SKI BUMS :: Gay & lesbian skiing and snowboarding club
+ Fri January 9: depart from 34th Street & 8th Ave at 5 PM, drive to hotel, welcome party
+ Sat January 10: Ski & ride at Gore Mountain, evening pizza party
+ Sun January 11: Ski & ride at Gore, depart at 5 PM, après-ski bus party home
Friday January 9 to Sunday January 11, 2015
2 -- Saturday and Sunday
45-minute drive -- on a private charter bus
Recommended for all skill levels
Sometimes you just need an easy escape from the city. When it's the dead of winter, and New Yorkers are bundling up and hibernating, it's exciting to know that you've got a weekend full of adventure... and it's just a quick bus ride away.
Our 2015 trips to Loon and Gore are designed with one big word in mind: affordability. You won't have to spend your vacation days, or a lot of dough. By staying a short drive away from the mountain, hosting pizza parties, chartering a bus and hosting our famous après-ski party on the bus ride home, you'll have a total blast... without breaking the bank.
This trip is all about affordability... and we save big bucks by staying a short distance from the ski resort. We've got a comfortable two night stay at the Holiday Inn in nearby Lake George. It's got an indoor pool, game and arcade room, fitness center, complimentary WiFi and a tasty free hot breakfast. It's exactly what you'd expect from a Holiday Inn. No frills, but clean, comfortable and convenient, with lovely Lake George just nearby. Read the TripAdvisor reviews >
Friday night and Sunday night, we'll stop for fast food at a rest stop along the way.
Saturday's dinner is included in the trip price, and Saturday and Sunday's breakfast is included at our hotel. Each day, we'll meet each day at one of the cafeterias for lunch; those costs are up to you.
We are happy to arrange roommates for you. Typically, half of our participants sign up without a roommate in mind. We'll ask a few easy questions and accommodate your preferences.
Room types: our rooms have either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. You'll be given a room with 2 queen beds unless you specifically request otherwise.
Single occupancy: a limited number of single occupancy spots are available. You may upgrade during sign up.
Our trip includes a welcome party on Friday upon arrival at our hotel, where you'll meet the trip leaders and get to know the other BUMS who are here for the trip. On Saturday, we'll have a private dinner party after skiing & riding. On Sunday, one of the real highlights of the weekend happens: our après-ski bus party home. This is a rollocking event that you'll never forget: we turn up the speakers, play dance music, and celebrate the weekend as we roll down the interstate. With ice-cold beers, juicy cocktails in big SOLO cups and a whole lot of laughs, many of the BUMS will be on their feet for the whole ride home. Don't plan on sleeping -- that's what the week is for!
We've got our own charter bus for this trip, transporting us between midtown Manhattan and the resort. It will be our primary method of getting around for the whole weekend. Trip participants who live outside NYC may drive to join us from other destinations, but there is a very limited number of spots available for those who are not on our bus. Contact us to inquire >
Space is limited, and this trip will sell out.
Signing up is simple. You'll simply provide your information, then proceed to payment. You may sign up individually or as a couple.
After we've received your signup & payment, you'll receive an confirmation via emailthat you're registered for the trip.
We reserve the right to cancel, reschedule, or make changes in the trip itinerary as a result of weather or safety considerations or as otherwise deemed necessary or advisable. If your trip is cancelled or rescheduled due to weather, snow, or mountain conditions, or circumstances beyond our control, you will receive a full credit for a future trip. All trip credits may be applied to any trip in the SKI BUMS future. There is no expiration date.
SKI BUMS is not responsible for the cost of any additional expenses that you may incur as a result of trip rescheduling or cancellation (airline ticketing fees, etc.).
To use a credit for a future deposit or payment, please contact us directly.
Through November 15, you may cancel your spot at any time and receive a full refund. After November 16, the following cancellation fees apply:
For cancellations received from November 16 - November 31, $200 fee. For cancellations received from December 1 - December 10, $300 fee. After December 11th, 2014: no refund.
In order to obtain our bulk group discounts, we must agree to a very strict cancellation policy. It's the nature of group travel. Think of your SKI BUMS booking as you would an airline reservation; even we find someone to take your place, the cancellation fees still apply.
If you buy travel insurance, you can still receive a refund for a cancelled SKI BUMS trip.
BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE. WE CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. A travel insurer can provide a refund even when SKI BUMS cannot. In the circumstance that you need to cancel your trip because of work or health reasons, you should purchase travel insurance within 30 days of your initial trip deposit.
Even if you purchase travel insurance after this date, some coverage is much better than no coverage at all. Our cancellation policy is strict, and after cancellation fees kick in, a travel insurer may be your only chance for a full refund.
There are many travel insurers, and policies are very affordable. We especially recommend travelinsured.com, and suggest you add the sports package to cover skiing & snowboarding activity.
$499 USD per person, for double occupancy room
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$549 USD per person, for a single occupancy room
Full payment is due at the time of signup.
You may pay with any major credit card, cash or check. We use PayPal to process online credit card payments. PayPal is the internet's most trusted online payment portal, and you do not need to be a PayPal member to submit a payment.
If you would ever like to use PayPal to send a manual payment (from a smartphone, for example), our account address is: payments (at) ski-bums.org.
Your trip includes a two day adult lift ticket for Gore Mountain Ski Resort.
Note: If you or your travel partner do not ski or snowboard -- or if you hold season tickets -- we can remove the lift tickets from our package; contact us to make arrangements. (See "non-skiers," below.)
SKI BUMS designs our season for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, but we make specific recommendations for each trip. On ALL SKI BUMS trips, we begin by dividing into skill level groups so you can identify those who enjoy the same terrain that you do. See how our groups work > We recommend this trip for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Beginners: you should absolutely take this trip. Having two back-to-back days will do wonders for your confidence, and the beginner & intermediate terrain at Gore is excellent for newbies. Instruction at Gore is particularly affordable; you may want to add in some extra lessons!
Intermediates: the intermediate runs at Gore are rich and varied, covering 50% of the terrain, with a number of really long runs that weave in and out of the trees and offer up beautiful views. This is a fun hill for intermediates, and you'll have a lot to choose from over our two full days.
Advanced skiers and riders: Gore's got a large vertical drop for the northeast, and there's a great collection here of black diamond runs. If you're hunting for the steepest stuff in Vermont, consider Stratton, but there's one big plus: this weekend in January is historically among the least busy weekends of the whole season, giving you extra room on the runs to get your groove on.
Gore, New York is one of the northeast's "best-kept secrets," according to the readers of Ski Magazine. With 15 lifts, more than a hundred different runs and 444 skiable acres, it's a great place to stretch your legs and explore for two back-to-back days. Run as a New York State Park in the Adirondacks, it's been welcoming skiers since 1934, with continuous renovations -- a brand new high-speed quad is opening this season. Its location often gives it some of upstate New York's best snowfalls... but not to worry: they've got snowmaking on 100% of the terrain.
Gore has been on the SKI BUMS wish list for many years, and we're very excited to host our first getaway to this fantastic resort!
Whether you're simply curious about signing up or you're already on board, everyone's welcome to join our Facebook group. Feel free to invite friends, too -- it's a cool way to begin learning names of the skiers and boarders who you'll meet in the mountains!
Of course, weather is impossible to predict, but SKI BUMS plans our trips with an eye on weather history. January is peak season at Loon, and the ample snowmaking at the resort means that typically, the resort's trails are 100% open by New Year's Day. We chose this weekend, in part, because it typically draws some of the smallest crowds of the winter -- just after the big holidays. We can't wait to kick off our 2015 with an exciting weekend getaway!
Our trip leaders design an itinerary that highlights the best spots in Gore to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun. It's published in a printed handout and updated on a devoted Twitter feed, with up-to-the-minute announcements you can receive on your cell phone.
The on-mountain adventure begins bright and early on Saturday. We divide into skill level groups that help you identify the other skiers and snowboarders who enjoy the same terrain that you do, and then we divide and conquer the mountain! Learn about our skill level groups. >
In general, you'll spend most of the day in a smallish group of four or five skiers or boarders -- but that's up to you. The BUMS are a social crowd, so it's always easy to find others to join in the fun.
You and your group will set your own pace, and it's common to mix it up with a few different groups throughout the weekend. This is your getaway, so you're always free to break away and do your own thing.
We meet as a group for lunches and après-ski. On Saturday night, we've got a private dinner party just for us, and the trip ends with our infamous bus party home!
Prepare to bond; by the end of the weekend, it'll feel like you've been gone longer than we have. And mark your calendar for Avalanche, where you'll be able to all see one another again!
You'll need to be at our bus -- on 34th and 8th Avenue -- by 4:40 PM to check-in and load up our bus. We will depart at 5 PM *sharp* and we cannot wait for those who are running late.
Our trip officially kicks off with a meet & greet welcome party, shortly after arriving. You'll get all the valuable trip information for the weekend and meet your fellow Gore BUMS!
This trip has a minimum of 30 participants and a maximum of 60 participants. If we fail to meet our minimum number of registered participants by 40 days before the trip, the trip may be cancelled. In that event, those who have signed up for the trip will receive a full refund.
+ 3-day private charter bus transportation between NYC, our hotel and the ski resort + 2 nights of hotel lodging + Two daily breakfasts + Saturday night dinner and party + Welcome reception & party + 2-day lift ticket to Gore Mountain Resort + 2 SKI BUMS professional trip leaders
+ Equipment rental + Skiing or snowboarding instruction + Most meals, including lunches, alcoholic drinks + Travel insurance (very highly recommended)
Here a few quick steps to help you prepare for our trip!
PACKING TIPS | You'll probably want to bring two bags: 1) a small backpack with stuff you can just bring to / from the mountain, especially if you'd like to change into street clothes before aprés-ski, and 2) an overnight bag with everything you'll need for the hotel. You'll also want to pack a swimsuit for the pool, and drinks & snacks are fun for the road trip! PLAN TO DRESS FOR THE ELEMENTS | It's crucial that you're properly dressed for the mountain. All Gore participants must wear helmets. For additional tips on how to dress for a fun day of skiing and snowboarding in any conditions, visit our in-depth guide: "How to Dress for the Mountain."
NEED NEW GEAR? | SKI BUMS members get excellent discounts at Backcountry.com. 30%-50% off! WATCH THE WEATHER |Remember that the weather at upper altitudes is very different from what's happening down in town; be sure to follow an on-mountain forecast like this one to see what's happening up at the ski resort.
It's about a three-and-a-half hour drive to our hotel. Upon arrival, we'll have a quick key distribution and you'll be free to settle into your rooms. No credit cards are required at check-in.
You may add a 2-day equipment rental during signup for a discounted price -- $69 for two days. We expect that about two-thirds of our participants will rent equipment on this trip.
You may also add a discounted group lesson for $29. Group lessons may be used at 10 AM on Saturday or Sunday, and our trip leaders will coordinate groups based on skill level among those who opt to take a lesson.
If you did not add a rental or lesson during sign up and you'd like to add it at a later date,contact us.
If you or your partner do not ski or ride -- or you already have season lift passes for Gore -- you can contact us to remove the lift tickets from the package. Alternatively, for the same trip price, you can spend the day snowshoeing or enjoying Loon's big tubing hill!