What should I do if I have a question?

First, please carefully read through all the questions and answers on this page. There is a good chance it is answered here. If anything is still unclear, please send an email to gsc-skitrip[at]mit.edu

How much does the trip cost?

Tickets will cost $320 for those who are not taking the bus and $385 for those who are taking the bus.

When will registration for the trip open?

Tickets will be on sale from November 5th through December 2nd, 2020.

What do I need to register?

Make sure you have a valid MIT certificate and that you have javascript and cookies enabled in your browser, and your credit card ready.

Who can go on the ski trip?

All MIT graduate students and postdocs are welcome on the trip. Each MIT attendee may also have one unaffiliated guest on the trip. Hosts and guests must be 21 or over.

Can MIT alumni also attend?

MIT alumni may attend the ski trip as guests of current MIT grad students or post-docs. For logistical and legal reasons, MIT alumni will not be able to buy tickets as hosts this year.

Cost and Payment

What if I don’t want to ski all three days or at all, is the trip cheaper?

No, this is an all or nothing deal. You pay the same price and will receive access to the mountain for all 3 days.

What about evening activities?

Jay Peak offers an assortment of other fun activities, including a waterpark, ice skating, and more. They also have a newly opened recreational center with activities like a movie theater, arcades, and a climbing wall.

What payment methods are available for the trip?

We accept any credit card with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express logo on it. The billing address has to be in the United States.

Can I pay for my friend’s trip with my credit card?

Yes, you can pay for your friend.

I’m having trouble paying for the trip online.

Please contact gsc-skitrip[at]mit.edu.

I selected the wrong package type. What should I do?

All ticket sale are final. We cannot change your ticket or provide a refund. You may be able to use the ticket exchange, but we cannot guaruntee that the ticket you want will be available.

Guest Policy

How do guests register for the trip?

After the MIT graduate student/postdoc registers for the trip, there will be an option to enter the guest’s email address to send them a link to register for a ticket. Only one guest per MIT grad student/postdoc is allowed.

Who is considered a guest?

Anyone that is not an MIT graduate student/postdoc. This would include friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, spouses and family. All guests, including family members, must be 21+.

Do guests pay a different price?

No, they pay the same as MIT students/postdocs.

Can I drive, while my guest takes the bus or vice versa?

Yes.

Rentals

How much are gear rentals?

A discounted rate is available through Jay Peak for $20 per day. You may choose to buy rentals for 1 day, 2 days, or all 3 days.

What rental packages are available?

Rentals are $20 per day and include a helmet as well as skis, poles, and boots or a snowboard and boots.

How do I rent equipment for the trip?

There will be rental fitting events in early December. If you cannot make it to the fitting events you can still get rentals before December 20 by the following steps:

  1. Go to jaypeakresort.com
  2. Click on BOOK & BUY box on the top left of the page.
  3. Select SKI & RIDE from the drop down list on the left.
  4. On the right, indicate the first day (we are skiing 1/25-1/27) you would like to have rentals or lessons (each must be done separately) and click BUY NOW.
  5. Choose “Adult Rental Packages” and the number of days you would like the rental.
  6. Once you have your rentals and lessons in your cart, you click on your cart to check out. On the right side of the page, enter in the promo code given in the welcome email which was sent to all ski trip participants to get your discount.
  7. Checkout with your credit card information. The Ski-Trip and MIT are not responsible for these charges.

How can I obtain my rentals when we arrive?

You can pick them up when we arrive. Jay Peak will have all the rentals ready for pick up on arrival. Rentals can also be picked up on Saturday morning.

Lessons

How many free lessons do I get with the package?

As part of our deal with Jay Peak, we have 150 free beginner lessons. These lessons will be allotted by a lottery. If you want to be considered, make sure to check the corresponding option during registration. Note that there will be both ski and snowboard lessons, so during registration you can choose which of these you are interested in.

How do I get my free lessons?

we will contact you by email if you get a free lesson via the lottery

What if I’m not a beginner or didn’t get free lessons but I still want instruction?

You can purchase lessons from Jay Peak separate from our lesson lottery.

Group Assignments

How will I indicate which group of friends I would like to stay with?

To let us know who you would like to stay with, please make sure to read and follow the directions for creating and joining groups. You will need to login to your website account to access instructions and submit your group preferences. A link to the group preferences page will be made available to all participants once group submission opens.

When will I be able to submit group preferences?

Group selection will be available from November 28 to December 8.

Lodging (Condos)

How many people per condo? Are there private rooms?

There are 4 and 6 person accommodations available. There will not be any private rooms. In most cases, 2 people need to share a bed.

Do I need to bring towels or bed sheets? How about kitchen appliances?

No, the condos are fully equipped including full kitchens. You will probably want to bring some groceries.

Will free wifi be available?

Yes, free wifi will be available to all Ski Trip participants in their lodgings.

I am driving on my own. What about parking?

There is plenty of parking available at the resort.

Is there a grocery store nearby?

The resort has a variety of eateries to satisfy most tastes, as well as the Provisions General Store with some food products, beer, wine,and toiletries in case you forget anything.

How far from the slopes is the lodging?

Our condos will be a short shuttle ride away from the base lodge areas at Jay Peak.

Can I request my roommate(s)?

Yes. If you make groups, we will try our best to place people in the same group together in the same rooms or condo. You can take a look at the floorplans on the Lodging page to give you an idea of the types of rooms. Rooms generally sleep 2 people.

Transportation

When will we depart MIT? When will we return?

We will depart MIT at 11:00 am on Friday and return between 6 pm-8 pm on Monday. The departure time is set to avoid Friday afternoon traffic. Please take a look at the Trip Itinerary page for a more detailed schedule.

If I don’t take the bus, but instead drive myself to Jay Peak, can I pay less for the trip?

Yes. A ticket including the bus will cost more than a ticket if driving yourself.

Exchanges/Cancellations

Can I get a refund if I decide not to go after paying for the trip?

We will not issue any refunds for the trip. However, for a limited amount of time after tickets sell out, you may find a replacement for your ticket. See the next question for more information.

I registered for the trip but no longer can/want to go. How can I sell my ticket?

There is a ticket exchange available until Dec 30. After this date you will be unable to exchange your ticket with anyone else. You can list your ticket on the ticket exchange from your profile page. You will be given a unique code that someone else can use to claim your ticket. Once someone contacts you and pays for your ticket you should give them this code.

I didn’t register, the trip is sold out, but I still really want to go. How can I find a ticket?

You can still get a ticket using the ticket exchange until Dec 30. Look on the ticket exchange listing for someone trying to sell their ticket. You should contact a seller and arrange to pay them independently. Once you have paid them they will give you a unique code that you can enter on your profile page to transfer their ticket to you.

I sold my spot to another person, but my package cost more than the package that he wanted. Can I get a refund for the difference?

No. We will not issue any refunds. We encourage you to take this into consideration when buying/selling spots on the trip.

Other

I have other questions that are not answered in the FAQs. Where should I send my questions?

Please double check to make sure your question has not been answered in this FAQ. If you still have questions, send an email to gsc-skitrip[at]mit.edu.