Boston Mills, Brandywine and Alpine Valley offer a season-long Club Program for skiers, snowboarders and snowbladers ages 8* to 18**. The Club Program includes 4 hours of slope time per session, equipment rental (if applicable) and up to five lessons. For the first five visits, club members arrive and depart as a group with their club advisor. Afterward, club members are welcome to continue visiting on their designated day(at no additional charge) using your Club Card
Clubs begin in January, as determined by BMBW and AV, and continue to the end of the season. If BMBW or AV must cancel one of your five guaranteed club visits, we will schedule an additional session for you. Individual make-up lessons are not available.
*Must be 8 years old by January 1, 2016.
**Proof of age may be required
Note: Online registration closes on December 18th.
Please contact your Club Advisor with additional questions on how to register online or Download the online Club Program tutorial HERE!
Thursday, October 1st - Online Club Registration begins- Shopping Cart goes LIVE
Friday, November 20th - 1st Club Registration Deadline (All registrants that make this deadline will receive their Club Cards and be eligible to use their Value Passes by December 18th)
Saturday, November 21st - Administration fees apply to all changes made to a club registration from this date forward
Friday, December 18th - 2nd Club Registration Deadline (Online registration closes at midnight. All members must register using paper forms available through your Club Advisor from this point forward)
Thursday December 31st - Last Day to request a Rent to Own Snowcard Refund
Monday, January 4th - CLUB PROGRAM BEGINS!!!!
Monday, January 11th - Administration fees applied to all club registrations received from this date forward
- Includes Club Card, lessons, ski or snowboard rental and Value Passes.
- Does NOT include ski blades. Does NOT include helmets.
Season Passholders Option
- ONLY Season Passholders can purchase a Club Program Season Passholder package (the cost is for the lessons).
- This package IS NOT available to Pick-A-Day Passholders.
- This package is NOT available to Snow Squad, Boot Camp or any other lesson program packages.
- This package DOES NOT include the Value Passes.
JOIN the FUN
The Club Program is the most heavily discounted program at BMBW, with savings of almost $400 over the standard snow pass, rental equipment and lesson price. There are NO REFUNDS on this heavily discounted program for any reason, including student removal from the club due to disciplinary reasons invoked by the club advisor, BMBW Ski Patrol or BMBW Management.
Pricing depends on the day and time your club visits, and the type of package you need(rent or own). Season Passholders may take advantage of a special package, which covers the cost of lessons. Pick-A-Day Passholders are not eligible for the Season Passholder package.
|Sat 4pm - Fri 2pm||Fri 2pm - Sat 4pm|
|Tax Exempt Plus Tax*||Tax Exempt Plus Tax*|
|Standard Owner:||$139.00 N/A||$159.00 N/A|
|Season Passholder:**||$ 80.00 N/A||$ 85.00 N/A|
|Sat 4pm - Fri 2pm||Fri 2pm - Sat 4pm|
|Tax Exempt Plus Tax*||Tax Exempt Plus Tax*|
|Standard Renter:||$199.00 $203.05||$219.00 $223.05|
|Season Passholder:**||$140.00 $144.05||$145.00 $149.05|
*Only rental is taxable. Please check with your advisor to find out whether your club is tax exempt.
Anyone who wants to join a club must contact your club advisor to find out when your club signup meetings will be held. (If your club is affiliated with your local school, your school's main office should be able to let you know how to contact the advisor.) Let the advisor know that you are interested in signing up for some SNOW FUN this season!
Refund Policy: There are NO REFUNDS on this already heavily discounted school Club Program for any reason. Changing from a renter to an owner must be made by January 1, 2016. Snowcards will be the ONLY form of refund that will be issued for this change.
Club Cards & Lessons
Club members are given a permanent Club Card for the season, which serves as their admission onto the snow and is used to get rental equipment, if their package includes it. Club Cards are valid only for the 4 hour session and designated day that your club is signed up for. As a club member, keeping track of your Club Card is your responsibility! Lost Club Cards are replaced very rarely, and never without an advisor or after the fifth club visit. If a Club Card is replaced, the club member will be charged a $25 replacement fee.
Each participant’s Club Card must be validated with a colored sticker indicating the participant’s ability level. The stickers are color-coded to correspond with the relative difficulty of each slope at Boston Mills and Brandywine. The club sticker program is used for teaching and assessment purposes.
Remember, you may not let anyone use your Club Card or the equipment obtained with your Club Card. Any misuse, including sticker tampering, will result in loss of privileges. Club members will be assessed a fee if on the slopes without a Club Card.
Note: If for any reason your club will not be attending as an “organized group” due to cancelations on your scheduled day, within the five-consecutive week timeframe, members MUST use one of their Value Pass validations (or pay full price at the ticket windows) to obtain a snow pass and rental, if needed for that day.
If you have any questions regarding cancelations, contact your Club Advisor.
- All members are given a RFID Club Card for the season which bears the member’s name, club name, ability level and rental information, if applicable. This Club Card MUST be kept in a chest pocket at all times (so that the RFID scanners can read at any time) and serves as the member’s snow pass, lesson ticket and rental, if applicable.
- Your Club Cards are valid ONLY for the specific day and four hour session time that your club signed up for. They will NOT validate beyond your four hour session and any other day of the week.
- Club Card usage is restricted to the person whose name it bears. Club Cards are non-transferrable.
- Club Cards are not valid and cannot be used prior to the first official club start date in January, therefore are not valid and cannot be used in December.
- All Club Cards are the responsibility of the member and will not be replaced without good cause. In the event that a Club Card is replaced, the member will be assessed a $25.00 fee. (This can occur only during the first 5 weeks that the club is taking lessons and only at the request of the club advisor.)
- A one-time only printed snow pass (or One Day Tag) will be issued should a member forget his/her Club Card and is accompanied by the advisor. All one-day printed snow passes (or One Day Tags) MUST be returned to the Club Program Office or Information Office after that day’s session. Any stickers earned and placed on the one-day snow pass will be transferred to the regular Club Card by Club Program staff the following week. No one-day snow passes will be issued for members of a club that has completed its five weeks as an organized group.
- NO replacement Club Cards and NO one-day snow passes will be issued after the club’s fifth visit. If a member forgets or loses his or her Club Card after that date, they can use their Value Passes or purchase a regular snow pass and rental if needed.
- After the five weeks of lessons as an organized club are complete, members can ski or ride using their Club Cards at Boston Mills, Brandywine or Alpine Valley on the club’s designated day only. Your Club Card will still only be active during the club’s selected day.
- At the discretion of management near the end of the season, Club Cards may become all-day snow passes on the club’s designated day. The Club Program Manager will provide the date this option becomes available. This will NOT include any of our Late Night sessions. You will have to pay the $10.00 upgrade fee to ski or ride during our Late Night sessions. (Or use a Value Pass)
Club members, except for those with Season Passholder packages, receive four *$10 Value Passes that can be used towards any of the following:
- An all day snow pass at Boston Mills/Brandywine or Alpine Valley
- A snow tubing session
- A late night session
Club Cards must be presented at our pass windows by the person whose name appears on the card, but any of the Value Passes obtained may be used for a friend or family member if desired. They may not be resold. You can use all four Value Passes at once, and any snow pass you obtain includes rental if your Club Program package includes rental.
- Each member, excluding Season Passholders, will receive four Value Passes to use at times other than their regularly scheduled club session. If rental was purchased with the Club Program package, then the Value Pass uses include rental as well.
- The four Value Passes will be encoded on your Club Card.
- Either skis or snowboards can be rented on a Value Pass with rental validation.
- The four Value Passes can be used for snow tubing, late night sessions, or all day snow passes at Boston Mills, Brandywine or Alpine Valley.
- If for any reason your club will not be attending as an “organized group” due to cancelations on your scheduled day, within the five-consecutive week timeframe, members MUST use one of their Value Pass validations (or pay full price at the ticket windows) to obtain a snow pass and rental, if needed for that day.
- Unused validations expire at the end of each season
- The four Value Passes are *$10.00/each.
*A $10.00 Administrative Fee will be added to each Value Pass for any and all changes made to a registration from November 21, 2015 through the end of the 15/16 Season.
*A $10.00 Administrative Fee will be added to each Value Pass for any club registrations received January 11, 2016 through the end of the 15/16 Season.
You can buy your Club Program package with or without ski or snowboard rental* and if you are a beginner, we highly recommend the rental option! Renters must stay on the type of equipment chosen at signup when using their Club Card. Failure to return rental equipment results in a loss of privileges for the next visit and a replacement charge.
Download Rental Helper to determine Skier Type, and Snowboarder's Forward Foot when signing up either online or via our paper registration forms.
*Snowblade rental is not available. Sled dogs, Big Feet, Snowrunners, etc., are not permitted in the Club Program at all.
- Members who rent MUST stay on the same type of equipment for the entire season that they selected when they registered for the club (either online or paper form). Once the 5 weeks of lessons have been completed with their chosen equipment, the club member is free to rent whatever equipment they would like from then on. But the 5 weeks of lessons must be completed first. The only exception is for members that signed up for snowboarding, who may ONLY switch to skiing during that first week of lessons and prior to the second week of lessons.
- No rent-to-own or own-to-rent changes may be made after January 1, 2016. However, in the event an owner finds their personal equipment unsuitable or unsafe, rental can be added to the club program package for a fee.
- Helmets are available for rental at an additional $10 per visit.
- For beginners, renting is the best and most economical introduction to skiing or snowboarding. Members renting equipment proceed directly to the rental department with their Club Card. Our employees will select and distribute the proper equipment for each person.
- All rental equipment is individually marked for easy identification, and its pickup and return is recorded each week in our database corresponding to the member’s Club Card. Failure to return rental equipment will result in loss of privileges for the following week and a replacement charge.
- Ski Boot Sizes: Largest = Men’s 16 Smallest = Child’s 7 (BMBW) - Child’s 6 (AV)
- Snowboard Boot Sizes: Largest = Men’s 15 Smallest = Child’s 13
- Rentals include: for skiers- skis with bindings, boots and poles; for snowboarders- snowboard with bindings and boots
- For those members who have their own snowboards, metal edges are required.
- Strap-on bindings DO NOT require a leash; step-in bindings DO require a leash or brakes.
- Owners requiring a one-day rental may do so for an additional fee.
- Snowblade rental is NOT available in this program, even on a one-day basis.
- Big Feet, Snowrunners, Sled Dogs, etc. are not permitted during lessons.
Safe Learning - Fun Environment
While skiing and snowboarding can be a great, fun experience, it's important to practice safe riding on the slopes. Ultimately, safe skiing and snowboarding on the slopes is each person’s responsibility. Always be respectful to your fellow skiers and riders.
A warning may be issued for safety reasons, including skiing or riding out of control, or for disciplinary reasons like snowball throwing and the use of foul language. If you receive a warning, your club advisor must accompany you to reclaim your Club Card for the following session. Some offenses, and any second warnings, result in the loss of privileges with no refund.
Your Responsibility Code, shown below, is a partial list. Be safety conscious and courteous at all times.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE:
- Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Personal Item Storage and Equipment Storage:
- BMBW and AV are not responsible for any lost or stolen articles.
- NO EQUIPMENT IS PERMITTED IN THE LODGES. Equipment is to be kept on racks outside or in equipment lockers. We do NOT provide locks for the racks and highly recommend purchasing locks to prevent equipment theft. Buckeye Sports Center at BMBW or the ticket office at AV offer a few different gear locks--like bike locks, which range from about $10.00-$20.00--that you can purchase.
- Stowing items under tables and benches is NOT permitted. Tables and benches should be open and free of articles of clothing and/or equipment so that others can have a place to eat, relax and enjoy their day at the resort.
- Items not stowed properly in table areas and left in the walking path of customers are considered a safety hazard and will be moved.
- Lockers should be used to store any items that are brought into the resort. Lockers at BMBW are operated by tokens only. The cost of each token is $1.00. A token is needed EVERY time the locker is opened. Token machines are located near the rental departments and can convert one dollar bills only. There is a $10.00 fee for lost locker keys. AV has coin operated lockers which require $1.00 in coins. You can get change from the rental department for the coin lockers. We do not open lockers because a friend has the key and you cannot find them, we will only open the locker with a lost locker key form or in case of an emergency.
- Boston Mills and Brandywine have open compartments or cubbyholes for gear storage.
What to Wear
If you have any specific questions about what to wear, be sure to ask your Club Advisor. If you need to buy anything, it should be a pair of waterproof shell pants and warm long underwear.) Follow our guidelines to help make your first experience skiing or snowboarding a comfortable one, from head to toe:
HEAD & FACE:
- Ultimately, the choice of whether to wear a HELMET on the slopes is one of personal and/or parental choice. It's up to you to educate yourself about the benefits and limitations of wearing a helmet. NSAA, the trade association for ski areas across the country, has set up a good informational website called Lids on Kids. If you do decide to wear a helmet, make sure that you wear one specifically designed for winter sports! For more information on helmet usage and FAQs, visit lidsonkids.org.
- If you choose not to wear a helmet, HATS are a definite must! Look for hats that are waterproof and windproof for maximum comfort.
- SUNGLASSES and GOGGLES are optional, but can make you more comfortable by reducing sun glare and keeping any natural snow out of your eyes. Look for 100 percent UV protection in sunglasses, and make sure that they fit snugly behind your ears. Clear or yellow lenses are recommended for night skiing/boarding. Goggles should form an uninterrupted seal on your face--watch for gaps, especially around your nose--and extend above your eyebrows and below your cheekbones.
- Don't forget SUNSCREEN! Snow is reflective, and magnifies the sun's rays the same way that water in a pool or the ocean does. Putting on sunscreen at least a half hour before you hit the slopes is a great way to protect your skin.
CLOTHES - LAYER UP:
- Layering up gives you the flexibility to add or remove layers as needed, depending on the weather and your activity. Follow a three-layer system for the best results:
- WICKING LAYER: This is the layer worn next to your skin. It should fit snugly (but not tightly) in order to keep moisture away from your skin. Avoid wearing cotton in this layer, as it will absorb sweat and snow, and make you cold! Turtleneck shirts, long underwear, footless tights, etc, work well in this layer.
- INSULATING LAYER: This is the middle layer(s) that helps to keep the heat in and the cold out. On a warm, sunny day you may not need an insulating layer... but bring one anyway, just in case. (It's better to be prepared, and you can store any unnecessary layers in one of our token-operated lockers.) Make sure that your insulating layer is loose enough to trap air between layers, but not so bulky that you have trouble moving. Comfort is key, and either fleece or wool sweaters work well in this layer.
- PROTECTIVE LAYER: This is your outermost layer, which guards against the elements. It should be waterproof, always fit comfortably and never restrict your range of motion. Don't wear jeans or street pants! Denim is not waterproof, so water will soak into the fabric and you will end up being cold, wet and miserable. Waterproof outer pants are recommended instead.
HANDS & FEET:
- Wear waterproof GLOVES or MITTENS. Don't wear gloves or mittens that are too tight. There should be a little air space at the tips of your fingers, which acts as additional insulation. Snowboarders may want to wear wrist guards as well, to help protect hands and wrists in a fall.
- Wool or acrylic SOCKS are better than cotton athletic socks--again, because cotton soaks up water and holds it close to your skin. Ski and snowboard boots are designed to be warm, so you only need to wear one, thin pair of socks. Multiple layers of socks, or one pair that is too thick, will only give you blisters and may not allow for a proper fitting boot. Multiple pairs of socks may also restrict your circulation and cause your feet to be colder.
- As most members are coming to BMBW and AV from other activities, we recommend bringing an extra pair of socks to change into before you begin skiing/boarding.