What are Day Bus Trips?
Day ski bus trips are perhaps one of the club's most popular activities. We run a combined average of 85 to 90 downhill and cross country day trip buses each year to some of the top-rated downhill and cross country ski areas in upstate New York and Vermont.
Catch the bus and ride in comfort
Members/applicants and their guests are driven to and from the ski area in comfortable tour buses provided by Brown Coach. We schedule several pick-up locations that are conveniently located in Albany (always) and Malta, Troy or Scotia (depending on the destination). And the cost can't be beat: just $12 for members/applicants and $22 for guests—you can’t even drive yourself for that price!
Ski for cheap!
Because we travel as a group, we receive deep discounts on lift tickets and trail passes, sometimes as much as 50% off of the normal prices. Unlike season passes, which you must pre-pay for the entire season at once and typically require that you ski at the same mountain at least 8 to 12 ski days that season to break even, OC members/applicants (and their guests) participating in day bus trips get the group rate for each trip you take, regardless of where or how often you ski.
Free ski and snowboarding instruction
Are you a novice just learning how to ski or snowboard? An intermediate looking to tackle more challenging terrain? An advanced skier seeking to hone specific skills? No matter what your level, downhill ski and snow boarding lessons are provided on most day bus trips by PSIA-certified instructors to OC members, applicants, and their guests at no charge. That's an incredible value, given that the average cost of ski lessons at most ski areas can range anywhere from $35 (group) to $90 (private) for a typical 1½-hour lesson.
Location. Location. Location (and convenience, too!)
Whether you prefer cross country or downhill skiing, we schedule dozens of great day bus trips each season, most within a 2-hour bus ride from Albany (with some exceptions). And to accommodate a wide range of skiers’ schedules, day bus trips are scheduled for both weekends and weekdays as much as possible. See downhill bus trip schedule and the cross country bus trip schedule for this year’s day bus trip excursions.