Welcome to the Pentagon Ski Club!


Non-Skiing Trips

The non-skiing vacation trips listed below (scroll down to UPCOMING EVENTS) are available for registration/signups.

2023 Ski Trips

We're still in the process of setting up our 2023 ski trips.  We anticipate having everything ready to begin accepting signups starting in late May or early June.  In the meantime, here are the trips we anticipate offering:

Epic & Ikon Passes:  Most of our 2023 trips will be to resorts that honor one of the multi-resort season passes.  You may purchase passes directly from the suppliers, but our tour operators have promotions offering rebates on the trips you might take with the club.  You may wish to consider purchasing your passes through them.  The exception is Military passes, which must be purchased from the suppliers.  Go to our Epic & Ikon Pass page to explore the various offers.  You should consider purchasing passes early-on as the cost typically increases in mid-April, at the start of the summer, and then again around Labor Day.  Pass sales are likely to end sometime in the fall.

Blue Ridge Ski Council:  Beginning August 1, 2022, registration for our 2023 ski trips will be opened to members of other ski clubs that are members of the Blue Ridge Ski Council through the "sanctioning" process.  Hint:  To register for a trip you must first "join" the PSC as a no-cost BRSC member and populate your membership profile.



Tips for All Trips

Trip Insurance:  Be sure to review our Trip Insurance page before signing up for a trip, and consider whether to purchase cancellation insurance.  Note that the cancel for any reason options require that you pay the premium within 14 days of paying your initial deposit on a trip.

Signup/Registration Tips:  Please take a moment to read the Trip Signup/Registration Tips.  Each individual must be logged-in with their PSC credentials (email address & password) in order to register (sign up) for a trip.  Before signing up, please take a moment to review your profile including your emergency contact information and (if you're thinking of a trip to Canada or Europe) your passport information.  Make sure your first and middle names exactly match your passport (or whatever ID you'll fly with) so your ticket gets issued correctly.  Then click on the trip's Register button if you're ready to sign up!  Your personal information will be pulled from your profile, and then you will need to select options specific to each trip, for example, what type of lodging you prefer (double occupancy or a single room at extra cost) and what type of lift ticket you want.

Important If you are registering someone other than yourself, you must log out of your own account and then log in with their credentials.  If you skip this step and register them while signed into your own account, their profile information won't convey into their signup record.  This is necessary even with family (bundle) memberships where you are the bundle administrator.

Wait-Listed Trips:  Click on the button to Join wait list and we may be able to confirm you on the trip if we have a cancellation, after confirming that you still want to go.  We're also sometimes able to expand a trip to accommodate additional skiers.

Trip Invoice & Initial Deposit:  An invoice will be generated for each trip you've registered for.  Each trip includes a payment table listing an initial deposit, one or more interim payments, and a final payment date.  You must pay the initial deposit, and any subsequent interim payments that have or are about to come due, to secure your place on the trip.  Your registration is not confirmed until we receive and acknowledge your deposit.  Payments can be made online with a credit card, or by check.  We can also accept credit card payments at club meetings.

Upcoming events

    • Fri, May 20, 2022
    • Sun, May 29, 2022
    • Normandy, France
    Join waitlist


    May 20-29, 2022        $5,095

         FRANCE   

    NORMANDY AND BRITTANY

    Join the Pentagon Ski Club on a Vermont Bicycle Tour (VBT) to the Normandy and Brittany regions of France. Fortified seaside Saint-Malo and historical D-Day beaches frame this fascinating journey. Immerse yourself in two classic regions: Normandy and Brittany as you bike France across fertile Norman farmland and into picturesque Breton ports. You’ll learn how the drama of World War II still resounds along the famous beaches and headlands of Normandy and experience Brittany’s seafaring lifestyle. Hop off your bike to peruse outdoor market stalls, wander the winding cobblestone streets of fairytale-like towns, or even swim in the English Channel, with a tour of Mont Saint-Michel a fitting grand finale. And indulge your taste buds with regional cuisine along the way, sampling some of the world’s freshest oysters, creamy Camembert cheese, and crisp apple cider.


    12 meals are included with the tour
    (6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 4 dinners)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Cycle through rolling pastureland and picturesque villages into rural Normandy, passing hedgerows and half-timbered country manors, châteaux and abbeys.
    • Visualize the dramatic events of D-Day as you tour Omaha Beach with a local guide.
    • Delve into World War II history as you cycle to the American Cemetery and D-Day Museum to explore and reflect at your own pace.
    • Swim in the English Channel.
    • Learn how cider is made during a visit to a family-run apple orchard—and enjoy a taste and picnic.
    • Enjoy the breath-taking views from your beachside five-star hotel in Brittany.
    • Stroll a fairytale setting of ramparts, half-timbered houses, and harbor views on a guided tour of the Breton town of Dinan.
    • View historic granite houses draped with fishing nets in the quaint Breton village of Saint-Suliac.
    • Savor crepes, a paper-thin style savory pancake and specialty of Brittany during dinner at an authentic creperie.
    • Taste some of the world’s freshest oysters that enchanted King Louis XIV in the charming port town of Cancale.
    • Visit spectacular Mont Saint-Michel, the medieval island-village crowned by its well-preserved Benedictine abbey.


    Space is LIMITED to 20 participants!

    A deposit of $350 is all that is needed to hold your spot!

    “Guaranteed no risk deposit” is fully refundable

    until 91-days prior to your departure.

    Air Package:  May 20 - 129, 2021

    $5,095 per-person (double-occupancy) from Washington-Dulles.

    Most major airports available.  SS $895

    Tour Only:  May 22 - May 29, 2022

    Price $4,145 per-person (double-occupancy). SS $595

    If you are interested in this trip, register today! 



    The air package includes airfare, airport transfers, one night in Paris upon arrival, and one night in Paris (CDG airport hotel) after the bicycle tour concludes.


    Custom Air:  With the Air Package, you may customize your dates of travel and extend your vacation, or fly into or home from a non-tour airport – ask the VBT Tour Consultant for more information.


    Bikes:  Hybrid and Road-style bikes are included and electronic-assisted E-bikes are available on a first-come/limited basis – ask the VBT Tour Consultant for more information.

    Trip Activity Rating is EASY/MODERATE Cycling

    Average Daily Mileage is 15 - 30 miles

    Average Daily Cycling Time is 2 - 4.5 hours

    (Electric-assisted E-bikes are available)


    Also with the VBT Air Package, you may choose to extend your stay with a pre-trip stay in Paris.



    Pre-Trip Extenson:  Paris  $495 pp (double occupancy), SS $445

    2 nights hotel and airport transfers (subject to availability)


    HOW TO REGISTER:

    To register for this trip, signup with the PSC and ALSO call VBT to provide them with your registration information.  A deposit of $350 is required to secure your spot.  Call VBT at 800-245-3868 (option 1) between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm ET Monday to Friday.  Give the VBT agent the GROUP #317975.

    QUESTIONS:

    Email or call your PSC trip leader to express your interest in the trip and if you have any questions.

    Trip Leader:

    Steve Thompson
     stevethompsonva@gmail.com
    1302 Shaker Woods Road
     Herndon, VA 20170
    (703) 862-6535 (c)

    • Wed, August 24, 2022
    • Wed, September 14, 2022
    • Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana
    Join waitlist

    Trip is Waitlisted.  Register for the waitlist if you are interested in going, as we may have some cancellations.


    SOUTHERN AFRICA SAFARI - AUG 24 - SEPT 10, 2022

    Optional Post-Trip Extension to Cape Town

    Sept 10-14, 2022 


    Ultimate Africa:

    Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari

    Botswana: Chobe, Okavango Delta 

    Zambia: Kafue or Mosi-oa-Tunya  

    Zimbabwe: Hwange, Victoria Falls  


    COUNTRIES: 3  NATIONAL PARKS: 3  DAYS: 17 

     12 NIGHTS IN TENTED CAMPS AND LODGES 

    UP TO 19 GAME-VIEWING EXCURSIONS 


    Check out the trip details on the OAT websiteThis is just for the details of this trip; not for our dates and cost.  If you have any questions, contact the trip leader, Christina Anderson (see contact info below).


    How To Register:  Once you decide to go on the trip, you must call OAT at 800-955-1925 and provide the Group Code - G2-29241.  Be sure to confirm the trip dates and request the "Travel Again" discount of $500 that is good through the end of September (more details below).  All trip payments must be made directly to OAT.  Be sure to also register for the trip on the PSC website after you are confirmed on the trip with OAT.


    If the Trip is Full:  Click the link to Join Waitlist so we know that you are interested in going if space opens up.


    PRICING

    • Base Tour:  $6895 per person
    • Airfare from Dulles (IAD):  $1700 per person
      (please call for pricing from different US cities)
    • Optional Cape Town  Post-Trip extension $1395 per person
    • See www.gct.com/tpp for details on the optional Travel Protection coverage

    The deposit is $350 per person, with a cancellation fee of $300, but no fee when you do a future trip with OAT.  Pay your deposit by electronic check to avoid a processing fee.

    Unbeatable Value:  Save up to $1,483 per person when you reserve by 9/30/20.  With limited-time savings of $500 per person (September 30, 2020) and a FULL 10% off the total price of your trip with our Good Buy Plan (a value that ranges from $339-$983), paid by May 2021, travel at the lowest price and per diems in the industry.

    From the OAT website:

    Join us for a wealth of unforgettable experiences on an adventure 93% of our travelers rated excellent. Majestic elephants congregate around a waterhole in the depths of the wilderness ... members of a village near Hwange National Park welcome your small group ... the spray of Victoria Falls roars in the distance ... you and your travel companions exchange stories around a fire under a star-filled African sky. In the morning, you wake to the birdsong emanating from nearby trees—and begin another day on the safari of your dreams.

    On this adventure, we’ll spend 12 nights in small lodges and tented camps. Enjoy up to 19 game-viewing drives with our sharp-eyed Trip Experience Leaders and expert, naturalist driver-guides; individual interactions in remote villages due to our small group size of just 16 travelers; flights via bush plane over the legendary African landscape. From world-famous Chobe National Park to the majestic Okavango Delta, and big game to local cultures—this safari has it all. And whenever you’d like, you have the freedom to explore more of Africa on your own: Break off from the group for independent discoveries—like enjoying dinner in Victoria Falls while listening to a live township jazz band at Mama Africa—during free time.

    Physical requirements: During game-viewing excursions, we’ll travel over bumpy, dusty terrain and occasionally go off-roading in the bush, as well as walk on sandy, uneven terrain in the Okavango Delta and at our camps. 

    Day-to-Day Itinerary

    ·  DAY 1 Depart U.S.

    ·  DAY 2 Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa

    ·  DAY 3 Fly to Victoria Falls • Transfer to Hwange National Park • Game-viewing drive


    ·  DAY 4 Explore Hwange National Park • Morning & Afternoon Game-Viewing Drives

    ·  DAY 5 A Day in the Life of a Hwange Community • Afternoon game viewing in Hwange National Park

    ·  DAY 6 Overland to Livingstone • Fly to Kafue, Zambia • Game-viewing drive

    ·  DAY 7 Explore Kafue National Park

    ·  DAY 8 Explore Kafue National Park

    ·  DAY 9 Fly to Livingstone • Transfer to Chobe National Park • Game-viewing drive

    ·  DAY 10 Explore Chobe National Park


    ·  DAY 11 Explore Chobe National Park

    ·  DAY 12 Fly to the Okavango Delta • Game-viewing drives


    ·  DAY 13 Explore Okavango Delta


    ·  DAY 14 Explore Okavango Delta • Game-viewing drives

    ·  DAY 15 Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    ·  DAY 16 Explore Victoria Falls • Optional Tours • Local interactions

    Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls - $150/person

    Join us for a flight over Victoria Falls, and appreciate the “smoke that thunders” from a whole new angle. Aboard a four- or six-passenger helicopter, your experienced pilot will treat you to a bird’s-eye view of majestic Victoria Falls, the wide Zambezi River, and the zigzag-shaped gorges below. This is the best way to see such vast, impressive landscapes—as Dr. David Livingstone said himself, the falls are “so lovely they must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Please note: There is a national park fee of U.S. $15 in addition to the price of this tour.

    ·  DAY 17 Return to U.S. or begin your optional trip extension

    Optional Post-Trip:  South Africa:   Cape Town & the Cape of Good Hope


    With Table Mountain as its backdrop, idyllic Cape of Good Hope to the south, penguin-filled Boulders Beach, a bevy of bays at its feet, and the lushest foliage this side of paradise, Cape Town arguably occupies one of the most spectacular natural settings on Earth. Here is your chance to revel in it—and discover the distinct contrast of the cosmopolitan heart of Cape Town and the natural wonders that surround it. As you explore, you’ll witness the amazing social transformation of the “Rainbow Nation.”  Dine with locals and experience the diversity of Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, on a trip extension.

    Trip Insurance:  Every participant should buy some type of travel insurance for the trip.  Possible options include the following:

    • Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is available for an affordable $25 premium from Myra Altschuler of Travel Protectors, Inc. (Option One as described on this link).  Note that this is not cancellation coverage and will not provide any relief if you have to cancel from the trip before it begins, whether for medical or other reasons. 
    • You may upgrade your coverage from Myra to include cancellation coverage:
      • The “Standard” cancellation coverage (Option Two in the flyer) provides benefits at 100% if you need to cancel from the trip for a “standard” reason. 
      • The costlier "Cancel for Any Reason" (CFAR) coverage (Option Three in the flyer) provides benefits at 75% if you need to cancel from the trip for a “non-standard” reason.  It must be purchased within 14 days of paying your initial deposit on the trip.  You would need the CFAR option to be covered for cancellation due to COVID-19 or any other outbreak.
    • CFAR coverage is also available through OAT as described on this link.  It provides benefits at 100%.
      • You would be reimbursed in cash for certain "Covered” cancellation reasons.
      • With a cancellation for other than a "Covered” reason, you would receive a voucher for a new reservation from OAT.

    We suggest that you carefully compare plans before purchase.  Coverage for pre-existing conditions can be especially tricky:

    • With Myra’s insurance, if you have a pre-existing medical condition, it can be waived if you purchase coverage before you pay your final trip payment.
    • With the OAT insurance, if you purchase coverage within 10 days of making your initial deposit/payment for your trip, your pre-existing medical condition would qualify for cash reimbursement.  If you purchase coverage after that, you would receive a voucher for a future trip instead of cash.

     

    Trip Leader:   

    Christina Anderson
    gerakisparta@yahoo.com
    5502 Maplefield Place
    Alexandria, VA  22310
    (703) 719-6714 (h)

                                      (703) 489-6171 (c)
    • Thu, October 27, 2022
    • Thu, November 17, 2022
    • Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangkok
    Register


    October 27 - November 17, 2022

    $8,900 A category cabin (estimated)

    Extra to upgrade to a suite (no other cabin category available)

    (3 Days Bangkok Extension, 16 nights, Cambodia & Vietnam, including 7 night river cruise and 8 nights land package)

    The prices are estimated depending of the size of the group.  We have included the air in the cost of this trip, but it is estimated and we'll adjust it accordingly.  Gratuities for the land portion of the trip are not included, but they are included for the river portion. 

    The trip includes:

    3 Days Extension in Bangkok, 6 Nights Land Package including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay (with overnight cruise), flight and tours in Siem Reap and includes daily breakfast. 

    7 Nights Mekong River Cruise with daily meals, shore excursions, ship staff gratuities, complimentary beer, soft drinks, house brand spirits and wine with lunch and dinner. 

    2 Nights Extension in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at Sofitel Hotel or similar with breakfast and sightseeing tours.  

    Round trip air

    CRUISE FROM : SIEM REAP TO HO CHI MINH CITY

    Cruise along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for a fascinating glimpse into a traditional way of life. Visit rural villages, colorful markets and a monastery, where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing by monks. Delve into the peaks and valleys of Cambodia’s history in the Royal Palace and National Museums of its beautiful capital, Phnom Penh. Witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies, and be treated to authentic experiences, including rides via oxcart, tut tut and trishaw. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.

    Trip Flyer - AMA Waterways Brochure

    Trip Itinerary Video

    (the 18-minute video will play after you "register" )

    INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE 

    SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

    • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
    • Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
    • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
    • Bottled water replenished daily

    PERSONALIZED SERVICE FROM A HIGHLY TRAINED CRUISE MANAGER DURING BOTH CRUISE AND LAND PROGRAMS

    • Sun deck with pool
    • Fitness room and three spas
    • Saigon Lounge with panoramic views and bar
    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
    • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

    AWARD-WINNING DINING

    • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
    • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
    • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
    • Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
    • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
    • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
    • Snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

    A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

    • Immersive tours in every destination
    • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
    • Knowledgeable guides
    • Personal headset for easy exploration
    • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways


    Link to Detailed Itinerary

    Link to Details of the Ship

    Air Schedule (Subject to Change):

    Trip Insurance:  Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included.  Note that this is not cancellation coverage and will not provide any relief if you have to cancel from the trip before it begins, whether for medical or other reasons.  You may upgrade your coverage to include cancellation coverage by clicking on the link.  It will take you to a flyer describing the options available.  Note that the "Cancel for Any Reason" (CFAR) option must be purchased within 14 days of paying your initial deposit on the trip.

    Membership Requirement:   Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  

    Payment Schedule:   

     Initial Deposit
    Aug 20, 2021
     TBD
     $500 $200 (Bangkok Deposit)
     Balance Due


    Trip Leader:   

    Christina Anderson
    gerakisparta@yahoo.com
    5502 Maplefield Place
    Alexandria, VA  22310
    (703) 719-6714 (h)

                                      (703) 489-6171 (c)
    • Thu, April 20, 2023
    • Sun, April 30, 2023
    • Netherlands
    Join waitlist


    The Netherlands Bike & Boat:

    Springtime in Holland,

    Aboard the Princesse Royal

                   

    April 20 - 30, 2023 (air package)

              $5,645             

    LINK to VBT Website

    (Note: 2023 dates may not be on the website yet.)


    Join the Pentagon Ski Club on a Vermont Bicycle Tour (VBT) to the Netherlands. Traveling by bicycle, you’ll inhale the fragrance of a multitude of flowers and salty sea breezes, feast your eyes on the colorful blossoms, and listen to the calls of songbirds. You’ll even get the chance to view Holland’s iconic windmill and dike systems up close. Each exhilarating day is complemented by the leisurely pace of your barge, as it drifts through scenic canals and into the heart of local life. It’s the perfect way to discover the sights, sounds, and aromas of this captivating country.

    VBT Flyer Link

    15 meals are included with the tour
    (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners)

    Tour Highlights

    • Learn how historic windmills work and how they are used to reclaim land called “polders”
    • View rare and historic flower bulbs at the flower garden museum, Hortus Bulborum
    • Explore the living catalogue of spring flowers at Keukenhof Gardens
    • Witness the action at the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer
    • Explore Holland’s “Green Heart,” a rural and peaceful nature zone

    Space is LIMITED to 30 participants!

    A deposit of $500 is all that is needed to hold your spot!

    Air Package:  April 20 - 30, 2023

    $5,645 per-person (double-occupancy) from Washington-Dulles.

    Most major airports available.

    Tour Only:  April 22 - April 29, 2023

    Price $4,495 per-person (double-occupancy). 

    If you are interested in this trip, register today! 



    The air package includes airfare, airport transfers, one night in The Hague upon arrival, and one night in Amsterdam after the bicycle/barge tour concludes.


    Custom Air:  With the Air Package, you may customize your dates of travel and extend your vacation, or fly into or home from a non-tour airport – ask the VBT Tour Consultant for more information.


    Bikes:  Hybrid and Road-style bikes are included and electronic-assisted E-bikes are available on a first-come/limited basis – ask the VBT Tour Consultant for more information.

    Trip Activity Rating is EASY Cycling

    Average Daily Mileage is 15 - 25 miles

    Average Daily Cycling Time is 2 - 4 hours

    (Electric-assisted E-bikes are available)


    Also with the VBT Air Package, you may choose to extend your stay with a pre-trip stay in The Hague (2 nights for $295 double occupancy) or a post-trip stay in Amsterdam (2 nights for $445 double occupancy).  Details for both options are on the VBT website.




    HOW TO REGISTER:

    To register for this trip, signup with the PSC and ALSO call VBT to provide them with your registration information.  A deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot.  Call VBT at 800-245-3868 (option 1) between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm ET Monday to Friday.  Give the VBT agent the GROUP #324458.

    QUESTIONS:

    Email or call your PSC trip leader to express your interest in the trip and if you have any questions.

    Trip Leader:

    Steve Thompson
     stevethompsonva@gmail.com
    1302 Shaker Woods Road
     Herndon, VA 20170
    (703) 862-6535 (c)

    • Tue, May 09, 2023
    Register
    • May 9 -24, 2023

      The Great Rivers of Europe

      Prague post trip 4 nights May 24 - 28, 2023

      For all trip information click here: The Great Rivers of Europe

      16 days from $6295 including air


      When registering, use the name of our trip (The Great Rivers of Europe) as well as our special code: G3-27957

      • Risk Free Deposits – Change your mind or find out you have a scheduling conflict?  No problem!  All pre-registration deposits are 100% fully refundable for any reason until you confirm your reservation after the tour officially opens for sale.
      • Good Buy Plan – Normally, travelers have to book and pay-in-full for their reservations at least 15 months in advance of their trip to receive the maximum 10% Good Buy Discount.  But what if you are already inside of 15 months prior to departure when your tour opens for sale?  As long as you paid your pre-registration deposit at least 15 months in advance of your actual 2023 tour, you will have the opportunity to receive the full 10% Good Buy Discount!  The same rule will apply for each of your Group members that pre-register as well.

      Sign Up Procedures:

    1. Call Grand Circle Cruise Line at 1-877-220-2540 (Monday-Saturday, 9AM-7PM EST).

    2. Tell the travel counselor that you want to register for The Great Rivers of Europe with the Pentagon Ski Club and mention the group code G3-27957 - Otherwise you might end up on a different group trip.

    3. Make your $500 deposit. You can use any credit card except AE.

    4. You can also purchase the OAT optional travel protection plan (insurance). This is not required and totally up to you.

    5. After signing up with Grand Circle register with PSC.


    Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip. 

    Insurance: The insurance OAT/Grand Circle offers is cancel for any reason.  As an alternative, we are offering three levels of insurance (including medical only for $25) from Myra Altschuler at Travel Protectors. Her details are on the flyer below and you have to contact her directly - do not send the money to us. We have used her before with success. You can also opt for your own insurance.

    The Travel Protectors: Trip Insurance Flyer

    Trip Leaders: 

                                    Susie Pumphrey

    wachtraum@msn.com

    3138 Singleton Circle Fairfax, VA 22030

    (H) 703-691-3944 (C) 571-224-4512


    Peter Porton
    peter.porton@gmail.com

    11918 Moss Point Lane,Reston, VA 20194

    (H) 703-471-7791

    P&P Trips:   It's not just a Trip, it's an Adventure!

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