UMass Ski and Board Club is the oldest club at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is dedicated to making alpine sports more accessible to the UMass community by providing students with affordable trips in both New England and Canada. We are open to all ages and skill levels, and encourage people to pick up the sport that we are so passionate about.
On top of our massive trip to ski Mount Saint Ann in Quebec City and our week-long trip to Killington Mountain in Vermont, the club runs multiple day trips to a variety of mountains across New England. We also host an annual Rail Jam Winter Festival open to the entire community that includes live music, food, competition and prizes from our sponsors. This year we added a movie premiere to our list of events in honor of Janelle Tobin, our beloved co-president we lost to Ewing's Sarcoma this year. All proceeds from this event will go straight to the Ewing Sarcoma Foundation.
The reason we are trying to raise more money for the club is that our ability to provide students with these opportunities is being compromised due to a lack of funds. Last year our budget was cut tremendously, and this year, even more. We use this money to supplement the cost students pay to attend these trips, and as the prices of day passes have skyrocketed in the past few years, it’s become increasingly challenging for us to do so. We know how much students love each of our events and everybody has a different favorite one. We are participating in UMass Gives so we can offer the same events to the UMass students this upcoming year without having to drop any of the events.
We don’t see UMSBC as just a club – to us it’s a family of people who love being on the mountain, and if we want to see it grow and prosper in the upcoming years we need all the help we can get from you as donations! All money raised will go towards providing more discounted trips to the students of UMass!
Emily Beffa, Tanios Abi-Saad, Cole Sampou, Elisse Wright, Joseph Basile, and all Board Members