2020 Ski & Snowboard Program Q&A

  • Athletics
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Ryan Byram, Assistant Athletics Director

Dear Middle School and Upper School Parents and Students,

It’s time to register for Bear Creek’s 2020 Ski & Snowboard Program at Stevens Pass Ski Area. Please read the following information carefully and then click the Register button at the bottom of the page.

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The Bear Creek School provides the opportunity for all students in grades 7 – 12, regardless of past experience, to learn/improve their skiing/boarding skills. 

When does the Ski & Snowboard Program begin?
The Ski & Snowboard Program starts Friday, January 3, 2020, continuing on Friday, January 10 and Friday, January 17. There will be no regular Bear Creek classes on those dates for grades 7 – 12. 

Students should arrive at school no later than 6:30 a.m. to begin loading the buses. Buses will pull out from school at 7:00 a.m. promptly. Punctuality is required, as three fully loaded buses will not be able to wait for late students, even if they are “on the way,” so please plan ahead. 

Buses return to the school at approximately 6:30 p.m. Parents, please make sure you have arranged pick-up for your child.

Are students required to take lessons?
Lessons are strongly recommended for all students who do not ski/board at an advanced level. Upper School students will receive .25 P.E. credits for attending ski/boarding lessons. (Note: 1.5 P.E. credits are required for graduation.) The lessons have an excellent student/teacher ratio and provide a high level of instruction for beginners as well as advanced participants. Lessons will be available on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed. There is no wait list. (Please note, as of November 26, lessons slots are very limited.)

Are students required to sign up for transportation?
No, parents or qualified adults may drive students to the mountain each Friday. Students are not allowed to drive with other students. If your child is planning to take the bus, sign the waiver and pay online using the Bear Creek Ski & Snowboard Waiver and Transportation Form.

Where do students rent equipment?
Unlike previous years, Stevens Pass equipment rentals are only available for those taking lessons. If your child does not own ski/board equipment and is not taking lessons, please rent ski or snowboard gear locally. More information is available on Registration page, see Register button below.

How are parents notified if there is a cancellation or delay associated with a Ski Day?
All parents of Ski & Snowboard Program participants will be notified via email and text messaging of any changes in the scheduled program including late bus arrival, cancelled ski days due to weather or road closure, etc. Ensure your email address and cell phone numbers are up to date on your Household Profile on the Parent Portal. A message will also be displayed on the Bear Creek website home page.

Are there opportunities to chaperone the Ski & Snowboard Program?
Faculty and staff members will be attending the ski sessions to assist students. Parent involvement is welcomed and encouraged; please contact me if interested. Chaperones must arrive no later than 6:30 a.m. to help check off students as they load the buses and will also check off students as they return to the buses at the end of the day. Parents who do not ski, but would enjoy the beautiful scenery, are welcome to ride the bus up and be a school contact person in the lodge.

What is the plan for lunch?
Students may bring a sack lunch or buy lunch at the mountain.

What is the registration deadline?
Registration opens November 11 and closes at midnight on Friday, December 6, 2019. Ski & Snowboard Program registration will not be accepted after the deadline. Lesson availability is not guaranteed and provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no wait list. Please register right away if your child intends to take lessons.

Register for Ski & Snowboard Program

Let me know if you have any questions,

Ryan Byram
Ski & Snowboard Program Coordinator
425-898-1720 ext. 430