments are posted outside the NBMS cafeteria.  We will not be posting them online or e-mailing them out to protect student names.  If not already known, please have your student get their bus number this week.  We will also have them at Morning Equipment Drop-Off and Afternoon Bus Loading.  Sorry, no bus changes.   
The Skinny on Friday Morning Equipment Drop-Off

Friday morning between 7:15am - 8:15am (sharp) in the lower parking lot by the tennis courts, we will be accepting bags and ski equipment for storage.  Be sure to put your student's name and home/cell phone number on every bag, coat, helmet, and piece of ski equipment - even if you are not putting into storage.
  
All bags dropped off on Friday morning will be tagged with a colored tag before being put into the storage POD.  When you or your student hands your bags to the volunteer, clearly state the bus number and color.  (If you don't know it, they will look it up).  The bag will be tagged for the season, allowing us to more quickly load/unload in future weeks.  Please cut off last year's tags before Friday.
  • Bus 1 (grade 8) - YELLOW
  • Bus 2 (grade 8) - RED
  • Bus 3 (grade 7/8) - BLUE
  • Bus 4 (grade 7) - GREEN
  • Bus 5 (grade 6) - ORANGE
  • Bus 6 (grade 6) - WHITE
Please drive slowly and follow the directions of the volunteers.  Do not get out of your car or park - just keep moving.  Students may bring their ski bags/equipment on the school bus in the morning and drop it off over by the tennis courts too.  However, ski club morning equipment drop-off is not a valid excuse to be tardy.
Being Ready to Ski/Board this Friday...

Temperatures are predicted to be in the 30's and low 40's in Carroll Valley, PA (home to Liberty Mountain).  Be sure to have your student bring appropriate cold-weather gear for that weather.  It is always colder there than in Bethesda, so don't let the temps here fool you.  Some suggestions:
  • Appropriate winter/ski clothing - including helmet, coat, gloves, ski goggles, and face mask or bandana.  
  • A plan for before-school drop-off of equipment/bags.
  • A plan for after-school food/drink.
  • A plan for dinner money while skiing.  Click here to learn about loading money on your student's Night Club Card.
  • A parent-student conversation about decision-making.  See below.
  • A plan to pick-up your student at 11:05-11:15pm on Friday night.
  • Hopefully not necessary, but your availability to drive up to Liberty or a hospital in case of medical emergency so that you can drive your student home.

As a reminder, if schools are closed or close early, no ski club.

Lessons are Awesome!
 
If your student's Night Club Card comes with Lessons, they are at 5:45pm or 7:00pm. Instructors will be punching their lift tickets with the Liberty Mountain logo to prove they took a lesson.  This allows you to have proof if you need it with the punched ticket.  We highly encourage lessons, especially for beginners.  Perhaps you can create an incentive for your child to take lessons?  We highly encourage them!
Chaperones & Junior Chaperones

25 NBMS Parents and 4 WJ upper-classmen will be serving as chaperones on the trip.  Responsibilities for chaperones and students are clearly outlined in the information packet.  Your student is responsible for his/her behavior and safety. Chaperones serve as guides, not supervisors, throughout the trip - especially once at Liberty Mountain.  Please have a discussion with your child about smart decision-making, for everyone's sake.  Safety is our #1 priority - make sure it's your child's as well.  Thanks!

Ten Decisions Made Every Week by NBMS Ski Club Participants
1. Do I rent skis or a snowboard tonight?
2. Do I take lessons tonight? If yes, at what time?
3. What lifts and runs will I try tonight?
4. Will I use the terrain park tonight?
5. With whom will I ski/board, and what is their ability compared to mine?
6. If my friends want to ski/board on a run that I'm not familiar, what will I do?
7. If I get separated from my friends while on the mountain, what will I do?
8. Will I ski in control or unsafely?
9. Will I drink high-caffeine energy drinks?
10. How will I behave on the bus, in the lodge, and on the mountain?
Night Club Cards and Helmets

If your student did not pick up his/her Night Club Card or helmet, we will hand it to them on Friday.  If your student forgets his/her Night Club Card, they will have to get in an extra line on Friday that will take at least half an hour.  If your student forgets his/her Helmet, they don't ski/board.  They can rent one for $12.50, but must pay for it with their own cash.  We do not recommend forgetting either.
And remind your student.... HAVE FUN!  :)


Ski Club Leadership Team
North Bethesda Middle School PTO
www.nbms-pto.org 

Will We Go Skiing on January 8th?

posted Jan 2, 2016, 10:46 AM by North Bethesda Ski Club

North Bethesda Middle School Ski Club
January 2, 2016 Update
Will we go skiing on January 8th?
We hope so.

Everyone is wondering if it will ever snow?  But it doesn't have to snow at Liberty, because they MAKE snow!  Check out the webcams here to see their progress.  

Snow-making requires sub-freezing nights and sub-40 degree days, which is what theweather report for Fairfield, PA shows over the next week.

We are in touch with Liberty Mountain and will make our decision on Thursday, 1/6.  If we cancel, then the make-up date of 2/19 is on.  Stay tuned...

Questions?  Email us at nbskiclub@gmail.com.

Few Remaining Seats for 2016 Ski Club

posted Dec 19, 2015, 12:41 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

The 2016 North Bethesda Ski Club has a few remaining seats on the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade buses.  Online registration, purchase of the Night Club Card, and the two required forms must be completed by Monday, January 4th in order to attend the first Night Club skiing event on Friday, January 8th.

Click on Forms and Docs on the left side of this website and download #'s 1 through 5.  Replace all due dates with 1/4/16.  E-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com letting us know that you are registering, and we'll provide you with additional details.

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