SKI TRIP PLANNING
Which Season Pass Should You Buy?
The question we all ask ourselves each year…
This is always a hot topic and a choice only you can make as to which one is going to be right for your ski season!
Ski passes are becoming more desirable, but they do make us have to think months and even possibly a year in advance. The facts that (1) many resorts do not sell individual daily tickets onsite, and (2) the rack rate online – to say the least – is way expensive makes buying a pass an attractive option. The window to get the best price for the major multi-mountain starts in the spring of each season. So, you will need to start thinking about making your plans soon. And to that end, KOPSC will be announcing next year’s trips in early spring of 2023, too.
The four major players for passes (EPIC, Ikon, Mountain Collective and Indy) offer new and different options for each season.
***Keep this information in mind as you enjoy this ski season, but it’s not too soon to start to dream about the 2024 season! The Ski Trip Planning Committee plans to roll out our trips in late April so you can all get a jump on the best ski pass values.***
Should You Buy Trip Insurance?
Despite the COVID-19 news being better this year than last, the virus is still with us for the foreseeable future. While we always encourage our members to consider purchasing trip insurance, COVID is another reason to think about it. Trip insurance is essentially a hedge against an unforeseen circumstance that may cause you to drop off a trip or leave a trip early, potentially causing a financial loss. 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 entirely up to you, but we do want to provide you with resources to help you make your decision.
The National Federation of Ski Councils recently hosted a seminar on trip insurance. The presentation made by IMG Insurance is available here.
What should you take into consideration?
There are numerous insurance providers with different levels of coverage, and it is very important to read the policy and understand the coverage you are purchasing. If you are looking for specific coverage, ask the agent if it is included in the policy. Don’t assume.
Our tour operators usually have a company they work with. Your own insurance agent may offer travel coverage. You can also do an internet search for “Travel Insurance” or check with organizations like AAA or AARP.
Travel expert Rick Steves has an excellent article on his website that offers information on trip insurance that you may find helpful: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/trip-planning/travel-insurance.
Many policies require that you purchase the insurance within a certain period of time after putting your deposit on a trip, so timing is important.
We have a trip planned to France, and your own health insurance may not cover you for an incident outside the US.
Be sure you understand the KOPSC cancellation policy for ski trips, including what refunds you might receive and how they might affect a travel insurance claim. In most cases, the insurance company will only provide compensation for costs that are not refunded from the trip.
In short, consider whether you need travel insurance and what level of coverage you might need based on various cancellation scenarios. It’s a matter of weighing risks and benefits and determining whether it’s in your best interest to purchase a policy.
Skiing Without a Pass: Plan Ahead
If you are one of the procrastinators who did not buy one of the ski passes when they were at their lowest prices last spring, you still need to do a little planning to get regular tickets at some resorts. Many ski areas no longer sell tickets at the mountain. You must buy your ticket online and make a reservation for the day you want to ski. Some resorts are also limiting the number of tickets they sell for any given day, and online ticket prices can vary from day to day. The further ahead you plan, the better your chances of getting a reservation and a more reasonable ticket price for the days you want to hit the slopes.
Plan ahead – check the resort’s website for ticketing requirements. There are still a few online non-resort ticket sellers. It is worth the effort to check them out to see what they have available on the days you plan to ski:
Retailers in resort areas are also known to sell lift tickets. Check the ski shops, grocery stories and even gas stations. Leave no snow untracked in your search for the best price of a lift ticket!
Winter Is Here!
Time to Ski! The Reason for the Season!
The season many of us live for for eight months out of the year is finally here! And now we can go out there to test our muscle memory and then figure out how to recover our bodies, so we can go out and do it again the next time. Whoopee!
We hope you are all signed up for your favorite trips(s), but if not and you have an interest in any of those trips, contact the trip leaders and get on their wait lists. There is no financial risk or cost to get on the wait list – just a signed release form and a check to hold a spot in line. (Your check won’t be deposited until you get on the trip.) You would be surprised how fast the wait list shrinks sometimes, so it could be your lucky day! Detailed information for all the trips can be found on our website (https://www.kingofprussiaskiclub.com/ski-trips), but trip leaders will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
But the most exciting new is that the Ski Trip Planning Committee has already been working very hard on planning the trips for 2024 and looking forward to getting them all nailed down so we can make our presentations of trips in early spring. As always, if you have any ideas, suggestions or questions, please feel free to reach out to anyone on the Ski Trip Planning Committee (Chris Campbell [Chair], Mark Schleyer, Sue Spitz, Dave Scott, and John Markunas).
How to Prevent Altitude Sickness
aka Acute Mountain Sickness
Headed out west to go skiing this ski season? Great! Have you given any thought to the fact you might be traveling from sea level to elevations of over 10,000 feet? This change in elevation could put you at risk for falling victim to acute mountain sickness (AMS), which can strike anyone. Your age and general health profile can be predicting factors, but even an advanced athlete can feel sick if moving to a high altitude too quickly. Luckily for most people, the symptoms of AMS subside in a few days. Here are a few tips to help you recover, or – better yet – avoid this condition altogether.
How to Adjust to High Altitudes
Drink water! Drink lots and lots of water. It’s recommended that you drink twice as much water as you do at lower altitudes. Drinking water is the single most helpful thing you can do to keep up with the demands of higher elevation. The low humidity at high altitude tends to dehydrate you, which can make you feel sick. It’s best to start consuming liquids a couple of days before you arrive at your mountain destination. Water, juice and sports drinks are great options for replenishing lost fluids.
Minimize alcohol and sodium intake for a few days before and after your arrival at high altitude, as they exacerbate dehydration.
Take it easy for the first few days at high altitude. The reduced amount of oxygen at high altitude puts a strain on your heart and lungs, so let them adjust. Get plenty of sleep – high altitudes can make you feel lethargic.
Treat any symptoms you may experience. Headaches are common, so keep a pain reliever on hand. Nausea is another frequent symptom, so try taking motion sickness medicine and drinking a carbonated beverage to settle your stomach.
If you’ve had AMS before or suspect that you are high risk for it, consider asking your healthcare provider about prescription medication that can help prevent AMS.
If you have heart or lung problems or other serious medical conditions, consult your healthcare provider before traveling to high altitudes.
If you have difficulty breathing or experience swelling in your arms or legs while at high altitude, descend to a lower altitude and see a doctor immediately!