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SNOWDRIFTERS’ 2018 TRIPS

All ski trips for this winter season are on sale. Attend the ski meeting, get information, and sign-up for the trips, and enjoy the rest of the evening. Trips details are in the newsletter. Our trip dates and prices for 2018 are:

Morzine & Nice France Ski Trip, 10 Day - $2175
January 12 - January 23, 2018

Come join the Snowdrifters on January 12, 2018... we will follow the sun and snow to the winter wonderland in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, Morzine, France. It is the largest town of all the “Portes du Soleil” resorts. On January 20th. we will follow the sun for a three night extension to Nice, the heart and soul of the French Riviera. This is our crème-de-la-crème trip next season.

This unique ski area interconnects 12 resorts in France and Switzerland, passing from villages of Savoir to the landscapes of the Valais; one lift ticket does it all (no supplements for cross-border skiing and riding). Loosely translated, “Portes du Soleil” means “gateway to the sun”, and the vibrant Rhone Alps town of Morzine is the main portal to this incredibly large ski circus. Via its state of the art modern lift and piste connection with adjacent Avoriaz, Morzine accesses 214 lifts and 435 miles of pistes linking over a dozen villages in two countries. It just doesn’t get much grander than that!

Variety is the spice of skiing and the choices are many on the slopes of the Portes du Soleil. Skiers and riders wake up in the morning to difficult choices. Head west and you’ll find yourself in the stylish part of the Portes du Soleil resort, Morzine-Les Gets: head east, and you’ll find yourself skiing across the border to the Swiss part of the resort, Champery, Les Crosets and Champoussin. Take the ski lifts from the center of Morzine to the adjacent valley of Ardent and Les Lindarets. This section, also accessible by shuttle bus, is aptly named “Super” Morzine-Avoriaz. There, you can break for lunch at “La Chalande,” an old converted farmhouse where the cuisine is matched only by the charm of the décor. Your lunch choices on the mountain are abundant. Frankly, it’s impossible to make a bad ski decision in Morzine.

All the Portes du Soleil resorts share the marvelous terrain. Beginners (30%) can stick close to the resorts and intermediates (30%) won’t have a problem if they stay on the trails, while both the extensive off-piste skiing and the exhausting expanse will stretch experts (40%). The terrain at Portes du Soleil stretches over an area so wide that it defies simple definition. Busy beginner slopes drape down the mountainsides on the fringes of Morzine and other nearby villages. Long boulevards wind through shaded forests as they drop thousands of vertical feet from high ridges into deep valleys. Piste markers define groomed routes down vast snowfields above the timberline. And from the mountaintops, the panorama starring the Mont Blanc massif, western Europe’s highest peak, is displayed like a rack of postcards—each a little different from the others, but all unique.

While in Morzine, our hotel is Hotel Fleur des Neiges located in the heart of the village and is family owned. The hotel is located 300 meters away from the Super Morzine lift and allows you to be on the Morzine-Avoriaz ski slopes quickly. Hotel Fleur des Neiges features a cozy lounge, a charming restaurant featuring a menu combining local traditions and culture, as well as spa, sauna, gym, heated swimming-pool and game room. Of course, there is the hotel bar with music.

Morzine Après ski is exciting with many tropical bars and discos to choose from or you may enjoy a hockey game or figure skating exhibition at the Ice Palace. There is also cross-country skiing, dog sledding and ice climbing. Ski Morzine and discover an authentic alpine Savoyard village offering many activities for nonskiers alike: skating, hiking, shopping, guided tours of historical Morzine, guided tours with snowshoes around Morzine and sleigh rides. Morzine is close to Geneve, Annecey, Montreux, Lake Geneva and many other points of interest for day trips and activities.

3 Night extension to Nice, the heart and soul of the French Riviera
Nice is located in the heart of the French Riviera. There are too many things to do. You can relax on the beach, or daily excursions can include a visit to a traditional village bistro, visit local open air markets, medieval villages, and explore Roman ruins, monuments, and museums. Nice is considered the crown jewel of the French Riviera. Cannes, about 20 miles while Monte Carlo is 13 miles away...easily reached by local transit! You can visit the ancient town of Antibes where the Alps loom in the background from a harbor filled with fishing boats and big yachts. Moreover, Nimes is home to some of the greatest Roman ruins such as the Pont du Gard, an aqueduct that is over 34 miles long. This engineering feat, built by the Romans in the 1st century BC, was part of a 50-meter long aqueduct that carried waters from Uzes to Nimes. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Picasso museum, the Popes’ Palace, the greatest Gothic palace in Europe, the Saint Benezet Bridge, a UNESCO world Heritage monument, or the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace in Monaco which is a colorful daily ceremony. Did I forget to mention the many wineries that one has the opportunity to visit, such as Chateauneuf du Pape?

Our Nice hotel is the Westminster Hotel & Spa, a 1 minute walk from the beach on the Promenade des Anglais. The hotel features a spa, private beach and seafront terrace. The hotel is decorated in a Belle Epoque style and offers both a bar and lounge areas.
Full Package Cost: $2,175*

• Lufthansa Air fare Chicago to Geneva... Nice to Chicago
o LH 431 12 JAN ORDFRA* 415P 725A +1
o LH1214 13JAN FRAGVA 905A 1015A
o LH1069 23JAN NCEFRA 705A 845A
o LH 430 23JAN FRAORD 1040A 110P
• Ground Transfer from Geneva to Morzine
• 7 nights lodging at Hotel Fleur des Neiges (double occupancy) ...Breakfast and dinner daily (http://www.hotel-fleu...)
• Ground Transfer from Morzine to Nice
• 3 nights with breakfast 4-star Westminster Hotel & Spa (double occupancy) (http://www.westminste...)
• (Option: Nice Sea View Room $70/person extra)
• (Morzine/Nice Single Supplement $590)
Payment Schedule (per person):
• Deposit - $350
• 07/17/17 - $350
• 08/21/17 - $350
• 09/18/17 - $350
• 10/16/17 - $350
• 11/20/17 - $350
• December - Balance Due
* NOTE: All taxes that are currently in effect, including airline taxes are included in the price. Please note any additional airline tax or fuel surcharge imposed before our final ticketing is beyond our control and will require an adjustment in the final price. Any fuel surcharge imposed on our ground transfers is also beyond our control and will require an adjustment. Also, currency exchange rate fluctuations may affect final payment.
A passport is required for this trip and your passport must not expire 6 months past our return to the USA.
TRIP LEADERS:
 Frank Hodowal: fthod@aol.com (630-584-0868)
 Joe Hopp: jhopp23@hotmail.com (630-918-0130)
 Leo Ahasic: bahasic@sbcglobal.net (603-309-8885)
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming February 8 to 13, 2018
$1330 with 4 day Lift Ticket or $1270 with 3 day Lift Ticket
No Lift Ticket - $1200


Exceed your wildest dreams. Return with us to this “old wild west” resort which just got a lot tamer !
After opening two new high speed quads Jackson Hole is now an intermediate’s playground with over 40% blue terrain to suit all levels. But the steeps, bowls, chutes, and spectacular tree skiing, still call for you. Your home will be the Parkway Inn (double occupancy hotel rooms), just a short shuttle ride to the mountain. Our accommodations include daily breakfast and a private shuttle to and from the mountain.

The Town of Jackson is a charming Western town with plenty of restaurants, watering holes, art galleries and shopping for your off-mountain experience. See the antler arches that grace the town square, head to the Wort Hotel’s Silver Dollar Bar or the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar for music and dancing, or try one of the restaurants that led Wine Enthusiast to name Jackson as one of America's 5 New Foodie Cities.
Of course the main focus of the trip is 3 or 4 days of skiing on “The Big One”. The tram provides a true leg burning run of 4,139 vertical feet and access to Rendezvous Bowl, a high alpine experience with “jaw dropping” views.

The gondola, 3 high speed quads, 4 fixed grip quads, one triple, and 2 doubles will provide continuous skiing, not standing in line. Epic snowfall (459”) plus 2,500 acres consisting of 10% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 50% advanced provides a variety of terrain for an unrivaled mountain experience. The unique town of Jackson features wooden sidewalks, authentic saloons, great restaurants and shops. The National Elk Refuge with sleigh rides among the elk is just outside of town. Nearby Yellowstone Park offers winter adventures for wildlife viewing, snowmobiling, winter hiking, and a visit to Old Faithful. The Jackson area also offers cross country skiing, horseback riding, dog sledding, or a snowmobile trip to Granite Hot Springs for a relaxing soak and lunch.
Package Includes
• Round air - United Airlines (Flying into Jackson Hole airport, just a short ride to town)
08FEB18 UA1471 ORDJAC 915AM 1130AM
13FEB18 UA2011 JACORD 1230PM 433PM

• All Ground Transports
• 5 Night Accommodations
• 4 of 6 days Lift Tickets or 3 day of 5 Lift Ticket
• Welcome Wine and Cheese Reception
• Pizza or Dinner Party
• Daily Deluxe Continental Breakfasts
• A Lifetime of Memories
Payment Schedule (per person):
• Deposit - $250
• 07/17/17 - $250
• 08/21/17 - $250
• 09/18/17 - $250
• 10/16/17 - $250
• 11/20/17 - Balance Due

Trip Leader: Bob Hoffman 630-301-4464, bobski48@comcast.net
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SUN PEAKS - BC CANADA: March 10 - March 17, 2018...$1475

British Columbia's Canadian award-winning Sun Peaks Resort features the most comprehensive and diverse combination of facilities, activities and services in the region. The charming, ski-through pedestrian village and imposing outdoor playground offer adventure and relaxation, exploration and thrills. Sun Peaks Resort is spread across three mountains and the second largest ski area in Canada. The resort features an alpine village at its base, and offers surprising diversity across its three mountains, with 4,270 acres and 135 runs, an average season snowfall of over 6 metres of powder, long easy cruisers, glades, bumps and steeps, there is something for everyone. It’s all here and the closest you’ll get to another person is on the chairlift. The resort offers many activities in addition to sliding downhill. Try snowshoeing, horse drawn sleigh rides, Nordic skiing, ice skating, cat trax groomer rides, snowmobiling and on and on. The village offers lots of choice of restaurants and bars, including a fondue dinner every Thursday at the Sunburst Mid Mountain Restaurant.

Our hotel is the Sun Peaks Grand...the only full-service hotel in Sun Peaks. The Grand is located in the core of the village, with chairlifts, trails and activities at your doorstep, an in-house mountain-view pool, terrace and health club, as well as on-site grocery store, boutiques, eateries and nightclub. After a day on the snow, enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa tub and an invigorating swim in the outdoor pool. Rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers, plus free WiFi and flat-screen TV. Other amenities available to guests include pillowtop beds, room service and hydromassage shower heads. When the sun goes down, sip après-ski drinks in the resort's bar.
Package Includes:
• Air from Chicago to Kamloops on Air Canada -
o AC 535 10MAR ORDYVR 725A 1005A
o AC8194 10MAR YVRYKA 1255P 147P
• Air from Kelowna to Chicago on Air Canada -
o AC8417 17MAR YLWYVR 145P 243P
o AC 534 17MAR YVRORD 400P 949P
• Round trip airport bus transportation to & from Sun Peaks
• Heated outdoor pool with indoor entry, three outdoor hot tub
• 7 nights lodging at Sun Peaks Grand Hotel (2 per room)
• Complimentary secure overnight storage for your skis off the lower lobby
• 5 of 6 day lift ticket

Full Package Cost: $1475
Payment Schedule (per person):
• Deposit - $250
• 07/17/17 - $250
• 08/21/17 - $250
• 09/18/17 - $250
• 10/16/17 - $250
• 11/20/17 - $225

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