Frequently Asked Questions
How do I pronounce Bogastow?
rhymes with “fog”
a is a short “a” sound
stow is the same as
Where did the name Bogastow come from?
The Bogastow Ski Team was originally known as
the Dover Sherborn Ski Club.
As skiers from other towns joined the team, we decided to have a
more inclusive name.
Bogastow is the historic name for the area presently comprised of
Sherborn, Medfield and parts of
How long has the team been in existence?
Bogastow Ski Team started 30 years ago as the Dover Sherborn Ski Club comprised of families from just the two towns. At that time, the league was comprised of many town teams as well as teams from local ski areas. Soon after, other teams began to fold and DS Ski Club began incorporating skiers from outside the region. It has always been organized and managed by volunteer parents and many of our racers have gone on to race in higher level venues.
Who was Buddy Werner?
Wallace "Buddy" Werner (1936-1964) was an American alpine skier in the 1950s and 1960s. He was
born and raised in
Following the conclusion of the 1964 racing, Werner traveled to
The Buddy Werner League is a loose affiliation of teams that foster youth interest in alpine racing.
When can I register for Bogastow?
Registration for Bogastow is mid-October thru mid November each
What is the registration fee?
See fees for the current season here.
Does my registration fee include lift tickets?
No, your fee does not cover lift tickets. Discount tickets can be purchased from the Nashoba ticket window on practice nights. Most areas offer discount tickets for EMBWL races.
Your registration fee pays for coaching, the Buddy Werner League fees, lane fees (practice space and time) at Nashoba and all other expenses relating to practices, races and administration (e.g. bibs, signs, computer/printer supplies, ribbons, etc). All administration and coordination of the program is done by volunteers.
What other expenses can I expect?
Families must provide their own transportation to practices and races, as well as their own equipment. There are additional fees for the November dry-land training pizza party and for the annual awards banquet in March.
How long is the season?
The season usually begins with practices sometime in December depending
Are there any requirements to participate in Bogastow?
Yes, racers are required to register with the program. Racers are expected to be able to ski all terrain at Nashoba competently. All racers must be able to safely get on and off the chair lift with other racers, including lowering and raising the safety bar. Parents of children under 8 years old or under 48" tall meeting ski ability requirements should be prepared to ski with their child to assist with loading and unloading the chairlift on both practice and race days. Skiers are responsible for their own transportation and equipment. Helmets are mandatory for all practices and races.
Who runs the program?
Where and when do you practice?
Is transportation to Nashoba practices available?
The team does not provide transportation, however, many parents set up carpools with other racing families.
What time should I arrive on practice nights?
What do I do when I get there?
Purchase a ticket at the ticket window (be sure to identify yourself as a team member to get the discounted rate.) Get your gear on. Look for the coaches at the base of the lift in front of the lodge. Coaches will be forming groups according to age and ability between 5:45 and 6pm. Seasoned parents are always around to assist and answer questions.
How do I know if practice is cancelled?
Sometimes, when there is no snow in your backyard, there is plenty
Where and when do you have races?
Our races are held on Sunday mornings. Registration begins at
8AM at the host mountain. See our schedule
here. (Final Schedule will
be posted in late November.)
(Final Schedule will be posted in late November.)
What time should I arrive on race day?
Registration begins at 8AM on race day. An early arrival will ensure that you will have ample time for the course inspection before the race.
How long do races last?
Regular season races vary in length. They begin at 9AM and typically end between 1-2pm, leaving plenty of time to read the paper, watch football and finish homework! Championship races last longer.
Where/when do I get lift tickets for race days?
Tickets for away races can be purchased at 8AM at the host mountain.
How do I get to the other mountains?
Go here for directions.
How do I know if a race is cancelled or changed?
There is rarely a change in our race schedule; however, our News Page will clearly announce any changes as soon as they are known. We also try to send out emails as early as possible if there is a cancellation. We recommend checking your email and the website on Saturday evening to confirm that there has not been a last minute change or cancellation.