As a result of the economic realities that
we are all aware of, there are a few changes in Gateway’s trip
schedules. As I am sure you know, the air fares are just
skyrocketing. We had intended to put together a trip for
December again this year as well as the regular European and
Spring trips. However, the air fares we were getting anywhere
outside of Denver were in excess of $700.00. In addition to
that, we were getting ground packaging that were priced
reflecting mid-season conditions. For example, Air to Telluride
was over $700.00 and the ground package was close to $850.00.
And, I was advised that nearly two thirds of the mountain would
not be open. The air fare into Bend, Oregon for Mt.
Bachelor was in excess of $800.00 and the ground coming in at
over $800.00. So, after looking at our circumstances, we are
going to change our philosophy a bit to reflect not only the
rising cost of air, but also to reflect the diversity of our
We are going to offer the European Trip
in January to Sestriere, Italy (home of the 2006 Turin Olympics)
and extension to Monte Carlo as well as a spring ski trip to
Jackson Hole, Wyoming in March as our ski trips. In addition to
that, we plan on some non-ski functions. For our non-skiers, we
will offer a long weekend trip in late April or early May of
next year to either the New Orleans Jazz Festival or the French
Quarter Fest. Both are great visits and inexpensive. We are also
going to start a summer trip. At this point, we are planning a
sail/dive vacation in the Caribbean for next summer. In the
future, that may be altered to an Alaska or Caribbean cruise or
just an island “all inclusive” type of vacation. That will
accommodate our members who cannot get away for a ski trip and
also our members who do not ski.
As you might also suspect, our membership
reflects a diversity of financial conditions. Our trips have
always been designed to give the most “bang for the buck” for a
group. If you are going to need “high end” accommodations
or special considerations, perhaps these are not trips for you.
We always try to provide the best accommodations for our
Please keep in mind that our pricing is
based on a “group” of specific numbers. In many cases, unless we
reach that number, the advertised cost would increase due to the
fact that you no longer have sufficient numbers to constitute
group pricing. As a result, unless we have a large enough group
to be able to sustain that price, we will either have to charge
additional fees to cover the increased costs or cancel the trip
and refund your complete deposits. Please keep in mind that the
pricing for hotel rooms are “per person with double occupancy”!
We will try to find you a roommate but if that is not possible,
you may well end up with a single room supplement.
Finally, even if you cannot participate in
one of the trips, I encourage you to attend the Happy Hours,
parties and other group activities in the future. You are more
than welcome to come and bring someone with you who may be
interested in skiing with us. I look forward to seeing each and
every one of you at our club events and on the ski slopes.
Hope to see you all soon