Frequently Asked Questions
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What is GoSherpasm? What is SkiSherpasm? What is InterCity Sherpasm? Why do you make it so confusing with so many different “sherpas?"
GoSherpasm is the name of our company. It is the umbrella under which we offer transportation services under two primary Service Lines – SkiSherpasm and InterCity Sherpasm. SkiSherpasm also offers ancillary skiing-related services. InterCity Sherpasm offers inter-city transport services between Boston and New York City. The concept of providing door-to-door, ride-share transport service to the ski slopes is what our company is founded on; however, it would be awkward to run around as SkiSherpasm in the middle of summer.
What is meant by GoSherpasm operating as a “club?"
Members of the GoSherpa Clubsm have sought out GoSherpasm as their regular provider of transportation services for going skiing and for traveling between Boston and New York City. As such, GoSherpasm first caters to the needs of these regularly, recurring customers who have made a financial commitment to GoSherpasm in terms of membership dues; having done that GoSherpasm, then, seeks to meet the transportation needs of the public who are not members.
What are the benefits of being a Member of the GoSherpa Club sm?
GoSherpa ClubSM Members enjoy:
Member Pricing – which translates into prices that are 15% - 20% lower than those charged non-members
Frequent Rider Program – which yields one trip for a $1 Transport Fare after 6 trips purchased at regular fares and unlimited number of trips for a $1 Transport Fare (for the rest of the 12-month period) after another 6 trips purchased at regular fares.
Priority booking – which means seats are made available to Members before they are made available to non-members
Preferential Pick-Up/Drop-Off – which means, to the extent practical, Members are the last ones picked-up and the first ones dropped-off.
How much does it cost to go skiing with SkiSherpasm?
The cost depends on numerous factors: Are you a Member or non-member? What time of the ski season or the day of the week do you want to ski? How old are you? Will you ski with your own skis or will you rent skis?
To give a simple Base Case for comparison, it costs $288 for two Adult Members ($144 per person) for transport and lift ticket on a weekend in the middle of the ski season. The following outlines variations from this Base Case:
- Two Seniors and those under 21 years of age will generally pay 5%-10% less ($130 per person for transport and lift ticket).
- A mid-week outing, generally, costs 15% less
- Outing scheduled before late-December and after mid-March, generally, costs 15% less
- Non-Members, generally, pay 15% – 20% more
- A standing 10% discount is offered to persons associated with our Strategic Business Partners
- Promotions are offered from time to time which may reduce the costs noted above
I have a ski pass or free lift ticket vouchers valid at the ski resort. Can I buy just the transport and opt-out of the lift tickets?
Yes, you can.
Can I buy just the discounted lift tickets and drive ourselves to the ski resort?
No, as a general practice, SkiSherpaSM does NOT sell discounted lift tickets without transportation. (Our agreements with most ski resorts prohibit us from doing so). An exception is made for promotions in which multi-lift tickets are packaged together (not individual tickets) offering further discounts to those already provided by SkiSherpaSM. However, although it is not obligatory to buy the transportation service from SkiSherpaSM for these promotions, the redemption feature of these packages was designed to make them convenient only for those who would be traveling with SkiSherpaSM. In other words, delivery of the lift tickets for specific ski resorts would only be made on the dates that SkiSherpaSM undertakes a ski outing to that particular ski resort. Redemption requires pre-notification of SkiSherpaSM and for the skier to find the Sherpa driver at the ski resort. Such promotions were designed to offer further savings for skiers traveling with SkiSherpaSM.
Why do you assess a Per Location Pick-Up/Drop-off Surcharge?
The convenience of Door-To-Door transport is GoSherpa'ssm signature service. However, to avoid a customer experience whereby GoSherpasm vans are driving all around town for 45 minutes picking-up one passenger here and another one passenger there prior to heading towards its destination, GoSherpasm seeks out passengers that are traveling in groups – ideally in parties of three or more. Thus, GoSherpasm has chosen to structure its Total Fares to yield favorable pricing for those traveling in such groups. The assessment of a fixed per-location, pick-up/drop-off Surcharge allows GoSherpasm to seek very modest per-person Transport Fares. The end result is that for a single traveler, this Surcharge results in a less-than-modest Total Fare. However, for all others when traveling with one or more companions, the "sharing" of this Surcharge does result in fairly modest Total Fares.
Alternatively, GoSherpasm would not assess this Per-Location Surcharge and just increase the price of fares indiscriminately across-the-board by $15 per person. GoSherpasm chose not to do the latter.
Going skiing with SkiSherpasm is more expensive than some alternatives?
Yes, GoSherpa'ssm prices do involve a price premium which is to compensate for the added costs incurred to provide Door-To-Door service and other added convenience and comfort. Also, this price premium may not be as significant as it initially appears.
Comparing to the costs of going to the slopes on a ski bus:
It costs $50-$55 per person for round-trip transportation for some other ski transport companies. However, to get to the bus stop, you would have to pay $10-$15 for an Uber/taxi to get there and another $10-$15 to get from the bus stop back home. Adding this $30 cost to the $55 for the ski bus, this $85 total is only $5 less than the $90 charged by SkiSherpasm for ONE adult Member. This $85 total is also HIGHER than the $75 per-person that SkiSherpasm charges for parties of TWO and the $68 for parties of FOUR.
This assessment does not take into consideration the difficulty of finding a taxi/Uber at 5:30 AM – also one that has the ski rack or trunk space that can handle your skis. Nor does this assessment take into account the difference between waiting for your ride in the warmth and comfort of your home or lobby versus shivering on the sidewalk waiting for your ski bus.
Comparing to the costs of driving yourselves to the slopes
Driving yourself to the slopes will usually cost less than going with SkiSherpasm or any other ski transport company (especially for a larger party). However, SkiSherpasm offers lift tickets at significant discounts. Standard Window Rates for lift tickets at almost all 12 ski resorts serviced by SkiSherpasm range from $85 to $119. Thus, SkiSherpasm week-end price of $69 per lift ticket represents a discount of 20% to 35%. Thus, the price paid for a lift ticket provided by SkiSherpasm may be lower than even that paid as part of an organized ski group (>20 skiers).
Who would find SkiSherpasm services MOST beneficial?
Skiers who are looking for a variety in ski resorts, terrains, and trails.
Skiers who are too busy with studies and/or work to lose 5-6 hours for travel and prep on top of the time actually spent on the slopes.
Skiers who may not have readily accessible vehicle that would be suitable for transporting themselves and their equipment to the slopes
Skiers who intend to ski during mid-week when no other ski transport operator is offering ski outings
Skiers who are visiting Boston (for work or for play) and do not have with them the apparel for going skiing (SkiSherpasm offers ski apparel rentals)
Skiers who are part of a large, young family who find handling the ski equipment cumbersome
Skiers who don’t want the peripheral hassles (driving, handling skis, washing-off car)
Small ski groups who need transport for a ski outing that does not have enough participants to justify chartering-out a bus or coach.
What are the basic benefits and savings in SkiSherpasm promotions?
The SkiSherpasm promotions offer the following savings:
Member Pricing without Membership dues (of $19.99 per month or $239.88 per year).
Even greater savings versus the SkiSherpa'ssm already discounted lift ticket prices of $69 for weekends and $59 for mid-week
$60 per lift ticket for Anytime 6-Pack
$55 per lift ticket for Anytime 10-Pack
$45 per lift ticket for Mid-Week 10-Pack
The promotions are designed to allow customers to “try-out” SkiSherpasm services, to give as a gift, or provide significant savings for those who commit to using SkiSherpasm as their primary means for getting to the ski slopes. For example, although the lift ticket and season’s pass promotions do NOT require that the skier travel to the ski resort with SkiSherpasm, the means thru which they are redeemed (meet the Sherpa driver at the ski resort on the morning of Ski Day) make their redemptions fairly inconvenient if the skier was not to travel with SkiSherpasm.
What kind of ski apparel does SkiSherpasm provide and how much would it cost?
A set of ski apparel available for rent includes: Outer ski jacket, ski pants, ski gloves, ski goggles ($49 per set) Individual pieces of apparel available for purchase include: Inner thermal upper-body wear ($10 per piece) and socks ($6 per pair)
How do I get my ski apparel from SkiSherpasm?
SkiSherpasm will arrange to meet with the ski apparel renter before the day of the Ski Outing to deliver and fit the skier/snowboarder. Prior to such a meeting the renter will communicate to SkiSherpasm the sizes for the various pieces of the apparel either at or subsequent to booking. A set of ski apparel will be put together on a best effort basis from the SkiSherpa’s inventory. Any required adjustments may be delivered on the day of the Ski Outing.
So, GoSherpasm really will transport me from door to door?
Yes, we pick-up and drop-off at specific addresses located in or near the metropolitan areas of Boston and New York. Our standard pricing is for addresses located in our Service Areas (Central Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline and Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn). For pick-ups and drop-offs outside our Service Areas, we generally asks that the travel group number 4 or more and this may be done on a First-On/Last-Off basis.
For pick-ups and drop-offs outside of Greater Boston or Greater NYC, we usually ask that you charter (or "hire-out") an entire van.
How long have you been in business?
Since 2018. We are a start-up.
How many vans do you have?
How many passengers can each van hold?
Can I charter a van?
Yes, GoSherpasm vans can be chartered for transport services only or with ancillary services (equipment and apparel rental, ski lessons, ski portering, etc.)