President's Message

    Orlando Ski and Adventure Travel Club members and potential new members! 

    For those who traveled on our 2022-2023 Ski Trips this season, it has been reported that you noticed some exciting new trip participant energy on each of our ski trips. Our newest club members have been a great addition to our fun and socializing! 

    We are hoping for the same new energy as we launch 2 new Adventure trips (non-ski) over the next month. That’s why this upcoming Membership Drive Picnic is so important to all of us and the future of our wonderful club.  All of us can help build our club to its best potential by inviting our friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

    Wekiva Island Membership Drive Picnic (in Longwood) – Sunday May 7, 2023 starting at 9am. Our 2024 Ski Trips will be first previewed at the Wekiva event on May 7th and this day is also your first opportunity to sign up for the Lake Louisa Cabin Party Weekend III in Clermont, Florida (will be held Oct 13-15th, 2023) as that event is expected to sell out quickly.  The themed parties and dancing were outstanding last October! 

    May 7th will also be the signup launch date of a Springtime River Cruise sailing through the Great Rivers of Europe departing early May 2024. It is an All-Inclusive River Cruise departing from Amsterdam and disembarking in Vienna. Pre and post extensions available in Belgium, Vienna, and Prague! I’ll be your fearless leader throughout Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

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

    I hope you are excited to learn how you can receive an additional $250 discount toward your trip sign-up for this coming year.  Your board has 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 Picnic at Wekiva Island in Longwood on May 7th and this is how it works: 

    • If you are a current paid member and your guest attends this event on 5/7/23, signs up and pays for a new club membership (online) by 5/10/23; both you and your guest will receive a $50 discount on your next 2023-2024 club trip! (i.e.; only applicable per membership)

    • Also, if your guest signs up for a 2023-2024 trip before 6/15/23 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 6/15/23 will receive a special $200 in addition to any offered $100 early bird discount! For a grand total of $300! (i.e.; only applicable per membership)

    • Current members who have joined the Orlando Ski and 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 6/15/23.

    See this Meetup page for full details on the Wekiva Day event and to RSVP – Membership Drive Picnic at Wekiva Island in Longwood - Orlando Ski & Travel Club, Sun, May 7, 2023, 9:00 AM | Meetup

    Wednesday April 12th at 6-8pm is our specially planned “Post Ski Trip Season Celebration Event.” It will be at the Springhill Suites by Marriott Winter Park which is located at 1127 N Orlando Ave Winter Park. This social gathering will replace our usual monthly March and April Socials. The club will be providing food and everyone’s first celebration drink for all attendees. Feel free to invite someone you know that may be interested in participating in the fun and good times we have in our club. We are expecting as large a turnout as we had last year, so please RSVP now on Meetup for the Post Ski Trip Celebration Event

    Announcement! We will be launching a new adventure trip for first signups on 4/12/23. It is a Zion Adventure/hiking trip led by trip leader Bluebird Jackie Warren visiting both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon with optional ATV and dune boarding experiences!

    Additionally, we will be holding the OSTC elections/voting at this event. I mean, why not come out and support Elin! Your Club Board is made up of all volunteers. Our officers ultimately help provide the direction of our club. If you have not renewed your membership, now is the time. You must be a current paid member to vote.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you very soon on both April 12th and May 7th!

    Steve Clark, OSTC President

      Post Season Celebration &
      Officer Elections

      Join your friends and future OSTC members for an event not to miss on

      Wednesday April 12th from 6pm - 9pm

      This will be an evening of fun, and celebration at the SpringHill Suites Lobby Restaurant and Bar, located in the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 1127 North Orlando Avenue, Winter Park - Located across the parking lot from Miller Ale House, and Hilton Garden Inn.

      This is our "End of the Season" party, celebrating a wonderful season of ski, and travel. This is a time to celebrate new friends, existing friends, and reminiscing about the ski adventures, and antics.

      We are also getting ready for next season, as we elect Officers for the Orlando Ski and Travel Club during this Social.

      Join us, bring your vote, your experiences, and have some fun, as we convene in the lobby, and the outside patio with a firepit.

      A full bar is available. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
      Plenty of parking is available.

      Let us know you're coming on our MeetUp Page here!

      It is with much sadness I inform you of Roy's passing in his sleep March 30th. Just the previous week, he and son, Alan, spent a wonderful two weeks with OSTC in Chamonix, France where he skied every day and joined the night life daily. He returned home to Briggs, ID where he skied several more days at Grand Targhee, including Tuesday before passing Weds.

      Roy was a brilliant scientist with much acclaim to his name. He could knowledgably discuss ANY topic. He was a world traveler, including participating with OSTC’s annual international ski trip for over 25 years (often bringing his sons Jason & Alan), plus our Peru trip this past May (with wife Sandy) and numerous domestic trips.

      Along with his smarts and extreme ski talent, he had a funny side to him too. One example is last January at an FSC themed party, he came dressed as Tiger King and  Sandy, came as the Tiger. 

      Roy was an extreme skier, he skied on and off piste, no slope intimidated him. He and his best friend and longtime OSTC ski partner, Jim Johnson, challenged many mountains together and WON every time! Roy could be gruff, yet he was really a Teddy Bear. A personal fond memory is in Whistler, two of us intermediate skiers wanted to ski the back side; yet it seemed intimidating to us. Roy encouraged us, he even volunteered to go with us to make sure we’d be safe. It was a ski run of a lifetime for us!

      Roy was an institution with our club, a legend! He supported our Club in many ways including past service on the Board, hosting Happy Hour for our Club at his personal residence on a Jackson Hole trip and with his financial support of trip participation. 

      I always thought of Roy as invincible, so this is hard to accept, I am personally heartbroken. 

      Save the date! Thirsty Thursday is coming up on Thursday, April 20th
      6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


      The Twisted Handle
      1632 Mills Ave • Orlando

      Click Here to RSVP!

      Join us at the German American Society of Central Florida for Springtoberfest! Come early, stay as long as you want.

      Suggest getting your Eventbrite ticket ahead of time online
      Or pay $5 at the gate.

      RSVP with OSTC and let us know you're coming!

      Click Here for more info on the event!

      The Orlando Ski and Travel Club is a year-round, volunteer-run social organization with over 550 adventurous members whose winter activities center on snow skiing and snowboarding, along with great adventure trips that take place throughout the year. 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-round social club. Join today and start enjoying the camaraderie and fun!

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