The Hardest Week of the Year

The first trip is always the hardest. We have returning members and new ones and none of us remember exactly what it feels like to be on snow and outdoors for long period of times. No one was exempt from our classification system who had previous experience with skiing or snowboarding. Most of the group complied and we had more than 270 kids participate in lessons. We will continue to classify kids until everyone has been put into the correct level of instruction. Typically the first day back on the slopes is not your best, so I encouraged my busload of kids to take a run or two before heading over to classification as it continues right up until the lesson time at 10AM. The same will be  true this coming week as well. Several members regained their "muscle memory" for skiing and moved up from the class they were put in. The review at a lower class was good expereince.

Timing and times

One of the challenges of Before Christmas trips is the increase in traffic. I mentioned it in each of my webinars and in previous emails. Besides holiday shopping we have Zoo Lights and holiday parties which add to the volume of traffic which invariably makes us late the first few trips. With new routes and new pick up spots we are running late for most picks. Please be patient. We’ll be in Hyde Park and River Forest shortly.

Bus Pick up Spots and Final Preparations for Saturday, December 8th

Last Webinars for Members are: Thursday at 7PM and Friday at Noon. Last Supervisor webinar is Thursday at 8:30 PM. Please try to go to one if you still have questions. 

The First Week of Blizzard Sign Up starts Tomorrow

New Webinar Schedule for Members and Prospective Supervisors. See your latest email for dates and times. Supervisors MUST attend a webinar!

Update to the Webinar Schedule and Epic Pass Program

Check out the List of Webinars in our recent email. Remember, there is no conference call on Tuesday November 13th as previously listed. And while you are at it, make a placeholder for November 18th as the last day to buy an Epic Pass. Buy Epic Passes Here!  At this point, the Epic Local Pass may be justified if your family is planning to go to another Vail property for a vacation during a non-holiday week (unless the property is an unrestricted resort.)  There has been some confusion that EVERYONE needs an Epic Pass. It is economical if: You plan to go out west for a few days, or you plan to be at Blizzard for more than 10 sessions.  If you are buying for a member older than 12, you might have a bit of math to do to see if it is worth the expense as those passes are more expensive now. We rebate $30 from our trip fee if you have an Epic Pass. For the under 12 set, the math works out to 11 Blizzard trips. Otherwise, there is no need to buy an Epic Pass. Our weekly Trip Fee ($85) includes a lift ticket, Lesson and the bus ride. With an Epic Pass it is $55.  Please do NOT buy the 4 or 7 Day passes, as I cannot keep track of them.