Last Ski Day!

 

Tomorrow, Friday, March 9 will be the last Ski Club Day. Equipment should be dropped off between 7:30-8:00 at the side door by the gym. With all of this new snow, it’s going to be a great night!

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Ski Program Cancelled for March 2

Due to tomorrow’s weather forecast of heavy rain and wind, there will be no Ski Program. However, students will ski the following week, Friday, March 9.  This has been a tricky ski season for sure!

 

First Ski Day Friday!

Dear Skiers and Snowboarders,

This Friday is finally our first ski day!

The weather is finally cooperating and it should be a beautiful winter evening, mostly sunny and temperatures around 30 degrees. For an updated snow report and other mountain information see the Wachusett website: http://www.wachusett.com/

Please let me know if you will not be able to attend, it helps me with attendance. If so, you will receive a $20, 2017-2018 season coupon good toward a lift ticket, rentals, or lessons. When you would like to redeem your absentee coupon, go to Customer Service or the Group Sales Counter. These coupons are transferable (you can give them to someone else.)

Ski Day Schedule:

Friday morning: Drop off equipment at the school before school starts

– Ski Storage at Nissitissit Middle School:

Ski equipment should be dropped off each Friday morning between 7:30am and 8:00am.  Bring your equipment to the gym parking lot on the left side of the school and your equipment will be stored in the ski storage room next to the Health room.  Do not go in the front entrance with your equipment.

When school is dismissed students get their equipment from storage and board the buses. The buses will be ready to load at Nissitissit when the students are dismissed.  The High School bus will arrive at NMRHS around 2:35 pm.

I have the Student Lift Badges and they will be handed out on the bus.  If you have a Season Pass, please make sure you bring it with you.  If you haven’t picked up your season pass yet this year, you can meet me at the chaperone table as soon as we get to Wachusett and come with me to Group Sales & Customer Service to pick it up.

Note a park pass ($5) is needed to use the larger terrain park on Hitchcock trail. To get a park pass, a parent needs to sign a waiver – see: http://www.wachusett.com/EventsActivities/WinterActivities/Parks/tabid/116/Default.aspx

At Wachusett:

When the buses arrive at Wachusett you need to take everything you need for skiing for the night.  The busses park in a distant lot and will not be accessible while we are skiing.  You can leave your school backpacks on the bus but make sure you bring all your ski equipment and food/dinner money.

If you are getting rentals, please follow the chaperone from the bus to the rental area. This first night may be a little slow as the rental staff sizes equipment for each student but they will note the equipment size and next time will be much faster.

Use the Ski Check and secure you belongings! Ski Check is free and easy to use, it’s located in the back of the lodge and across from the Minuteman Express lift. Also, Do Not leave any bags under the picnic tables outside. Bags are stolen more often than equipment and bags left outside are easy targets. If you don’t want to use a locker, you can put your bag under the Chaperone table.

Chaperone Table

The chaperone table will be located in the Granite Room in the lodge near the fireplace, same as last year. Look for the “Pepperell” sign. There will always be a few chaperones available in case you need some help or have a question.  The chaperones do not lead groups around the mountain so you must be responsible for yourself and ask for help when necessary.

Lessons

Ski/snowboard lessons begin at 5pm.  Please meet at the chaperone table at 4:45pm and a chaperone will walk you over to the lesson meeting area.  This will insure you arrive on time and will also be in a class with your friends.

End of the Night

Parents picking up their children at Wachusett MUST send me an email or give me a note by Friday morning. Then, when you arrive at Wachusett, you MUST stop by the Chaperone table anytime before 7:30 pm to let us know you have arrived to pick up your child.  I cannot leave a child at Wachusett without a parent present (we are very serious about making sure no one is left behind). Please don’t put me in a tough spot when the student says “…but my parents said they’ll be here later, really.”

If a friend is picking up your child or if your child is going home with someone else’s parents I need an email from the parent to give permission to go home with the other person.

Please put your name and “Pepperell” on your equipment, helmet, goggles, gloves and other items. Many items are left in the lodge at the end of the night and I don’t have any way to know if they belong to someone from Pepperell without a name.

All buses return to Nissitissit Middle School between 8:50pm and 9 pm. We will be waiting out in the cold so please be on time.

Let me know if you have any questions or check out the Ski Program website: https://pepperellski.wordpress.com/

See you Friday!

Jim Pantano

Coordinator, Pepperell Ski Program

Ski Program Cancelled Again!

Dear Skiers and Snowboarders,

Although the temperature will be 50 degrees warmer than last week, the forecast for this Friday is predicting rain, possibly heavy rain, all day Friday.
We are cancelling the Ski Program this Friday and have rescheduled it to Friday, March 2. Reminder, we don’t ski the Friday of winter break.
I’m just as excited as you must be to get on the slopes and hopefully we’ll have better weather next week.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
                                                   Jim Pantano
                                                   Coordinator – Pepperell Ski Program

Ski Program Cancelled for Friday!

Dear Skiers and Snowboarders,

This Friday was suppose to be our first ski day but, unfortunately, the frigid weather is too much. After the snowstorm on Thursday, the forecast for Friday is the wind will pick up and the temperature will plummet into the single digits such that the windchill will be -12 or below while we are at Wachusett.

We will cancel this Friday and reschedule to ski on February 16.

If you still wish to go to Wachusett on your own on Friday, you can receive 50% OFF lift and rental purchases when you present your student RFID Program Badge to Customer Service or the Group Sales Counter. Please contact me if you wish to pick up your badge.

For an updated snow report and other mountain information see the Wachusett website: http://www.wachusett.com/

A few general reminders for next week:

I have the Student Lift Badges and they will be handed out on the bus on ski days. If you have a Season Pass (Bronze, Silver or Gold), please make sure you bring it with you.  If you haven’t picked up your season pass yet, you can meet me at the chaperone table as soon as we get to Wachusett and come with me to Group Sales & Customer Service to pick it up. 

Parents picking up their children at Wachusett MUST send me an email or give me a note by Friday morning. Then, when you arrive at Wachusett, you MUST stop by the Chaperone table anytime before 7:30pm to let us know you have arrived to pick up your child.  I cannot leave a child at Wachusett without a parent present (we are very serious about making sure no one is left behind).

 Please put your name and “Pepperell” on your equipment, helmet, goggles, gloves and other items. Many items are left in the lodge at the end of the night and I don’t have any way to know if they belong to someone from Pepperell without a name.

 All busses return to Nissitissit Middle School between 8:50pm and 9pm. We will be waiting out in the cold so please be on time.

 There is more information on the Ski Program website: https://pepperellski.wordpress.com or let me know if you have any questions.

 See you next Friday!

 Jim Pantano

Coordinator, Pepperell Ski Program

mobile: 978-512-1200

Ski Program starts Friday!

The Pepperell Ski Program is set to begin this Friday, January 5. A decision will be made by Thursday as to whether this Friday will be cancelled due to cold weather and wind. Registered skiiers/boarders will be notified by Mr. Pantano by email.  Registered students will ski or snowboard at Wachusett Mountain on Friday nights from January 5- February 9. February 16 has been set aside as a make up day, if needed. Students will board buses around 2:15 at NMS. The buses will return to NMS at 9:00 p.m. for student pick up.

Ski and Snowboard Drop Off: 

On Ski Program days, students should be driven to school with their skis, snowboards, and ski bag. Ski drop off is from 7:30-8:00 on Friday mornings.  Parents should pull around to the left side of the building and park in the side parking lot. This is the entrance we use for band lessons and basketball games. We have a team of students who will take the ski equipment from cars to store in our “ski closet.” Please be on time for equipment drop off.  The “ski closet” is locked at 8:00 and remains secure until it is time for the kids to leave for the ski trip.

 

Clothing Tips:
Skiing and riding is a cold weather sport. You ski and ride outdoors in the winter weather. The first step in becoming a skier or rider is not how to learn put on your equipment but how to dress for winter. Students should be outfitted for New England weather so that their experiences are positive.
Staying warm, especially on extra cold days requires forethought. If you choose your clothing carefully, you can keep warm despite cold weather. Whether they are new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, the below information will help anyone remember “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.”
  • Layering is the best way to keep warm. In addition to keeping you warm, layering makes it easier to avoid becoming overheated. You can simply remove layers if you’ve bundled up too much.
  • Wear a base layer of long underwear (Avoid pure cotton, linen, or other similar materials, however, because these fabrics retain moisture and will chill you). Traditional thermal undergarments work well for the first layer. An alternative to traditional thermals is silk. Silk is very warm and feels wonderful against bare skin. Silk is not very rugged, though, and won’t last as long as traditional thermal underwear.
  • Layer a warm collared shirt, sweater or fleece over the top of the first layer. If you have a coat with a hood, avoid sweatshirts with hoods attached, as this can cause too much bulk beneath the layers.
  • Water and wind resistant pants. Snow or ski pants work best.
  • Avoid sweat pants, they get wet very quickly! Be sure your pants are wide enough at the bottom of the legs to fit over large boots.
  • Jacket or shell with a high collar, once again water and wind resistant is best.
  • High socks and only one pair of socks worn at a time. Bring a couple of extra pairs of socks – the higher, the better. Avoid socks with big, thick seams.
  • Use accessories. Wear waterproof gloves or mittens. Gloves allow more freedom of movement, but mittens are warmer. Avoid knit gloves, they get wet very quickly. Add a neck warmer. Protect your face.  Wear ski goggles that work at night or during the day, and add a ski mask to cover the rest of your face.  There are also specially made head covers that fit well under helmets that give extra warmth for the head, ears and neck.
  • Warm hat that covers your ears. The old saying “If your feet are cold, put on a hat” is true! Hats can easily be removed and replaced with a helmet when on the hill.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm, SPF-15 or greater. Even on cloudy days it is very easy to get too much sun when on the snow.
  • Eye protection. Either goggles or sunglasses. Goggles with clear lenses are recommended for night skiing/riding.
  • Use heat packs. You can buy heat packs at the Finish Line Ski and Board Shop, Valley Lodge or Main Lodge. You can also pick up heat packs at any sporting goods or department store.

Please be sure to label everything with your name!!!

 

 

Ski Program set to start Friday!

coopski

Mrs. Young’s favorite ski bunny!

The Pepperell Ski Program will begin this Friday, January 6. Registered students will ski or snowboard at Wachusett Mountain on Friday nights from January 6- February 10. February 17 has been set aside as a make up day, if needed. Students will board buses around 2:15 at NMS. The buses will return to NMS at 9:00 p.m. for student pick up.

Ski and Snowboard Drop Off: 

On Ski Program days, students should be driven to school with their skis, snowboards, and ski bag. Ski drop off is from 7:30-8:00 on Friday mornings.  Parents should pull around to the left side of the building and park in the side parking lot. This is the entrance we use for band lessons and basketball games. We have a team of students who will take the ski equipment from cars to store in our “ski closet.” Please be on time for equipment drop off.  The “ski closet” is locked at 8:00 and remains secure until it is time for the kids to leave for the ski trip.