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Scroll down to see our offerings!  In addition to our ski trips, our several non-skiing vacation trips are also available for registration/signups.

Epic & Ikon Passes:  Most of our trips will be going to resorts that honor one of the multi-resort season passes.  You may purchase passes directly from the suppliers, but several of our our tour operators have promotions offering discounts or rebates in conjunction the trips you might take with the club.  Go to our Epic & Ikon Pass page to see the offers.  You may wish to consider purchasing your passes through them.  The exceptions are Military Epic passes and military discounts on Ikon passes, which are only available from the suppliers. 

You should consider purchasing passes early-on as the costs typically increase before the Memorial Day holiday and periodically as winter gets closer.   Season pass sales are likely to end sometime in late fall.

Blue Ridge Ski Council:  Beginning August 1, 2023, registration for our 2024 ski trips was 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 option requires that you pay the premium within 14 days of paying your initial deposit on a trip.  The 14-day purchase deadline also applies in order to waive the pre-existing medical condition exclusion.

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

    • Sat, February 24, 2024
    • Sat, March 02, 2024
    • Colorado
    • 0



    Feb 24 - Mar 2, 2024

    $2,150


    Price shown includes round-trip air.
    Lift ticket not included, but available as an option
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    Or, you can use an Epic Pass (details below).

    7 nights (Sat-Sat) in the Telluride Mountainside Inn with round-trip air from Baltimore to Montrose (details below) and ground transfers.

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    Telluride Mountainside Inn

    The Telluride Mountainside Inn is conveniently located along the San Miguel River and river trail and 200 yards from lift #7 on the west end of Telluride.

    Queen/Twin Kitchenette Room

    Our WiFi-served kitchenette rooms have a Queen and Twin bed.  A coin-operated washer and dryer are available for guest use, as well as drink vending machines and ice. 

    Single Rooms:   Listed price is for double occupancy; add $1,255 for the single supplement if you want a room to yourself.


    Hot Tubs

    Lift Tickets – Epic Passes:  Epic Passes, which must be individually purchased (not through the club), may provide the best value for your lift tickets – especially if you're planning to ski at more than one "Epic" resort this winter.  It may depend when you buy your pass as prices will increase as winter gets closer.  The following options would cover your skiing for the trip Prices shown are as of late November 2023, but December 3, 2023 was the last day to buy passes for the 2023-24 season, including the Day Passes:

    • A "full" Epic Pass ($1,025) allows you to ski 7 days at Telluride.
    • Regrettably, the Epic Military Passes have no benefits at Telluride.
    • Epic Day Pass (the non-holiday rate for an "all resort" pass) – ($502 for 5 days; $585 for 6 days)

    You may purchase Epic Passes directly from Vail Resorts, but we suggest that you visit our Epic & Ikon Pass page to explore the promotional offers that may be available from our tour operators.

    If you'll be using an Epic Pass, we must provide your pass number to the resort so that it counts towards our group lift ticket minimum purchase requirements.  Please enter your Epic Pass number into your membership profile before registering for the trip, or provide it to the trip leader if you purchase (or renew) your pass subsequent to signing up.

    Epic Pass Skiing Reservations:  Although Telluride is not putting a cap on skier visits, skiers using an Epic Pass are encouraged to reserve their ski days in advance.   If you don't reserve your ski days, you will still be able to ski, but you will be required to go into the Telluride Pass Office for processing before getting on the slopes.

    Group Lift Tickets:  Although an Epic Pass may provide the best value, group lift tickets are available as an option for those without an Epic Pass:

     Telluride Group Lift Ticket Options
    5-Day
     6-Day
     Adults & 65-79 Seniors
     $690  $830
     Senior 80+
     Free  Free

    Our adult group lift tickets, which reflect a negotiated rate,  are less costly than the resort's 65-69 senior tickets.


    Air Schedule (Subject to Change):  Flights on Southwest Airlines.
             New schedule updated 10/19/23 - now departing from Baltimore


     OUTBOUND:  Saturday, February 24, 2024  
      SW #2972 Depart  Baltimore (BWI) 6:15 am
      Arrive Denver (DEN) 8:30 am
      SW #2972 Depart DEN 9:15 am
      Arrive Montrose (MTJ) 10:15 am
     RETURN:   Saturday, March 2, 2024  
      SW #938 Depart Montrose (MTJ) 11:00 am   Arrive Denver (DEN) 12:10 pm
      SW #2506 Depart DEN 2:25 pm   Arrive BWI 7:45 pm
    Save $548 with a package without air tickets.

    Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  The trip will be "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council.  Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip beginning August 1.

    Payment Schedule:

     

     Telluride 2024
     Initial Deposit
    November 14, 2023
     December 12, 2023
     Base Trip
     $700  $700  Balance Due
     Single Supplement
    $400
     $400  Balance Due



    We’ll confirm your registration after you've signed up (registered) for the trip and we've received your initial deposit:  Pay online by going to our Partial Payments Page where you can make initial deposits &/or interim payments for one or more trips, and for one or more members, in a single transaction.  You may also make partial payments with credit cards at club meetings.  Note:  If you wish instead to pay for the entire trip (or to pay your remaining balance), you should make your payment directly against your trip invoice.  You can find your invoice(s) from your profile page by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the website when you are logged in.

    If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to the Pentagon Ski Club and mail it to our treasurer:  Christina Anderson, 5502 Maplefield Place, Alexandria, VA  22310.   Indicate which trip, and what skier(s), it is for.  Or give it to the trip leader (or to Christina) at a club meeting.

    Trip Leader:

    Fred Gardinier

    skiwithfred@gmail.com
    (301) 739-5097 (h)

    (301) 991-0120 (c)





    • Sat, March 02, 2024
    • Sat, March 09, 2024
    • Colorado
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    The trip is all set to go!  But join the wait list and if we have a last-minute cancellation we'll get in touch.


    March 2-9, 2024
    $2,575


    Listed price includes round-trip air

    An IKON Trip with a Lift ticket available as an additional option

    With its impressive terrain ranging from wide-open groomers to playful glades and gullies to steep, backcountry-like runs, Snowmass is a favorite for skiers and snowboarders of all levels and terrain preferences.  Offering a ton of terrain for the intermediate skier, the blue cruisers at Snowmass are meticulously manicured every night (and some are groomed at noon every day).  Challenge-seekers can test themselves in high-alpine bowls with steep pitches and cliffs, tight trees to navigate, and fresh powder throughout the more than 3,300 acres of skiable terrain at Snowmass.

    Pandora's - New Terrain at Aspen Mountain

    Although we're staying at Snowmass, you might want to ski a day or more at one of the other three resorts that are all reachable with the free bus system: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.  You might want to check out the new Pandora's terrain at Aspen Mountain that's scheduled to open this winter:  Beginning in the 2023-2024 season, the area, which has been skied by a small number of people for years, will now be accessed via a high-speed quad and will include 1,220 vertical feet of groomed trails and glades ranging from intermediate to advanced terrain (plus an extension of favorite expert runs such as Walsh’s, Kristi, Hyrup’s). This will be Aspen Mountain’s first significant addition since the opening of the Silver Queen Gondola in December of 1985. Click the link to read all about it!

    Our trip includes 7 nights (Sat-Sat) in deluxe hotel rooms at the slopeside Stonebridge Inn with daily breakfast buffet, round-trip air from Washington to Denver (details below), and ground transfers.  Baggage handling is included.


    Stonebridge Inn

    Selected three years in a row as one of the 50 Top Ski Resort Hotels in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, the Stonebridge Inn offers comfortable, modern hotel rooms in the style of a rustic lodge.  Located in the heart of Snowmass Village, just steps from the slopes and within walking distance to the Snowmass Base Village, it offers an intimate alpine escape, framed by aspen groves and the 14,000-foot peaks of the Rockies.  The hotel's Artisan Restaurant is one of Snowmass Village’s premier dining experiences.  Cozy up by the fire in the lounge, relax at the bar, or sit down to one of the finest dining experiences in Snowmass.  Experience the convenience of a ski resort in the atmosphere of a boutique hotel.


    Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness room, sauna, Internet access, on-site laundry facilities, and a ski locker room.  Complimentary shuttles are available to take us around the village.


    Queen/Queen Room

    Our Q/Q rooms feature extensive amenities including mini refrigerators, coffee makers, and hair dryers.

    Single Rooms:  Listed price is for double occupancy; add $1,550 for the single supplement if you want a room to yourself.

    Ikon Pass Benefits:  If you're planning to ski at more than one "Ikon" resort this winter, an Ikon Pass may be a better value than the available group lift tickets (see below); it may depend when you buy your pass as prices will increase as winter gets closer.

    • A Full Ikon Pass gives you 7 days at Aspen/Snowmass.
    • An Ikon Base Pass has no benefits at Aspen/Snowmass.
    • An Ikon Base Plus Pass gives you 5 days at Aspen/Snowmass.

    Ikon Passes must be individually purchased (not through the club).  You may purchase Ikon Passes directly from Ikon, but we suggest that you visit our Epic & Ikon Pass page to explore the promotional offers that may be available from our tour operators.

    Ikon Lift Reservations:  Skiers using an Ikon Pass will be required to make reservations for their ski days by logging into their Ikon Pass account at ikonpass.com.  You should make your reservations as soon as you sign up for the trip as daily space is limited and could sell out. 

    On July 27th, Aspen-Snowmass announced that Ikon reservations will become available on August 1st, 2023:

    Aspen Snowmass Reservation Policy

    • Ikon Passholders must make reservations for the specific dates they plan to ski/snowboard at Aspen Snowmass.
    • Reservations can be made, cancelled, or modified through My Account on ikonpass.com.
    • Reservations can be made same day.
    • Reservations can be cancelled before 9am MST same day.
    • Reservations are non-transferable.  
    • Ikon Base Plus Passholders are not able to make reservations at Aspen Snowmass during blackout dates which include:
      • Dec 26, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023
      • Jan 13, 2024 - Jan 14, 2024
      • Feb 17, 2024 - Feb 18, 2024
    • Reservation days are contingent on how many remaining days the passholder has available at Aspen Snowmass.

    If you'll be using an Ikon Pass, we must provide your pass number to the resort so that it counts towards our group lift ticket minimum purchase requirements.  Please enter your Ikon Pass number into your membership profile before registering for the trip, or provide it to the trip leader if you purchase (or renew) your pass subsequent to signing up.

    Group Lift Tickets:   Group lift tickets are available as an extra-cost option for skiers without an Ikon Pass:

     Lift Ticket Options
     4-Day  5-Day
     6-Day 1-Day
     Adult  $415  $500  $620 $165
     Senior (65+)
     $375  $455  $525 $100

    The lift tickets are good at all four area resorts: Snowmass, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.  The one-day tickets are for Ikon Base Plus Pass holders who wish to ski all six days.

    Air Schedule (Subject to Change)

    Flights on Southwest Airlines (bags fly free!)

     OUTBOUND: Saturday, March 2, 2024
     
      SW #450 Depart Washington Reagan (DCA) 8:55 am  Arrive Houston Hobby (HOU) 11:45 am
      SW#2925 Depart Houston (HOU) 12:45 pm
     Arrive Denver (DEN) 2:15 pm
     RETURN:     Saturday, March 9, 2024
     
      SW #1300 Depart Denver (DEN) 4:00 pm  Arrive Chicago Midway (MDW) 7:20 pm
      SW#2383 Depart Chicago (MDW) 8:10 pm
     Arrive Washington (DCA) 10:55 pm
    Save $451 on the package without air

    Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  The trip will be "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council.  Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip beginning August 1.

    Payment Schedule: 

     Snowmass 2024
     Initial Deposit
    October 10, 2023  November 14, 2023
      Base Trip
     $900  $900  Balance Due
    Single Supplement
     $500  $500  Balance Due



    We’ll confirm your registration after you've signed up (registered) for the trip and we've received your payment:  Pay online by going to our Partial Payments Page where you can make initial deposits &/or interim payments for one or more trips, and for one or more members, in a single transaction.  You may also make partial payments with credit cards at club meetings.  Note:  If you wish instead to pay for the entire trip (or to pay your remaining balance), you should make your payment directly against your trip invoice.  You can find your invoice(s) from your profile page by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the website when you are logged in.

    If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to the Pentagon Ski Club and mail it to our treasurer:  Christina Anderson, 5502 Maplefield Place, Alexandria, VA  22310.   Indicate which trip, and what skier(s), it is for.  Or give it to one of the trip leaders (or to Christina) at a club meeting.

    Trip Leaders:

    Dave Olsen
    pscracer@yahoo.com


    (301) 579-2749 (h)
    (301) 807-0918 (c)






    Jim Riordan
    celticlad96@comcast.net

    (703) 379-2053 (h)
    (703) 309-4147 (c)


    • Sun, March 03, 2024
    • Fri, March 08, 2024
    • Maine
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    There is room for a single male to share a room with another male.  Sign up on the waitlist and contact the trip leader if interested.  $200 discount offered.


    March 3 - 8, 2024
    $1,350

     Blue Ridge Ski Council Winterfest

    Price includes:  5 night's lodging, Round-Trip Motor Coach,

    Daily Breakfast, Welcome Reception, Health Club Access, Après Social and Farewell Dinner  

    An IKON Trip with a Lift ticket available as an additional option



    Sunday River boasts 135 trails, 15 lifts & The Most Dependable Snow in New England.  While others tend to boast, Sunday River is a very big resort spanning three miles long from White Cap to the Jordan Bowl and in between, 8 interconnected mountain peaks, 135 trails, 820 acres plus more hidden spots than a snow leopard on a powder day thanks to our Boundary to Boundary policy.  And while most resorts thank Mother Nature for their winter bounty, we take matters into our own hands with the most powerful snowmaking system in the world.



    Set in the most spectacular mountain location in New England, the Jordan Hotel is the premier address at Sunday River and offers sweeping views of the resort's western peaks and across the valley toward the Mahoosuc Range. Located on the slope side with immediate access to some of the best ski terrain at the resort.  Alpine setting and true ski-in/ski-out access on the Lollapalooza trail in Jordan Bowl and easy access to the wind resistant Jordan 8.  Heated pool and hot tub.  On site restaurants and bars.  Spa and massage services at the Jordan Spa.


    The Jordan 8

    Sunday River's flagship lift proudly services the Jordan Hotel, offering unparalleled comfort, speed, and reliability.


    Room Options:  Our rooms are equipped with either two Queen beds or one Murphy bed and one sleeper sofa.  Listed price is for double occupancy; add $610 for the single supplement if you want a room to yourself.  Family, Triple and Quad options available; contact trip leader for pricing.

    Ikon Pass Benefits:  If you're planning to ski at more than one "Ikon" resort this winter, an Ikon Pass may be a better value than the available group lift tickets (see below); it may depend when you buy your pass as prices will increase as winter gets closer .

    • A Full Ikon Pass provides 7 days at Sunday River.
    • An Ikon Base Pass or Base Plus Pass give you 5 days at Sunday River.

    Ikon Passes must be individually purchased (not through the club).  You may purchase Ikon Passes directly from Ikon, but we suggest that you visit our Epic & Ikon Pass page to explore the promotional offers that may be available from our tour operators.

    If you'll be using an Ikon Pass, we must provide your pass number to the resort so that it counts towards our group lift ticket minimum purchase requirements.  Please enter your Ikon Pass number into your membership profile before registering for the trip, or provide it to the trip leader if you purchase (or renew) your pass subsequent to signing up.

    Group Lift Tickets:   Group lift tickets are available as an extra-cost option for skiers without an Ikon Pass.

     Lift Ticket Options:
    4-Day

    5-Day
    (U-Drive Only)

     Adult (18-64)  $235  $295
     Senior (65+)  $190 $250
     Senior (80+) $10 $10 

    Lift tickets are selected during the registration process.  The four-day lift tickets are for skiing Monday through Thursday.    The 5-day tickets – to ski on Friday – are only available to those selecting the U-Drive option, as our bus will be heading back home early Friday.

    Transportation:  Round-trip Motor Coach transportation (DVR & Lavatory Equipped, Wi-Fi and electric will be requested).  There will be a northern bus and a southern bus.  Pick-up points will be determined by the location of the participants.  Presently our pick up point is Adelphi Park and Ride in Maryland at the 495/95 split.  If a participant has access to a parking lot in Virginia that we could use for the week, please let Susie know.  We had success with carpooling to Maryland last year on the trip to Lake Placid.

    U-drive Option:  Would you rather drive yourself?  Save $225.  As noted above, this would give you the opportunity to ski on Friday.

    Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  The trip has been "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council.  Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip.

    Payment Schedule: 

    Sunday River  Initial Deposit
    October 10, 2023  December 12, 2023
     Basic Trip
     $500  $500  Balance Due
     Single Supplement
     $200  $200  Balance Due



    We’ll confirm your registration after you've signed up (registered) for the trip and we've received your payment:  Pay online by going to our Partial Payments Page where you can make initial deposits &/or interim payments for one or more trips, and for one or more members, in a single transaction.  You may also make partial payments with credit cards at club meetings.  Note:  If you wish instead to pay for the entire trip (or to pay your remaining balance), you should make your payment directly against your trip invoice.  You can find your invoice(s) from your profile page by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the website when you are logged in.

    If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to the Pentagon Ski Club and mail it to our treasurer:  Christina Anderson, 5502 Maplefield Place, Alexandria, VA  22310.   Indicate which trip, and what skier(s), it is for.  Or give it to the trip leader (or to Christina) at a club meeting.


    Trip Leader:

    Susie Pumphrey

    wachtraum@msn.com
    703-691-3944 (h)
    571-224-4512 (c)

    • Sat, March 09, 2024
    • Sat, March 16, 2024
    • British Columbia, Canada
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    Mar 9-16, 2024

    $2,500

    The trip is almost full...looking for a female to share a room.  Please join the wait list if you're interested as there may be cancellations.

       (outbound AIR schedule changed - see description)

    Price shown includes round-trip air.
    Lift ticket not included.
    You'll need to purchase an Epic Pass of some sort for your skiing.

    7 nights (Sat-Sat) at the Listel Hotel with round-trip air from Washington to Vancouver (details below) and ground transfers.


    Listel Hotel

    The Listel is tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac, right off the Main Village Stroll.  Its central location in Whistler Village is just walking distance from the ski lifts and gondolas to Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.  It offers the laid-back atmosphere of a boutique hotel.

    After enjoying world class slopes, relax in the hot tub and sauna, or grab a bite at the award-winning Bearfoot Bistro located within the hotel.  Bearfoot Bistro is also home to the Ketel One Vodka Ice Room, the Champagne Lounge and famous for champagne 'sabering'. So many options for après-ski, meals, craft cocktails and live music. Join us to experience why Whistler is frequently voted as one of the very best winter destinations.


    Queen/Queen Room

    Our Deluxe rooms have two queen beds (or possibly one King bed upon request; to be confirmed).  Amenities include Wi-Fi, mini-refrigerators, and coffee makers. 

    Single Rooms:  Listed price is for double occupancy; add $1,150 for the single supplement if you want a room to yourself.

    Lift Tickets:  Lift tickets are not included in the trip package, as Vail Resorts is no longer offering competitively priced group lift tickets.  Epic Passes, which must be individually purchased (not through the club), provide the best value.

    Epic Passes:  Participants are encouraged to purchase an Epic Pass product of some type early-on.  The following options would cover your skiing for the trip Prices shown are as of late November 2023, but December 3, 2023 was the last day to buy passes for the 2023-24 season, including the Day Passes:

    • A "full" Epic Pass ($1,025)
    • Military Epic Pass – Active/Retired ($206); Veteran ($564)
    • Epic Day Pass (the non-holiday-rate for an "all resorts" pass) – ($502 for 5 days; $585 for 6 days)
    • Epic Local Pass ($795) - allows 10 days total in The Rockies which includes Vail, Beaver Creek and Whistler

    You may purchase Epic Passes directly from Vail Resorts, but we suggest that you visit our Epic & Ikon Pass page to explore the promotional offers that may be available from our tour operators.

    Air Schedule CHANGE 1 (Subject to Change):  Flights on United Airlines

    OUTBOUND:  Saturday, March 9, 2024
     
     UA #1668 Depart Washington Dulles (IAD) 6:07 am  Arrive Houston (IAH) 8:43am 
     UA #245 Depart Houston (IAH) 9:54am
     Arrive Vancouver (YVR) 12:50 pm
    RETURN:   Saturday, March 16, 2024
     
     UA #1868 Depart Vancouver (YVR) 1:53 pm
     Arrive Chicago (ORD) 8:07 pm
     UA #2386 Depart Chicago (ORD) 9:13 pm  Arrive Washington Dulles (IAD) 11:57 pm

    Save $1,097 with a package without air tickets.

    Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  The trip will be "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council.  Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip beginning August 1.

    Trip Insurance:   Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included with your trip.  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 the coverage of this Basic Plan to include cancellation insurance by clicking on this link.  It will take you to a flyer describing the Basic Plan and the upgrade options available through Myra Altschuler of Travel Protectors LLC:

    • The Option 1 cancellation plan provides all the benefits of the Basic Plan, but also covers you for cancelling for a number of basic reasons such as illness, injury or death to you or to your traveling companion/ roommate.  You must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip in order to waive the pre-existing medical condition exclusion.
    • The Option 2 "Cancel For Any Reason" (CFAR) plan provides all the benefits of the Option 1 plan, but also covers you for cancelling for any non-standard reason, or if you just don’t want to go, but you must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip.  If you cancel your trip for a non-standard reason, your refund will be limited to 75% of your insured trip cost.
    • If you upgrade your coverage with either option through Myra, prior to making your final payment on the trip, we will credit your trip invoice with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.
    • If you purchase your own travel insurance, which includes emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation coverage, and inform your trip leader prior to making your final payment on the trip, we will credit your trip invoice with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.  You must present your policy to the trip leader to receive the credit.

    Payment Schedule:

     

     Whistler 2024
     Initial Deposit
    October 10, 2023
     December 12, 2023
     Base Trip
     $800  $800  Balance Due
     Single Supplement
    $500
     $500  Balance Due



    We’ll confirm your registration after you've signed up (registered) for the trip and we've received your initial deposit:  Pay online by going to our Partial Payments Page where you can make initial deposits &/or interim payments for one or more trips, and for one or more members, in a single transaction.  You may also make partial payments with credit cards at club meetings.  Note:  If you wish instead to pay for the entire trip (or to pay your remaining balance), you should make your payment directly against your trip invoice.  You can find your invoice(s) from your profile page by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the website when you are logged in.

    If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to the Pentagon Ski Club and mail it to our treasurer:  Christina Anderson, 5502 Maplefield Place, Alexandria, VA  22310.   Indicate which trip, and what skier(s), it is for.  Or give it to the trip leader (or to Christina) at a club meeting.

    Trip Leader:    


    Brian Sundin

    sundin4@yahoo.com

    458 Ferdinand Day Drive

    Alexandria, VA  22304

    503-828-2841





    • Tue, March 12, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Fort Myer Patton Hall
    Register
         

    General Membership Meeting

    Tuesday, March 12th

    7:00 pm

    Register to Attend by Monday, March 4

    Our March meeting will be on Tuesday, March 12th, 7:00pm at Ft. Myer's Patton Hall (same location as always).  The evening will feature a "Trivia Ski Pursuit" game, pitting the tables against each other, with prizes for the winning tables.

    The evening will have a St. Patrick's Day theme.  Wear a bit o' the green and you may be lucky in the Ski Lotto!  Our complimentary menu (to be confirmed) will include corned beef & cabbage, roasted red potatoes, mixed vegetables, and cookies for dessert.  A cash bar will be available for the beverages of your choice.

    Vax Required

    We're continuing to require Covid-19 vaccinations for club meetings, as well as for club trips.  This is for everyone's safety and comfort level.  We will not be asking for proof of vaccination, but please do not register for or attend the meeting (or sign up for a trip) unless you are fully vaccinated.  Booster shots are of course also recommended and encouraged.

    Registration Required

    We're asking everyone to register to attend by Monday, March 6th (just a week before the meeting) so we can adjust the catering. 

    Bringing a Guest?

    If you plan to come to the meeting with someone else, there are two ways to let us know:

    • If your companion is a club member in their own right, they can log in with their credentials and register for the meeting much as they would do if signing up for a trip.
    • Whether your companion is a club member or not, you can simply include them in your own meeting registration by clicking on the Add guest button before submitting your registration.

    If Your Plans Change

    If your plans change and you can no longer attend, please let us know (ideally by Monday, March 4th) so we can adjust our catering order.  You may do this by:

    • Calling (301-579-2749) or emailing Dave Olsen
    • Cancelling your registration yourself:
      • log into your account
      • click on your name at the top
      • click on My Event Registrations
      • click on your meeting registration
      • click on the Already registered link
      • click on the Cancel registration button

    Ft. Myer Entry Passes

    You may recall that we offered an opportunity when signing up for our picnic, and most recently for our (unfortunately, cancelled) January 2024 meeting, to be sponsored for obtaining a long-term (1-year) Ft. Myer visitor pass.  We anticipate being able to repeat that opportunity on a quarterly basis.  The next opportunity will be in conjunction with our April 9, 2024 club meeting.  But not at this time.

    Entry to Ft. Myer

    Please take a moment to review our Entry to Ft. Myer page.  There are several ways you'll be allowed to enter:

    • Passengers:  Firstly, be aware that drivers won't necessarily be allowed to vouch for their passengers.  Although a photo ID like a driver's license might sometimes be accepted, passengers without an Automated Installation Entry (AIE) Pass (see below) or one of the other types of ID mentioned below might need to complete a Installation Access Request Form and pass the vetting process to enter the base.
    • With Suitable ID:  If you have an active duty or retired military ID, or a DoD-issued Common Access Card (CAC) (and possibly several other types of government-issued ID), you should be able to enter the base without screening. 
    • Without a Pass:  If you arrive for a club meeting outside of Visitor Control Center (VCC) hours (see below) and without suitable ID, your vehicle will be searched and you'll need to be vetted through their security system before being allowed entry.  This may take some time, so we suggest that you arrive at the base early.
    • One-Day Pass:  You can apply for a one-day pass online at this website (click on the link).  You can then show the pass on your phone to gain entry.  However, application must be submitted at least four days in advance of your visit.  The process time may depend on your footprint in various online systems, and you may need to go to the VCC to have your photo taken. That said, your application might be approved almost instantaneously if you've previously been approved for an AIE Pass.
    • 60-Day Pass:  You may apply for a 60-day pass at the Visitor Control Center, located just inside the main gate.  The VCC is open 6am-5pm Mon-Fri and 10am-3pm Saturdays.  You should be able to obtain a 60-day Automated Installation Entry (AIE) Pass right on the spot.
      You will need to complete an access application and be vetted through their security system.  To help speed the process, we suggest that you complete the Fort Myer Installation Access Request Form ahead of your visit and bring it with you.
    • Long-Term/Annual Pass:  With sponsorship by Patton Hall, you may be able to get an AIE Pass good for as long as a year.  As mentioned above, we anticipate offering another opportunity for obtaining an annual pass in conjunction with our planned April 9, 2024 club meeting, but not at this time.

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    • Fri, March 15, 2024
    • Sat, March 23, 2024
    • Switzerland
    Join waitlist

    Limited availability.  Join the Waitlist and the Trip Leader will contact you. 

    March 15-23, 2024
    $2,945

    Optional 4-Night post-ski extension to the Italian Riviera

    $625

    Returns to the U.S. Wednesday, March 27

    Listed prices include round-trip air and 6-day lift ticket!

    Engelberg has 25 lifts within its 198 acres of terrain with 6,135 ft of vertical. Surrounded by impressive high peaks over 9,000 feet and the nearly 10,000 foot high Titlis glacier; this picturesque town’s situation in a valley makes for world-class panoramic views. ‘Welcome to Heaven!’ is Engelberg’s English slogan — appropriate enough for a ski resort whose name translates literally as ‘Mountain of the Angels’.  The village was founded centuries ago by Benedictine monks, and the monastery still dominates one end of town and functions as a school today.


    Our trip includes seven nights in the Hotel Terrace with daily breakfasts and dinners, a 6-day lift ticket (!), round-trip air (details below), and ground transfers.


    Hotel Terrace

    Whether you're in search of your next sporting challenge or simply want to relax and have a good time, Hotel Terrace has it covered. The hotel is just a short lift ride from the village centre and the bus stop for the free ski shuttle to the cable car station.  Our rooms are their "comfort" rooms and are equipped with extra-long beds, a flat screen tv, and wi-fi.

    There's nothing like a day out in the snow to work up an appetite. At Hotel Terrace, our Belle Epoque restaurant serves up an array of culinary delights. And boasting the largest selection of gins in Switzerland, our Porticos Bar is the perfect place to toast the end of a great day.

    Single Rooms:  Listed cost is for double occupancy.  A limited number of rooms may be available for single occupancy; request when registering and the trip leader will make an adjustment to your invoice if you can be confirmed.

    Lift Tickets:   Our trip package includes a 6-day lift ticket for skiing at Titlis, Brunni and Furenalp!

      Italian Riveria Option - $625

      4-night post-skiing extension

      Returns to the U.S. Wednesday, March 27th

      We will have a roughly 6 hour scenic bus ride from Engelberg to the Italian Riveria.  We will spend four nights (Sat-Wed) in the 4-star Hotel Miramare with daily breakfast and a Welcome Dinner on Saturday night.  The hotel is a 15 minute walk to the train station that provides convenient access to the towns in the Cinque Terre to the south and also it is a 1 hour ride to the historic port city of Genoa to the north.  We will have ample opportunity to explore this beautiful area of the Italian coast.


      Hotel Miramare

      Overlooking the Bay of Silence in Sestri Levante, Hotel Miramare is one of the most exclusive 4-star hotels of the Gulf of Tigullio.

      Our flight home originates in Torino, which is about a 3-hour bus ride from the hotel.

      Single Rooms:  Listed cost is for double occupancy.  A limited number of rooms may be available for single occupancy; request when registering and the trip leader will make an adjustment to your invoice if you can be confirmed.


      Air Schedules (Subject to change): Updated 09/13/2023

                Main (Ski-Only) Group
      Flights on United

       OUTBOUND - Friday March 15 


        UA #52 Depart Dulles (IAD) 5:35 pm   Arrive Zurich (ZRH) Saturday 6:40 am
       
       RETURN - Saturday March 23

        UA #53 Depart Zurich (ZRH) 10:45 am   Arrive  Washington Dulles (IAD) 3:30 pm
        

      Save $1,357 with a package without air tickets

      Italian Riveria Extension Group Flights on Lufthansa

       OUTBOUND - Friday March 15


        LH #419 Depart Dulles (IAD) 7:05 pm   Arrive Frankfurt (FRA) Saturday 7:45 am
        LH #1186 Depart Frankfurt (FRA) 9:35 am   Arrive Zurich (ZRH) 10:30 am
       RETURN - Wednesday March 27

        LH #8843 Depart Torino (TRN) 10:40 am   Arrive Frankfurt (FRA) 12:00 pm
        LH #418 Depart Franfurt (FRA) 12:55 pm   Arrive Washington Dulles (IAD) 4:50 pm


      Save $1,168 with a package without air tickets

      Lufthansa partners with United Airlines under the Star Alliance.  If you provide your United frequent flier number, your miles can be credited to your United Mileage Plus account.

      Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  The is "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council:  Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip beginning August 1.

      Trip Insurance:   Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included with your trip.  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 the coverage of this Basic Plan to include cancellation insurance by clicking on this link.  It will take you to a flyer describing the Basic Plan and the upgrade options available through Myra Altschuler of Travel Protectors LLC:

      • The Option 1 cancellation plan provides all the benefits of the Basic Plan, but also covers you for cancelling for a number of basic reasons such as illness, injury or death to you or to your traveling companion/ roommate.  You must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip in order to waive the pre-existing medical condition exclusion.
      • The Option 2 "Cancel For Any Reason" (CFAR) plan provides all the benefits of the Option 1 plan, but also covers you for cancelling for any non-standard reason, or if you just don’t want to go, but you must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip.  If you cancel your trip for a non-standard reason, your refund will be limited to 75% of your insured trip cost.
      • If you upgrade your coverage with either option through Myra, prior to making your final payment on the trip, we will credit your trip invoice with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.
      • If you purchase your own travel insurance, which includes emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation coverage, and inform your trip leader prior to making your final payment on the trip, we will credit your trip invoice with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.  You must present your policy to the trip leader to receive the credit.

      Payment Schedule:

       Engelberg 2024
       Initial Deposit

      December 12, 2023

       January 9, 2024
       Ski-Only Trip
       $1000  $1000  Balance Due

       Italian Riviera Extension

       $200 $200
        Balance Due



      We’ll confirm your registration after you've signed up (registered) for the trip and we've received your payment:  Pay online by going to our Partial Payments Page where you can make initial deposits &/or interim payments for one or more trips, and for one or more members, in a single transaction.  You may also make partial payments with credit cards at club meetings.  Note:  If you wish instead to pay for the entire trip (or to pay your remaining balance), you should make your payment directly against your trip invoice.  You can find your invoice(s) from your profile page by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the website when you are logged in.

      If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to the Pentagon Ski Club and mail it to our treasurer:  Christina Anderson, 5502 Maplefield Place, Alexandria, VA  22310.   Indicate which trip, and what skier(s) it is for.  Or give your check to one of the trip leaders (or to Christina) at a club meeting.

      Trip Leaders:

      If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to the Pentagon Ski Club and mail it to our treasurer:  Christina Anderson, 5502 Maplefield Place, Alexandria, VA  22310.   Indicate which trip, and what skier(s), it is for.  Or give it to one of the trip leaders (or to Christina) at a club meeting.

      Trip Leaders:

      Steve Thompson
       stevethompsonva@gmail.com
      (703) 862-6535 (c)





      Dina Zeese

      2021dinazeese@gmail.com

      (703) 283-9543 (c)



      • Sun, March 24, 2024
      • Sun, March 31, 2024
      • Canada
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Space available for a single female, double occupancy to share a room.  Join the wait list and the trip leader will be in touch and confirm you on the trip if the space remains available.

      March 24-31, 2024

      $2,270


      Listed price includes round-trip air

      An IKON Trip with a Lift ticket available as an additional option

      Known for the longest vertical descent in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 feet), an average of 10.5 metres (34.4 feet) of snow, and 3,121 acres of big mountain terrain, Revelstoke Mountain Resort attracts winter adventurers from all over the world.  World-renowned for its incredible terrain, from wide-open alpine bowls to perfectly spaced glades.  Don't miss your chance to experience the hype this winter!

      Our trip includes 7 nights (Sun-Sun) at the Best Western Plus Hotel, round-trip air from Washington to Calgary (details below), complimentary daily breakfasts, and ground transfers.


      Best Western Plus

      The Best Western Plus is the top-rated hotel in Revelstoke, awarded with TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.  Close to the Revelstoke Railway Museum and the city’s eclectic downtown, it offers comfortable accommodations and a full array of services including a well-equipped modern fitness center.  A hand-carved grizzly greets guests in the relaxed, modern lobby.  The spacious rooms have pillow-top mattresses fitted with premium linens, flat-screen televisions, plenty of seating options, a generous work desk, and perks like a refrigerator and single-serve coffee maker.  Some rooms boast mountain views while others are poolside.

      Start the day with a free newspaper and a full complimentary breakfast featuring fresh bagels, hash browns, and all the gourmet hot coffee you want.  Stay connected with free high-speed WiFi or wrap up work in the business center.  Recharge in the well-stocked fitness room or unwind in the hot tub.  You’ll find plenty of restaurants nearby and there is a liquor store next door where you can grab Okanagan wines and local microbrews.

      A complimentary Ski Shuttle Service takes us to Revelstoke Mountain Resort which is only 10 minutes away.


      Queen/Queen Room

      Single Rooms:  Our spacious rooms are equipped with two Queen beds.  Listed price is for double occupancy; add $880 for the single supplement if you want a room to yourself.

      Ikon Pass Benefits:  If you're planning to ski at more than one "Ikon" resort this winter, an Ikon Pass may be a better value than the available group lift tickets (see below); it may depend when you buy your pass as prices are expected to increase as winter gets closer.

      • A Full Ikon Pass provides 7 days at Revelstoke
      • An Ikon Base Pass or Base Plus Pass give you 5 days at at Revelstoke

      Ikon Passes must be individually purchased (not through the club).  You may purchase Ikon Passes directly from Ikon, but we suggest that you visit our Epic & Ikon Pass page to explore the promotional offers that may be available from our tour operators.

      If you'll be using an Ikon Pass, we must provide your pass number to the resort so that it counts towards our group lift ticket minimum purchase requirements.  Please enter your Ikon Pass number into your membership profile before registering for the trip, or provide it to the trip leader if you purchase (or renew) your pass subsequent to signing up.

      Group Lift Tickets:   Group lift tickets are available as an extra-cost option for skiers without an Ikon Pass:

                 Lift Ticket Options
       5-Day  6-Day  1-Day
          Adult
       $220  $250 $90
          Senior
       $180  $205 $65

      The one-day tickets are for Ikon Base or Base Plus Pass holders who wish to ski all six days.

      Air Schedule (Subject to Change):    Flights on United Airlines

      OUTBOUND:   Sunday, March 24, 2024
       
       UA #418 Depart Washington Dulles (IAD) 7:00 am  Arrive Chicago (ORD) 8:03 am
       UA #764 Depart Chicago (ORD) 8:52 am
       Arrive Calgary (YYC) 11:45 am
      RETURN:     Sunday, March 31, 2024
       
       UA #1655 Depart Calgary (YYC) 12:30 pm  Arrive Chicago (ORD) 4:50 pm
       UA #2386 Depart Chicago (ORD) 9:13 pm  Arrive Wash. Dulles (IAD) 11:57 pm

      Save $840 with a package without air tickets.

      Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  The trip will be "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council.  Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip beginning August 1.

      Trip Insurance:   Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included with your trip.  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 the coverage of this Basic Plan to include cancellation insurance by clicking on this link.  It will take you to a flyer describing the Basic Plan and the upgrade options available through Myra Altschuler of Travel Protectors LLC:

      • The Option 1 cancellation plan provides all the benefits of the Basic Plan, but also covers you for cancelling for a number of basic reasons such as illness, injury or death to you or to your traveling companion/ roommate.  You must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip in order to waive the pre-existing medical condition exclusion.
      • The Option 2 "Cancel For Any Reason" (CFAR) plan provides all the benefits of the Option 1 plan, but also covers you for cancelling for any non-standard reason, or if you just don’t want to go, but you must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip.  If you cancel your trip for a non-standard reason, your refund will be limited to 75% of your insured trip cost.
      • If you upgrade your coverage with either option through Myra, prior to making your final payment on the trip, we will credit your trip invoice with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.
      • If you purchase your own travel insurance, which includes emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation coverage, and inform your trip leader prior to making your final payment on the trip, we will credit your trip invoice with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.  You must present your policy to the trip leader to receive the credit.

      Payment Schedule:  

       Revelstoke 2024
       Initial Deposit
      November 14, 2023 January 9, 2024
       Base Trip
       $700  $700  Balance Due
       Single Supplement
       $300  $300 Balance Due



      We’ll confirm your registration after you've signed up (registered) for the trip and we've received your payment:  Pay online by going to our Partial Payments Page where you can make initial deposits &/or interim payments for one or more trips, and for one or more members, in a single transaction.  You may also make partial payments with credit cards at club meetings.  Note:  If you wish instead to pay for the entire trip (or to pay your remaining balance), you should make your payment directly against your trip invoice.  You can find your invoice(s) from your profile page by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the website when you are logged in.

      If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to the Pentagon Ski Club and mail it to our treasurer:  Christina Anderson, 5502 Maplefield Place, Alexandria, VA  22310.   Indicate which trip, and what skier(s), it is for.  Or give it to the trip leader (or to Christina) at a club meeting.

      Trip Leader 

      Steve Peirce

      scpeirce@verizon.net

      301-924-5173




      • Wed, April 17, 2024
      • Fri, May 03, 2024
      • New Zealand
      Register

      Pure New Zealand - WE HAVE OPENINGS!  Call O.A.T. to sign up.

       April 17, 2024 - May 3, 2024


      In the spring of 2024 the PSC will be going to New Zealand.   Join Susie and Peter on another                      P & P Adventure down under.


      New Zealand: Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Queenstown.

      17 days from $6595 



      Includes international airfare from Washington D.C., airport transfers, government taxes, fees and airline fuel charges.  All land transportation and three internal flights. Accomodations for 14 nights.  28 meals - 14 daily breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners - includes 1 Home Hosted Meal.  14 small group activities.  Services of our local OAT Trip Experience Leader, gratuities for local guides, drivers and luggage porters.  For all trip information and directions to sign up click below:

                           New Zealand Flyer OAT.pdf



      Sign Up Procedures:

      In order to sign up (single rooms are limited, ask about Roommate Matching Service), you need to do the following:

      1. Call Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) at 1-800-955-1925 (Monday-Saturday, 9AM-7PM EST).

      2. Tell the travel counselor that you want to sign up for G4-27957- Pure New Zealand with the Pentagon Ski Club.

      3. Mention the group code: G4-27957. Otherwise you might end up on a different group trip.

      4. Make your $350 deposit. You can use any credit card except AE. Learn about Good Buy discounts.

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

      6. After signing up with O.A.T. register with PSC.

      7. Trip is limited to 20 people.  Act Now.


      Air Schedule - TBD

       OUTBOUND: 
               



       OUTBOUND:  
       

           




       RETURN:

       
       


       



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

      Trip Insurance:   Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included with your trip.  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 the coverage of this Basic Plan to include cancellation insurance by clicking on this link.  It will take you to a flyer describing the Basic Plan and the upgrade options available through Myra Altschuler of Travel Protectors LLC:

      • The Option 1 cancellation plan provides all the benefits of the Basic Plan, but also covers you for cancelling for a number of basic reasons such as illness, injury or death to you or to your traveling companion/ roommate.  You must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip in order to waive the pre-existing medical condition exclusion.
      • The Option 2 "Cancel For Any Reason" (CFAR) plan provides all the benefits of the Option 1 plan, but also covers you for cancelling for any non-standard reason, or if you just don’t want to go, but you must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip.  If you cancel your trip for a non-standard reason, your refund will be limited to 75% of your insured trip cost.
      • If you upgrade your coverage with either option through Myra, the trip leader will credit you with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.  Disbursement of funds is at the discretion of the trip leader and may be done prior to, during, or after the trip.  If you cancel from the trip there will be no credit given.
      • If you purchase your own travel insurance, which includes emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation coverage, the trip leader will credit you with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.  You must present your policy to the trip leader to receive the credit.  Disbursement of funds is at the discretion of the trip leader and may be done prior to, during, or after the trip.  If you cancel from the trip there will be no credit given.
      • OAT also offers CFAR insurance.



      Trip Leaders: 

      Susie Pumphrey
      wachtraum@msn.com
      3138 Concord Circle
      Fairfax, VA 22030
      703-691-3944(h)
      571-224-4512(c)

      Peter Porton
      peter.porton@gmail.com
      11918 Moss Point Lane
      Reston, VA 20194
      703-471-7791(h)


      P&P Trips:  It's not just a Trip but an Adventure

      • Fri, May 24, 2024
      • Sun, June 02, 2024
      • Switzerland, Germany, France
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Switzerland, Germany & France: 

      The Black Forest & the Alsace Wine Route

      May 24 - June 2, 2024 (air package)

                $5,695   

      Bike tour only is May 26 - June 1 for $4,595    

        

        

           

      May 24 - June 2, 2024 (air package)

                $5,695   

      Bike tour only is May 26 - June 1 for $4,595         

      LINK to VBT Website

      (Note: 2024 dates may not be on the website yet.)

      Join the Pentagon Ski Club on a Vermont Bicycle Tour (VBT) to 

      the Black Forest region of Switzerland, Germany, and France. 

      Experience a rich blend of French and German cultures as you criss cross borders and ride through quaint Alsatian towns, pause for wine tastings along the legendary Route des Vins, and wind along the canals of Colmar’s “Little Venice.” Pedal along well-marked bike routes, quiet country roads, and through rural paths open only to cyclists and farmers. Stroll cobbled pedestrian streets, passing charming half-timbered facades adorned with overflowing flower boxes, and perhaps pausing to bite into the famous Black Forest cake of a skilled pastry chef. Step back in time and enjoy a guided tour of 2,000-year-old Roman ruins in the spa town of Badenweiler. Throughout your adventure, stunning mountain ranges form the backdrop to your picturesque bike routes through France, Germany, and Switzerland.


      VBT Flyer Link

      11 meals are included with the tour
      (6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners)

      Tour Highlights

      • Explore three countries on a single journey—on one memorable day you eat breakfast in Switzerland, lunch in France, and dinner in Germany.
      • Cycle through idyllic countrysides as the Vosges Mountains rise in the distance, providing a stunning backdrop for your adventure.
      • Immerse yourself in the dual French and German culture of Alsace and learn about the region’s history as a hotly contested territory.
      • Behold Eguisheim, one of the most beautiful villages in France. It’s even won awards for its overflowing flower boxes decorating the half-timbered buildings and cobblestone streets!
      • Stroll through the cobbled streets of Colmar’s old town and embark on a “floating tour” of La Petite Venise (Little Venice) aboard a small boat.
      • Cycle some of the most scenic stretches of the Route des Vins—the Wine Route. Pause along the way to taste some of the world-class wines produced here.

      Space is LIMITED to 21 participants!

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

      If you are interested in this trip, register today! 



      The air package includes airfare, airport transfers, one night in Basel upon arrival, and one night in Strasbourg 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 12 - 40 miles

      Average Daily Cycling Time is 2 - 6 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 Basel (2 nights for $345 double occupancy) or a post-trip stay in Strasbourg (2 nights for $295 double occupancy).  Details for both options are on the VBT website.




      Trip Insurance:   

      Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included with your trip.  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 the coverage of this Basic Plan to include cancellation insurance by clicking on this link.  It will take you to a flyer describing the Basic Plan and the upgrade options available through Myra Altschuler of Travel Protectors LLC:

      • The Option 1 cancellation plan provides all the benefits of the Basic Plan, but also covers you for cancelling for a number of basic reasons such as illness, injury or death to you or to your traveling companion/ roommate.  You must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip in order to waive the pre-existing medical condition exclusion.
      • The Option 2 "Cancel For Any Reason" (CFAR) plan provides all the benefits of the Option 1 plan, but also covers you for cancelling for any non-standard reason, or if you just don’t want to go, but you must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip.  If you cancel your trip for a non-standard reason, your refund will be limited to 75% of your insured trip cost.
      • If you upgrade your coverage with either option through Myra, the trip leader will credit you with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.  Disbursement of funds is at the discretion of the trip leader and may be done prior to, during, or after the trip.  If you cancel from the trip there will be no credit given.
      • If you purchase your own travel insurance, which includes emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation coverage, the trip leader will credit you with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.  You must present your policy to the trip leader to receive the credit.  Disbursement of funds is at the discretion of the trip leader and may be done prior to, during, or after the trip.  If you cancel from the trip there will be no credit given.


      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 #338481.

      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)

      • Sat, September 07, 2024
      • Sat, September 14, 2024
      • Dominica
      Register


      September 7-14, 2024
      $3,550

      Listed price includes round-trip air and dive package.

      The PSC is heading to the Caribbean Island of Dominica!!!  Please join us for a week of fun in the sun that includes scuba diving, snorkeling, island exploration, and beach time!
                        

      Dominica has been nicknamed the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean” for its unspoiled natural beauty. It is a diver’s dream and a hiker’s paradise.  It is also the trailhead to adventure and discovery, unlike any other Caribbean destination, with its volcanic peaks, boiling waters, underwater champagne springs, sparkling waterfalls, rushing streams and rainforest canopies. One of the top ten dive destinations in the world, Dominica’s diverse dive sites await you.  From the calmer tropical fish-filled waters, to spectacular drops and a submerged volcanic crater.  The opportunities for underwater discovery and photography are unparalleled.

       

      Basic Trip Includes:

      • 7 nights deluxe oceanfront accommodations at Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort
      • Breakfast (all 7 days), lunch & dinner daily (Sunday - Thursday)
      • Trafalgar Falls & Titou Gorge tour (planned for Friday, 13 September)

      Dive Package ($500 option) Includes:

      • 5 days of 2-tank boat dives
      • Unlimited shore diving, Nitrox, tanks & weights

        Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

        Located in the capital of Roseau, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is part of the old fort that was first built in 1699 and has kept some of its old charm from back in the days.  Some of the rooms are even built within the original fort walls.  Complete with one restaurant, three bars, a swimming pool and jacuzzi, it offers everything guests need for their adventure and well-being on holiday.

        Our rooms are air-conditioned with a private bathroom, TV, coffee/tea maker, mini fridge, direct dial telephone, safe, and a porch or balcony, all with spectacular ocean views. 

        Single Rooms:  Listed price is for double occupancy.  Add $700 for the Single Supplement if you want a room to yourself.

        Air Schedule:  Flights on American Airlines (Subject to Change):

        OUTBOUND:    Saturday, September 7, 2024  
          AA #1178 Depart Washington Reagan (DCA) 5:15 am  Arrive Miami (MIA) 7:50 am
          AA #3579 Depart Miami (MIA) 10:05 am
         Arrive Dominica (DOM) 1:41 pm
        RETURN:         Saturday, September 14, 2024
         
         AA #3579 Depart Dominica (DOM) 2:33 pm
         Arrive Miami (MIA) 5:55 pm
         AA #2362 Depart Miami (MIA) 8:30 pm
         Arrive Washington (DCA) 11:08 pm
        Save $975 on the package without air

        Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  The trip will be "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council.  Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip beginning March 1, 2024.

        Trip Information:  

        Beaches:  Three of Dominica’s top five beaches are located within 35 minutes of our hotel.  Click the link for information about the beaches and things to do.


        Snorkeling: Snorkeling is available at the resort and many areas around the island.  You can rent snorkeling equipment at the resort for $10/day.  You can also snorkel from the dive boat with the divers.  The cost is $47/boat trip (w/ snorkeling equipment) or $37 if you have your own equipment).  You will be able to snorkel while the divers are in the water (2-dives/boat trip).


        On-Island Transportation:  For the non-divers in the group that may want to explore the island, rental cars can be rented at the airport.  Taxi service is also available around the island.  Please click this link below for more information.


        Official Currency of Dominica: The official currency of Dominica is Eastern Caribbean Dollar (symbol is XCD).  The US Dollar is readily accepted by most businesses on the island.  If you plan on using US Dollars, it is advised to carry smaller denominations.  Coins are rejected.


        Trip Insurance:   Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included with your trip.  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 the coverage of this Basic Plan to include cancellation insurance by clicking on this link.  It will take you to a flyer describing the Basic Plan and the upgrade options available through Myra Altschuler of Travel Protectors LLC:

        • The Option 1 cancellation plan provides all the benefits of the Basic Plan, but also covers you for cancelling for a number of basic reasons such as illness, injury or death to you or to your traveling companion/ roommate.  You must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip in order to waive the pre-existing medical condition exclusion.
        • The Option 2 "Cancel For Any Reason" (CFAR) plan provides all the benefits of the Option 1 plan, but also covers you for cancelling for any non-standard reason, or if you just don’t want to go, but you must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip.  If you cancel your trip for a non-standard reason, your refund will be limited to 75% of your insured trip cost.
        • If you upgrade your coverage with either option through Myra, prior to making your final payment on the trip, we will credit your trip invoice with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.
        • If you purchase your own travel insurance, which includes emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation coverage, and inform your trip leader prior to making your final payment on the trip, we will credit your trip invoice with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.  You must present your policy to the trip leader to receive the credit.


        DIVERS ALERT NETWORK (DAN):  It is recommended that all divers on the trip purchase a DAN membership (not included in trip cost).  In case of a dive accident, DAN membership can save you thousands of dollars.  DAN membership alone does not provide coverage for costs of a dive accident; dive accident insurance must be purchased separately for each member if you choose. Please see the chart and link below for the levels of membership, associated costs, and detailed information about DAN. https://dan.org/



        Payment Schedule: 

           Initial Deposit
        April 9, 2024
         June 30, 2024
         Basic Trip
        $1000  $1000  Balance Due
         Single Supplement
         $200 $200 Balance Due



        We’ll confirm your registration after you've signed up (registered) for the trip and we've received your payment:  Pay online by going to our Partial Payments Page where you can make initial deposits &/or interim payments for one or more trips, and for one or more members, in a single transaction.  You may also make partial payments with credit cards at club meetings.  Note:  If you wish instead to pay for the entire trip (or to pay your remaining balance), you should make your payment directly against your trip invoice.  You can find your invoice(s) from your profile page by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the website when you are logged in.

        If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to the Pentagon Ski Club and mail it to our treasurer:  Christina Anderson, 5502 Maplefield Place, Alexandria, VA  22310.  Indicate which trip, and what skier(s), it is for.  Or give it to the trip leader (or to Christina) at a club meeting.

        Trip Leader:  

        Tom Gallagher
        gallagher-tj@hotmail.com
        360-516-0643 (c)



        • Mon, September 30, 2024
        • Wed, October 16, 2024
        • Spain and Portugal
        Join waitlist
        Northern Spain & Portugal:

        Pilgrimage into the Past

        Sept 30 - Oct 16, 2024

        17 days - from $5,995, including air

        Optional Pre-Trip Extension to Carcassonne, Bayonne &

        French Basque Country
        Optional Post-Trip Extension to Lisbon, Sintra Palace &

        Seaside Cascais

        Click to see the Detailed Trip Flyer

        This trip is with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT)


        Spain: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, León, Santiago de Compostela

        Portugal: Douro Valley, Porto



        Booking Instructions:

        1. Call Overseas Adventure Travel Reservations at 800-955-1925. Open Monday – Saturday 9am-7pm EST. 
        2. Tell the Travel Counselor that you would like to reserve space on Northern Spain & Portugal: Pilgrimage into the Past for September 30, 2024. 
        3. Mention the group codeG4-29241
        4. The required deposit for this adventure is $500 per person.  Deposits can be made by check, bank withdrawal or credit card (American Express not accepted).
        5. Purchase the optional travel protection plan to maximize your coverage, or you can compare OAT's insurance with the options available through Myra with Travel Protectors (see below).
        6. After signing up with OAT, please sign up/register for the trip with the club, and then call Christina to let her know.

        Airfare: IAD $1300pp (I have requested for all to fly together); other cities available at varying costs.

        *PLEASE STATE ANY FLIGHT PREFERENCES AT THE TIME OF MAKING YOUR DEPOSIT (EX. Business Class, Aisle Seat or Specified Airline)


        Good Buy Discount Special Offer! (ends on 6/30/2023)

        Pay in full with a checking account 2 weeks after making your deposit or

        by 6/30/223, whichever comes first.

        Carcassonne, Bayonne & French Basque Country

        PRE-TRIP: 5 nights from $1995

        Lisbon, Sintra Palace & Seaside Cascais

        POST-TRIP:  4 nights from $1595

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

        Trip Insurance:   Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included with your trip.  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 the coverage of this Basic Plan to include cancellation insurance by clicking on this link.  It will take you to a flyer describing the Basic Plan and the upgrade options available through Myra Altschuler of Travel Protectors LLC:

        • The Option 1 cancellation plan provides all the benefits of the Basic Plan, but also covers you for cancelling for a number of basic reasons such as illness, injury or death to you or to your traveling companion/ roommate.  You must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip in order to waive the pre-existing medical condition exclusion.
        • The Option 2 "Cancel For Any Reason" (CFAR) plan provides all the benefits of the Option 1 plan, but also covers you for cancelling for any non-standard reason, or if you just don’t want to go, but you must purchase it within 14 days of putting down your very first dollar towards the trip.  If you cancel your trip for a non-standard reason, your refund will be limited to 75% of your insured trip cost.
        • If you upgrade your coverage with either option through Myra, the trip leader will credit you with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.  Disbursement of funds is at the discretion of the trip leader and may be done prior to, during, or after the trip.  If you cancel from the trip there will be no credit given.
        • If you purchase your own travel insurance, which includes emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation coverage, the trip leader will credit you with the $50 cost of the club-provided Basic Plan.  You must present your policy to the trip leader to receive the credit.  Disbursement of funds is at the discretion of the trip leader and may be done prior to, during, or after the trip.  If you cancel from the trip there will be no credit given.
        • OAT also offers CFAR insurance.

        Trip Leader:   

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

                                    (703) 489-6171 (c)


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