SKI TRIP PLANNING
Update on Ski Trips
The Ski Trip Planning Committee is getting really excited for our upcoming ski season! We had our first in-person membership meeting a couple of weeks ago, and it was great to see everyone. The weather reports from Utah and New England are already showing snow on the ground or in the forecast. Buckman’s Ski Shops are opening, and ski swaps and pre-season sales are happening now. Are you signed up for a trip this season? Signups have been very strong, and we even have one that’s “Sold Out” and taking a waiting list (Mammoth Mountain). We still have space on all of the other trips, so there is no time like now to sign up and start to make your plans for the 2021-2022 ski season. We have something for everyone, starting with a New Year’s Eve trip to Lake George and Gore Mountain in New York and ending with the closing weekend party at Crested Butte, Colorado. So, what are you waiting for? Check out all the trip details at https://www.kingofprussiaskiclub.com/ski-trips and contact the trip leaders if you need more information. How much easier could it be? Pick out a trip, fill out the registration/release form, write your check and send it to the trip leader.
West Coast Trips:
Telluride, CO (January 29 – February 5) Barb Tomedolskey email@example.com
Panorama, BC, Canada (February 19 – 26) Lydia Hill firstname.lastname@example.org
Taos, NM (February 26 – March 5) Sean Thomas email@example.com
Mammoth, CA (March 12 – 19) (sold out - taking waiting list) Murray Hadley firstname.lastname@example.org
Crested Butte, CO (March 30 – April 4) Chris Campbell email@example.com
East Coast Trips:
Lake George/Gore Mountain (December 30 – January 2) Stu Gillard Gillard@aol.com
Belleayre, NY (January 21 – 23) Cheryl Brokaw CLBCLB1@comcast.net
Stowe, VT (February 10 – 13) Mark Schleyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday River, ME (March 6 – 11) [midweek trip]) Rick Bunn email@example.com
Our goal for the ski season is to ski with everyone who wants to have fun. So sign up for a trip and let’s all have fun together!
You know you want to do it, so…
Why You Should Get on a Ski Trip Wait List
Oh noooooo! You didn’t make the cut on the trip you signed up for, or the trip you’re interested inis already full. Should you bother to get on the wait list? YES!
Most trips do have cancellations and exhaust their wait lists, so your odds of getting on the trip are usually good
You’ll get first crack at any openings that come up
No financial risk – your check won’t be deposited until a space opens up for you AND you confirm that you’ll go
Yes, you can be on a wait list for more than one trip, and then you can grab the first opening that is offered to you
To get on the wait list, send your registration materials (including deposit check) to the trip leader. The leader will maintain a wait list in the order registrations were received. When a spot becomes available, the next person on the wait list will be contacted about the opening.
Please don’t ask the trip leader to keep you in mind for an opening without officially getting on the wait list. The trip leaders are already juggling a lot of balls and can’t be responsible for remembering who has said they might be interested in going on the trip. Be the person who is at the top of the wait list with a deposit check, so you get the first call when a space opens up!
Should I Purchase Travel Insurance?
By Rick Bunn, STPC Co-Chair
We are signing up for another season of ski trips and trying to figure out what challenges lie ahead of us. COVID-19 is still here and probably will be for some time and could pose some challenges for travel this ski season. We have a trip planned to Canada that has an additional challenge in that, generally, your health insurance does not cover you for an incident outside the USA. 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. The decision on whether to purchase an insurance policy – and which one – is a personal choice that requires you to do your research.
There are many different resources for travel insurance. Our tour operators usually have a company they work with. You can also do an internet search for “Travel Insurance” or check with organizations like AAA or AARP. There are many different insurance providers with different levels of coverage, and it is very important to read the policy and understand the coverage you are purchasing. I have read about a dozen different policies recently, and none of them are the same, so make sure you understand what you are purchasing.
After you review the different travel insurance policies, make sure you also consider the KOPSC cancellation policy for ski trips, including what refunds you might receive and how they might impact a travel insurance claim. In most cases, the insurance company will provide compensation for costs that are not refunded from the trip. For example, if you make a claim because you did not go on the trip or the trip was cancelled, you probably will receive an airline travel voucher for the flight, some credit for lift tickets and other components of the trip. The travel insurance provider will deduct any compensation you receive before they compensate you for the claim you have filed. It is important to understand what types of events are covered, and what level of coverage you will receive.
To summarize: Determine a goal for how much travel insurance you need – or if you need it – and do your research so you purchase a policy that meets your goals. Be sure to consider all the different cancellation scenarios and what type of coverage you need before purchasing your policy. If you are traveling outside the US, consider travel insurance for medical coverage, as rumor has it that injuries may occur on the ski slopes in some cases. Read the policy information, which may be a 50-70 page document, and understand the coverage.
Good luck with travel insurance. I am looking forward to skiing this winter and hope to see you on a trip this season.
Update on Ski Passes for 2021-2022
Season passes that give you access to multiple ski areas are still available. If you are still on the fence as to whether or not a pass is right for you this ski season, you need to act fast, as the prices are going up. Prices on the Epic pass go up September 6th. The Ikon Pass prices have increased slightly over what they were a month ago and could increase again before the snow starts falling. Mountain Collective Pass is still on sale, but once they reach their quota, sales could end for next ski season. Early-bird pricing on the Indy Pass, which allows you to ski two days at 76 different ski areas, ends August 31st. The Cooper Pass is the new kid on the block –
you can ski all season long at Cooper and 3 days free at each of their 49 partner resorts prices go up on this pass October 1st. See links below for details on each pass and a full list of resorts included with each.
Listed below are many of the ski resorts that honor the various passes
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
Mt. Bachelor, OR Okemo/Mt Snow, VT Sugarbush, VT
Red Mountain, BC, Canada Paloi Peaks, IN Sugarloaf, ME
Revelstoke, BC, Canada Park City, UT Sun Peaks, BC, Canada
Schweitzer, ID Snowbasin, UT Taos, NM
Snowshoe, WV Stevens Pass, WA Thredbo, Australia
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, CA Stowe, VT Valle Nevado, Chile
Steamboat, CO Sun Valley, ID
Stratton/Sugarbush, VT Telluride, CO
Sunday River/Sugarloaf, ME Vail/Beaver Creek, CO
Taos,NM Whistler/Blackcomb, BC, Canada
Windham Mountain, NY Wilmot, WI
Winter Park/Eldora Mt, CO Perisher/Falls Creek/Hotham, Australia
Thredbo/Mt. Buller, Australia 11 Resorts in Japan
Valle Nevado, Chile
Niseko United, Japan
Coronet Peak/Remarkables/Mt Hutt, NZ
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 https://www.indyskipass.com/
(Chart updated August 2021)