Our daytrips are the heart of what makes SKI BUMS so much fun.

Talk to anyone who's been on one of our daytrips, and you'll hear the same things. "Soooo much fun." "My favorite thing about the winter." "I met more cool people in one day than I had met all year."

When we say that the daytrips are all about bonding, we mean it.

It's an easy escape from the city. About 2 1/2 hours away, the Catskills are dotted with fun-loving mountains like Windham, Hunter and Belleayre. And when the SKI BUMS head to these hills for a full day of fun, we do it up right: complete with our own charter bus and a rollicking bus party home.

Whether you're learning to ski or you eat black diamonds for breakfast, the SKI BUMS daytrips are an incredible way to get plugged in and make a whole bunch of new friends. Everyone's welcome -- so join us!

Sign up now for NYC Daytrips >
Private charter bus from corner of 34th Street & 8th Avenue
Recommended for all skill levels
$125 per person
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. In the event of a serious weather event that hinders safe travel by bus, we provide rescheduled dates and will refund anyone who cannot attend on our rescheduled 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.

To use a credit for a future deposit or payment, please
contact us directly.
Up to 14 days before your trip, you may cancel your spot at any time and receive a full refund.

If you cancel 7 to 14 days before the trip: you are no longer eligible for a refund. You may, however, apply the full cost of your daytrip toward any other trip on the 2016 SKI BUMS calendar.

If you cancel 4 to 6 days before the trip, there is a $50 cancellation fee.

Within 72 hours of our departure time, there is no refund for any cancellations. SKI BUMS recommends travel insurance for those who must cancel for work or illness reasons.

You may not ‘transfer’ your reservation from one daytrip to another — the dates and fees above still apply, even if you plan to sign up for a different daytrip after canceling from your current one.

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 if there is a wait list and 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.

View the full SKI BUMS cancellation policy or submit your cancellation >
After a daytrip sells out, any registered SKI BUMS member may add his or her name to our wait list, up until 7 days before the trip. There is no obligation if you add your name to the wait list.

6 days before the trip (the Sunday before a Saturday trip), we will text message all those who have signed up for the wait list with a special access code to sign up for the daytrip.

At that point, all the open spots will be available to all those on our wait list. Anyone who's on our list may then sign up to claim one of the spots on a first-come, first-served basis, until the trip is full.

In other words, if you sign up for a wait list, you
will have another chance to sign up for the trip.
Click here to learn more or sign up for a wait list >

Questions? Contact us >
$125 USD per person

-- additional options --

$35 USD to add equipment rental (prepaid when you sign up)

$20 USD to add a group lesson (paid in cash on the day of the trip)
You may pay with any major credit card, cash or check.

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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.

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Your trip includes an adult full-day lift ticket, which is essentially your "admission ticket" to the ski resort.
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 daytrips for ALL levels of skiers and riders.

The slopes of the Catskills are surprisingly varied; although the vertical drop can’t rival what you’ll find out West or in Europe, the craggy peaks of the Catskills provide ample fun for everybody. If you have any questions about whether you'll enjoy the terrain here, please contact us before signing up.

BEGINNERS: are you learning to ski or snowboard? We’re thrilled to invite you to join us! our daytrips are the perfect place to begin skiing or snowboarding. We’ve got special tips, cool insights and more which we’ll send you to help you prepare for the trip and know what to expect. Please click here to learn more.
Each resort for the NYC daytrips is varied and fun -- and designed to welcome skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Although no one would compare the terrain here to something you'd find in the big mountains out West, there's fun to be had for everyone.

Learn more about Windham > | Learn more about Hunter > | Learn more about Belleayre >
SKI BUMS anticipates what you'll need to know, and when you'll need to know it. We email valuable pre-trip information to all our participants, which we call Info Packs. You'll need to receive them and read them closely, so it's crucial that you've provided an email address to us that you check regularly. Gmail users: you need to take extra steps to see our emails.

Click here to view instructions >

The vast majority of our important trip info is located right here on this page.
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Who's coming on the trip? Find out by joining our Facebook Group for the NYC daytrips.

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!

Request to join the Daytrips Facebook group >
Of course, weather is impossible to predict, but SKI BUMS plans our trips with an eye on weather history. Snowfall in the Catskills is most reliable from late December through late March. Thankfully, these resorts rely on extensive snowmaking systems, which guarantees skiable terrain whenever the temperatures drop below the freezing point overnight.
5:40 AM *sharp* is our check-in time. You'll meet our trip leaders at our bus pick up spot, on the southeast corner of 8th Avenue and 34th Street, then take your seat on the bus.
WE LEAVE ON TIME, at 6 AM sharp. If you are running late, do not call or message us asking to hold the bus for you. We leave on time. There are no refunds if you miss the bus.

Our daytrips have a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 55 participants. If we fail to meet our minimum number of registered participants by 14 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. Update, January 2016: all our daytrips have met their minimum participant count.
+ Private charter bus transportation from / to NYC
+ Adult lift ticket for the resort
+ Après-ski bus party home
+ SKI BUMS professional trip leaders

+ Lunch, drinks, snacks
+ Ski and snowboard equipment rental (optional add on)
+ Ski / snowboard lessons (optional add on)*

* lessons are free on our first daytrip
Upon arrival at the mountain, we trade names and phone numbers with the others in your skill level group, so you can enjoy the day with others who enjoy the same kind of terrain -- at the same pace -- that you do. This is a huge part of what makes SKI BUMS so fun. Learn more >
Most BUMS wear their skiing / snowboarding clothes on the way up, but you may want to bring a change of clothes for the end of the day. Additionally, bring money for lunch (or a sack lunch), and food & drinks for the bus party home.

Party planning: think picnic foods. Our party happens during dinnertime, so folks are craving protein. We're always looking for a good mix of savory and sweet items. Pre-mixed cocktails, micro-brews and light beers are popular. Have fun and get ready to impress the BUMS with your culinary marvels!
Be sure to get a good night's sleep the night before our trip! Skiing and snowboarding are day-long endurance sports; being tired can increase your risk of injury. Seriously, make sure you’ve gotten a good night’s sleep before a very early alarm clock. Thankfully, we dim the lights for the drive up to the mountain so you can also take an extra nap on the way there.
We return to NYC (to the same spot we were picked up) at 8:30 PM, depending on traffic.
Space is limited, and our daytrips sell out.

Signing up is simple. You'll simply provide your information, then proceed to payment. For daytrips, we ask each individual to personally sign up; if you're a duo, please submit a separate signup form for each participant. After we've received your signup & payment, you'll receive anconfirmation via email that you're registered for the trip.

GMAIL users: please be sure to check your Promotions Tab for our emails, and learn how to adjust Gmail's filters >

any SKI BUMS registered member may add his or her name; there’s no obligation. Click here to learn more about our Wait Lists.
View the trail maps: Windham | Hunter | Belleayre
No matter what your skill level -- from beginner to expert -- we encourage participants to take lessons, especially on daytrips, where we get great discounted rates. And — bonus — you’ll be able to skip the lift lines during your lesson.

To sign up for a group lesson, bring $20 in cash to your daytrip check-in, and notify the trip leaders that you’re taking a lesson when you check in for the trip. NOTE: you must prepay for your lesson
before departing NYC to qualify for our group discount.

It's crucial that you've got proper attire for skiing and snowboarding. Learn about five must-have items: ski pants; gloves; goggles; jacket; and a helmet -- in addition to other advice on our informative guide: How to Dress for the Slopes. You can rent a helmet at the mountain, but you'll need to purchase the other items before the daytrip.

SKI BUMS members get amazing deals -- up to 50% off -- at Backcountry.com. Sign up or renew your free SKI BUMS membership now to get our discount code.
If you're new to the group or haven't joined us in a long time, click here to see how things work >
Want to see the SKI BUMS around the world who love the mountains as much as you do? When you post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #skibums!
Tell your friends about our adventure in the mountains!
We've got lots of inside advice for those who are taking their first SKI BUMS trip. Click here >
After meeting your skill level group, the BUMS head into the rental shops to pick up their gear while those who own equipment will gear up in the lodge. You'll re-connect with your group after everyone's bundled up, geared up and ready to go.
We meet up as a big group for lunch, then finish the day at après-ski, the traditional toast to the end of a fun day on the mountain. But that's not where the fun ends...
One of the undeniable highlights of our day is the bus party home, when everyone shares cocktails, beer and homemade goodies. We crank up the tunes from the SKI BUMS 2016 Party Playlist and rock out on our way back to the city!

About half of our participants rent skis or snowboards; the others bring their own equipment. If you own gear, you’ll be able to transport it during our ride in the cargo area below the bus.

For those who rent gear, our discounted group rental packages include either a) skis, boots and poles or b) a snowboard and boots. Helmets are included with all rental packages. You may
not rent clothing, gloves, goggles, jackets or pants. You must arrive at check-in with proper skiing / snowboarding attire. Be sure to see “Attire” below for crucial tips and advice.

If you own some equipment — i.e. you own boots but just want to rent skis, or you only need to rent a helmet — you will pay the rental shop directly after we arrive at the resort.
SKI BUMS arranges our own private charter buses to and from the mountain. You’ll be free to store the food & drinks that you bring for our bus party in the bus storage areas during the day, but you will not have access to get back into the bus until after we finish aprés-ski at the mountain. Bring any changes of clothing into the lodge with you.

SKI BUMS does not offer additional bus stops for those who live outside NYC. If you would like to drive and meet us at the mountain, you may — but you must still sign up for the daytrip online, well in advance.
Click here to complete the daytrip driver signup form.
Saturday March 12 | Windham, NY | Nearly sold out
Sunday, March 6 | Belleayre, NY | Rescheduled
Originally scheduled for Saturday February 12. Space is still available.
If you cannot attend on our new date, click here >
Skiing and snowboarding are all about having fun, but it can be miserable if you’re not adequately prepared. Thankfully, we’ve got lots of helpful tips and advice to help you develop a passion for the incredible excitement that’s awaiting you in the mountains!

BUNNY HILL: An annual tradition

Since our very first trip in 2005, SKI BUMS begins each season with a daytrip we lovingly refer to as “Bunny Hill.” It’s a day that’s devoted to our newbies, with free lessons for those who are learning the ropes on the slopes. You’ll join skiers and riders of all skill levels who are happy to cheer you on!

It takes about
three days to learn to ski or snowboard. The first two days are usually slow-going, and then on the third day — for nearly everyone — an epiphany happens. Suddenly, everything makes sense. If you’re new, please give yourself at least three days to practice and learn the sport.

It’s crucial that you spend your first few days in
lessons with certified instructors. Our daytrips benefit from very affordable group lessons, and at our very first daytrip (rescheduled for January 16), lessons are free.

You absolutely must wear skiing and snowboarding clothing when you’re in the mountains.
Read this article >

All new members are invited to our
Newbie Brunch on December 6. Click here to reserve your spot >

When you sign up as a beginner, we email you additional helpful tips and insights. And, you can always ask questions of your fellow BUMS on
our nifty Facebook group! We’re happy to help you get prepared… for fun!
Every year, we curate a special list of the newest upbeat music, and invite you to rock out on our bus parties home!

If you’re tired of hearing the same ol’ songs, our playlists will give you a breath of fresh mountain air. This music draws heavily on new artists who aren’t household names yet… and it’s the perfect jam for hanging with new friends as you work your way back to the city after an incredible day in the mountains.

Listen for free on Spotify >
If SKI BUMS is forced to postpone a trip due to poor conditions on the mountain or unsafe driving conditions, all participants have the option to accept the new date or receive a full refund.
Saturday, March 5 | Windham, NY | NEW
SNOW BALL — in collaboration with the New York Ramblers