Ski & Snowboard After School

Winter 2023 Program will be posted in the Fall. 
Please email recreation@northamptonma.gov to be places on the email list. 


For JFK Middle School students Grades 6 - 8

This popular program offers a fantastic downhill ski and snowboarding opportunity to youth in grades 6 - 8 at a reasonable price. Participants will enjoy up to three hours of skiing or snowboarding on Wednesday afternoons starting in January for four consecutive weeks. 

The program is held at Berkshire East Ski Resort. Berkshire East offers 52 diverse trails which both accommodate beginners and can challenge expert skiers. 18 trails are lit for night skiing.

Motor Coach Buses will depart from JFK Middle School after school and return at 8:15pm.

To be posted when we receive information from Berkshire East: Afterschool Ski Program Flyer + Details (PDF)

Ski Dates

  • 4 Weeks on Wednesdays after school
    • January through end of February. 2023 TBA

Location

Berkshire East Ski Resort
66 Thunder Mountain Road
Charlemont, MA 01339

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Registration

  • Click here for Online Registration ( when available)

Fees

  • Basic Package: $TBA

    • *Includes Lift Pass, Transportation, & Supervision
  • Additional Costs *As Needed*

    • Ski/Snowboard Rentals:$TBA
      • Now includes Helmet
    • Ski/Snowboard Lessons: $TBA
    • Helmet Rentals *ONLY*: $TBA

Already have a Season Pass at Berkshire East? You have two choices for registration. 

Option 1: Register in the office to qualify and pay for the Season Pass Holder price. Office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Option 2: Register through our online registration system, pay the full Basic Package fee, and be reimbursed later by the Office to reflect the Season Pass Holder price.

Questions? Comments? Contact the office at (413)587-1040 or email recreation@northamptonma.gov

Important information while Registering

  • When you register please know your child's skill level. This program is recommended for those who already have prior skiing/snowboarding experience.
    • Skill Level : First time, Lower Mtn Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, or Expert
      • Chart below
  • Signing up for lessons?
    • Berkshire East offers group lessons, grouped by ability level
      • Chart below
  • Please refer to the Berkshire East Ability Level Chart and select the appropriate level
  • Registering for Rentals?
    • Be prepared to supply child's height, weight , and shoe size

Call for Chaperones!

Chaperones Ski/Snowboard for FREE!

Chaperones are asked to commit to all five dates (Make up included). If you have chaperoned in the past you will be given priority.

There will be a chaperone meeting, date and time TBA

But wait! More details about this program here

  • For Middle School Students from JFK

    • Students can store Ski/Snowboarding gear in a designated spot at JFK. TBA
    • Coach buses will depart approximately at 3:20pm from J.F.K. Middle School
    • All students return to J.F.K. at approximately 8:15pm each date
  • Make-ups

    • Will happen if we have inclement weather and the dates are added at the end of the program
    • If needed the make-up will take place, TBA.
    • No make-ups during the Northampton Public School February Vacation (2/22)
    • Participants ski/board in buddy systems within our group and skill level & wear identifying neon bands for safety
  • Transportation/Food

    • Coach busses with restrooms are used for transportation. Backpacks etc. may be left onboard during the program
    • Skiers may bring food from home or purchase food at at the Ski Lodge
    • Food may be eaten on the coach bus; however, greasy foods like pizza, fries, burgers, etc may not be taken on Bus from the Ski Lodge
  • Helmets  

    • *Berkshire East does not require helmets but they are STRONGLY recommended* 
    • Helmets are NOW included in Berkshire East rental package!
    • Helmets can be rented by participant for $TBA for the 4 weeks and must be paid to the Parks & Recreation Department
  • Rentals

    • Please provide the appropriate information while registering or contact the office
    • Complete rental waiver form (must be a signature of a parent/guardian) *Will be provided to all who rent after registration*
    • Berkshire East will not be able to rent equipment to any participants who have not submitted their information or Rental Waiver
    • All rental information and waiver must be submitted to the Parks & Rec Department by  TBA
  • Lessons

    • Lessons take place shortly after arrival and are group lessons which last one hour  
    • All beginner levels are required to sign up for lessons
    • Lessons will be from 5:30-6:30pm

Ski Cancellations, Delays