Here are some reminders that may help get you and your child(ren) through the first Friday. First, schedule changes on Ski Fridays are even more taxing on teachers so if you need to change your child(ren)’s plans, please notify the teachers in writing and with as much advance notice as possible. Please remember that there are two dismissal times: Pre-School through 5 at 12:45 p.m. and grades 6-8 at 1:20 p.m.
Parents of Pre-School and K children must be on the hill during the lesson should there be a need for additional attention (too cold, meltdown, etc.). It is strongly recommended that parents of children in grades One and Two should be at the area as well. The children are in group lessons and the instructors cannot be expected to cope with individual issues. Also, younger students should be met immediately upon completion of the lesson as there is no supervision beyond that time. Lessons at Bousquet start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. for the younger students. More experienced skier/boarders have second session from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. At Butternut, all lessons are from 1:45 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. At both areas, students may ski/board after (or before) lessons until the end of the day.
If you wish to have your child’s equipment transported to the area, please have it on the rack near the shop before 11:30 a.m. on Friday so we can load it. Boots and hel-mets go the the classrooms. There are two racks for Bousquet (by grade) and one for Butternut. Choose carefully! If necessary, equipment can be left at the shop on Thurs-day afternoon. Be sure to label it by name and area!
Busses leave BCD at 12:50 p.m. We arrive at Bousquet at 1:00 p.m. and Butternut at 1:15 p.m. On the first day, all students at Bousquet must report to the ski school desk for a pass and lesson information unless they are season passholders and not taking lessons. At Butternut, all program skiers should meet at the lollipop signs near the rental shop.
Pick-up times: At Butternut, the lifts close between 4 and 4:30 p.m. depending upon the available daylight. Final pick-up time at Bousquet is 4:30 p.m. There is a bus back to BCD from Bousquet for students in grades 4-8 that arrives at the school at 5 p.m. Those wishing to take this bus must meet Mr. Gore in the lodge at 4:30 p.m. promptly! The bus will leave at 4:40 p.m. regardless of who is or isn’t on it.
Finally, a reminder about clothing: Winter snow sports can be a delightful activity on a sunny, windless, warm day. It can also be delightful on a cloudy, windy, cold day if appropriately attired. This does not include knitted mittens or gloves! Be sure your child has a windproof (and waterproof) snowsuit as well as mittens and gloves. Helmets and goggles are necessities. Facemasks and neckwarmers can be, too!
Should a child need assistance while at the ski areas, Gail Heady and Laura Gratz are at Butternut. Jenney Smith, Tim Gore, and Paul Frantz are at Bousquet. Please sign out with Laura Gratz or Jenney Smith before leaving the ski area for the day.