Welcome aboard our third annual Ski Trip #DestinationTakeover at Mount Snow, Vermont. Last year four busloads of gays stormed an entire mountain for 3 days and two nights of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, dancing, drinking, and hot tub-bing. It's time for round 3.
Here's a glimpse of what last year looked like. And for anyone who's thinking about traveling solo, you'll be in good company. 25% of our #DestinationTakeover-ers show up stag. Keep reading for the schedule and all the details.
For those of you already holding tickets and looking for bus pick-up times/locations, a what to wear list, and a link to our fabulous T-shirts, look no further than our FAQ page.
Tickets include bus transport to/from Mt. Snow, two nights of lodging at the Snow Lake Lodge or Grand Summit Hotel, entrance to the Snow Barn nightclub on Saturday night, discounts on lift tickets/ski rentals/ski school, a survival kit filled beer/snacks/magic, breakfast both mornings at the Snow Lake Lodge, and a weekend of braggable stories.
For the skiers and snowboarders in the group, Mount Snow has 4 mountain faces, 20 lifts and 80 trails that range from beginner to expert. They also have the only 6 person blue bubble lift in the country. So there's that. For the non-skiers and snowboarders, you can choose some other winter-esque activities like tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and, back by popular demand, snow angel making.
This year, we have two different lodging options. If you want the ski-in/ski-out hotel, complete with spa, fitness center, and hot tubs, then you'll be checking into the Grand Summit Resort Hotel at the base of the mountain. If you're feeling like the economy option is more your speed, the Snow Lake Lodge is a quick shuttle ride away from the base lodge. Don't worry though, both sleeping spots are a five minute walk to the mountain's dance club of choice: the Snow Barn.
If you're going for the Grand Summit Hotel, you have the choice of staying with 3 other people, 1 other person, or sleeping solo. The Snow Lake Lodge has the same sleeping options plus one more: the 6 person suite, with two double beds and pull out sofa. This option is available for people traveling as a group of 6.
If you're traveling solo, like 25% of our #DestinationTakeover-ers do, you can opt in to any of the four, two or one-to-a-room options. Just sign up to "Participate as an individual" when you go to get your tickets and we'll match you up with other travelers.
If you're coming with a group of friends, you can either hit "Participate as an individual" and buy all the tickets, or hit "Create a group" to register, invite your friends, and pay separately.
Included in the ticket price is a round trip ride in a 56 passenger charter bus from DC and Philly to Mount Snow with all of your new friends! Buses will depart on Friday, January 9th with approximate Mount Snow arrival times of 9:30pm. Sunday's departure time at 3pm will have you back in Philly around 8:30pm and DC around 11:30pm.
Itinerary & Experience:
Friday, January 9th
10:30am: DC group meets at 1000 10th Street, NW
11:00am: Depart from DC
1:30pm: Group meets at 30th Street Station at this spot
2:00pm: Group departs from Philly
7:30pm: Arrive at Mount Snow / Grand Summit
9:00pm: Meet in the lobby of each hotel for cocktail time
10:00pm: Meet in your respective hotel lobbies and head over to Snow Barn for Mini-GQB #1
Saturday, January 10th
7-10am: Grab breakfast (included at Snow Lake Lodge but not Grand Summit)
8am-4pm: Ski, snowboard, snow tube, snow shoe, hot tub, sauna, nap, drink, all the things
3-5pm: Apres-Ski Drinks @ Cuzzins (here's a map in case you need it)
5-7pm: Free time / relax / dinner
7-9pm: Apres Apres party with Outryders at the Station Tap Room
9:00pm: Snow Barn for Mini-GQB #2
Sunday, January 11th:
7am-10am: Grab breakfast (included at Snow Lake Lodge but not at Grand Summit)
Before 11am: Check out and throw your bags in one of the designated late check-out rooms
8am-2pm: Ski, snowboard, snow tube, snowshoe, cross country ski, sauna, nap, drink
2:30pm: Grab your bags, head to meet the buses in the hotel parking lots!
3:00pm: Depart for Philly & DC
8:30pm: Arrive in Philly, bus continues to DC
Lift Tickets / Rentals / Lessons:
Lift ticket/rentals/ski school prices can be found here and are available to purchase when you buy your ticket. Or, if you're the non-committal type, we'll be checking in with the whole Ski Trip #DestinationTakeover team closer to our departure date to see who wants what lift/rental/lesson tickets.
If you were on last year's ski trip and still have a voucher for a day of skiing, you'll be able to exchange it for a lift ticket this year. Just be sure to bring it with you!