More Exciting News From The Distant Trip Committee

Here are the trips for 2021-2022!

Destination Dates
 Steamboat Race Camp  12/4/2021 - 12/11/2021
 Crescent Ski Week Sun Valley  1/16/2022 - 1/22/2022
 Winter Park  1/22/2022 - 1/29/2022
 Steamboat  2/5/2022 - 2/12/2022
 Big Sky  3/12/2022 - 3/19/2022
 Ireland  3/31/2022 - 4/12/2022


The COVID Delta Variant is spreading rapidly.  In Knoxville alone the positivity rate is now at 22%.  This is up from less than 3% on July 4th.  Hospitalizations are up and reports indicate that approximately 95% of these admissions are among unvaccinated individuals. Most of those who are in the ICU and/or on a ventilator are unvaccinated people.  We have no idea when this surge will end and whether there will be an additional surge in the future.  Recognizing the importance of protecting our members and others we are adopting new protocols for all our club activities, including our distant trips and other club activities.

We are not alone in making difficult decisions.  The Tennessee and Bijou Theaters as well as the Art Museum are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of an event along with masking in the venue.  Keep in mind, that the symphony sold season tickets, and now patrons are presented with adhering to the new protocols. This situation is happening everywhere.  This is for your safety and that of others.

Please remember that distant trips are planned a year or more in advance when we have no idea what situations will occur.  We sign up months before a distant trip trusting that all will go smoothly.  When sign up started, it looked like COVID was declining.  We did not foresee that the Delta variant would run rampant through the world and our own city. 

In response to the changing environment the Knoxville Ski & Outing Club is instituting the following requirements for participation in our distant trips and other club activities. 

This policy is subject to change as it will be based on the most recent CDC recommendations and destination requirements in the future.

  1.  Proof of full vaccination will be required for all distant trips and upon request for other club activities.
  2.    Masking will be mandatory indoors and when social distancing outdoors is not possible.

The decision to require vaccinations for a distant trip is due to the fact that people will be residing in hotel rooms or condos together.  A PCR test is only a snapshot in time.  The individual’s infection status could change before or during the trip.  Thus, the individual’s roommate would be subject to quarantine and possibly the entire group because there would have been close contact involved among the group.  While the COVID vaccine is not a 100% guarantee that you will not be infected, it does provide significant protection against contracting the virus and preventing hospitalization.

This decision is not taken lightly. 

For example:  On the Beaver Creek trip in 2021 an individual had tested negative three days before the trip and became ill with COVID at the beginning of the week.  As a result, all trip participants were banned from public areas of the hotel.  Food could be delivered to the room but was left outside the door. 

Vaccination by all participants will help to prevent this situation.

KSOC Board of Directors

Approved August 31, 2021

Trip Update - Knoxville Ski and Outing Club Presents – NEW: DATE CHANGE

Shades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland, NOW April 4 – 16, 2022

Pricing has been reduced to$4297 based on double occupancy, single supplement $5,197; triple $4,247 (normally standard room with 2 beds).

Full COVID-19 vaccinations are now required by our tour operator Collette for international destinations from 9/1/21 – 4/30/22. There are plenty of “Lucky Charm” spaces available.

Sign-up:  Signups after November 1 will see increase in airline pricing, but you can still sign up. See the best of Ireland being provided by one of the best tour operators – Collette Tours! The pricing includes round trip air from McGhee Tyson Airport, ground transfers, lodging, transportation, trip insurance and air taxes/fees. The included trip insurance is Cancel-For-Any-Reason up to the day of departure with no existing medical condition restrictions. Refund of total trip cost minus trip insurance cost on or after November 1.

Highlights of this trip include:

  • ·       13 days, 17 meals (11 breakfasts, 6 dinners)
  • ·       Itinerary cities - Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, Ennis, Enniskillen, Derry, Belfast
  • ·       Attractions: Dublin welcome dinner, Dublin city ride or walking tour, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal factory, Medieval museum, Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park car ride, Cliffs of Moher, Ennis Irish family visit, Donegal town visit, Inishowen Peninsula, Giant’s Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Belfast guided tour and the “Titanic Experience,” and a Ceili (Irish music, singing, and dance) in Belfast
  • ·       Planned lodging includes the Herbert Park Hotel (2 nights Dublin), Granville Hotel 1 night Waterford), Killarney Avenue Hotel (2 nights Killarney), Old Ground Hotel (1 night Ennis), Manor House Country Hotel (1 night Enniskillen), City Hotel Derry (2 nights Derry), Europa Hotel (2 nights Belfast)

Optional Tours:

  • ·       Limerick Medieval Banquet (4 hours) - $110
  • ·       The Spirit of Derry evening of storytelling, music, and song with 3-course dinner at a top restaurant (3 hours) - $80
  • ·       Dublin Guinness Storehouse and Pub Dinner (4 hours)- $100

Optional Extensions:

  • ·       5 days 3-night London Pre Tour Extension with 3 breakfasts ($749 double), requires additional air segment purchase
  • ·       Optional 4 days 3-night Edinburgh Post Tour Extension with 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner ($799 double), requires additional air segment purchase

Payment Details:

  • ·       $600 initial deposit along with $399 for trip insurance initially
  • ·       Signups are on Collette’s website and may be made with a credit card at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.

Contact for Information: Mary Anne Koltowich, 865-368-2737 cell or kolsmithma@gmail.com

Sign-up at:  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1050972


January 22-29, 2022

Space for Single male

Contact Kevin ASAP

Double Occupancy $1840 per person Single Occupancy $2610 per person


With over a 75-year history, Winter Park Resort is Colorado's longest continually operated ski resort.  It features the Seven Territories across 3,081 acres of award-winning terrain.  From groomers to black diamonds at the Winter Park Territory; world-class glade skiing in the Eagle Wind Territory; panoramic bowl skiing/riding in the Parsenn Bowl Territory; jumps and jibs in the Terrain Park Territory; off-the-beaten path powder stashes of the Vasquez Ridge Territory; steeps and deeps of the Cirque Territory; to the world-famous bumps at Mary Jane Territory, there is something for everyone at Winter Park Resort. Averaging over 320 inches of annual snowfall, 300 days of sunshine and located just 67 miles northwest of Denver, Winter Park Resort is the closest major destination resort to Denver International Airport.

Whatever you want to do, try, explore, or discover next, you will find it at Winter Park Resort. With seven distinct ski and ride territories delivering on-mountain excitement for all levels, and a village and surrounding area full of countless off-mountain activities, Winter Park Resort is quite simply the hub of winter adventure in Colorado. Always offering more than you imagined.  Enjoy tubing, dog sledding, cirque sled, fat biking, ice skating, NASTAR racing and cross-country skiing at nearby Nordic Areas.

Our lodging is at The Vintage Hotel in Studio Suites w/kitchenettes with two guests per room.  Each room is equipped with two queen beds, refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and dishwasher. The Vintage is located at the resort entrance and is just a short complimentary gondola ride to the base of The Village at Winter Park. 

After a long day on the mountain, you can unwind in the large outdoor hot tub. For dinner, head to The Five Mountain Tavern located in the Vintage, open daily during ski season. Along with the restaurant, this smoke-free hotel has a bar/lounge area. Other amenities include laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea maker, a TV with cable channels, 24-hour front desk, and nearby shuttle service.  Some Crescent Ski Council clubs have stayed here and had a fantastic time. The lounge area is reported to be a great place for club members to gather.


Package price includes:       Seven nights lodging w/ two guests per room

                                                Airport transfers

                                                One hour grocery store stop

                                                KSOC Parties

                                                Travel Insurance (Cancel for Any Reason for additional cost)

5-day lift ticket  ($370 value)

                                                Optional 5 day First Tracks Guided Tour - $150 additional to trip price

                                                $15 food voucher provided by Winter Park Resort for each guest

Package does not include airline baggage fees and/or additional fuel surcharges or transfer increases assessed before trip departs

Lift tickets:      Five day included in price (value $370)  

                        Adult 4-day deduct $$74                       

                        Adult 6-day add $74

                        No Senior group rate lift tickets  


Payment schedule:   Double Occupany Single Occupancy

  June 15, 2021 (or when register)          $500 $750

                                    August 1, 2021                                      $500 $750

                                    October 1, 2021                                    $500 $750

                                    December 1, 2021                                 $340  $360

Trip Leader:                             Kevin Staton                 statonk@gmail.com                   865-679-8352

Assistant Trip Leader:             Ann Long 

Sign up at:  http://ksoc-winterpark.sat.tours  beginning on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. ET


Ikon Pass Promo – for each Ikon pass purchased from Sports America, guest will receive a lodging credit worth $30 for the Ikon Base pass or $50 for the FULL Ikon pass on the first club trip for which you register. You will still receive the Ikon Pass promotion pricing from Ikon              

Purchase your Ikon Pass at:  https://www.sportsamerica.com/ikon-ksoc

Registration will be done online with Sports America Tours (SAT). You can pay either by credit card (with service fee) or by mailing your checks directly to SAT.

To sign up for this trip you must be a current club member for the year that began August 1, 2021 

Once registered at SAT you may mail checks to:

Sports America Tours

1700 County Road

Suite B

Minden, Nevada 89423

                                        STEAMBOAT – CHAMPAGNE POWDER®

                               February 5-12, 2022

Space for 2 people    Price includes 5-day lift ticket

2BR/2BA condos   Double Occupancy $2110 per person Single occupancy $2850

3BR/2BA condos  Double Occupancy $2000 per person Single Occupancy $2680

We are going to one of the most popular resorts in the United States, Steamboat!  Steamboat has been dubbed "Ski Town USA" because it is home to so many Olympic athletes. Steamboat is also famous for its Champagne Powder®, lots of wonderful fluffy powdery snow!
Steamboat is one of the largest ski areas in the country and is also known for having one of the best ski schools in the country, and plenty of green and blue runs.  If there are any beginner skiers out there, this is the trip for you! For the seasoned skier, you will have no trouble finding many challenging runs.  Steamboat boasts 18 lifts, 169 trails and 2965 skiable acres.  The longest run is over 3 miles! The terrain consists of 14% beginner runs, 42% intermediate and 44% expert slopes. Something for everyone!  Other activities available include gondola rides, tubing, sleigh ride dinners, “first tracks,” outlaw mountain coaster, winter photography tours, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and hot springs.
We are flying to Hayden/Yampa Valley airport just a 40 minute shuttle to the mountain.  Transfer to our condos will be via shared ride shuttle or private shuttle – to be determined. This will not include a grocery stop (Safeway and City Market provide grocery delivery services).  The Bronze Tree has a complimentary on-call shuttle.

Our lodging will be at The Bronze Tree Condos which offer sweeping panoramic vistas of the Yampa Valley from every condo, combining awe-inspiring scenery and a ski-in/walk-out location.  At the end of your ski day the Right-O-Way trail will take you back to the Bronze Tree.  From the ground floor of Bronze Tree, it is a short walk across a parking lot to the slopes, where you can readily load any of the base area lifts to begin your day on the mountain. Amenities at Bronze Tree include Steamboat’s only indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a sauna, sun deck and fitness center.  Condo units have gas fireplaces for cozy, comfortable relaxation after a day of skiing.  Bronze Tree offers six floors, all accessible by elevator, free ski lockers and an underground parking garage for anyone who has chosen to drive to Steamboat or has rented a car.  During the winter season, a complimentary on-call shuttle service will take you to the grocery store and historic downtown Steamboat Springs.

www.bronzetreecondominiums.com                               http://www.steamboat.com

Package price includes:

·       Round trip transportation from Knoxville

·       Airport transfers

·       Seven nights lodging at the Bronze Tree Condominiums (double occupancy per bedroom) Single surcharge will apply for those wanting a private room.

·       Standard Travel insurance (Optional Cancel For Any Reason Insurance is an additional cost)

·       KSOC Group dinner and parties

·       Baggage handling at lodging venue

·       Five-day lift ticket ($456 value)

Package does not include airline baggage fees and/or additional fuel surcharges assessed before trip depart

Lift tickets:      Five day included in price of trip ($456 value)

                         Adult 4-day - deduct $76                                               

                         Adult 6 day - add $57

                         No Senior Discount.  Group rates are lower than Senior Rate at Ticket Window

                                               Children 12 and under ski free with an adult purchasing a 5-day lift ticket.

Payment schedule 2BR/2BA:   Double Occupancy                              Single Occupancy                  

June 15, 2021               $500  $700

August 1, 2021 $500 $700

October 1, 2021 $500 $700

December 1, 2021 $610 $750


Payment schedule 3BR/2BA:   Double Occupancy                              Single Occupancy

                                                June 15, 2021               $500                 $700

                                                August 1, 2021              $500                 $700

                                                October 1, 2021            $500                 $700

                                                December 1, 2021         $500                 $580

Trip Leader: Jennifer Emch jenemch@comcast.net 865-466-7483

Sign up at:  http://ksoc-steamboat.sat.tours beginning Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6 a.m. ET

Ikon Pass Promo – for each Ikon pass purchased from Sports America, guest will receive a lodging credit worth $30 for the IkonBase pass or $50 for the FULL Ikon pass on the first club trip for which you register.               

Purchase your Ikon Pass at:   https://www.sportsamerica.com/ikon-ksoc

Registration will be done online with Sports America Tours (SAT). You can pay either by credit card (with service fee) or by mailing your checks directly to SAT. T

To sign up for this trip

you must be a current club member for the year that began August 1, 2021 

Once registered at SAT you may mail checks to:

Sports America Tours

1700 County Road

Suite B

Minden, Nevada 89423

Big Sky, Montana

“The Biggest Skiing in America”

March 12 – 19, 2022

 Wait List

Double Occupancy $2890 per person and $4250 for private room

Five-day lift ticket included in price ($615 value)

Big Sky Resort is called the Biggest Skiing in America, due to the sensation of carving out turns on endless terrain under an expansive big sky, where crowds and traffic get left behind. Powder stashes can be found consistently throughout Big Sky due to the most consistent snowfall in the Northern American Rockies. There are more snow- covered acres to be found than skiers, with about two acres per skier on the busiest day, which means a safer, more liberating mountain experience. Float down a 2,000 vertical foot, powder filled bowl beneath Lone Peak; bob and weave through the Bavarian Forest; ride the Lone Peak Tram for a bird’s eye view of untamed wilderness. Big Sky Resort has 5,850 acres of mixed terrain and easy navigation. The 4,350 feet of vertical drop, runs up to six miles long and glades and bowls covered in 400-plus inches of annual snowfall make a day on the slopes something different for everyone. Cross country skiers can enjoy 85 km of trails at nearby Lone Mountain Ranch or Yellowstone National Park.  Non-ski activities include zip lines, sno-go bikes, snowshoe tours, dog sledding, snowmobiling in Yellowstone and Big Sky, sleigh rides, and The Innocents Escape Room. 

Our ski in/out lodging is at the Summit Hotel at Big Sky, with two queen beds, double occupancy.  Daily hot breakfast, comparable to the Huntley Lodge breakfast, is included. The Summit is a prime location in the heart of the Mountain Village Center, with in-hotel dining and shopping. Room renovations will debut for the 2021-22 winter season. The complex includes free WiFi and ski valet, a fitness center, laundry facility, and indoor/outdoor soaking pool. The Mountain Village has shops and restaurants available for your enjoyment.

Resort: https://bigskyresort.com/             Lodging:  https://bigskyresort.com/hotels/summit

Package price includes:         
  • Seven nights lodging in the Summit Hotel  
  • Daily hot breakfast (6:30 – 10:30 AM)
  • Five-day lift ticket ($615 value)    
  • Round trip air transport from Knoxville to Bozeman (Airline TBD)                                        
  • Round trip airport transfers from Bozeman to resort                                              
  • Travel Insurance (Cancel For Any Reason an additional charge)                                                                                            
  • Single surcharge will apply for single occupancy
  • KSOC Parties
  • Resort baggage handling
  • Welcome Wine & Light Snack Reception

Package does not include airline baggage fees and/or additional fuel surcharges assessed prior to trip departure

Lift tickets:      Five day included in price (value $615)   Senior 5-day deduct $52

                        Adult 4-day deduct $81                          Senior 4-day deduct $123

                        Adult 6-day add $123                            Senior 6-day add $61

Senior ages 70+  (Note: People who purchase the Group Lift Tickets will receive one Tram Pass free)

Tram prices for Ikon Pass holders is unknown at this time.

Payment Dates and amounts:

Double Occ. Singe Occ.

June 15, 2021  $500        $700   

August 1, 2021 $500 $700

October 1, 2021 $630 $950

December 1, 2021 $630 $950

January 1, 2022 $630 Remaining balance

Trip Leader:                             Carole Mustaleski            skigalcarole@gmail.com            865-693-6426

Assistant Trip Leader:             Lori Anderson               lorifly@bellsouth.net

Sign up at:  http://ksoc-bigsky.sat.tours beginning Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. ET

Ikon Pass Promo – for each Ikon pass purchased from Sports America, guest will receive a lodging credit worth $30 for the Ikon Base pass or $50 for the FULL Ikon pass on the first club trip for which you register.                 

Purchase your Ikon PASS at:  https://www.sportsamerica.com/ikon-ksoc

Registration will be done online with Sports America Tours (SAT). You can pay either by credit card (with service fee) or by mailing your checks directly to SAT.  To sign up for this trip you must be a current club member for the year that began August 1, 2021

Once registered at SAT you may mail checks to:

Sports America Tours

1700 County Road

Suite B

Minden, Nevada 89423


Crescent Ski Council Ski and Race Camp

December 4-11, 2021

You missed this trip for 2021 but watch for information in late spring for the 2022 trip

The lesson package is for beginner to expert/advanced skiers.  You will have some of the best instructors for a full five days.  This trip will definitely improve your skiing ability.  Besides skiing and lessons, there is a BBQ dinner,  three on mountain lunches, a farewell banquet and more.  Don't miss this opportunity!

Crescent Ski Council 2022 Ski Week to Sun Valley, Idaho January 16-22, 2022

Sun Valley is on the EPIC Pass

Sign up deadline was November 15, 2021

Contact Sports America Tours to check last minute availability

Sign up at:  www.sportsamerica.com/csctrips  or   1-800-876-8551   Ext 125

Package price begins at $1450 and increases according to lodging choice.

Airfare is not included.

Lodging is at the Sun Valley Inn (hotel rooms) and The Lodge Apartments (2 BR and 3BR condos)

Package includes:

Seven nights lodging, 5 day lift pass, airport ground transport from Boise, ID or Halley, Welcome Reception, Mountain Lunch, Farewell Dinner and Dance, Trip Souvenir

Sign up at:  http://csc22sv.sat.tours/1980

Epic and Ikon Passes are no longer on sale for the 2022 ski season.

Watch for information in the spring about these passes. 

Read the information below about the advantages of pass purchase and think about it for 2022-2023

The DTC has finalized contracts for three 2022 ski trips at resorts, all of which are on the Ikon PASS.  You definitely want to consider purchasing the Ikon pass if you plan to go on more than one KSOC ski trip to an Ikon affiliated resort. You might also want to consider buying one if you plan to go on a non-ski club sponsored trip, as the PASS rates have a good chance of being more economical than a daily walk-up rate at a resort.  For example, this year at Deer Valley, the walk-up rate was $229 per day.  If you bought the base Ikon Pass for $729 (2021-22 price), you could ski 5 days at Deer Valley and at least 5 days at 43 other destinations for less than the walk-up price for 5 days at Deer Valley.  In addition, pass holders receive a 15% discount on food, beverages, and retail purchases at many of the resorts.  Preferred pricing is also available on lodging.

To help in making a decision about a pass, we have put together some examples from the 2020-2021 season for daily rate tickets and club group rate tickets.   Have a look at these and see what a great advantage a season pass is.  Ikon and EPIC passes are here to stay!  Even if you only take one ski trip on your own you may well save money with one of these passes.

Examples of daily rates from the 2020-2021 season:

Beaver Creek - $218

Crested Butte - $134

Steamboat - $129-219

Winter Park - $ 149-210

Big Sky - $170-190

Examples of the 2021-2022 5-day group pass rates quoted to KSOC:

Winter Park Resort - $370

Steamboat Resort - $456

Big Sky Resort - $615

Buy your pass through a dedicated KSOC link at Sports America Tours (SAT)! Even if you do not plan to go on club sponsored ski trips, you will get the same perks as you would if you purchase the pass through ikonpass.com and a perk from SAT.  If you plan to go on a club sponsored trip, you will get all the IKON Pass perks and a discount on the club’s trip price! You have until May 5th to get the best rates on the IKON pass.  There are a few black out days so be sure to check the information about each resort before making your decision about the Ikon Base Pass and the Full Ikon Pass or to see which pass product covers the resort you are interested in.

Trip credits only available for passes purchased on the SAT link

Ikon Passes - Pass pricing scheduled to increase sometime the beginning of December

Where to buy www.sportsamerica.com/ikon-ksoc   


- $50 trip credit with purchase of a Full Ikon Pass

- $30 trip credit with purchase of an Ikon Base & Ikon Base Plus Pass

- $20 trip credit with purchase of an Ikon 4-day Session Pass

- Exclusive group discounted pricing offered to guests buying a pass for the first time until May 18th.

- Discounted renewal pricing until May 18th

- Guests who deferred their 2020/21 pass can still ‘purchase’ their 2021/22 pass via this link. Must defer the pass with Ikon prior to April 11th.


*Note guests planning to visit Jackson Hole or Snowmass will need to purchase the full Ikon Pass or upgrade to the Ikon Base PLUS Pass to receive 5 days at those two resorts.

Pass Insurance Information: 


EPIC PASSES  -  Pass prices to increase on November 21st

Where to buy:  www.sportsamerica.com/epic-ksoc  


- $50 trip credit with purchase of a Full Epic Pass

- $30 trip credit with purchase of an Epic Local/ Tahoe Local

- $20 trip credit with purchase of a 4+ day pass or any other Epic Pass product

Pass Insurance Information: 


For complete list of resorts covered with each pass, click on the Sports America links for each pass product. There are multiple options and pricing.


KSOC Distant Trip Committee:  Lori Anderson, Francie Elrod, Paul Gurecki, Mary Anne Koltowich, Sam Moffat and Carole Mustaleski

Upcoming Distant Trips

No Trip Info Available

Past Trips

Sat, February 05, 2022 KSOC Steamboat Springs Ski Trip February 5th-12th
Tue, March 17, 2020 Granada and Sierra Nevada, Spain
Sat, February 29, 2020 Snowmass
Sat, February 08, 2020 Mammoth Mountain
Sun, January 26, 2020 Copper Mountain
Sat, January 11, 2020 Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada
Sat, December 07, 2019 Steamboat race/ski/board Camp

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