Ski Club Announcements


2017 Ski Club Is Now Full

posted Oct 19, 2016, 7:09 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 6:31 PM ]

Last night, we had an unprecedented rush to fill the 6 buses of 312 seats.  The system automatically went to a wait list at 7:18 pm so as not to overfill the 'class.'  At that point,every person who registered for the wait list was given a date/time stamp.  We manually enrolled students in order of that date/time stamp this morning until we reached 315 students (3 over our limit, knowing that 2-3 students each year cancel between now and the first trip).  Any person who was officially on the wait list by 7:45pm was enrolled in ski club.

We understand that some people experienced computer issues that may have caused them not to hit the final "submit" button until after 7:45 pm.  However, given that all NBMS parents/students had an equal chance to register on the same system, and we cannot control how the system operates on individual computers, we have to abide by what the system says was the date/time for every student.  This is the most equitable and fair solution.

To give you perspective, last year we planned to fill 5 buses of 265 seats.  However, we had a wait list of 50+ students by 11 am the next morning, so the PTO Leadership made a decision to add a sixth bus for the first time in the Ski Club's decade-plus existence.  In the previous year, we didn't even fill 5 buses, ending at 254 with the last student enrolling sometime in December.  We share this to let you know how unbelievable last night's rush was to us.   

Also, we believe we gave fair warning that not every student who wishes to be in ski club would get to be in ski club - in e-mails, in the instructions, and at the information meeting.  We understand that some individuals interpreted this warning differently than others.  And we also understand that work/family/traffic commitments made it impossible for some parents to be at a computer at exactly 7 pm last night.  However, we know of no other way to be fair than to give advance notice to everyone of the registration date/time as we did.

With all that said, we completely understand the frustration/sadness/anger that you and your student may be feeling.  For that, we are truly sorry.  Ski Club is for everyone, and we have always been able to let pretty much everyone get in.  If there is anything to blame, it's the overcrowding at NBMS.  The school population has exploded the last 2 years, and all resources/opportunities are stretched thin, Ski Club included.

Today, the NBMS PTO Leadership Team discussed the pros/cons of adding a 7th bus to accommodate students currently on the wait list.  We have decided that it is not logistically feasible to do so for these reasons:

(1) Based on our experience last year, we barely fit 6 buses into the tennis court parking lot the school lets us use to load students after school.  A 7th bus would have to be on the street for 20+ minutes blocking traffic at the U turn.  This would negatively impact the NBMS and local community.

(2) Based on our experience last year, the morning equipment/bag drop off for 312 students was, what can we say, a little overwhelming to the traffic flow around the school.  Non ski club participants were negatively impacted by the lines of cars and we did everything we could to keep traffic moving fast (as we will again this year).  Adding another 40+ cars to that mix would further negatively impact the NBMS and local community.

 (3) 312 students and 25 chaperones is already a HUGE number of people to bring on one trip.  Going up to 364 and 29 chaperones (nearly 400 people!) is just too much for a volunteer organization such as ours to manage.  It's not about the money (we can pay for it) and it's not about having enough volunteers (people would step up).  It's just too big.  We're already by far the largest school group at Liberty Mountain.

We know what this is not the news you wanted to hear.  And, unfortunately, regardless of the number of people on the wait list (currently 25), we will not be adding a 7th bus for the reasons stated above.  We closed the wait list earlier tonight. 
 
So, what can you do?
 
(1) Any NBMS Student, Parent, or Sibling may purchase a Night Club Card from Liberty Mountain using the N Bethesda club login.  Just follow the instructions provided.  Purchasing the card, however, does NOT include a seat on the bus, nor any assistance/supervision from NBMS PTO Chaperones.  Parents who choose this option will be responsible for transporting their own student to/from Liberty Mountain and remaining at Liberty Mountain for the entire time.  

Again, we are sorry for this situation and wish we had better news.  Thank you for understanding our decision.

John Seabreeze, Key Levy, & Nirmal Babar

NBMS PTO Leadership Team

2017 Ski Club Registration Information

posted Sep 27, 2016, 6:31 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

Please download, print, and read the four documents below for the 2017 North Bethesda Ski Club.  

Here are the important dates:
  • Account set-up (new) or updating (returning) will begin on 10/10 through 10/19.
  • Online registration will be on Wednesday, 10/19 at 7pm.  The buses will fill this year.
  • Night Club Cards may be purchased on line between 10/19 and 10/27.
  • All paperwork is due to Ski Club box in the the NBMS Office by 10/28.
Questions?  E-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com.

Thanks!

2017 Ski Club Information

posted Sep 3, 2016, 4:55 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 6:27 PM ]

Welcome to the 2017 North Bethesda Ski Club!

Our information meeting will be on Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm in the NBMS Cafeteria.

Online registration is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm.  

All forms will be due by Friday, October 28th at 3pm in the NB Office.

Our 2017 schedule is as follows:
  • Friday, January 6 - Ski Club #1
  • Friday, January 13 - Ski Club #2
  • Thursday, January 19 - Ski Club #3 
  • Friday, February 3 - Ski Club #4
  • Friday, February 10 - Ski Club #5
  • Friday, February 24 - Ski Club Make-Up (only if needed)
Note that our third trip is scheduled for a Thursday night, because Friday is Inauguration Day (no school).  :

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 

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