“Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads”
– Author Unknown
What better way to spend a white winter than out on the slopes? Bainbridge Island Parks and Rec provides transportation to and from the mountain on a ski bus. There are two mountains we visit – Steven’s Pass and Crystal Mountain. Steven’s Pass is one of the Northwest’s premier resorts offering 10 lifts, over 1,125 acres of skiable terrain, and 37 primary runs. Crystal Mountain offers bigger runs, fewer crowds, and 3,100 feet of vertical descent. Tear up the powder for six full hours with 11 lifts, one gondola, over 2,600 acres of terrain, and 53 runs. Seats fill quickly and space is limited!
Ski Bus registration has been delayed. We are working with Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain to finalize pricing. It is anticipated ski bus will be viewable online and ready for registration around November 1. Early Bird Registration, which saves $10 off every day of ski bus transportation, will run from November 1 – November 30, still allowing plenty of time to take advantage of the savings. Thank you for your understanding.
Pricing – We have a terrific relationship with Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain and Lyon’s Ski School, allowing us access to special discounted pricing. We pass on all these savings directly to you. No markups. Sign up for one or all six weeks! The more you ride Ski Bus, the cheaper each week becomes.
Lift Tickets – Lift tickets or a season pass is required to access the mountain. We offer special discounted pricing for both Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain.
Equipment – Participants are responsible for providing their own equipment and labeling it with their name/phone number. We recommend renting through us as each resort’s mountain shop provides steeply discounted rentals exclusively for our ski bus.
Lessons – It is strongly recommended that students new to skiing/snowboarding or ages 9-12 enroll in multi-week lessons. These group lessons are taught by professional instructors and tailored to each student’s ability level/age. Students in lessons may free ski/ride with a buddy as time allows before and after lessons.
No Lessons – Participants new to ski bus this year who do not plan to enroll in lessons will need to take a short proficiency assessment the first day, demonstrating that they can turn right, turn left, stop, control their speed and know the “Your Responsibility” code. Students failing to meet these recognized safety standards will not be allowed to ski/snowboard or will have to enroll in a lesson at cost to the parent. Refusal to take the proficiency assessment is grounds for dismissal from the ski bus with no refund.
Refund policy – A full refund, minus a $5 administration fee, will be granted if withdrawing before the registration deadline. Once the deadline has passed, refunds will not be granted. The District reserves the right to dismiss a participant without refund if the participant fails to abide by “The Code of Conduct” agreement. If weather or road closures cancel a trip, a pro-rated credit will be refunded for the missed day.
Ski Bus Chaperones
Chaperones are the heart and soul of any successful ski bus. They have the unique opportunity to create and foster positive relationships with their group not only as a mentor, but also as a role model. Our chaperones are selected not only for their ability to manage a youth group effectively and to create lasting relationships, but also to help get youth active outdoors. It’s all about the kids.
An attempt will be made to ensure an equal mixing of male and female chaperones on each bus.
Contact John Hawkins
Ski Programs Coordinator