1. “Who can join?… How much is membership fee?… Can I sign up my sister and her kids?"
Club membership is open to all persons 21 years and older. Majority of club trips are restricted to paid-up club members only. Typically one-day bus trips will allow non-members and children (check with the trip leader). Membership fee is $60USD the first year and $45USD to renew annually. You can join at any time in person, at club meetings (or by mail: MEMBERSHIP FORM).
Note: Your annual membership expires on August 31st. New Members & Membership renewals open June 1st each year, and your renewal opportunity runs up till August 31st of each year (you have three months to renew your membership). After August 31st you are joining as a new member [Hint: Renew before August 31st and save money].
2. “How large is the club membership?”
We are the largest ski club in New York State with about 400 members annually. We offer more than just skiing, as we have year round activities.
3. “Why should I (we) join?… What does everyone think about this club?... I’m considering joining, but I would like to know the general consensus?”
Unsolicited Responses From Club Members:
“Membership is $60 the first year. The best $60 you will ever spend. Come to a meeting & check it out for free!"
“If you want to have fun and make new friends than this club is great! The key is to be active (go on the trips) and you will make new friends and ski more than you every dreamed of (this happened to me)... The active members ski more than 25 days and take part in the summer activities as well!”
“I would definitely recommend joining this club! I joined about 4 years ago because my usual skiing friends started doing the marriage/kids thing and it became more difficult to get trips together. The Skidaddlers saved my winters! To me the best part about the club is that it has a very diverse membership - younger/older, white/blue/pink collar, singles/couples, wild/mellower people, day/weekend trips and longer trips to Europe (I haven't even gotten into the summer activities...). So you're bound to find someone to hang out with if you desire, or if you just want to take advantage of the cheap deals with your sweetie, you can do that too.”
“The best thing I ever did to improve my skiing and expand my skiing horizons was to join this club. It also increased the value of my Anheiser Busch stock as well as my Tylenol stock.”
4 “Are the club trips a good value?… What are typical prices?… What’s included in the trips?”
“You can save some big bucks on trips and always have somebody to ski or ride with. How about a week in Aspen including airfare, walk-to-slopes lodging, lift ticket, breakfasts, club parties, taxes, transfers, gratuities, etc. for $895. A lot of the weekend trips include transportation. Stowe Bus Trip is $270 for two days skiing, two nights lodging, two breakfasts and one dinner at a great restaurant. The bus ride is a big party!”
Club Ski Trips mainly fall into the following categories:
What's Typically Included.
Price One-Day Bus Trip
RT Bus, breakfast (muffin – juice –fruit) and lift ticket $40 ~ $60
Two-Day Weekend Drive Up Trip
Lodging (condos or Inn), some meals (breakfast and dinner typically if saving at Inn), party and lift tickets (2-day)
$80 ~ $230
Two-Day Weekend Bus Trip
RT Bus (hero & snacks on the trip up), Lodging, some meals (breakfast and dinner typically if saving at Inn), party and lift tickets (2-day) $250 ~ $330
Three-Day Weekend Bus Trip
RT Bus, Lodging, some meals (breakfast and dinner typically if saving at Inn), party and lift tickets (3-day) $320 ~ $410
Weeklong Trip (Sat. ~ Sat. or Sun. ~ Sun)
Typical US West, Canada or Europe: Airfare, Transfers (RT Bus to resort), Lodging, some meals (depends upon package), parties and lift tickets (5-day) $780 ~ $1600
5. “How large of a group will be on the trip?”
Trips size will depend upon many factors, but the average is ~35 people per trip. Smallest trip I can recall went with 3 people (Mountain Biking) and largest can go as high as 100 (Lake Tahoe or Aspen). Transport (Air or Bus) is often limiting factor to trip size.
6. “What level skiers – boarders will be on the trip?… Will I have anyone at my level (terminal intermediate) to ski with? ”
Most trip will have skiers (and boarders) of all abilities. Hooking up with similar level skiers is fairly easy on the bus trips. On bus trips before arriving at the mountain the trip leader will usually get on the bus intercom to get the “green-blue”, “blue”, “blue-black” and “black” skiers together. For non-bus trips, ask the trip leader for guidance in grouping up. Skiing with fellow club member is important part the club experience and has been incorporated into the club’s motto: “RECREATION WITH SAFETY AND COMPANIONSHIP”
7. “Where are club meetings held?… Were are ski trip meetings held?…Where can I join the club?… Can I sign up for trips at the meeting?”
Our club meetings (held three Wednesday evenings every month at 8:00PM) are free and are open to all (21 years and older). There is no obligation to join so why not stop down and check us out. The Knights of Columbus hall in Deer Park, on Long Island Ave, just East of Deer Park Ave, is where all meetings are held. Specific trip meetings are also held, usually a week or two before the trip, (typically 7:30PM; check with the trip leader for details) at the same location. You can sign up for trips at the club meeting or contact the trip leader to arrange payment by mail. All checks should be made payable to "Suffolk Skidaddlers" and include the trip name - date of trip - on the check. If making payment by mail, please include a note indicating the club member for whom the check payment is being made and please send trip checks to trip leaders ONLY (unless instructed by the skimeister otherwise)!
8. "What if I sign-up for a trip, and later cannot go? ... when are trip payments due?"
Each trip is unique, so read and follow the trip payment schedule and cancellation fees, as shown on the trip flyer, or contact the trip leader if you have questions. If you cancel early, the minimum mandatory cancellation fee is $15.
The travel insurance links provided below, are provided as a courtesy only. Suffolk Skidaddlers Ski Club Inc. is in no manner responsible for the contents of any such linked site and is providing these links merely as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not in any way imply or express affiliation, endorsement or sponsorship by Suffolk Skidaddlers Ski Club Inc.
9. "What if my check is returned by the bank (Bad Check)?"
A mandatory bad check fee of $25 applies to all returned checks, no exceptions!
10. "Can I get bumped from a trip?"
Each trip has payment schedule. If you fail to make payments, you will get bumped off the trip due to non-payment. Do your part by making timely payments directly to the trip leader. DO NOT MAIL CHECKS TO THE CLUB PO BOX. any questions, contact the TL - trip leader.
11. "On drive-up trips, how can I arrange to share a ride?...how do I car pool with other club members?"
It is your responsibility to arrange car pools for trips. The trip leader may aid you, but you are responsible to contact and arrange transportation. Suggest you review the trip list and use your club roster to arrange a shared ride.
2017 - 2018 Club Board
President - John James
1st Vice President - Pete Wenninger
2nd Vice President - Jeff Meyer
Secretary - Donna Leahy
Treasurer - Lynn Finnegan
Members at Large:
Past President - Mark Reindl
Membership - Mary Bartoszek
Newsletter - Need Volunteer
Entertainment - Dolores Goldstein
Financial Assistant - Donna Lawrence