FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What if I do not ski or snowboard, is this a requirement to be on your trip?
A: No, People of varying abilities join us on our ski trips and some will bring their non-skiing spouse to spend the time in the ski towns and touring the area. If you are new A: No, people of varying abilities join us on our ski trips. Some will bring their non-skiing partner to spend time in the ski towns and touring the area. If you are new to skiing or snowboarding, and wish to learn to ski, it is recommended you take a lesson from a qualified instructor. Most resorts are set up with Ski Schools.
Q: What if the trip is full?
A: Contact the trip leader and ask to be placed on a wait list in case of any cancellations. Cancellations are rare but they do happen. The best bet is to consider another club trip.
Q: How can I pay for my trip?
A: We accept checks, money orders, cash and credit cards.
Q: Do I need to purchase any equipment?
A: No. Most trips are set up to rent ski equipment such as skis, boots and poles at the ski area with a discounted group rate.
Q: Can I supply my own air transportation and receive a credit on my trip price?
A: Check with the trip leader as this is usually not a problem. Travelers flying in from other cities to join us on our trips frequently get their own airfare. Check with a trip leader for details on connecting with transportation to the resort.
Q: I travel with a service animal. Is that a problem?
A: This will require a single room and is at the discretion of the resort and the airline. Another concern is transportation to and from the resort and the airline. The club will not get involved with getting any of the aforementioned authorizations. The responsibility is totally that of the traveler with the service animal. Club functions such as group meals and social gatherings with said animal will not be allowed due to the possibility that someone in the group may have of serious allergies.
Q. What is a Known Travelers Number and TSA Pre-Check?
A. A Known Traveler Number (KTN) is a number that identifies you as a member of a Trusted Traveler Program. You’ll get a KTN when you apply for TSA PreCheck. TSA PreCheck, will result in shorter security lines and you may not have to remove items from your bag or remove shoes or belt.
How it Works:
Submit an online application in 5 minutes & schedule an appointment at any of 380+ enrollment centers
10-min in-person appointment that includes fingerprinting for a background check.
Add your Known Traveler Number to your airline reservation to enjoy faster, more seamless screening.
Application: UES – TSA PreCheck Pre-Enroll (dhs.gov)
Q: I’m traveling alone, do I have to find a roommate?
A: Most trips advertise a single room with double occupancy. If you want to stay in a room by yourself, there are single rooms in most cases, at a premium cost. Another option is to ask the trip leader if there is a possibility of another single roommate to split the accommodation. The club will do their best to look for roommates that have similar personalities and values however, it is the traveler’s responsibility to evaluate the compatibility of an unknown roommate.
Q: Does the ski club accept snowboarders?
A: No problem. If you board be sure to check with the trip leader as some resorts do not allow snowboarders.
Q: What type of accommodations do you use?
A: Each trip is different, and while most are condo type with separate bedrooms, some are hotel rooms. Accommodations with ski in/ ski out varies, but we generally try to stay as close to the ski area as possible. Contact trip leaders for specifics on information about lodging and what options are available.
Q: Can I accrue my own frequent flyer miles?
A: YYes. If you are a member of a frequent flyer, be sure to check in at the airport gate to have the miles assigned to your account.
Q: Does the club do anything other than ski?
A: Yes! Check out our Social Events Tab.
Q. Do I need a passport and how do I get one?
A. A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries and is not required for Domestic travel. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United States passports. It is the responsibility of the traveler to have a passport for all foreign trips.
Q. What about Airline Baggage Policy?
A. Since each airline is now changing their baggage policies every day, please check with your trip leader. They will be able to tell you the latest information
Q. What about trip insurance?
A. Trip Insurance is always a wise move to protect you in case unexpected issues come up. We suggest that you check out a company before buying anything. Due to liability concerns, we do not recommend any one company. Start with a web search on Travel Insurance and you will see many company web sites, such as the two below
All too often, winter vacationers wait until the last minute, cram a bag full of clothes, and rush off to the slopes. And what happens? Essential items get left behind. Create a packing list well before your trip, then check off each item as it is packed. If you’re handy with a computer (and we suspect you are, because you’re surfing the ‘Net), create a customized packing list and print one out before each of your trips.
Pack garments that protect your body, especially your fingers and toes, against cold, wind, and precipitation. Sounds so simple. But it’s not, because you need to plan for varying temperatures and snow conditions. It might be wet, it might be dry. It might be below freezing, or balmy. You’ve heard it before, but the trick is to take clothes you can layer. Put ’em on when it gets cold, take ’em off when it’s warm.
Essentials (don’t leave home without ’em):
- Undergarments of polypropylene or some other synthetic fiber that wick away perspiration from your skin to the outside layer. Don’t wear cotton next to your skin. When it absorbs your perspiration, it will stay wet. Then when you decrease your activity (ride the lift, for instance), you’ll be c-c-c-c-cold. You can wash out long underwear at night, and it’ll usually be dry by morning, thanks to those modern fabrics.
- A light shirt or turtleneck to wear over the underwear. (Bring two or three.)
- A sweater of wool or fleece for insulation and warmth.
- The outer layer — jacket and pants or a one-piece suit. Be sure they are wind- and water-resistant and they “breathe,” allowing perspiration and excess heat to escape through the fabric.
- One lightweight and one heavy parka to allow for changing weather. (This also gives you a parka to wear at night while you’re airing out the one you wore during the day.) Tip: Outer layers are bulky and take up lots of luggage space. You don’t need several outfits for a multi-day trip unless you perspire heavily. You can adjust for temperature changes by what you wear underneath. (Added benefit: Other members of your group can find you more easily if you wear the same outfit.)
- Accessories for when it’s cold: Hat, goggles, neck gator, gloves or mittens, a thin pair of “liner” gloves, face mask or balaclava. A helmet not only will protect your head if you bang it on hard-packed snow, but it will keep your body nice and toasty. You may find that with a helmet, you won’t need the middle fleece layer.
- Accessories for when it’s warm: Headband, sunglasses (don’t forget a sunglasses strap!), sunblock with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) number
- Socks. Bring several pair, and be sure they aren’t cotton.
- Equipment. Snowboard and boots; or skis, boots and poles.
- Clothes to wear at night. Resort restaurants (and especially night clubs) can be very warm. Experienced winter vacation travelers pack lightweight shirts, then layer with fleece vests or sweaters and a fairly heavy parka for walking outside.
- After-ski/snowboard shoes. If you’re planning a dogsled ride or snowshoe excursion, call ahead to see if the company provides heavy boots. If not, you’ll need them. Call the central reservations desk or your lodge a couple of days before to ask what the in-town walking conditions are. Heavy shoes take up lots of room in a suitcase, and many visitors (particularly those coming from the Sunbelt) don’t want to wear boots on a long plane flight.
- Toiletries. Hairbrush, toothbrush, extra pair of contacts, prescription medicine: whatever you need to be comfortable. Don’t forget items needed to combat Altitude Sickness like Aspirin, Decongestants, Imodium or whatever you usually take for Altitude sickness. On those over seas trips you should take soap and a wash cloth. Many lodges have in-room hair dryers and humidifiers; call ahead to see if yours does, and you’ll have extra space in the suitcase.
- Money, credit cards, ATM card, phone numbers for resort and home. Don’t forget your boss’ phone number, just in case you get snowed in…
- A bathing suit for a soak in the lodge or hotel spa. If you have room, tuck in a pair of slip-on shoes or sandals, preferably ones with a no-slip sole. (We’re not wild about putting damp feet into our apres-ski boots…)
- Pajamas. You’re pretty hardy if you sleep naked in winter. To save luggage space, some people sleep in long underwear, then they’re already wearing the first layer when they wake up!
- Work-out clothes. Don’t forget the shoes! We’ve done a workout more than once wearing apres-ski hiking boots because we forgot our workout shoes.
- Heat packs to stick in your gloves and/or boots on those cold, fresh-powder days.
- Small plastic water bottle to take on the mountain and help stay hydrated. Cough Drops are also good and help keep you mouth moist.
- Camera. The disposable kind work quite well. Or, a point-and-shoot camera with a zoom lens and date stamp tucks into a pocket or fanny pack.
Ski & Snowboard Packing Checklist for on the Mountain:
The best way to get off on the right foot is to plan ahead and pack well for your day on the slopes. Here’s a helpful checklist with suggestions to get you started:
- Backpack or gear bag/duffle – Many people keep their ski and snowboard gear in one handy bag and use it every time they head to the mountains
- Hat – When your head is warm, the rest of you is more likely to stay warm
- Waterproof Gloves or Mittens – Mittens are warmest
- Goggles – Optional, but best for snowy days
- Sunglasses – An absolute must. UV protection is recommended.
- Water-resistant pants – Wind pants, insulated
- Warm, dry socks – Bring an extra pair
- Jacket/parka – Water-resistant is best
- Extra lightweight sweater or sweatshirt – For layering, if needed. Wool or Dri-weave fabrics are much warmer than cotton.
- Sunscreen – SPF 15 or higher.
- Pocket tissues – Optional, but your nose may run a little.
- Lip Balm – SPF 15 or higher.
- Energy Bar – Just in case you need a little boost.
- Trail Map – Enclosed in this packet, or readily available at the resort.
- ID/wallet/petty cash – Store in a secure, zipper pocket.
- Water – Stay Hydrated! Drink plenty of water before and after your day on the slopes. Maybe pack an extra bottle of water or two in your ski bag or locker.