• President's Message

    Hello OSTC Club members! 

    Our highly anticipated Wekiva Island Membership Drive Picnic is on May 15th in less than 2 weeks! Good Luck to our Machu Picchu Peru trip participants who leave on their wonderful journey just days from now!

    Interested in how you can receive an additional $250 discount on your trip sign-up for this coming year? We’ve put together a wonderful incentive for current club members to help grow our club by inviting new potential members. Invite your friends or co-workers to our Membership Drive at Wekiva Island in Longwood on May 15th and this is how it works : 

    • If you are a current member and your guest attends this event on 5/15/22, signs up and pays for a new club membership by 5/17/22; both you and your guest will receive a $50 discount on your next 2022-2023 club trip! (i.e.; only applicable per membership)
    • Also, if your guest signs up for a 2022-2023 trip before 6/15/22 the current member receives an additional $200 discount toward their own new trip sign-up and any new club member signing up for a trip for the 1st time by 6/15/22 will receive a special $200 in addition to the $100 early bird discount! For a grand total of $300!! (i.e.; only applicable per membership)
    • Current members who have joined the Orlando Ski & Travel Club, but have never traveled with the club, can also take advantage of the $200 additional discount by signing up for your first trip by 6/15/22.

    See this Meetup page link below for full details and RSVPing for the Wekiva Day event:

    Membership Drive Picnic at Wekiva Island in Longwood - Orlando Ski & Travel Club, Sun, May 15, 2022, 9:00 AM | Meetup

    Our 2023 Ski Trips will be first previewed at the Wekiva event on May 15th and this day is also your first opportunity to sign up for the Lake Louisa Cabin Party Weekend II in Clermont, Florida (will be held Oct 14-16th, 2022) as that event is expected to sell out quickly.  It was a blast last year! 

    Official Ski Trip signups will take place online on our club website starting the last week of May.  Keep an eye out for email notification regarding that launch.


    Looking forward to seeing most of you very soon on May 15th! 

        Steve Clark, OSTC President

The Best of Georgia and Tennessee! – A True getaway! Visit with Nature and 18 of your best Travel Club Friends! You will stay in a “NEW to us BADD ASS” Luxurious Mountain Home in Ellijay Georgia that is 8,000 sq ft, has 8 bedrooms, and 10 bathrooms! Perched on a Pristine Private Lake with both Lakefront and Mountain Views. This Luxury Log Cabin is beautifully decorated with abundant amenities including a gourmet kitchen, large patio decks, both levels, a killer full-size sports bar with a pool table, shuffleboard, ping pong and several arcade-style video games, including pinball! Outdoor fireplace - with seating and a summer kitchen. We’ll raft the Ocoee River (where the 1996 Olympics were held) and Kayak (float) the Hiawassee River (very relaxing day) both are located in Tennessee. We’ll participate on group Hikes in both States and go out one day on the Lake with 2 Pontoon Boats (# rope swing). We’ll experience a Dinner Sunset Cruise on the Tennessee River with an Evening after in Downtown Chattanooga. BEST MEMORIES EVER, ones that will last a lifetime!

Trip Leader: Steve Clark.  Phone: (407)-803-2239
Email: SCLark2575@gmail.com

Stay in a Lakefront luxury Log Cabin in Ellijay, Georgia, surrounded by the

Blue Ridge Mountains with wonderful rafting/kayaking/hiking opportunities.

PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES: $1,745 per person Check payments or Credit Card pmt in Full – 5 nights awesome accommodations; Dbl Occ, 5 Nights stay in a Luxury Mountain Home in Ellijay, Ga; Sunset River Cruise; Pre-Trip Party; Van Transportation; Mostly Inclusive Trip including Food and Alcohol. Professional Guided White Water Rafting, Kayaking rental, Pontoon Rental; Surprise activities included. “REGARDING PRIVACY, minimum Double Occupancy (Sharing Room with other or others) - we must best utilize all bedding available to us - You must be up for a group social setting whether it be in a van, raft, or room of the luxury hotel.


Deposit: $350.00 pp.

May 16, 2022: $400.00 pp is due.     

June 15, 2022:  Balance due.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT: Full amount due when registering  

Orlando Ski and Travel Club membership, a deposit, and a completed online registration form are required to reserve space on this trip.

Sign Up Here

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be received by Orlando Ski and Travel Club in writing.  No penalty if cancellation received prior to April 20, 2022; $100.00 per person cancellation fee if cancellation is received after April 20th, but before May 16, 2020. After May 16, 2022, cancellation will result in forfeiture of the deposit paid or the total cost to the club of such cancellation. No refunds after June 15, 2022. Trip Insurance is highly recommended.  Visit the “Trips” Page of our website at www.orlandoskiandtravelclub.com for info and signup links including travel insurance information.

A Message From Our 1st VP of Trips: Cyndy V!

Hello OSTC friends!

What an amazing turnout we had for our End of Season Post-Ski Trip celebration at the Hangry Bison in Winter Park. Over 100+ folks gathered to enjoy a cocktail and appetizers, while meeting up with old and new friends created on our trips. This is by far our largest gathering to date. What a great way to end the ski season!

I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge a very special group of people — our Trip Leaders this season:  Steve Clark, Michael Beckman, Debbie Ashworth, Bob Mackey, Devin Coffy, Kathryn Hardage, Jackie Warren, and Amy McClurg! As an all volunteer run travel club, these folks all stepped up to coordinate with our trip wholesalers to facilitate our trips. They spend months of their personal time (years in Kathryn’s case!) working to prep and plan. As group travelers, we experienced some real challenges all in one season not normally experienced in past years - significant air delays, COVID, weather, injuries, challenges with dining/aprés-ski on mountain - you name it. All of our trip leaders rose to occasion to the best of their ability while still trying to enjoy their ski week as well. You are so appreciated!

THANK YOU to each and every one of you, as well as our Assistant Trip Leaders and Financial Assistants, Gunther Zurstadt, Robin Beckman, David Pugh, Rose DeTorre, Kenny Krumins, Duncan DeWahl, and Chris Rose. You guys are the bomb! 


Cyndy Valence

Two more weeks! Our annual membership drive and social at Wekiva Island! We have a private area and cabana located right downstream from the Springs on the Wekiva River. You can swim, drink, use/rent kayaks or canoes and of course socialize and eat!

 Sunday,  May 15th is the date when members will first be able to sign up for the weekend-long Lake Louisa Cabin Event in Clermont, FL taking place on Oct 14-16th, 2022! Space is limited and expected to sell out quickly as it did last year.

Lunch will be served around 11:30am while it lasts!

This event is the first opportunity to preview our highly anticipated ski and adventure trips for 2022 - 2023. Some trips will have limited space available so remember to sign up for your desired trip/trips as soon as they are released for sign up on our website. Look for the trip launch email in late May!

Invite your friends, co-workers and family members for a double bonus! Our club loves to welcome new people, plus as mentioned above, there are incentives for you!

• If you are a current member and your guest attends this event, signs up and pays for a new club membership by May 17th, both you and your guest will receive a $50 discount off your next 2022-2023 club trip! (Only applicable per membership)

• Also, if your guest signs up for a 2022-2023 trip before June 15th, the current member receives an additional $200 discount towards their own new trip sign-up and any new club member signing up for a trip for the 1st time by 6/15/22 will receive a special $200 in addition to the $100 early bird discount! For a grand total of $300! (Only applicable per membership)

• Current members who have joined the Orlando Ski & Travel Club but have never traveled with the club can also take advantage of the $200 additional discount by signing up for a trip by June 15th.

BONUS: 1 Drink Ticket will be offered to all current club members and 1 drink ticket for new member sign ups!

Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited but can be purchased from the onsite Tooting Otter Bar (Beer and Wine).



It's Miller Time!

OSTC May 2022 Member Highlight:
Patrick Murray!

Time for the OSTC Member Highlight! Each month we feature a OSTC member to get to know one another better! Member highlights are nominated and voted on by the OSTC board, then that member will get the same set of Q&As! Read on for Patrick's answers:

How did you get exposed to travel and adventuring, what brought you to our club?

My first experience with the club was getting an opportunity to work with lifelong friend Steve Clark on putting together a summer whitewater adventure.  I had spent over 20 years playing and guiding friends and guests down the Ocoee and Hiawassee River in Tennessee. Those trips introduced me to some great people who became friends outside of the club, folks like the Meiners and the Silverbachs. I have been a member ever since.

What is your favorite OSTC memory?

One of my favorite memories was the incredible trip to Montana enjoying the Flathead Lake Lodge dude ranch, where we enjoyed everything from skeet shooting to mountain biking.  Specifically, riding the firetruck through town up the mountain where we enjoyed music, friendship, and some deliciously grilled cowboy fillets for dinner was one of my favorite memories. This was the trip of a lifetime.

Where is your favorite place to travel to and if you could create your own trip, what would it be?

Definitely, the Ocoee River region. I have this burning desire to adventure in Bali, Croatia, Seychelles, the Maldives. I have traveled to 39 countries so far.

Hobbies, talents and interests outside of traveling:

My hobbies are kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking, whitewater rafting, and spring hopping all over Florida. I also love volunteering in my community with my three daughters. We were blessed to have an amazing woman in our life who exposed us to making a difference in the world around us. The joy of helping others has been very fulfilling and my children love doing it. Making the difference in the lives of children and families has been a lifelong passion. 

Fun fact no one knows about you:

I competed in my hometown Dancing with the Martin Stars competition, where I danced a Salsa routine in front my kids and 500 people raising $15,000 for healthy mothers and babies.

Most people don't know that after graduating from high school i took two summers traveling around the country following the Grateful Dead selling Neato Burritos on a skateboard and seeing some of the most beautiful sites this country has to offer. I am what would be considered a true Deadhead.

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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