“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 is now live! Early Bird Registration, which saves $10 off every day of ski bus transportation, will run from November 1 – November 30. For a complete list of options for our Stevens Pass Ski Bus and our Crystal Mountain Ski Bus, visit our registration page and search “ski bus”.
General ― A detailed email will be sent out approximately a week before the start of each program, with info on where to meet, what to bring, weather forecast, medical waivers, emergency contacts, and other information.
Early Bird Registration – Registration for Ski Bus opens on November 1 at 9:30am. Register between then and November 30 and you’ll save $10 for every day of transportation that you enroll through us. That’s a $110 savings for all 11 weeks of transportation.
Which Ski Bus Do I Pick? ― Both! However, if you had to start with one, pick Stevens Pass. They get their best snow in the beginning of winter and the terrain is friendly for all ability levels. A majority of our Ski Bussers begin with Stevens, build up their legs, work on their skills, make tons of friends, then sign up for five more weeks at Crystal Mountain. Crystal gets their best snow later on, usually right when the crowds die down and we start our Ski Bus there. It’s a solid win.
Pricing – Due to the large variety of options, pricing information for transportation, ski/snowboard lessons, rental equipment, lift tickets, and packages can all be viewed online via WebTrac when you search “ski bus”.
Transportation – Ski Bus uses the District’s 15-passenger vans and 22-person mini bus. If there is high demand for particular weekends, we look into chartering a 56-passenger bus to accommodate. Seats fill quickly, so enroll early! Do not purchase lift tickets, rentals, or lessons if you haven’t already reserved and paid for your transportation spot for that week. Transportation fees include ferry passes for all Stevens Pass & White Pass Ski Bus participants. No need to pay separately or bring a pass and potentially lose it! We’ve got you covered!
Lift tickets – Lift tickets or a season pass is required to access the mountain. We offer discounted youth lift tickets and package deals for Stevens Pass. For your convenience we also offer youth lift tickets for Crystal Mountain. Adult Ski Bus riders will need to supply their own lift tickets for Crystal Mountain and White Pass.
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.
Helmets ― We follow the National Ski Area Association’s guidelines and require all participants and chaperones to wear a helmet. We recommend purchasing your skier/snowboarder their own helmet as opposed to renting one as it’ll fit better and reflect their unique style.
Equipment – Participants are responsible for providing their own equipment and labeling each item with their name. For Stevens Pass Youth Ski Bus, we recommend renting through us as they provide discounted pricing for our participants.
Chaperones – Chaperones are the heart and soul of Ski Bus. They have a unique opportunity to create positive relationships and be a role model for youth. Chaperones are selected based on their experience working with kids, managing groups, and availability throughout the season. Chaperone training will be on December 7 at Strawberry Hill Center. Contact us early if you are interested in chaperoning.
Registration Deadlines ― Registration deadline is midnight on Monday before each week of Ski Bus. It is helpful and saves time to have participant waivers, medical information, and other forms turned in beforehand. The District reserves the right to require a doctor’s note to clear a participant for certain circumstances.
Refunds – For questions about refunds, please see the back page of our catalog or click here. 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 Jeff Ozimek
Outdoor Program Manager, M.S.
Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District
Office: (206) 842-2306 x115 Cell: (206) 883-5768