Monday, January 30, 2012

Save the Date

Attention WBHS skiers and riders, mark Saturday, March 3 on your calendars.  Big trip you won't want to miss!  More details coming very soon...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

3 up, 3 down

It's hard to believe we are halfway through our ski trips already!  The mountain is starting to look more like winter now that we have some fresh snow, the trails are opening up and it's a hair lighter when we first get there.

Everything went smooth this week and we even got a bonus with some fresh cookies for the ride up!  A few things I need to mention this week:

1. Let's not get stingy on our tips.  Try to save a dollar and don't forget it in your bag below the bus.  The drivers work hard to get us there and back safely and a little goes a long way.

2. So far WB has received nothing but compliments on your behavior from both the mountain and the bus drivers so keep up the good work!  I see some not so well behaved individuals here and there on the mountain and in the lodge and I'm happy to see that it's always students from other schools.

3. We will not be providing water on the way up this week.  The bus was once again littered with bottles and wrappers despite bringing a trash bag down the aisle and asking to check for trash on the way home.  Please make sure you throw out your trash in the front or back of the bus this week and we can resume hydration next week.

Time for some pictures:

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thank you WBPD!

Conditions were a little fast at the mountain thanks to some snow followed by rain followed by more snow.  We had a couple of hard falls but that's why we wear helmets!  A big thank you to the officer that was at the school when we got back - I do think it made a huge difference and I hope they'll be able to make it in the future.

Next week is midterms and all students should be back at the tv studio NO LATER than 1:45.  I'm hoping to take our yearbook picture outside before we board the bus.

Now for some pictures:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Preparing For Week 2

As I mentioned, everything went great our first week but there were a few things I wanted to mention moving forward:

1. Keep track of your belongings.  In the first week, we had a couple of pairs of snow pants, a hat, and a lift ticket go missing.  Ski clothing isn't cheap so take the time to throw your name on a tag somewhere.  If the mountain finds it and puts it aside for you, you can identify it.  When you take your jackets off for dinner or changing, pay attention to where your lift is!

2. Not a bad job with the tip this past week but many of you did not participate.  Please keep a dollar aside for the collection on the ride home.  Our drivers really appreciate it!

3. Speaking of the bus, let's keep it clean.  After doing a sweep at the end of the night, we found quite a bit of junk at the back of the bus.  I'll be addressing these students Friday.

4. Thank you to all of the parents who were at the school picking up their kids on time!  Parking across the street really helps the bus get into the small lot.  Crossing the street at night made me a little nervous though - some of the traffic was zipping along and not expecting crossers at that time.  Once the bus pulls in, feel free to drive on over.  You can pick up your kids and loop around the bus to get out.

As always, any questions, just ask away!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Some Pictures From Week 1

So Far, So Good

So our first trip came and went without incident and it seems like everyone had a great time!  Everyone got their rentals and to their lessons on time.  The conditions were pretty good considering they didn't open too long ago.  I was able to get several runs in with the other chaperones and students throughout the night which always fun.  Any feedback is welcome:

How was the food?
Everything go ok in the lodge?
What did you think about your experience for our first time out?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's almost time!

It's hard to believe we are leaving for our first trip in three days!  Mandatory meeting with all club members this Thursday after school in the tv studio.  Don't forget to check out the Facebook page: West Bridgewater High Ski & Ride Club.  In the meantime, here are some things you should know:

Students should be dropped off in the morning over by the tv studio parking lot; I'll be there by 7am.  All gear and bags will be stored in the studio safe and secure.  Please be on time for your first class, I will NOT be giving late passes.  All student drivers should be parked in the tv studio parking lot so you can jump right into your car when we get dropped off later that night.

We leave PROMPTLY after school so save your wardrobe changes for the mountain.  We leave outside of the tv studio parking lot which is exactly where students are to be picked up when we get back.  Students that drive themselves to school: park in this parking lot since you get back after dark...don't forget!  Students are allowed to leave their books and school bags in the tv studio before we leave.  Don't forget anything in your locker - you will NOT be able to access the building outside the tv studio.  Parents, the students will call you when we are about 20 minutes or so from the school on the way back just as a heads-up.  Parents, can you please park across the street (Sunnyside) in order to allow the bus into our small parking lot.  Once the bus is in the lot, drive on over.  We had a good system down last year so we’ll try it again.

Eat a good lunch and think about bringing a snack.  Bottled water isn't a bad idea either to keep yourself hydrated during the trip.  We will be supplying (complimentary) one bottle of water and one snack on the way up - I would still bring something for the trip back.  We're not back to school until around 10:00 so everyone should plan on eating dinner by bringing something to eat (don't leave it on the bus when we get to the mountain) or money for the food they sell at the lodge.  Food at the lodge is typical cafeteria food/price: pizza, chicken fingers, salad, burgers, etc... 

Don't forget my two most important rules: ski with a buddy and wear a helmet.  No one should be on the trails alone.  Stay with a buddy or a group.  Find out who is at your skill level and have fun!  Wear your helmet.  If a chaperon or myself find you on the mountain without a helmet, you will sit in the lodge.  You don't want to be in the lodge and neither do I so protect that noggin.  There is NO warning for either of these rules and they are enforced at all times, every trip.

Last thing for today: the bus driver.  While a tip isn't mandatory, I think a little extra thank you goes a long way.  On the way up, if everyone throws in a buck, the driver should get a nice tip once we arrive safely home.  They work hard and have a lot of responsibility at the wheel so I think a buck isn't too much to ask.