Experience Education

Bush Ski Bus

Bush SKI BUS

The Bush Ski Bush program provides full-day, “bus-to-lift” ski and snowboarding trips to major regional ski resorts in the Pacific Northwest - enabling students to appreciate the amazing alpine environment while skiing, snowboarding & bonding with fellow students. The program is accessible to Bush students at all skill levels in Sixth through Twelfth Grade and offers Bush parents/guardians, faculty, and staff a unique and exciting volunteer opportunity.
This overview provides important dates for the program, informational meetings, program costs, policies, and registration information. 

List of 4 items.

  • About Bush Ski Bus

    • The Bush School Ski Bus program operates under the direction of The Bush School and offers ski/snowboarding trips to Sixth to Twelfth Grade students. 
    • The program organizes & coordinates several all-day ski trips to regional ski resorts (such as Crystal Mountain & Steven Pass) from January through April of each year. 
    • Ski Bus is managed and operated by Bush Ski Bus Coordinators who are parent volunteers. 
    • Each Ski Bus trip has a designated Trip Manager (one of the Coordinators). The Trip Manager is responsible for managing the execution of all aspects of a specific Ski Bus trip, is present from the beginning to the end of the trip on the bus and on the mountain -- and is Bush’s primary representative during the trip. 
    • Chaperones are parent volunteers and/or Bush Faculty/Staff members who assist the Trip Manager with executing the Ski Bus trip. 
    • Ski Bus is open to beginning through advanced skiers/snowboarders. 
    • Parents are expected to notify the Ski Bus Coordinators if their child is new to snow sports during registration. Students who are new to snow sports MUST be registered by their parents for a ski lesson at the resort for the day of the trip. 
    • When students arrive at the ski area, they are expected to be respectful of their classmates and all other skiers/snowboarders and the ski area. 
    • Students are expected to abide by the Bush School Student Handbook Code of Conduct and expectations of student behavior for this school-affiliated program. 
    • Students organize and ski/snowboard in their own groups. Students never ski/snowboard alone. 
    • Although the Trip Manager and adult chaperones are present on the mountain, it is important to note that they are not responsible for supervising individual skiers/snowboarders or groups on the mountain.  
  • Parent/Guardian Make-Up Virtual Information Sessions

    Thank you to those who attended the Bush Ski Bus Parent/Guardian Information Session on Thursday, October 27. The great interest shown by the Bush community was very encouraging. If you were unable to attend last week's information session but you or your student is interested in participating in this year’s Ski Bus program, please attend one of the following virtual information sessions: 
     
    Ski Bus Parent/Guardian Make-up Virtual Information Session 1
    Date: Wednesday, November 2 
    Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
     
    Ski Bus Parent/Guardian Make-up Virtual Information Session 2
    Date: Wednesday, November 9 
    Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Participation Costs & Registration

    Ski Bus offers two different participation models that cover transportation and lift ticket costs: a season pass and an a la carte model. 
     
    SEASON PASS 
    The season pass offers students access to all trips that Ski Bus offers. The "pass" is the best model for regular Ski Bus participants. 
    Benefits:
    • Simple registration – one ticket, all trips
    • Best discount
    • Registration priority
    • Available with and without lift 
    A LA CARTE 
    The a la carte model offers students the ability to register for specific Ski Bus trips. 
    Benefits: 
    • Flexibility 
    • Available with and without lift 
    * Ski Bus Season Pass and A La Carte participation model pricing will be published as part of Ski Bus registration. Note that gear, lessons, lunch/snack money are not included as part of Season Pass or A La Carte participation models. 

    FINANCIAL AID
     
    Financial aid is available for Ski Bus. View parent meeting for details or contact skibus@bush.edu.
     
    LIFT TICKET GUIDELINES 
    • Only registeredparticipants can purchase discounted lift tickets; and they can only purchase those lift tickets for their own personal use.  
    • Students must ride Ski Bus to the resort to receive a discounted lift ticket 
    REFUND POLICY 
    Participants are responsible for all Ski Bus program trip costs for which they have registered, regardless of whether they attend a trip - with the following exceptions: 
    • Students that have sustained an injury that prevents them from participating in snow sports can request an exemption from transportation costs - please contact SKIBUS Coordinators. 
    • In the event of a trip cancellation by Bush, no transportation costs will be charged for the cancelled trip. 
    • Waitlist Exchange - in the event a given trip has a waitlist, it is sometimes possible to transfer a registered participant's seat on a given trip to another student on the waitlist. Contact skibus@bush.edu as soon as possible if you wish to attempt a waitlist exchange (at least two days before the registered trip.) Your seat(s) will be made available for waitlisted students at that time. You will be contacted by Ski Bus staff if the waitlist exchange is successful. 
    • Participants are only charged for lift tickets that are issued to the participant. 
    REGISTRATION
    Registration for the Bush 2022-2023 Ski Bus season will open Thursday, November 3 
    • Parents/Guardians may add/remove trips and change registration model (Ski Bus Season Pass versus A La Carte) at any time during the open registration period. 
    • The Ski Bus program endeavors to supply seats for all students for all registered trips without a waitlist. However, depending upon the registration volumes for specific trips, a waitlist may be required. In such cases, available capacity will be initially assigned to Ski Bus Season Pass holders, with any remaining seats assigned to registered students at random. Coordinators will contact parents/guardians with waitlisted students via email and/or phone if a seat opens up for a given trip. 
    • Registration status will be sent to registered parents/guardians/students once registration closes. Status will identity all students who are registered for each trip along with whether their registration is confirmed or waitlisted. 
    • Ski Bus registration for the 2022-2023 season will close at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, December 16, 2022. 
    RESIDUAL TICKETS 
    Any Ski Bus tickets remaining after open registration completes will be available first-come, first-served at a la carte pricing to students who registered for Ski Bus.  
     
    To acquire residual tickets: 
    • Parent/Guardian emails SKIBUS@Bush.edu at least 48 hours before trip departure  
    • Email should identify:  
    • Student(s) who wish to participate  
    • Which Ski Bus trip(s) students want to join  
    • Do your student(s) need lift tickets?  
    • Parent will receive email confirming trip commitment status at least 24-hours before trip departure. Please be sure you receive this commitment status email before arriving for trip departure.  
  • 2022-2023 Trip Schedule & Communication

    Seven dates are currently being planned for 2022-2023 trips, however, the actual number of trips depend on weather conditions, student participation, and chaperone support. 
     
    IF SNOW CONDITIONS ARE POOR DURING THE 2022-2023 SEASON
    If weather or snow conditions are poor, a planned Ski Bus trip may be revised, diverted to an alternate resort, rescheduled, or cancelled at the discretion of the trip manager. Trip revisions and cancellations will be communicated using the Trip Day Communication Channels shown below. 
    Note:Students will NOT be charged for lift tickets OR bus fees if a trip is cancelled. 

    COMMUNICATIONS
     
    Bush Ski Bus provides the following communication channels: 
    • The Blazer Bulletin 
    • Bush Website (this page) 
    • WhatsApp Group
    • Email: skibus@bush.edu 
    WEEK-BEFORE TRIP COMMUNICATIONS 
    On the Monday before each trip, the Ski Bus Trip Manager will send an email to parents/students that provides important trip details such as the schedule, participant status, Trip Manager and contact info. Make sure you read this email carefully before each trip. 
     
    TRIP-DAY COMMUNICATIONS 
    Ski Bus will use WhatsApp groups to convey information immediately preceding and during each ski trip. There are two channels that parents and students may join. 

    BUSH SKI BUS COMMUNICATIONS 
    The following types of information will be conveyed using this channel: 
    BUSH SKI SOCIAL
    The following types of information will be conveyed using this channel: 
    All Ski Bus participants and parents/guardians are recommended to join the Bush Ski Bus Communication WhatsApp group. 

    MANDATORY PARENTS/GUARDIANS MEETINGS
    The Bush School requires parents/guardians of students who are interested in Ski Bus to attend a mandatory in-person pre-season information meeting. Parents will be required to acknowledge understanding and acceptance of the Mandatory Parents/Guardians Meeting content during registration.
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