Hope y’all are doing well – all things considered. Lately I have been reflecting on my past and future vacations. I guess I am participating in armchair travel! The reflection has led to a great appreciation of all the wonderful travel opportunities I have had. Over the last 35 years a majority of those trips have been with SCSC – going to spectacular places with great people, making wonderful memories. And I plan to keep adding to the travel list and memory files despite this darn slowdown due to COVID-19! Both the summer/fall SCSC trips I had planned to take are now on my calendar for next year. And there are 4 great ski trips to choose from. The signup for all 4 ski trips will start Monday, August 17 at 7 pm.
We all know there are uncertainties about travel especially in the early part of 2021. However, the travel industry and the medical doctors and scientists are doing much and as fast as they can to make travel and just day to day living safer and more enjoyable. There are articles that say all kinds of things, but there are so many unique variables that I will let you do your own research and make your own decisions. As we get closer to trip dates the trip leaders will have more info about a particular resort’s handling of the situation.
For now the idea is that “The Show Must Go On!” At least the planning must happen and hopefully, fingers crossed, the activities will occur. The good thing to realize is what a great club SCSC is and we want to keep our members engaged and interested. I have to say where else can you find a group that plans in one year ski trips in 3 states and adventure trips from the American West to the Mediterranean Sea to the Netherlands and finally to the land of the Kiwi and Down Under! Take a look at the great list of destinations below – with activities of skiing, boarding, cruising, hiking, biking and sightseeing! Articles describing these trips are here on the Trips Page and in the August Sitzmarke. Get with the Trip Coordinators or myself if you have questions. We are still looking at more U.S. trip options were we can drive. There are many fun places not that far away that we often overlook when globetrotting.
Below are reminders of some of the new things about trip signup:
- It is still through Club Express (CE) on the SCSC website. What is new is that the prices posted are credit card prices. Any payment made by check is discounted by 2.99%. SCSC has taken very large losses the last two years by covering 10s of thousands of dollars for credit card fees, so this change was necessary. But there is still the opportunity to pay less with a check. When you mark payment by check and print your invoice it calculates your reduced price.
- Another CE change is that the deposit is set 15%. Final payment dates are often divided into 2 payments just days apart. It is not the payment schedule but the $ amount that caused this change. CE won’t allow more than a $2000 payment. Any of the International trips exceed this amount and if someone is signing up 2 people on a ski trip that triggers it.
Enough of the mechanics! Start looking at these places and dates and see if you want to put one or more on your 2021 calendar.
Marsha Lutz VP-Trips
PS. If you wish to get a discount on an Ikon pass this year, check out the deal offered by Ski White Diamond HERE!