Warren Ski Club
Warren Ski Club

                                    2023 SKI TRIPS

Two great trips have been planned for the club in 2023. These include one week in California, where we will ski Heavenly Resort, located in South Lake Tahoe, and one week in Switzerland, skiing Davos and Davos Klosters ski resorts. 

 

The Tahoe Trip includes the option to ski one day at Northstar Resort.  Both resorts are Vail-owned, so, as with all Vail resorts group lift tickets are no longer offered.  Lift tickets must be purchased by the individual attendee through the Epicpass website.*  This trip does, however, include round-trip air, transfers to and from the Reno Airport to South Lake Tahoe, CA, seven nights lodging walking distance to the in-town gondola, and hot breakfast each day.

 

The trip to Davos, Switzerland, includes round trip air from Cleveland to Zurich, round-trip transfers from Zurich to Davos, the opportunity to ski two different resorts, and seven nights' lodging at a 4-star Hilton Garden Inn with hot breakfast and full dinner each day.  Lift tickets for this trip are also purchased separately by the participant due to the variety of passes available.  A three day add-on trip to tour the bautiful city of Zurich, Switzerland is available for an additional $400.00.

 

* How to purchase Epic Day Passes for the trip to Heavenly and Northstar:  (1) Go to Epicpass.com.   (2) Locate the option for "Epic Day Pass."   (3) Choose 32 resorts [notice that this choice does include both Heavenly and Northstar resorts].   (4) Select "no" for Holidays, and lastly, (5) choose the number of days you want to ski -- 5 for $329.00 or $66.00 per day, or 6 for $384.00 or $64.00 per day.  These prices are similar to the cost of group lift tickets at other resorts, and provide you with the opportunity to choose fewer days if you plan to participate in the many activities available during your time in South Lake Tahoe.  These are the June rates for the tickets and may change as we approach the ski season.

 

Full details for both trips and registration forms can be found on the flyers below.

 

RECAP OF THE 2022 SKI SEASON

 

The Ski Season got a late start with warm weather and little snow early in January, but that quickly changed, with cold weather providing both natural and manmade snow at our favorite slopes in New York.  Our members took advantage of the ensuing cold by attending one or both of the successful overnight trips.  Three were planned, but because of the late start to the season, Holiday Valley 1 had to be cancelled.  Holiday Valley 2 went without a hitch, and our third Sunday-to-Monday trip to Bristol Mountain again proved to be a winner.  Slopes were in exceptional shape by February and great times were had by attendees, both on and off the slopes.

Our first weeklong trip was taken to Sun Valley Idaho, a fantastic trip to remember.  On January 29, thirty-eight of us flew into Sun Valley airport, flying so close to the resort that we were amazed at the proximity of the mountains to the landing strip. We were picked up by the Sun Valley Lodge shuttle and taken a short distance to our home for the week.  The Lodge was exquisite in its decor with dark wood and marble accents, and welcoming to us even though we arrived quite early in the day.  Not to be discouraged, we basked in the sunshine, enjoying lunch and/or drinks by the ice skating rink as we waited for our spacious and beautiful condos to be readied.

That evening we joined with the Charlotte Ski Club for the traditional Welcome Party, then woke Sunday morning to begin skiing.  Many of us found Bald Mountain to be steeper than many of the resorts we have been to in the past.  Even the Greens are steep – and long.  The trails all ran from the top of the mountain to the bottom (3400 feet vertical), and took some time to get accustomed to for those of us who ski 700 feet of vertical at home.  However, the sun shone bright every day, our ski legs strengthened, and by the end of the week, we were able to say, “I got this.”

After skiing, we shared stories of our day on the slopes at the outdoor hot pool in the village where we eased our aching muscles and sipped on beverages under the stars. One special evening was spent downtown at the fun pub crawl put together by Sally Kumik and Karen Hahn with the assistance of Dave and Elaine Demase.  We visited four distinctive bars in town, all within a block of each other, and each being more welcoming and interesting than the one before.

The mountain offered exciting and varied skiing, the village was the epitome of a great ski resort, and the walk to the shuttle and drive to the mountain were both quite short.  There were abundant bars and restaurants, both in town and in the village, and great friends to spend the week with – what more can be asked of a ski club trip?  Once again, a trip to remember.

Our second week long trip was to Mount Bachelor. On March 5 we flew into Portland and took a scenic 3 hour bus ride to Bend, Oregon. Upon our arrival we were handed cookies by the staff as a gesture of welcoming us to the hotel. That evening we attended a Welcome Party that would be hard to beat. There were representatives there from Mt Bachelor, Wanderlust Tour Company and others to inform us of all the possible activities the area had to offer. The wine and cheese party turned out to include wings, veggies, dips and additional beverages. Needless to say, we left that evening to return to our rooms full of great food, drink, and information.

Sunday we skied under the brightest sunlight and bluest skies imaginable. We took part in a mountain tour that ended with us going all the way to the summit and experiencing the incredible vista surrounding us.  Because Mount Bachelor is built on a volcano, skiers can ski in any direction down from the summit – a feature unique to just a few ski resorts. 

Monday evening several of us went snowshoeing at Mt Bachelor, a trip which ended with us gazing at the constellations and stars, which were amazingly bright due to the lack of city lights.

We skied most days, taking a “relaxing” break on Wednesday to do the Lava cave tour.  Who knew there was a vast network of caves near Bend, Oregon? We strapped on a helmet and headlamp and joined our guides for an underground adventure, scrambling up/down/around rocky areas and crawling through short passages.  Did I really say “relaxing?”

Every evening provided our group with the best that the city of Bend could offer. Our hotel was located right at the edge of town, and after descending just a few steps, we were in the midst of downtown activities. The restaurants and food selections were wonderful and so was the local Oregon wine, but it was the great skiing and all the friends gathering together that made this trip to Bend Oregon and Mount Bachelor so special.

All good things must come to an end; and so it is with the 2022 ski season.  I hope every skier had a chance to get to the slopes and found conditions to be exceptional. Our thoughts remain with those members who sustained injuries this season, and our hopes are for their quick and thorough recovery.

BRISTOL MOUNTAIN NEW YORK

24 members boarded the bus Sunday, February 13 to travel to the Hampton Inn in Victor NY.  We left at 12:30 from the Lowes parking lot.  The roads were clear and we made good time.   We had a super bowl pool and a pizza party in the hotel lobby and some of us even watched the game.  Congratulations to our winners —for first 3 quarters  Jill Niess, Bob Amerine, Dennis Mintus - $20 each  and Jill Niess final score $40.  

 

Monday we left the hotel at 8 am and got to Bristol Mountain when the lifts were just starting.   Our younger boarders asked about twilight hours but soon found that the slopes were a little more challenging than they thought. There was a slight dusting of snow and the slopes were fast.   The lodge has been remodeled and the second level is now a walk out to some fire pits and the slopes.  Very nice addition.   Chocolate covered alcoholic cherries were passed out on the bus for Valentine’s Day on our way back to the hotel.   Janetta thought they tasted better than her special French chocolates she got for Christmas.   Some members used the hot tub.  That night we took the bus to a nearby Gastropub - New York Beer Project for dinner which turned out to be very good.  

 

Tuesday we packed up all our gear and headed out for an even better day of skiing.  The sun was shining.  Although we did have many contenders for our Prestigious Silver Wicket Award - Eric Hendrickson who fell off the lift getting on and then fell off the easy rails on his board but did get it together to  make the harder rail.  Me for putting on Dennis’ jacket by mistake, Dennis who commented that Kathy’s jacket was the same color as my jacket (they are the same jacket), and Gary Rosati for falling off the lift at the top of the mountain.    It was won by Adam Hendrickson for forgetting his belt and almost mooning the crowd.  Thanks Tom Kearney for bringing an extra belt.  

 

Thank you to each and every member who helped make this a special trip including

            My husband, Tom Kearney, who helped lug all my supplies

            Jenna Amerine for running the Super Bowl Pool

            Vickie Amerine for setting up the What’s App group with everyone

            Kathy Terlecky, Lynn Rosati and Terry Shifflet for helping with the Pizza Party

            Dennis Mintus for helping with the lift tickets

            Everyone who brought snacks to share Including Bob Scott’s wife Marilyn who made the pizza roll and wasn’t even on the trip

Everyone who helped our wounded warriors, but especially Josh Henderickson who was our nurse on board

            Our board members - Mark Gorse, Kathy Terlecky, Terry Shifflet and Dennis Mintus

 

Don’t miss out on our next event for year round fun!!!  

Pat Kearney

 

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