GPS at Wachusett - I have 3 people looking to join......the guy whose club I was going to join does not have his act together and the deadline is appproaching...if you have a club, I'll give you 3 more people right now just pm me----"cash" (debit card) in hand and im ready to pull the plug...pm me if you want 3 more, it only gives you more free stuff
Sorry for hijack, but anybody know if the following is new for Wachusett or something they've done in past years. It's a very cool idea:
In conjunction with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) and the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail Company (MBCR), Wachusett is introducing commuter rail service to the mountain this winter.
Skiers and snowboarders from Boston will be able to take the commuter rail from North Station to nearby Fitchburg, MA on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the ski season. The current scheduled weekend “ski train” service will leave North Station at 8:35 a.m. and arrive at the Fitchburg commuter rail station at 10:06 a.m. Wachusett will then arrange to have customers picked up and shuttled directly to the mountain, approximately 10 minutes away. Wachusett will then arrange to shuttle customers back to the Fitchburg station for a 5:35 p.m. departure back to Boston, arriving at North Station at 7:00 p.m
The proposed “Ski Train” fare is only $7.75 one-way. As an added benefit, Wachusett Mountain will issue a $7.75 Wachusett Mountain credit to any passengers who show their train ticket that day at the ski area. The credit can be used toward a lift ticket purchase or towards lunch in the Wachusett cafeteria. The new “ski train” service is scheduled to be in place when the mountain opens for the season in late November. Each train will also include a designated “ski” car which will allow for easy storage of ski or snowboard equipment.
The ski train is new for this year. It does sound like a great idea... although the 5:35 departure is a little early for anyone who wants to have a couple of beers after their day and not worry about driving home.
Now if they would run a weekend ski train to Conway, that would be even better...
The average skier is relatively affluent. Going skiing requires carrying lots of stuff. I don't see many people giving up the convenience of a personal vehicle in exchange for a cheap way to the mountain.
The successful ski-trains of a by-gone era were not bringing people for day-trips but for weekends or longer.
Note: The reason buses have been successful is that buses meet at places with extensive free parking. Most commuter rail venus have no free parking and a long walk from the parking lot to the station platform.