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Summer camp. What comes to mind when you hear those two words?

 

Perhaps it’s Camp Anawanna or Wet Hot American Summer… maybe it’s your first kiss … or you might conjure up images from your childhood of forced getaways that your parents promised would result in epic amounts of fun when that wasn’t always the reality. Either way, we can guarantee that summer camp as an adult will provide you with an experience like no other and here are 10 reasons

When Loon Mountain first opened in the winter of 1966, there wasn’t a whole lot to do besides ski, eat fondue, and pretend to enjoy mulled wine. Back then, town of Lincoln was a sleepy hamlet anchored by a struggling paper mill with few amenities.


Fast-forward 50 years, and things look a lot different. From snowshoe tours to microbreweries, Loon – and the Lincoln-Woodstock area – offer plenty of fun things to do. In honor of Loon’s 50th anniversary, we came up 50 ways to make the most of your visit to our little corner of the White Mountains. Here are the first 10.  To see the rest, just go online and visit the Loon Mountain Blog.


1.    Go South, Young Man (or Woman)

Park at the base of South Peak the next time you go skiing or riding at Loon. You’ll carve wide-open cruisers, take in jaw-dropping views into downtown Lincoln, and rack up tons of vert riding th

Ski season is officially upon us, and if you’re planning out when and how you’re going to hit the slopes, it’s time to add BSSC to your plans. With dozens of trips including weekday and weekend day trips and weekend over-nighters, we’ve got options no matter where and when you want to ski this winter. Considering piling into a car with friends and DIY’ing your ski trip? Here are five reasons to come along with us instead:

 

 

 

1. The Best Mountains at the Best Prices
With 50 years of running ski trips to all the major resorts in New England under our belt, we have access to the best mountains in the area at the greatest prices. For day trips, just $84 gets you to the mountain in style with a lift ticket in hand. Weekend overnight trips feature 2-3 day passes with top lodging options at rock-bottom prices.

 


Home to the most dependable snow in New England, Sunday River Resort offers 870 skiable acres on 135 trails spanning eight distinct peaks. Skiers and snowboarders flock to these lift-serviced slopes which are nestled in the Mahoosuc Mountains of Western Maine in search of adventure, be it carving picture-perfect corduroy, exploring hidden stashes in the trees, or hitting features in six terrain parks.

 

 

Quality Snow

Thanks to the most advanced snowmaking system in the East, Sunday River is able to guarantee snow conditions that satisfy all guests from beginners growing to love snow sports to expert skiers and riders looking for a challenge. This commitment to snowmaking—shown through yearly updates and invest

Boston Ski & Sports Club has long been known for the amazing connections it makes between members who ski, play sports or party together. But in an era where corporate culture and work/life balance is more important than ever for competitive recruiting, BSSC has seen a trend towards many cutting edge Boston area startups and tech companies reaping major benefits on and off the field and slopes with BSSC recreational sports leagues and ski trips.

Google, Wayfair, Propel Marketing, LogMeIn and Tank Design are just a few of the Boston-area companies that are playing and skiing with BSSC.

Sunday River“The BSSC ski trip we took last year is the new favorite event,” says David Wells of Tank Design, which added it to the roster of social events like annual Halloween and Christmas parties, F1 Racing and Red Sox games. “People are already asking when we’re going to do it again.”

The Tank Design ski trip to Loon Mountain came about last winter when they discovered through water cooler conversation that a large number of the 50-person Boston office were avid skiers. The idea to ski together came to fruition, David says, with just a couple of quick phone calls and emails.

“It was awesome,” says David. “It’s an affordable option and we’ve already scheduled a duplicate trip for this winter.”

Tank Design’s private ski trip through BSSC bussed 35 people up to Loon Mountain and provided ski lessons and equipment, plus a catered lunch at Deli with a beautiful view of the mountain. Most importantly, everything about the trip was taken care of when the team arrived.

But it’s not just ski trips that have local companies buzzing. The ritual

 

Rio 2016 is upon us! What’s all the excitement about? Well, this is the first time in history that a South American Country has hosted the Olympics. There are also two newly added sports to this year’s Olympics: rugby and golf. Golf is making an epic return for the first time in 112 years! It will definitely be one for the books. BSSC would like to inform all our sports fanatics to tune into the opening ceremony. On August 5, at 7:30 PM ET the games of the XXXI Olympiad will commence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

Boston's Best

 

The 2016 games features over ten thousand athletes competing in 28 Olympic Sports ranging from team sports like soccer and rugby to individual sports like fencing and golf. However, everyone is competing for one goal: to bring pride to themselves and their countries. Boston Ski & Sports Club would like to recognize those Olympic athletes born and raised in the Greater Boston area fighting for Team USA. Below we have listed statistics, interesting facts, and when to tune in to support each of the seven Boston athletes competing this year.

 

 

Eli Dershwitz

Sport: Fencing

Hometown: Sherborn, MA

Age: 20

 

Eli Dershwitz is one of seven competing U.S. athletes we believe to be on this year’s top watch list. Eli will be participating in his first ever Olympic Games! Currently, Eli is a freshman at Harvard University and was able to clinch his ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games by placing first at the Seoul Grand Prix in March of this year.

 


Checking off your Bucket List is easy with BSSC

 

More than 50,000 people join us every year to play sports, go on ski trips and go to some of the Boston’s best parties, but did you know that one of our missions is to get you OUT of the city too?

 

 

For nearly 50 years, BSSC has been organizing some of the most amazing bucket list-style trips to the world’s best vacations. If you’ve never tried traveling this way, with a small group on a guided tour, here are five reasons to consider it now:

 

 

Affordability

Decades of experience mean that we partner with the best travel companies, hotels, resorts and more and use our buying power to get awesome deals. We pass those savings on to you to make a trip t

With 50,000+ people in the Greater Boston area skiing and playing sports with BSSC annually, and nearly 50 years in business, we've seen our fair share of weddings! That being said, we’re super excited to welcome our newest engaged couple, Alexa Mislitski and Ryan Poulin!

Alexa & RyanWHAT BROUGHT EACH OF YOU TO BSSC, AND TO YOUR SOCCER LEAGUE?

Meet Alexa, Age - 27; Hails from Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Alexa:  I moved to Boston in 2011 to pursue law school & to be close to my only sister, Kristen. She immediately convinced me to join BSSC with her so we could continue playing soccer and meet new people. We joined as two solo players and got stuck on a team with all guys, which was named “Between the Legs” (the co-captains happened to live a few doors down from me so we hitched rides to games with them---very ironic!).

Meet Ryan, Age - 29; Hails from Hampstead, New Hampshire
Ryan: A friend of mine started a coed team and asked if I wanted in... This was back in 2012, I believe. It was outdoor in Newton and our team was good, so we kept it going with indoor. However, 2 of our 3 girls left last minute so we asked BSSC if they could help. Game 1, Alexa and her sister show up.

The coin toss...
Alexa: I showed up to the first game and was introduced to many single guys, Ryan being one of them. I had a boyfriend at the time and wasn’t super i

BSSC took a day trip to Loon Mountain on Sunday, December 13th and met up with Mark Wallace, Co-founder of Parlor Skis to try out all that Boston’s only custom ski builder has to offer. The day started off with some spring-like weather and some challenging early season conditions, but everyone was excited to start their 2015-2016 ski & ride season.

 

BSSC Trip Leaders ranging from beginner to expert skiers headed out in groups to put their Parlor Skis to the test and ski with Mark for some instant feedback. Parlor Skis are designed and built locally in East Boston, specifically for each individual customer. Whether you are looking for an all-mountain ski like the Cardinal 90, or a tree and bump experience with the Sparrow; Parlor has it covered.

 

Skiing directly with Mark was a valuable experience. Any tweaks or ideas the leaders had, Mark could translate that feedback directly to the shop for a future custom skiing experience for each individual. You could tell Mark knew every detail of every pair by the excitement Leaders displayed when they hopped on a new pair recommended for them.

 

Make sure to check out Parlorskis.com to start your custom ski building process, grab a brew at their shop night or learn more about what goes into each custom ski.

 

       

- Leaders with their Parlors (left) and Parlor Co-Founder Mark Wallace (rig

Ski season is coming!  As we announce our full slate of weekend and day trips, we’re going inside the trip with an interview with one of BSSC's ski trip leaders, Nikki Visnick. Join Nikki and our other amazing trip leaders on trips to the best ski resorts New England has to offer this winter.


Nikki Visnick, 28, Somerville MA

Nikki Visnick
When did you get involved with BSSC?
I went on my first BSSC trip during the 2012/2013 season.  I had learned to ski at a young age as my parents were pretty avid skiers before us kids came along and stole all of the free time.  But I lost touch with skiing during high school and college while competitively competing in gymnastics.  With my gymnastics career over, I was seeking a sport where I could find some thrill and passion – I’ve yet to find that rush in anything beyond skiing or gymnastics.

What brought you to BSSC?
I was looking to build a network in the skiing community, as I had just moved back to the Boston area after a few years spent out of New England.  Meeting new people in Boston can be tough, but BSSC made it easier by way of finding those that I had something in common with.  I did have a car, but driving back from a long day of skiing was just not optimal, especially if I went solo. The BSSC day trips were a convenient way for me to get up to the better mountains.  

What kinds of trips have you gone on with BSSC?
Day trips and weekend trips (Jay Peak, was specifically my first weekend trip with BSSC, and by far my favorite)

by Jane Hayes of c2

 

It’s never too early to begin prepping for the season ahead. I don’t know about you, but I’m already digging my cold-weather gear out of the closet so when that first snowstorm hits I’m ready to get out there.

Before I started c2, I spent a lot of time outdoors (still do). Constant adventuring has given me the chance to seek and test the best materials to keep me comfortable in the wind, snow, and rain, and learn how factors like what I eat and who my companions are can make or break a day. Here are five things I remind myself at the beginning of each winter season to make sure I keep going from sunup to sundown (and even when I’m caught out after dark).

1. Prepare for the apocalypse
Prep for Outdoor Fun with c2OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but my point here is that as New Englanders, we know it can go from sun to hail in a matter of minutes. But somehow our Boston Strong-ness makes us think we can hike a snow-covered Mount Washington in shorts.

Make sure you choose gear that’s versatile enough to keep up with changing conditions during your wild adventures. On big excursions, the weather will change while you’re out, and by preparing for the worst you’re ensuring you’ll have the best day.

2. Know your habits—and your friends’
You never want to be the person your friends worry about. Know your body and bring the key special items that will act as creature comforts when you need them most, whether that’s extra socks or a Snickers bar. Your friends’ good time depends on you&mdas

Seven-month old Ranier Dean wears his Boston Ski & Sports Club onesie with pride. He’s a little young to be joining quite yet, but he probably wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the BSSC ski trip where his parents met a few years back.

Ranier Dean 7 monthsCourtney Dean, Ranier’s dad, was leading the trip when he first spotted his future wife, Liz. “I was a trip leader, and she was on a date with someone else,” he recalls. But when the temps dipped too low for skiing, Courtney spotted Liz at the bar and took advantage of the fact they’d ridden up on the same bus to introduce himself. Not wanting to be a bad date, Liz politely brushed him off.

But she remembered her short chat with Courtney. Once the trip (and her date) ended, Liz looked him up. They started to date, he proposed at Sunday River, they were wed in 2012 and welcomed Rainier into the world this January.

For Courtney and Liz, BSSC ski trips aren’t just where they met. They’ve actually built a network of friends who share their love of the slopes thanks to trips with BSSC. For Courtney, the trips offered an outlet to get out and get to know people when he was new to Boston back in 2008.

“I took my first trip with BSSC alone,” he says. “The biggest thing to remember is there are other people in your shoes. If I had anxiety about doing something, I’d remember that sitting around doing nothing at all is even worse.”

In fact, Courtney met one of his best friends on the bus to his first Sunday River Parrothead weekend. The friend has since moved to Seattle, but the two get together yearly for a weeklong ski trip.

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There are vacations, and there are adventures. If the latter are your bag, Boston Ski & Sports Club has the lineup you’re looking for this year.  Have the experience of a lifetime with trips that combine travel and culture with the excitement of a physical challenge like whitewater rafting, hiking, gliding, zip-lining or even riding an elephant!

 

The BSSC lineup promises an amazing experience whether you travel near or far. We provide guides and everything you need to enjoy your stay, from lodging to select meals, transportation and all the little details along the way.  You'll have an amazing time with like-minded adventurers, so whether you’re traveling solo or with friends, you’re sure to meet a few new people. And best of all, with more than 40 years of experience, BSSC gets the best rates and the insider experiences.

 

So the question is: Where will you be adventuring this Summer?

 

Go Soaring in Vermont

June 26-28, 2015

$299, non-members add $30

Ever wonder what it’s like to soar like an eagle? No motor, just gliding over the mountains in silence. Now’s your chance to give it a try. Join BSSC and Sugarbush Soaring in Vermont for ground school and pre-flight experience before going up in a glider for a view you won't soon forget. Trip includes two nights at the Sugar Lodge, daily continental breakfast, soaring school and a flight. Sunday is free to golf, hike, mountain bike, visit Ben & Jerry’s or simply relax!

NEXT DATE: September 11-13

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Sayonara, Snow!

Hello Spring Sports!

 

Here we are in the middle of a long, tough winter. But we promise you, buried under that five feet of snow sits a green, lush softball field. And if you weren’t already looking forward to it melting, this winter has given you all the reason you need to start lining up fun things to do in Boston in spring.

That’s why we’re happy to announce that our spring sports registrations are now open! BSSC provides the perfect chance to get outside, get active and enjoy some beers after the game. Whether you’re a hyper-competitive former college soccer player or you just want to re-live your recess glory days with a game of dodgeball, BSSC has the game for you. Many of our leagues are even multi-level, so you can ensure you’re playing against people with the same skills as your team.
We’ve got new recreational sports leagues starting for spring all over Greater Boston, including north and south of the city.

 

Here are some of the highlights for 2015:
•    New Boston Metro and Metro North softball leagues starting as we’ve continued to see record numbers of softball teams come into the program. We’ll be offering three different levels of play for the leagues.
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Winter in Boston can be a tough road. For young professionals who like to get out and stay active, the shuttering of outdoor patios, rough weather and early nightfall can be a difficult pill to swallow. Instead of resorting to treadmill runs and giving up your sun-soaked happy hours for nights watching Netflix in your cozies... consider these five ways we have up our sleeve to keep you active and social all winter long.

 

 

 

1. Indoor Softball
Nothing says summertime like softball, but you don’t have to give it up just because of dropping temps.  Indoor softball games are fast-paced nights with the perfect mix of adrenalin and socialization. Most teams will go out for a beer after the game—a great way to motivate yourself to stay social despite chilly weather. View the full slate of indoor softball options here.

 

 

2. Basketball
For those looking for something that’ll really make you sweat, BSSC’s basketball leagues are dripping with options. We focus on high-quality facilities and convenient locations like Waltham, Watertown and South Boston. Men's and Coed Basketball games can get intense and competitive, so they’re a great way to sweat off the extra holiday poun

Ski and Ride Around New England: Amazing Experiences at the Best Prices!


The ski season is upon us and we’re looking at our best year yet for skiing, riding and adventure trips all over New England and Canada. Whether you want to book a big weekend trip or are just looking to escape for the day to a nearby mountain, BSSC has you covered—everything from budget to luxury, at every  resort you can think of!

We’re leveraging our nearly 50 years’ experience in the ski travel industry to provide daytrips that are just $79 on the weekend and $67 for weekday trips—and that includes transportation, lift tickets, discounts on rentals and lessons and other benefits.

 

No matter what part of the Boston area you live in, BSSC makes it easy to go skiing. We pickup all over Greater Boston, including Boston, Newton, Woburn and a South Shore route stopping at Pembroke, Quincy and Boston.  Daytrips run to Killington, Sunday River, Loon, Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Stowe, Cannon, Okemo, and Wildcat. You can view the full list of daytrips on BSSC.com.

 

NEW this season!  We’ve added in budget weekends to our famous weekend ski & stay trips. Ski Sunday River for as little as $164 including hotel and lift tickets.  Get in on special weekends with no non-member surcharge and take advantage of other great deals, including options to save even more on triple and quad occupancy.  Check out the full list of weekend trips below.

Start Planning Your Winter Ski Getaways with Big Summer Savings from BSSC

Steamboat Spring, ColoradoSummer in New England may be spectacular, but we know there’s one group that’s secretly yearning for that snow to fall again. For skiers and boarders, summer’s just the months in between the next run, and lucky for you, we’ve already got our 2015 vacations lined up. Even better, picking your vacation now comes with the benefit of "Vacation Anticipation", but also big savings from BSSC!

Register for any of our breathtaking, amazing 2015 ski vacations before the summer ends on August 31st and SAVE $150.  Now, the hard part: how to choose? Here are our picks for 2015 skiing, both internationally and domestically. We’ve got the best resorts, hotels, guides, excursions and more all lined up. All you’ve got to do is show up and ski!



Cervinia, Italy and The Matterhorn & Canary Island Extension
January 23-February 1, 2015

Cervinia Italy$1,899 before August 31, non-members add $40

Check it off your bucket list: Mt. Cervino (AKA The Matterhorn) is at the center of a grand international ski area that crosses between Italy and

The Rusty Sharks Women’s Field Hockey

BSSC’s recreational sports leagues will be taking to the fields all over the Boston area this week, and not a moment too soon after a long and cold winter. We often get questions about what it’s like to play with BSSC. While the experience varies from team to team (we have over a dozen sports to choose from this season), we thought it would be fun to highlight one of our favorite teams in one of our fastest growing programs, Women’s Field Hockey.

A few years ago, we started to get lots of requests for field hockey, so we took a leap of faith and learned the true meaning of, “If you build it, they will come.” In just the past two years, the league has grown 200%, with hundreds of women of varying playing experience every season, both indoor and outdoor. So today, we’re putting the spotlight on The Rusty Sharks, a fabulous women's field hockey team that has played with us for the past two years and will be starting outdoor play at Harvard this month!

The ladies who started The Rusty Sharks two years ago were all former Simmons players, so they named the team after their alma mater’s mascots—The Sharks—and added the adjective because they hadn’t played in about 10 years! They quickly gained a diverse team of women with varied levels of experience—from high school play all the way through to varsity college play—and a wide variety of personal and pr

As the coldest part of winter starts to thaw out, New England skiers know that the best skiing is yet to come this season. New England ski resorts are holding lots of amazing events and parties to wrap up the 2013/2014 ski season. We checked in with our partners to get a list of the best options for late season skiing this year.

 

KILLINGTON
Life is Good Nor’Beaster Festival – March 22
This all-ages festival turns Killington into a huge party. There’s free music resort-wide all day, and sales are donated to help kids in need. Check out Josh Panda and the Hot Damned, Assembly of Dust or Allen Stone in the Bear Mountain base area, or catch live music après ski all over the resort.

Mogul Camp with Olympic Gold Medalist Donna Weinbrecht – March 22 & 23
This brand new weekend retreat features this mogul skiing pioneer and an amazing learning experience. Enjoy two days of skiing, meals with the group, lessons and even a video analysis.

 

SUNDAY RIVER
Simon Dumont Cup – March 28 & 29
Simon Dumont will be hosting the biggest pro-am freeski competition in the East. The even

By: Peter Lavelle, Ultimate Bootcamp

 

So – you want to stay focused on your fitness, right? Easier said than done, correct? This is a time of year that is right on your radar for getting rid of unwanted pounds, or perhaps even ratcheting up your workouts. If only there was some way to stay accountable…some way to keep focused…a way to keep your foot on the exercise gas pedal.

 

Enter community, friendships, teammates, fitness schedules… all of these already exist in your life, and they are great tools for success! Being a BSSC member, you’re used to blending your active life with your social life. There’s no reason why you can’t do the same with your fitness. The people around you offer support as well as accountability, so take advantage of that and use them to reach your goals. Here are 5 great ways to lean on what’s already available to you…

  1. Tell Your Friends. Once you’ve told somebody about something you’re going to do, you feel compelled to make sure you do it. Let someone know that you’re going for a run, or hitting the gym. You won’t want to face them and have to say you didn’t do it!
  2. Drag Them Into It! Ask a buddy about a time you can both exercise together. It doesn’t matter if you have different fitness abilities. Hitting the gym together, or doing a 5k together will mean you have each other as a support system.
  3. Put a Time On IT! If you wait until you have some free time to work out, the day will be gone, and you’ll be either too tired, or too busy. Set your alarm clock a little earlier than usual, or put an hour on your calendar so that

Boston is a tough city to break into for people who are new and looking to expand their social circle or meet potential dates. Many people have turned to online dating to meet new people in their city, but the fact is that good old fashioned “meet cutes” still happen, and with our connections to tens of thousands of active professionals, we’ve got a few ideas for you.

Many Bostonians have come to appreciate the more organic (“throwback”, if you will) social platform that BSSC provides: put together a group of people with similar interests, provide an activity around that interest, and let them take it from there. Need more proof? We have our very own BSSC love story to share!

Liz and Courtney BSSC love storyWhen Liz Barry moved to Boston from Philadelphia several years ago, she was set adrift in the post-college world where, for the first time, there was no built-in community to rely on. Liz tried meeting people in bars, but had difficulty striking up true friendships there. A year after her move, Liz wanted to learn how to snowboard, so she joined a BSSC weekend ski trip that would change her life.
 

Liz and Courtney Dean Wedding BSSC love storyOn that trip, Liz met her now-husband, Courtney.  Liz’s BSSC membership has created her entire social circle here in Boston and has provided a gateway to real friendships. “The people I met through BSSC are quality people with the same interests and lifestyle as me,” says Liz

ANNOUNCING: The 2014 BSSC SKI & RIDE VACATION LINEUP
Trips Include Italian Ski Safari, Taos, the Sierras, Sun Valley and More

 

 

BSSC has an incredible lineup of ski & ride vacations for the 2014 season that includes premium ski destinations both domestically and internationally. BSSC’s ski & ride vacations offer the best in group travel; amazing destinations, adventurous activities, experienced BSSC trip leaders, and the best in lodging and cuisine - all for a great price!

When you register by August 30th, 2013, you’ll get a savings of $100! All active adults are welcome to register and you do not need to be a BSSC member to join the group. Now, here's the best part: once you sign up for your BSSC Ski Vacation, you don't have to wait until next winter to kick the ski season off. Join us on November 13th for our annual Ski Season Kickoff Party: The Blizzard! Guests receive amazing goodie bags (with lift tickets!), drink specials, apps, raffle with great prizes, music, entertainment and much more. Click here for details!



BSSC’s 2014 ski & ride vacations include:

Tignes & Val d’Isere, France
January 24 – February 2, 2014
Ski the Espace Killy, one of the largest and best ski areas in all of France. Whether you’re seeking long cruisers, steeps, chutes or bowls, or easy, relaxing and scenic trai