Greetings fellow Orlando Ski Club members, skiers, boarders and adventure travelers! I am very happy to have you all on our mailing list! Thank you for your interest in OSC,thank you for your past travels with OSC, I am looking forward to meeting more of you on upcoming OSC trips! Our 2016-17 season is up & running with lots of exciting trips; check them out at http://www.orlandoskiclub.com/. Yet, before I begin on the trips, let me introduce myself.
I am thrilled to be writing you as YOUR new President ofOrlando Ski Club! I have been YOUR Vice President of Trips for the last six years, thus I believe I am well prepared to lead the overall operations of the club. Thank you for your confidence in voting me into office, I promise to have OSC members best interest at heart! I hope to continue, and expand upon, the great leadership displayed with our past Presidents, the most recent three being Shelley Daniel, Earl Schuette and most recently, Bob (SnowDog) Mackey. I personally thank you three for your many hours of service to OSC; I look forward to your “words of wisdom” for me and your continued personal involvement!
In future OSC newsletters, I hope to outline a few of my GOALS for my term; however, at this time we have exciting trips coming up which I wish to inform you of.
Because YOU asked, OSC’s Annual Trip Kick Off Event is a month earlier this year! This gives you ample time to plan your calendar for the upcoming ski, ride & tour season! Don’t delay, sign up now!
WHEN: Sunday, July 31st from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dubsdread in the Historic Ballroom
WHAT: OSC’s Annual Trip Kick Off Event
WHY: (4)$200 Trip Credit Drawing (with paid deposit) & Door Prizes
We begin our Trip Schedule with a cool down adventure, in preparation of winter travel, with a “Rafting Party”!
August 4-7, 2016…Summer Rafting Trip…Chattanooga & Ocoee, Tennessee…Rafting Party!
There are only a couple spots left, sign up now! This promises to be a great reasonably priced way to make a quick splash in August (4 day weekend trip) while still saving precious vacation time & finances for the winter ski & ride season! Come get wet with OSC!
Now on to our Winter travel schedule.
First is our THIRD annual Pre-Holiday Luxury Trip, this year back to Aspen.
December 8-12, 2016…Aspen, Colorado…Pre-Holiday Luxury Trip at Great Pre-Season Price!
Our lodge is the cozy Limelight Boutique Hotel with hot breakfast buffet daily; a town sparkling in holiday décor; with last season’s lift ticket pricing & a crazy fun Trip Leader, Steve Clark. Plan on NO sleep during this trip, he’ll have a FULL itinerary scheduled from dawn to well past dusk!
Next is the always popular January Florida Ski Council Party Trip, this year to upscale, Beaver Creek, Colorado, staying in luxury ski in, ski out condos!
January 21- 28, 2017… Beaver Creek, Co…. Beyond Pampering.… Florida Ski Council Party Trip!
A short motor coach ride from Denver; promises of great FSC party events with numerous fellow Floridians; lead by the always popular Trip Leader, Terri-Lynn Smith! Lift tickets good for Beaver Creek, Vail, A-Basin, Keystone & Breckenridge.
Third is an OSC favorite ski & ride destination, Telluride! Repeat trip to our favorite slope side Mountain Lodge with the dynamic Trip Leader duo, Rhonda & Dale Ulmer!
February 4 –11, 2017 …Telluride, CO… The Most Beautiful Place You Will Ever Ski and Party!
Fabulous ski mountain; upper & lower villages, connected via gondola; authenic old west town surrounded by 14 footers & fine dining opportunities. If you ask real nice, maybe Dale will repeat his on & off Mt scavenger hunt!
Fourth, for the first time in many years, OSC returns to Sun Valley, Idaho!
Feb 18-25, 2017…Sun Valley, ID…Roughing It in Movie Star Style!!! One of the better kept ski secrets!!!
In a town best known for movie stars, OSC is able to offer this trip at an untouchable low price as booked Limelight Boutique Hotel twice, same season! Fly into Ketchum, 14 miles to resort! No lift lines, great for new or expert ski & boarders! Talk to Sarah & Bob Kovalcik, Trip Leader’s, for first hand preview insight!
Next is Florida Ski Council’s February trip, combo trip to Banff & Lake Louise, Canada!Feb 25 – Mar 4, 2017… Banff/Lake Louise, CA....Come Ski the Big 3 & Stay in a Castle with FSC!
Trip starts in Calgary, travels thru the dramatic Canadian Rockies to Banff where you’ll stay in a castle for 4 nights, then move to Chateau Lake Louise, another stunningly beautiful lodge for final 3 nights! Three ski/ride mts; snow shoeing, ice skate on world’s most scenic ice rink, horse drawn carriage rides. Stunning!
Sixth, FSC’s International trip this year will be one not to be missed, Kyoto (former Imperial Capital), Niseko (first class ski area) & Tokyo, Japan!!! A more challenging destination on your own, go with OSC & all travel details are taken care of for you! All 4 star hotels, Niseko ski in-out!
March 8–18...Kyoto, Niseko & Tokyo, Japan
…Unique FSC destination of a lifetime & great skiing! Your Trip Leader, John Smith, was astounded by the Japanese hospitality & the amount of fluffy powder!
Last, but certainly not least, an OSC all-time favorite, another fantastical Big Sky, MT adventure to close out the ski season. When OSC arrives in Montana, the sky always dumps the snow!
March 18–25, 2017… Big Sky, Montana … Miz Moosie is back for another Magical Mindy Tour!
This is a special trip with repeat trippers where memories are made, yet there is always room for newbie’s too! Ski Big Sky & Moonlight Basin same lift tix for a combined 5800 skiable acres, that’ll keep you busy!
Sign up now and see you at Dubsdread on July 31st!
Meanwhile….happy thougths of white water rafting & then heading to the ski slopes!
Kathryn Hardage, President