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Hope this message finds you and your family doing well and enjoying the summer safely.

Our adventure travel trip, lead by Steve Clark, left this week for a thrilling rafting trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee combined with Charleston, SC. Below are a few photos recently shared.

If you are looking forward to skiing, Bob Mackey is leading an exciting FSC ski trip January 23, 2021 to beautiful Telluride, Colorado. The Florida Ski Council will host dinner parties, lunch and the celebrated NASTAR ski race. For more details see Telluride Trip on the OSTC Website

Speaking of the NASTAR ski race our FSC Delegate, David Miller, has decided to retire from the OSTC Board. David has been a dedicated member of OSTC since the 80’s. He has served in many positions on our Board including being President. He continued service on the FSC Board. He was our NASTAR race captain since the 90’s and was instrumental in getting the racers trained. His devotion helped win the FSC Race Cup in 2018 and 2019—we brought the trophy home in back-to-back years! To read more, David was featured in the August 2019 Newsletter. David will be missed on the Board. He continues to volunteer his time and has agreed to be Race Captain on the Telluride Trip!

More FSC News! Congratulations to our Parliamentarian, Shelley Daniel, who has been elected as the President of the Florida Ski Council! Shelley has been an active member of our Board, Past President, and has been serving the Council in every capacity on their elected Board for years now. We couldn’t be happier to have one of our own as FSC President. Congrats again Shelley!

Mark your calendars!!! OSTC is planning a special event on September 13, 2020 at Wekiva Island in Longwood where our members and friends can enjoy food, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Wekiva requires guests to abide by the CDC guidelines – facial coverings and social distancing…more to come.

Your OSTC Board met last week to approve the budget and to plan for the new year. We budget for annual contributions to two charities: The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) and Veterans Adaptive Sports. Both use the funds to assist in sending those with disabilities to the ski slopes. It is amazing to witness how skiing helps to improve and build their confidence and independence. We would like to share a thank you message from FSDB. (See letter below)

Our Travel Committee will be meeting in August to discuss the viability of offering more ski trips. The Committee will need to consider many factors - destination, cost, amenities, trip leader availability, member interest and the current environment. More details to come at the September event at Wekiva Island!!!

Until next month, be deliberate in activities that are positive, heartwarming, stress reducing and laughter inducing! Together, we’ll get through this.

Rhonda Ulmer


Jackie Warren Writes; Through MY lens:

Photos Day 1 of Rafting Trip

Thanks David Miller from all the OSTC members.

Below is a link to a few more pictures of David Miller with OSTC.


Devin Coffy

Hello everyone!! As of this month I will now be membership director for OSTC! I started skiing when I was about 17. My dad decided one year we should try something new and off we went to North Carolina. While I did ski under a building my first attempt, I still fell in love with the sport and my family has taken a ski trip every year since! My first trip with the club was in 2014 to Telluride, Colorado. It was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen and that western snow changed my skiing for life! I’ve taken several ski trips with the club since then. In 2019 I was assistant trip leader to Big Sky Montana and I took my boyfriend Chris Rose for his first time ever seeing snow! He taught himself how to snowboard in just two days and now loves these trips as much as I do! This year I led my first trip as official trip leader to Breckenridge, Colorado. It was a wonderful experience and I made many new memories with new people! My trip was also the last trip before good old covid shut down the ski slopes, so one could say I skied right into quarantine! I’ve lived in Florida my whole life although I spent much of my youth in Pittsburgh, PA every summer and many holidays with my family up there! I graduated from UCF and now work at an optometry office in Dr. Phillips doing a little bit of everything around the office! I love traveling and I look forward to the world reopening so our club can get back to doing what we do best......having fun and seeing new places!!!



Nestled at the end of a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, Telluride sits against the most beautiful backdrops imaginable. Surrounded by the greatest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks in North America, this charming and authentic town is far removed from the hectic pace of everyday life. The eight-block historic district is lined with colorful Victorian homes, elegant restaurants and boutiques, fine art galleries and plenty of Old West saloons. A 13-minute gondola ride links the town to the European inspired Mountain Village, with its unsurpassable scenic ambience and ski-in/ski-out lodging. While the mountain is known for its challenging terrain, 38% of the 1700 acres is rated intermediate and 24% beginner. There are plenty of corduroy cruisers, meandering green and blue runs, moderate bumps, along with the steep and deep if you want.


Orlando Ski & Travel Club is excited to announce we will be returning to Switzerland, March 8-20, 2021. The trip includes all the same Itinerary, except in reverse order. We will be flying into Zurich for two nights, moving onto Lucerne via private coach for two nights, then train to Zermatt for six nights, ending with a fabulous train ride around the top of Lake Geneva into Geneva for the final night of the trip.

The trip is first opened ONLY to the Returning 2020 registrants, who have Trip Credits from the incomplete 2020 trip. Returning registrants, ensure your space for use of credits by registering now!

After August 15th, the trip will be opened up to General Membership. Likely there will only be a few spaces which will become available, thus SIGN UP quickly after the 15th.

Hope to see you on the “Swiss Dream Trip 2021”!

Kathryn Hardage & Betty Downs

Co-Trip Leaders Switzerland 2021

Just Announced

Peru has been rescheduled to May 2021

Christmas Market Along the Rhine - Rescheduled to  2021



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The Orlando Ski and Travel Club is a year-round, volunteer-run social organization with over 300 adventurous members whose winter activities center on snow skiing and snowboarding. Since 1976, the Club has been offering trips to top-rated ski destinations world-wide. We are a proud member of the Florida Ski Council . In addition to fabulous group ski trips, the Orlando Ski and Travel Club offers a variety of activities and social events to keep you busy during the "off" season. From wine tastings to cruises and weekend excursions, the Orlando Ski Club is your year around social club. Join today and start enjoying the camaraderie and fun!

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