DISTANT TRIPS


Distant Trips 2020-2021

Your distant trip committee has been meeting to plan for Knoxville Ski and Outing Club trips for the season 2020-2021. We realize that we are in uncharted waters and great uncertainty about what will happen next ski season. As I said earlier this month, your Distant Trip Committee is not alone in planning for next season. Other clubs are also, as is the Crescent Ski Council. If we do not plan and everything works out as we all hope it will next season – that COVID-19 is less of a threat or completely out of the picture - it will be very difficult to secure lodging and air accommodations for the trips. 

We have been able to get contracts with cancellation dates of July 30, 2020 and October 30, 2020 (depending on the trip). Under these contracts we can cancel the trip in its entirety by these dates if things do not look promising for travel or we do not foresee selling the minimum number of spaces on the trips.  KSOC will receive a full refund from SAT.

Full Disclosure:  Sports America Tours (SAT)  has added a clause that if KSOC cancels 89 days or less prior to travel due to government directive, travel restrictions due to additional COVID-19 outbreaks or other unforeseen national circumstances, an administrative fee of $60 per person booked will be retained by SAT from any refunds negotiated from Suppliers. This is in addition to fees imposed by contracted suppliers such as lodging properties, airlines, etc. I spoke with Sara Clemons at length about this situation. She stated that this season the resorts either gave a full refund or full credit for a trip another season. The Distant Trip Committee decided that this was a small amount of money to cover SAT’s efforts at recouping club funds from all the suppliers. The contracts were signed with this clause in effect. What this means for you is that should we have to cancel the trip 89 days or less before the trip, you will receive $60 less of whatever funds Sports America Tours is able to negotiate.

To minimize loss, we will not purchase the Regular (NOT Cancel For Any Reason) Travel Insurance plan until we are certain that the trip will occur. However, to cover preexisting conditions it must be purchased prior to your final payment.  THAT MEANS THAT WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO PAY IN FULL WHEN YOU SIGN UP BUT WAIT UNTIL WE ARE CERTAIN THAT THE TRIP WILL OCCUR. This policy does not cover pandemics, acts of declared or undeclared war, suicide and other situations.

For approximately 50% more than the insurance premium covered in the trip price you can purchase a Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy that will allow you to cancel your trip for ANY REASON. We will make that available as an individual add-on cost to the trip. The cancellation must be made at least 48 hours before the commencement of the trip. A CFAR policy will reimburse the policyholder for up to 75% of the prepaid nonrefundable trip cost. The Travel Insurance plan included in the cost of the trip does not cover CFAR. It also does not cover pandemics, acts of declared or undeclared war, suicide and other situations. We are willing to provide details regarding the limits of coverage to you and contact the insurance agent at Travel Protectors if there are any questions regarding coverage.

Here are the resorts, dates of travel and price for a full package (i.e., air, 7 nights lodging, travel insurance, airport transfer at destination and a 5-day lift ticket, parties).

RESORT

DATES

PRICE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

PRICE SINGLE OCCUPANCY

CANCEL TRIP FOR ANY REASON DEADLINE

Beaver Creek, CO

January 30-February 6, 2021

$2320

$3480

October 30, 2020

Steamboat, CO

February 13-20, 2021

$1910

$2600

July 30, 2020

Crested Butte

February 27-March 6, 2021

$2110

$3050

November 29, 2020

Steamboat Race Camp

CSC Trip

December 5-12, 2020

TBD

TBD

TBD

Telluride, CO

CSC Trip

January 16-23, 2021

 TBD

TBD

TBD

Morzine, France

Possible in Mid-January

TBD

TBD

September 15, 2020

Complete trip information will be sent at a later date. We anticipate that trip sign up will begin on June 1, 2020 for both the Knoxville Ski and Outing Club and Crescent Ski Council trips.

If you are interested in joining the Distant Trips Committee or being considered for an Assistant Trip Leader or Trip Leader position please contact Carole Mustaleski  skigalcarole@gmail.com

Distant Trip Committee:  Lori Anderson, Lan Jones, Mary Anne Koltowich and Carole Mustaleski



sportsamerica.com/epic-crescentEPIC AND IKON PASSES ON SALE NOW!!

Trip credits only available for passes purchased on the SAT link

EPIC PASSES - Pass pricing scheduled to increase on September 7, 2020

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

Incentives:

- $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 3+ day pass or any other Epic Pass product

Pass Insurance Information: 

https://www.epicpass.com/info/pass-insurance.aspx


There are additional changes to the EPIC PASS product with credits of between 20% and 80% to those people who had passes for the 2019-2020 season to be used toward the purchase of a 2020-2021 season pass.   Also, for next season is the inclusion of Insurance coverage at no charge with your pass purchase.

IKON PASSES - Pass pricing scheduled to increase on May 27th 

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

Incentives:

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

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

- Exclusive group discounted pricing offered to guests buying a pass for the first time until May 26th.

- Discounted renewal pricing until May 26th

- Adventure Assurance - allowing guests to defer their unused pass to the 21/22 season anytime for any reason prior to Dec 10th.

Details:

All renewal passes that were ordered between 3/5 - 4/14 will receive a $50 or $100 refund depending on if they bought the Ikon Base or Full Ikon Pass.

The deadline to renew your pass for the NEW renewal prices of $799 & $599 has been pushed to May 26th.

*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: 

https://www.trippreserver.com/alterra-mountain-company/alterra-ikon-pass/

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.


See photos from past trips on the Distant Trip Photos page.

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