Typical Ski Weekend
Can a weekend with the Swiss Ski Club really be "typical?" No way. But here's how it generally goes...
Depending on what time our weekenders leave New York on Friday, they begin to arrive at the Lodge around 10 pm. After choosing a bed and unpacking, most like staying up for a while in the living room, waiting for friends to arrive and getting acquainted with new ones. Then it's a good night's sleep before a great day of skiing or snowboarding
Breakfast is at 8, and don't be late. The breakfast crew has already been up for an hour. (Everybody has a small household job during the weekend, and Saturday Breakfast was theirs. The menus and ingredients are all pre-arranged.)
As for you, you'll be gently awakened by someone ringing a little Swiss cowbell undefined although this has been known to be accomplished by a B-I-G cowbell, or, at the other extreme, a delightful flute solo.
If you went to bed early, you might be surprised to see how many people showed up overnight! Some weekends have a dozen people, some have three dozen. Saturday breakfast is where you'll meet the hutmaster for the weekend, who is in charge of organizing things. We outline the weekend, sort out who's going skiing where in whose car, who needs to rent skis or snowboards locally, etc. You'll also learn what cooking or household task you've been assigned (doing some of the chores ourselves helps us keep costs down and helps everyone get to know each other even better). And of course, there's the breakfast itself, which varies from day to day, weekend to weekend, and will always make you well-prepped for skiing.
Some people ski or snowboard at Sugarbush, some go to Mad River Glen (no snowboarding here), some do one day of each. Conditions permitting, a few people go cross-country skiing. One thing’s for sure, you always have plenty of options!
Do we need to tell you what a day on the slopes is like? Well, if you've skied New England before, you know we can't possibly predict everything. And if you're new to it, let the hutmaster know. Club members pride themselves in getting new skiers and boarders acquainted with the local recreational facilities. And you'll generally see familiar faces in the base lodges at lunch.
Some weekends feature an organized ski activity. If it's a club race, it's just within our club, so there's no pressure.
Everyone's encouraged to participate, it's about having a good time on the mountain. Or we might hold a ski clinic or even "fun races." After skiing, and maybe a little recreational shopping in the village, we all trickle back to the lodge where the fireplace and aprés-ski treats are waiting. Weekenders talk (and of course tell of their skiing adventures), and read, play pool and foosball, take a walk, enjoy the sauna, whatever. Eventually, some of us are ready for a well-deserved nap. Bar's Open! One person serves as the bartender, and everybody has a great get-together. It's actually a kind of re-extension of the aprés-ski ("Didn't I see you here earlier today?"), while the dinner crew prepares a really great dinner, which is ready at about 8:30. After dinner (including wine and dessert), we get to know our newest friends a little better, and then turn up the music, change the tempo and clear the floor for dancing, games, etc. Some weekends have party themes. As we said, every weekend is different, but if there's a party-er in you, the SSC will bring it out.
Sunday morning? Let's do it again!
Ski, ski, ski! Ride, ride, ride!
Turn, schuss, turn!
Fun, fun, fun!
Except this time when we come back (sigh!), we have to pack up, clean up our room and say our good-byes (for now). Instead of an aprés-ski snack, you'll get a bag lunch, which usually lasts until the first homebound pit-stop. No blazing fireside. No sauna. No lazy reading.
But you can make plans to do it all over again, next time maybe on a three-day weekend! And meanwhile join us in New York at the next Wednesday meeting or happy hour.
And, of course, you'll have plenty of ski exploits to tell all the way home.