SKI TRIP PLANNING
Cancellation Fees for 2021 Waived
Recognizing the uncertainties and concerns about going on ski trips during the COVID pandemic, the Board of Directors voted on December 8th to approve a request by the Ski Trip Planning Committee to waive trip cancellation fees for the coming season. Members who have signed up for 2021 ski trips who cancel out of concern for exposure to COVID-19 will not be charged the usual $35 cancellation fee. This applies to all 2020-2021 KOPSC ski trips.
COVID, Vermont, and Ski Trip Planning
The resurgence in COVID cases is once again putting our Ski Trip Planning Committee to the test. As hard as they have worked to plan for a COVID-safe 2021 season, they are finding additional wrenches thrown into the works. Due to recently implemented travel restrictions in Routt County, Colorado, our Steamboat participants elected to cancel that trip. Rest assured that our STPC members are continuously monitoring COVID-related issues at resorts where we have trips planned. Trip leaders are disseminating information to participants as it becomes available.
Of particular concern right now is Vermont, as we have two trips planned there for the coming season. The state has implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone traveling there. As of December 9th, the rules are:
Travelers to Vermont must complete the quarantine period outlined below in their home state immediately *prior* to arrival in Vermont or immediately *upon* arrival in Vermont
14 days OR
7 days followed by a negative COVID test
All out-of-state travelers utilizing lodging in Vermont must sign a certificate of compliance or complete a digital compliance statement at check-in
While in Vermont, you may not participate in social gatherings; this includes sharing an accommodation with another household outside of your own
For details and updates on the Vermont travel restrictions, go to: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel
Important points for our members:
Please do your part to stay up-to-date on travel restrictions so you can make an informed decision about whether to go on a club trip
Note that our registration/release form specifies that you cannot hold the club liable if you become ill or injured on a trip
Bear in mind that government restrictions published here may change at any time; please go to the relevant source for up-to-date information
Ski Trip Informational Meetings
To help you navigate the new normal for the upcoming ski season, the Ski Trip Planning Committee has scheduled virtual meetings to provide information on the 2021 trips. If you have questions or want to meet the trip leaders, please join any or all of the meetings listed below to get more information. All meetings will last about one hour.
Meetings Regarding All Trips
(Stay tuned for updates)
Smugglers’ Notch: 6:30 PM, Thursday, January 21st
Meeting ID: 995 1366 2343
Dial in by phone: 301-715-8592
Any questions or problems, email Mark Schleyer at
What to know about trip insurance
By Rick Bunn, Ski Trip Planning Committee Co-Chair
With the uncertainty of travel for the upcoming ski season, should you purchase travel insurance to reduce the risk of financial loss from a trip cancellation? This year, with the COVID‑19 pandemic threatening to stick around for many months to come, trip insurance may be of particular interest, as it may be more difficult to fill your spot if you cancel. Note that KOPSC does not require that you purchase insurance before going on one of our ski trips; nor do we recommend any particular insurance vendor. This is a personal financial decision. There are varying levels of coverage and cost, and it’s very important to read a policy thoroughly and understand what is and isn’t covered.
So the question that everyone has is: “If my trip is cancelled because of COVID-19, will travel insurance reimburse all the money that I paid for the trip?” The short answer is NO. They may pay nothing or only a percentage of the trip cost. None of the policies that I reviewed offered 100% coverage for trip cancellation due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Where should you go to find more information on travel insurance for the upcoming ski season? Most of our tour operators provide information on policies, as well as AAA and many other major insurance companies. Google it, and you will find more information than you could possibly need! When researching insurance carriers, determine the specific coverage you think you might need.
In addition to understanding specifics of a policy, it is also important to understand the KOPSC cancellation policy for ski trips, including what refunds you may be entitled to. Depending on the reason for cancellation, you may end up with partial refunds and/or credit vouchers that will need to be figured into your insurance claim. For example, if one of our western trips is cancelled, the airline may issue a voucher for a future flight rather than a refund, and the insurance policy most likely will not cover the value of that airline ticket, because you will have received compensation from the airline.
How do you determine what travel insurance policy to purchase? First, determine what goal you are trying to achieve with trip insurance. Calculate your possible loss under different cancellation scenarios. Look for policies that offer coverage in accordance with your goal and request a quote. Be sure the coverage you think you are purchasing is actually spelled out in the policy. Bear in mind that some insurance carriers will require that you purchase coverage within a certain period of time from making your first payment on the trip. The closer to the departure date of your trip, the less likely it is that you will be able to purchase the insurance you desire at a reasonable price.
After all this research, purchase the travel policy that meets your goal and then sit back and wait for snow.
SKI PASSES TO SKI AREAS
The Epic Pass offers access to 59 different ski areas, and the Ikon Pass covers 44 different areas. Both offer unlimited days at core ski areas and 5–7 days at other mountains, depending on the type of pass you buy. The Mountain Collective Pass offers two days at 22 different ski areas and a 50% discount on the daily rate for all additional lift tickets.
Ikon Pass Epic Pass Mountain Collective Pass
Alta/Snowbird, UT Alfton Alps,MN Alta/Snowbird, UT
Arapahoe Basin/Copper Mt, CO Alpine Valley/Mad River Mt, OH Arapahoe Basin, CO
Aspen/Snowmass, CO Attitash/Wildcat, NH Aspen/Snowmass, CO
Big Bear Mt, CA Boston Mills/Brandywine, OH Banff Lake Louise/Sunshine, AB, Canada
Big Sky, MT Breckenridge/Keystone, CO Big Sky, MT
Blue Mt, ON, Canada Crested Butte, CO Chamonix, France
Boyne Mt/Boyne Highlands, MI Fernie/Kinberley, BC Canada Coronet Peak/Remarkables, NZ
Brighton/Solitude Mt, UT Crotched Mt/Mt Sunapee, NH Grand Targhee, WY
Crystal Mt/Snoqualmie, WA Heavenly/Northstar/Kirkwood,.CA Jackson Hole, WY
Cypress Mt., BC, Canada Hidden Valley/Snow Creek, MO Lake Louise, AB, Canada
Deer Valley, UT Hunter Mt, NY Mammoth Mt, CA
Jackson Hole, WY Jack Frost/Big Boulder, PA Mt Buller, Australia
Killington/Pico, VT Kicking Horse, BC, Canada Niseko United, Japan
Lake Louise/Sunshine/Norquay,AB, Canada Liberty/Roundtop/Whitetail, PA Panorama, BC, Canada
Loon Mt, NH Mt Brighton, MI Revelstoke, BC, Canada
Mammoth/June Mt, CA Mt Ste Anne/Stoneham, QC Canada Snowbird, UT
Mont Tremblant, QC, Canada Nakiska, AB, Canada Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, CA
Revelstoke, BC, Canada Okemo/Mt Snow, VT Sugarbush, VT
Snowshoe, WV Paloi Peaks, IN Sugarloaf, ME
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, CA Park City, UT Sun Peaks, BC, Canada
Steamboat, CO Snowbasin, UT Taos, NM
Stratton/Sugarbush, VT Stevens Pass, WA Thredbo, Australia
Sunday River/Sugarloaf, ME Stowe, VT Valle Nevado, Chile
Taos, NM Sun Valley, ID
Winter Park/Eldora Mt, CO Telluride, CO
Thredbo/Mt. Buller, Australia Vail/Beaver Creek, CO
Valle Nevado, Chile Whistler/Blackcomb, BC, Canada
Niseko United, Japan Wilmot, WI
Coronet Peak/Remarkables/Mt Hutt, NZ Perisher/Falls Creek/Hotham, Australia
Zermatt, Switzerland 11 Resorts in Japan
Indy Pass offers an affordable alternative to the big resorts for the skiers who only get out a few days a season. You get 2 lift days each at 47 independently owned resorts. Passes go on sale in September. See details at
(Chart updated July 2020)