Park City, UT Jan 29 - Feb 5, 2023 $2,019 PP, BASED ON 4 OCCUPANTS in 2 BR condo TRIP LEADERS: Andy Stiles 813-597-3563 and Joe D’Intino 239-887-1482. Location! Location! Location!! This trip includes Roundtrip Air on United, 7 nights at Park Station Condos, ground transportation, and TBSSB special events—just steps away from the Town Lift and Main Street. Join us on this Utah adventure!
Whitefish, MT Feb 2–7, 2023 $1,319 PP, DBL OCCUPANCY, air, lodging, ground transportation, & all the extra TBSSB goodies we share! TRIP LEADERS: Dave Kesler 813-679-6903 and Brant Wickersham 813-484-4519. This affordable trip is packed full of fun designed for 25-40 year-olds! 5 nights at the Firebrand Hotel in downtown, walk to incredible restaurants and bars. Bonus – it’s Winter Carnival Weekend so never a dull moment! Download the full details PDF!
Mammoth, CA Feb 11-18, 2023 at the luxurious Westin Monache & a night of fun in Reno! (FSC Trip) $2,529 PP, 4 OCCUPANTS in 2BR/2BA(QQ+SS) TRIP LEADERS: Pattie Housewright 813-601-2502 and Janica Van Brocklin 727-278-4322. The name says it all! There are Mammoth amounts of terrain and Mammoth snow dumps. Lots of events to fill your week when the FSC comes to town. Go Mammoth or go home!!
2022-23 SEASON SKI PASSES - Epic & Ikon
IMPORTANT NEWS! Updated 4/05/2022
It’s not too early to start thinking about skiing/boarding next season. Your Club, Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders (TBSSB), is working hard planning the trip schedule for the coming ski season (2022-2023). Although the schedule is in a preliminary and tentative state, we can tell you that we will be offering several destinations at which you can use either an Epic pass or an Ikon pass. Download our Preliminary Trip List for destinations and which Pass may apply.
Ikon passes and Epic Passes are on sale now.
Both passes include many mountain destinations. If you purchase or renew a full or base pass thru our tour operator (Sports America) then you will receive a special TRIP discount. This additional credit won’t apply to the FSC trip trip to Chamonix because Sports America is not the tour operator for that trip.
Both passes typically have a couple or more price increases as we get closer to the ski season. However, the benefit of purchasing through Sports America will still be in effect. If you think you will be skiing/boarding at one or more of the many pass destinations, purchasing or renewing your pass before the first price increase will give you the best price available this year.
To purchase a pass through TBSSB and Sports America (which is the only way to receive the trip credit mentioned above), or simply to learn more about what destinations and restrictions apply to each pass type, click these links:
Epic - If you are planning to ski or ride at one or more of the Epic/Vail destinations, you should purchase one of the many Epic Pass options. Which pass is right for you will depend on what dates, and how many days and destinations you’re planning to ski or ride. Even if you only go to one Epic destination and only ski a few days, the Epic Day Pass, or the Epic Local Pass, will cost less than the lift tickets the Club will be able to offer. Note that the Military Epic Pass does not cover Telluride nor Ogden.
Ikon – If you are only going to one Ikon destination, and skiing less than 6 days, purchasing a Group Lift Ticket through the Club for that trip is probably the better deal. If you are planning to ski or ride 6 or more days, or more than one Ikon destination, you should carefully check out the Ikon pass options. One of their passes (at least the Base or Base Plus) is likely to be the better choice if you plan to ski 6+ days and/or more than one destination. If you are going to Aspen/Snowmass or Jackson Hole, the Ikon Base pass will not work, you will need at least the Base Plus pass for those two destinations.
In any case, please be sure to very carefully read all the pass options, restrictions, blackout dates, and destinations included. Not every pass type is good at all destinations or on all dates. By clicking the links above, you can see the prices, which places are included or not, what restrictions or blackout dates apply, and etc. Before selecting a pass, please be sure that you fully understand what your specific pass offers, at which destinations, and what restrictions or blackout dates may apply.
Some places may require you to reserve the dates on which you plan to use your pass. As soon as you know what trip(s) you will be taking, check to see if that destination requires reservations. If so, go to your online pass account and reserve your dates. Do this as soon as you are able.
If you have questions or need help making the right selection, feel free to call the 800 number that can be found near the top left of the pass description pages accessed via the links above.
Trip Insurance – A Very Important Topic
TBSSB is a not-for-profit club and does not provide trip insurance, nor do we promote or endorse any particular insurance company. We do encourage travelers to seriously consider whether or not trip insurance is a good thing for them. But trip insurance is an individual decision and responsibility. If you feel it will give you peace of mind, then the small cost may well be worth it. The entire process is handled by you directly with the Tour Operator or insurance company you select. Again, trip insurance is strictly voluntary, and we offer information only as a convenience for our members/travelers.
You can find a wealth of information on the Internet. Here are some of the many websites where you can easily compare several policies: www.insuremytrip.com, www.QuoteWright.com and www.SquareMouth.com. You can find many others on the Web by doing a search with any Web search engine. These sites allow you to pick and choose what insurance you want and compare different policies of several companies, and their costs, usually side-by-side. Please feel free to consult other companies about travel insurance.
Carefully consider what features to purchase. You may not need some of the features presented, and typically the fewer features the lower the cost.
For instance, you may not want to insure the cost of the airline ticket. Most of the major airlines allow you to use your unused airline ticket, for a fee, for up to 365 days from the date of purchase. Please note that the Club’s Tour Operator purchases the tickets well in advance and that is the date of purchase used by the airline to start the countdown of 365 days.
You should probably not insure your lift ticket cost. If you cancel before a trip departs and do not use your lift ticket at all, you can typically get a full refund through the club for the lift ticket purchased through the club (excluding Epic and Ikon passes). If you use only part of your lift ticket due to an injury or medical event, you can usually get a refund for the unused portion if you provide the lift ticket and a doctor’s note to the Trip Leader detailing why you should not ski due to injury or illness. Please note sometimes there is a nominal administrative fee charged by the destination or by the Tour Operator to process the refund for your lift ticket.
If you paid for your trip using a credit card, you should check with your credit card company about their travel insurance benefits. Some automatically insure travel purchased up to a certain dollar amount for trip cancellation and/or trip interruption, but not medical.
If you want medical insurance, you will also want to insure your trip early, especially if you have a pre-existing condition that may or may not be insurable. Some insurance companies demand that you insure your trip as soon as you sign up for the trip and pay a deposit. Others allow you to sign up very late but exclude pre-existing conditions. If you need trip medical insurance, it’s best to purchase it sooner than later.
Finally, we’d like to suggest that many people have been glad they did buy trip insurance, or unhappy that they did not. Please give trip insurance serious consideration before dismissing the idea. Quite a few of our members have had occasion to use, or wish they had trip insurance. Some have experienced an unexpected illness or injury prior to the trip, or an injury or medical event while on the trip. Others have experienced the death or illness of a close family member before or during the trip. These are just a few examples of unfortunate events that interrupted a traveler’s ability to go on the trip or stay on the trip. Trip insurance can reduce the impact of such events by reducing the financial impact of having to cancel a trip last minute or fly home early.
Hello TBSSB members,
Growing up in icy cold Northern New York state, I loved to play in the snow and later learned to ski in college. Wearing jeans over sweat pants, crotched mittens, and a street jacket on the slopes in subzero temperatures, didn’t disway me from falling in love with the sport! !
Relocating to Florida; meeting a trip leader heading to Snowmass in 2001, inviting me to meet TBSSB, finding me a roommate, and introducing me to COLORADO changed my life! What? No ice? No subzero temps? I haven’t looked back for the many options we have!
Since then I’ve been able to add many mountains to my bucket list all the way from California to Italy! There isn’t a mountain I’ve met I haven’t loved. This amazing group of generous, fun loving skiers were more than happy to share their experience teaching me how to handle powder, bumps, and any other challenge they thought I wanted to manage. Group skiing provides the opportunity to grow while living at the beach! Lol
Many trips later, the involvement has come full circle. In being elected Social Director, and Co-Leading several trips, so many friendships have been formed along the way. Social activities keeping us connected off season include bowling, bike rides, kayaking, river rafting, and the all popular happy hours throughout Tampa, Clw, and St. Pete. Of course, these events give us the opportunity to talk snow!
See you at our next event!l
Janica Van Brocklin
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