Some of you may not know, but if you pay your trip in full when you sign up, you get to pick your spot on the bus!
We also have a new, secure location for people to park while we are away on trips. We are parking at the OKC Will Rogers Airport Overflow Parking Lot #1. You will turn left before you enter the terminal area and signage will be provided. The cost is around $5 per day.
Don’t forget, you can earn $25 off your trip for each person you get to join the Ski Club…get 4 people to join and you get $100 off!
Trips are how the club is able to operate…our membership fees are low and allow us to host meetings, have a website and keep our members informed via a newsletter and social media, but trips are really the heart of this organization and we have to pay a lot of money up front to reserve lodging and transportation for each of our trips well in advance. So, invite your friends and thank you for your support!!
Want to go on a trip? Fill out this trip application, and mail it to the Trip Captain along with your deposit or full payment, depending upon the date. Check individual trips to see when your money is due.
Trip #1 CRESTED BUTTE
Oh Crested Butte, oh Crested Butte,
How lovely are your ski runs!
Oh Crested Butte, oh Crested Butte,
We love to ski your long ones!
You butte is high and gleaming white
The snow is deep and shining bright
Oh Crested Butte, oh Crested Butte,
We love you in December!
Crested Butte in December is always a little….iffy. Not this time! We had great conditions and so much more of the mountain was open than usual, for this time of year. We got snow the first 2 days and then blue skies the next two! Some of the changes with Vail Resorts buying them last year were welcome and some were…..well, let’s just say we figured out some workarounds. 😊
Even when the snow is a little thin, everybody would agree, we STILL have a great time! The town of Crested Butte doesn’t disappoint, with lot of shops and plenty of restaurants or bars to keep you occupied. The locals always welcome us with open arms!
Our wine & cheese party was a huge success, as we toasted our friend and beloved ski club member, John Bomhoff (may he R.I.P.), drank a LOT of wine, demolished 3 platters of summer sausage, 6 trays of cheese and 5 bowls of crackers. Who know 63 people could eat so much? This is always a great time of fellowship, catching up and getting to talk to the peeps that were on the other bus, as well as getting to know the first timers and making them feel welcome.
Saturday brought about our dinner at Donita’s Cantina, Kelli’s early birthday celebration and the Heisman trophy presentation. Boomer!!! The ladies that own Donita’s, and their staff, always take such great care of us and serve up some of THE best Mexi and New Mexi fare I have ever tasted….and you can’t beat their Special Margs! We are going to miss them greatly next year, but wish them well in their new endeavor! Maybe we WILL see them again…hint, hint.
Luckily, the road conditions were good too, which made for a pretty easy ride up and return trip. Thanks for memories Crested Butte….see you next year!
Stefanie James & Kelli Kinnamon
Trip #2 WOLF CREEK
Words to describe Wolf Creek this year: Snow. Lots. Powder. Stoked.
Leading up to this year’s departure Wolf Creek already had 3+ feet of snow the week we arrived. Some past trip goers had been at the mountain during the week and reported epic skiing. We left eagerly (and ahead of schedule I might add) Friday evening, prepared to have an epic ski club trip. Once we arrived and had quickly eaten breakfast, we departed for the mountain. The reports of deep powder did not disappoint. Three full days of groomers, racing, and trees. Oh, and not to forget one day of wet underpants. I won’t say who, but just a reminder that if you have to relieve yourself in the woods make sure the branch you are holding on to is sturdy and not going to break off. Enough said on that subject…! Anyways, in addition to the excellent skiing once again Wolf Creek put on a fun race the weekend we were there. They setup the gates and allowed all ages, ski or board, male or female. OKC Ski Club entered 20 racers in the fun race and came home with 15 medals. Those that placed are listed at the end. At the end of each day we all returned to the hotel tired and full of smiles. While I am pretty sure we didn’t have any skinny dippers in the springs this year, I know some partook of the hot springs and enjoyed themselves. This year was a bit colder than last year, but with all the snow we will take the polar temps.
Congratulations to the new skiers and boarders that joined the group this year. While we can all attest to the soreness we felt on day two, we also can attest to the path of enjoyment we had started. Where else can you put on multiple layers of clothing, go out in the freezing weather, exercise until you are about to drop over, hurl yourself down a mountain, and then get up the next morning to just repeat it all over again? And did I mention that you have to pay to do this? All kidding aside, this can be a lifelong activity. Just think, our oldest member on this trip was 79. Next season he will get his lift ticket for free from Wolf Creek.
Finally, it was time for the bus to head home. One stop to get pizzas, some goodbyes, and off to OKC. Thanks again to all for a great trip, thanks to those that helped out on the bus, thanks to Doug for getting us to the mountain and back safely, and thanks to Randy for making sure everyone behaved on the trip home.
Ryan (Papa Smurf)
Fun Race Medals:
Caroline Carter (Silver)
McKenzie Famer (Gold)
Elizabeth Bertrand (Gold)
Ryan Carter (Gold)
Kay Alsobrook (Gold)
Kate Elliott (Bronze)
Ryan Breding (Bronze)
Brad Bertrand (Gold)
Craig Deyoung (Bronze)
Victoria O’Kain (Gold)
Lori Seelig (Silver)
Lisa Mitchell (Bronze)
Mike Parenti (Gold)
Ed Farmer (Bronze)
Bruce Barry (Gold)
Trip #3 STEAMBOAT, FSA RACE TRIP 2019
It was a very good time, had by 45 OKC SKI Club Members. We met with 7 other clubs. We skied together, had happy hours together and competed in friendly race events together. The snow conditions were fabulous! It was a little foggy at the top of the mountain most days, but if you kept the trees in sight you could come out of the fog as you came lower on the mountain. This is a great event to enjoy for any beginner to intermediate skier or boarder.
Good lessons are there for the taking. This is the fastest 5 days you can have, full of fun and seeing Mother Nature give her best show in the mountains. We will return to Steamboat next season, so if you want to experience an awesome time, start planning now!
Trip Captain 2019
Even fun loving skiers/boarders like us have a few rules. We strongly suggest you read them. Trip Policies
The original sleeper bus was made specifically for OKC Ski Club…way back in the day! However, it is our standard way to get to the mountain and is perhaps the most affordable, logical and comfortable way to travel to Colorado and New Mexico.
Our sleeper buses have seats designed to make bunks so that you can actually rest lying down! There are 2 types: Uniquely-designed, the first type of sleeper bus transports 40 people arranged in 10 booths, with four seated comfortably per booth. Each booth converts into two bunk beds so people can lay horizontally and sleep while driving overnight to their destination. The second type of sleeper bus has regular upright seating that converts into bunks for sleeping. The type of bus will depend on which bus is available for each trip. Passengers typically bring a pillow and either a blanket or sleeping bag (so the guys won’t get cooties if they’re laying next to another guy!). Some also bring sleeping aids and earplugs.
Traveling this way has many advantages:
- You travel while you are asleep, saving precious daylight hours for skiing.
- Your luggage remains with you at all times in the luggage area on bottom of the bus.
- A professional driver is trained to drive overnight through ice, snow and over mountain passes.
- Alcoholic beverages are allowed on the bus.
- The booth design encourages interaction with others on the trip and provides comfortable roominess to play games such as cards.
- You don’t have to stay in your seat the entire time and can stretch and mingle with other passengers.
- Dividing up travel costs with 39 other people really cuts the transporation costs. Many times, the entire trip price is what you would have to pay in fuel just to drive yourself!
- Your meal on the return trip is provided and paid for in advance as part of your trip cost. Many people also bring snacks and games to share.