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General FAQs

 

Is BSSC a singles club?
No, but it’s a great way to meet people!  Although the majority of our members are single, BSSC is a lot more than a singles club.  BSSC events are organized so that our participants have an opportunity to meet other people with similar interests... and with events in sports, skiing, travel and social, there is something for everyone. With all the opportunities to meet people, many friendships and marriages have “happened”. 

 

Why is BSSC better than some of these other leagues and organizations in the area?
Boston Ski & Sports Club has been orchestrating leagues and activities for active adults in great Boston since 1965.  BSSC began as a ski club and has grown to become the largest, full-service recreation organization in New England.  With a full-time staff of 15, BSSC is solely dedicated to the creation and servicing of thousands of recreational events per year.  With annual registrations totaling over 35K, BSSC remains the biggest and the best way to play in Boston.

 

What is the age/demographic of the average BSSC participant?
BSSC services over 30K participants annually in the greater Boston area.  Members and participants are young, socially active professionals, and evenly split between men and women. Most BSSC participants are 24 – 42 years of age, with a median age of 33 years old.  Different events attract slightly different age groups and genders.

 

Do I have to be a BSSC member to participate in activities?
No, but as a member you receive membership rates – a savings of $5 to $40 per activity. BSSC members also have access to discounts in the Member Benefits Program which is a growing list (now 40+) of retail stores, health clubs, services and more.  Membership is only $65 a year for all theses great savings. Members who keep their membership active can renew for only $50 per year.

 

I don't live in Boston, is that okay?
Of course it is okay!  In fact we have members from Maine to Rhode Island.  While many activities do take place in the greater Boston area, members from all over New England join us when they are in town or on our trips which take place all over New England and the world!

 

Do I have to pre-register for an activity or can I just show up?
For most events you must pre-register, as there is limited space.  For large parties and cruises you can usually buy tickets at the door (they are more expensive), but you should call BSSC on the day of the event to be certain it is not sold-out. Pick up volleyball has no pre-registration, although there is a capacity limit, so if you show up late you may be closed out.

 

How early do I need to sign up for events, trips, leagues?
It really depends on the activity.  Some with limited space sell out within days of being advertised; others are available on the day of the event. Keep in mind that many sports teams fill up quickly, some day ski trips get cancelled mid-week due to low registrations and often airline tickets are released months before the trip leaves, so register early so you don’t miss out.  Please sign up as soon as you are certain you can go and also be sure to familiarize yourself with our cancellation policy prior to registration.

 

How can I find out about upcoming activities?
The BSSC.com website is updated daily and is an excellent source for up-to-date information.  You can also sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter, The BSSC Playbook, or subscribe for e-mails about certain events through "eupdates.”

 

How do I register for a league or activity?
 

  • Online:  Simply click on the Register link on the league/activity page and submit the form.  Some activities, due to availability or special information, are not available online.
    Phone:  Call 617-789-4070 and you will be directed to the appropriate program manager.
    Fax:  Print the appropriate registration form and fax to 617-744-5479.
    Mail:  Print the appropriate registration form and mail to BSSC, 51 Water Street, Watertown, MA 02472 

Is the BSSC website secure?
We employ reasonable and current security methods to prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure correct use of information.  Current security includes the use of a 128 bit shared SSL with a certificate issued by Comodo Class 3 Security Services Certification Authority. 

 

What are your office hours?
The BSSC office is open Monday-Friday from 9AM - 5PM, and the
Emergency After Hours Hotline is 617-462-8844.

 

How do I become a member?
Joining the club is easy.  You can mail a completed membership registration form with a check made payable to: Boston Ski & Sports Club.  You can call BSSC at 617-789-4070 with a Visa or Mastercard, or you complete the online registration form in the Membership section of our website.


What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies vary by the type of activity.  Please see our policies for complete information.


Ski & Stay FAQs

 

How many people are in a room on your trips?

BSSC believes in minimum occupancy. Whether a hotel or condo, it is two people per room and each person has his/her own bed! Nobody has to sleep in the living room or on a rollaway. If you are traveling alone, we will match you with a roommate.  If you are going with a friend, we will match you together.  If you are going with a significant other, we will try to get you a queen or king size bed.  If you are going with a group of friends, we will get you into the same condo/s or hotel rooms near each other.

 

Your trips look great, but I will be traveling by myself?

Not to worry, many of the people on our trips are traveling the same way.  Besides matching you with a roommate the trip leader will organize group get togethers for you to get to know each other.  By the time you get to your destination, you will have many new friends!

 

Is it mostly couples going on your trips?
No, it is mostly single adults and as mentioned above, many if not most, are traveling solo.  We welcome couples (most have met on a BSSC trip) and even on the New Year’s trips, it is mostly single people and groups of friends.

 

What is the age of the people on the trips?
It depends a little on the trip, but it is mostly single adults in the 25-45 range.  A Whitewater rafting weekend may draw a younger crowd and a week long trip to Venice may draw a slightly older crowd. All BSSC travelers tend to be lively, fun, enthusiastic and adventurous. 

 

I see some trips without a daily itinerary.  What does that mean?
One of the benefits of our group travel is the flexibility.  For some trips, we like to leave it to the actual travelers to decide what they would like to do each day.  There will be at least one or more group activities per day for each trip.  The selected activities are made by the majority of the group, usually between the time of the pre-trip meeting and departure. Every trip has a trip escort who is there to help organize details and facilitate group activities, but each traveler can be as solo or social as they choose

 

Why should I travel with BSSC?
With over 47 years of experience, we really do make it easy for you to travel, because we take care of all the details.  We do the arranging so that you can enjoy the best destinations, widest variety, first rate accommodations, the best prices, and the best group of people to travel with.  You'll travel with your peers and make lifelong friendships. With pre and post get-togethers for extended vacations, it's like traveling with a big group of friends!

 

How far in advance do I need to register?
As soon as you know you want to go!  For a major vacation, you should book by the listed deadline and for best rates (savings often up to $100), you should book by the early signup date.  After these dates are past, it is sometimes possible to still get you on the trip, but it becomes complex and more costly to procure the necessary accommodations and airfare. Seldomly, BSSC has cancelled a trip due to lack of interest and people call asking why it has been cancelled because they wanted to go.  BSSC can only reserve airline seats for so long until they need to be released back to the airline.  Booking your trip as far ahead as possible helps everyone! If for some reason you register for a trip and it is cancelled, you will be fully refunded. For weekends 3-4 weeks in advance is recommended.

 

What is the cancellation policy?
The general policy is below, but some trips may have variations, and the specific trip policy would be in force.

For weekend trips, 

  • Cancellation greater than 21 days prior to departure -- refund of amount paid, less a $20 service charge.
  • Cancellation less than 21 days prior to departure and a suitable replacement is made -- refund of amount paid, less a $50 service charge.
  • Cancellation less than 21 days prior to departure and no suitable replacement is made -- No refund.
  • Unpaid balances within 21 days of departure are subject to cancellation and forfeiture of all monies paid.

For extended vacation travel,

  • Deposits of $200 - $500 are required to reserve space, and are non-refundable and not transferable.
  • Cancellations are subject to additional fees set by the agency administering trip. The closer to departure, the greater likelihood of complete forfeiture of all monies paid.
  • BSSC always recommends that travelers purchase travel insurance

 


Ski Days FAQs

 

What mountains do you go to and how long is the drive?
BSSC takes day trips to some of the best mountains in New England, including Sunday River, Stowe, Jay Peak, Killington, Loon and Sugarbush.  Drive times range between 3-4 hours. 

 

Where do I pick up the bus?
There are 3 bus pick up points for each trip, all with inexpensive parking:  Back Bay at 126 Dartmouth Street, the Riverside MBTA Park & Ride at 333 Grove Street in Newton, and the Woburn Park & Ride, 100 Atlantic Way in Woburn. We also have pick ups at Sun and Ski in Pembroke and Quincy Adams MBTA during our peak season. Check individual registration pages for route details.

 

What time do the buses pick me up and come back?
Depending on your pickup location and mountain, the buses depart between 5am-6am and all buses leave the mountains promptly at 5:00pm.

 

Can I get a refund or transfer to a different trip if I miss the bus?
Trips are non-transferable and non-refundable.

 

Is everybody an expert skier/boarder on the trips?
No, there are all levels.  All the mountains have terrain appropriate for all levels of skiers, from never-evers to experts and everything in between. Learn-to- ski/board lessons are offered at most areas at discounted rates!

 

Can I get rentals or lessons?
Yes.  For rentals, they are all pre-paid on-line so you will be all set when you arrive at the mountain. If you forget to pre-purchase, let the on-bus trip leader know that you will need rentals  and they will make sure you get a voucher to receive our group rate (varies by mountain).  For lessons, we recommend you contact the mountain directly to select the appropriate learning package.  If you choose a package that includes a lift ticket, simply register with BSSC as a “bus-only.”

 

Am I the only one skiing by myself?
The majority of our day skiers register alone.  You just need to roll out of bed and onto the bus and our trip leaders will take care of all the details, including coordinating a group lunch and more!  You can be as solo or as social as you choose.

 

Is there a minimum age allowed on the trips?
All ages are welcome on these trips.  The only requirement is that if the participant is 13 years old or younger, his/her parent must be on the trip and he/she must carry the parental consent form at all times.  For ages 14-17, they must carry the parental consent form.

 

Are there any group discounts?
Yes, we make it easy and cheap for you and a bunch of  your friends to join our trips.  See more info at group sales.


How should I pack for the trip?
First, we suggest you dress in layers, so that you’re comfortable on the bus and then have plenty of gear for the slopes.  Most people bring a back pack on the bus with some clothes, book, music, snacks for the ride and possibly lunch if they don’t want to purchase at the mountain.   Boots can be brought onto the bus and must be stored below the seats for safety reasons.  Skis and boards are stored in the luggage bays in the bottom of the bus, organized by the bus pickup location.

 

Can I leave stuff on bus?
You may leave items on the bus, but you will not have access to your belongings during the day as the bus will be locked and parked.  Many people purchase a locker at a lodge at the mountains (bring quarters). BSSC is not responsible for loss or damage to any personal property.

 

How does seating work?
There is no assigned seating, and seats are first come first serve.  Then that seat is yours for the day….for the ride up and for the ride back home.  Participants may not “save” a seat.

 

I’m catching the bus in Boston, and my friend is catching the bus in Woburn.  How can we sit together?
The only way to sit together is to be at the same bus stop at the same time.  Many trips have multiple buses and a certain bus route may not include all pickup points, so there are instances where, if you are at different pickup points, you may be on different buses.

 

I want to stay with friends for the weekend and drive back with them?  Can I do that? 
Yes.  When you register, make sure you make this known, and on the trip, be sure to remind the trip leader that you won’t be on the return trip.

 


Ski Racing FAQs

 

I can ski, but I have never raced?
Not to worry, Nashoba Valley has set up a handicapping system that allows everybody a chance to score points for their team and themselves.  You will be matched up weekly with the person that the previous week had the closet times to yours, making YOUR race fun and competitive.

 

I raced in college; I am looking for some serious racing.
Perfect. Many of the racers are ex-college racers and again, like the novices, you will be matched up against the same level of racer making your race fun and competitive. 

 

What do I wear; I don’t have a race suit?
Wear what you wear when you go skiing, no different.  The top racers do peel down to skin tight racing suits…..wear ‘em if you got ‘em.

 

I don’t know anybody?
Not a problem.  We will ask you to fill out a skier profile and we will make up teams based on racing experience.  The top racers will be placed on ultra-competitive teams trying for the top spots and a chance to make it to the overall Championship.  Others will be matched accordingly, from serious to fun.

 

What if I miss a night?
It happens.  The scoring system allows for such events as they take the top 3 scores from your team each week.  So missing a week does not hurt your team.  Your bib number the following week will be based on your previous week/times.  You do not receive any refund or transfer of your lift ticket though…..you miss a night, you miss a night.

 

What if I have to miss the BSSC Cup race?
It happens. It would be a shame to miss it but we make the teams based on if you plan to make it or not.  We send an email out near the end of the season to see who will make it or not.  If you do miss it and were planning on going, we have ways to handicap your team so they still have a chance to win.

 

Where is Nashoba Valley and how long will it take to get there?
It is located about 22 miles west of Boston off RT 2A in Westford, MA.  With traffic it takes about 45 minutes from Boston.  There are side roads that the regulars can tell you about to help.  Most folks usually make it by 6PM and racing starts at 7PM.

 

What time is it over?
The official racing is generally over around 9:30PM.  You may free ski until they close at 10PM, but you are free to leave after your 2nd and last run.  But most folks head for the bar in the lodge to socialize, watch the video of the nights racing, the raffle, and wait for the results to come out, which is usually around 11PM or so.