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Gunflint Minnesota – New Years Eve 2018
DATES: December 29, 2017 – January 3, 2018
- You can adjust dates of stay to meet your needs. There is a 3 night minimum over this holiday weekend.
LOCATION: Grand Marais, Minnesota, on the shore of Lake Superior
DESCRIPTION: This is a cross country ski trip to a remote and pristine resort, located in north eastern Minnesota, where there is more wildlife than people! We will be staying in the cabins at the Gunflint Lodge. In addition to skiing, the resort offers (depending on snow conditions) dog sledding, ice fishing, star gazing, wild life observation, snow shoeing, guided naturalist activities, snowmobiling and massage. Gunflint has 50 km of groomed trails. Bearskin Lodge is 15 miles away and offers 75 km of groomed trails.
COST: Cost per night for double occupancy is $279, including breakfast. Its $35 extra per night per person sharing the cabin. Airline flight on Delta is $446 round trip. We will be renting cars for the 3 hour drive from Duluth Airport to Gunflint Lodge, cost will be divided up per person. There is a $12 daily trail fee at Gunflint, $18 daily fee at Bearskin.
AIRLINES: Seven of us are booked on the following Delta flights:
1919 – Laguardia to Minneapolis (MSP)
4573 – MSP to Duluth (DLH)
4131 – DLH to MSP
2269 – MSP to LGA
TRANSPORTATION: Flight from LaGuardia to Duluth, MN. Car rental to Gunflint Lodge and return.
EATING OUT: Breakfast is included in the price of the cabin rental. Cabins have a kitchen, so we can stop on the drive up to pick up lunch food, snacks, party stuff, etc. Gunflint has a restaurant in the main lodge which serves breakfast, lunch and dinners. Bearskin has facilities for soup and chili. There are several local restaurants in the area as well.
SKILL LEVEL: Good for beginners, intermediates and advanced. They have both classic and skate skiing available.
SKI RENTALS/LESSONS: Skis, boots and snowshoes are provided free of charge, however they are very basic. The recommendation is to bring your own equipment if you prefer a higher end ski.
LODGING: Cabins at Gunflint Lodge are equipped with kitchens and fireplaces (wood is provided). Cabins are still available for this time frame.
RESERVATIONS: Notify Regina Giglio 631-822-5562 or Ronnie Levy 631-455-4251 if you are intending to go. Call Gunflint Lodge 800-328-3325 to book your cabin. Let them know you are with the ‘Giglio Group”.
CANCELLATION POLICY: $500 deposit is due at time of booking. Deposit is refundable, minus $50 up to 30 days prior to arrival. Less than 30 days, deposit is forfeited. Airline tickets are nonrefundable.
QUESTIONS: Call Regina 631-882-5562 or Ronnie 631-455-4251
Martin Luther King Weekend Trip to Lake Placid, New York
Description: This is a joint trip with the Sierra Club and is our only bus trip (No driving required!). There are BOTH cross country and downhill skiing options available on this trip. Members, non-members, couples, singles, people of all ages – join us for a fun-filled extended weekend to the Lake Placid, NY. We will be staying at the North Woods Hotel on Main Street in the heart of Lake Placid. This boutique hotel is in the heart of the town of Lake Placid and keeps you close to all the attractions. The town of Lake Placid is very charming and walkable with an abundance of shopping and dining options, all just an elevator ride from your guest room. Lake Placid is home to the 1932 and 1980 winter Olympics and offers an abundance of things to do including:
- Olympic Center (1980 Herb Brooks Arena) with 2 ice skating rinks
- Whiteface Mountain
- U.S. Olympic Museum
- High Falls Gorge
- Two X-Country Ski Centers
- Miles of trails to snowshoe
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING: There are two full service cross country ski centers: Mt. Van Hoevenberg and Cascade Cross country Ski Center offering 70K of groomed cross country trails with beautiful scenery. Both XC centers offer ski rentals, sales and lessons and both locations have a small restaurant. The XC ski trails connect between the two trail systems so XC trail passes can be purchased for one or the other location or you can get a “combined” pass. Our bus will take people once a day to/from the cross country centers.
ALPINE SKIING: Whiteface Mountain is the home to the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, with 86 trails stretching over 22 miles and encompassing three peaks! The mountain offers something for everyone with green trails to advanced runs. There is a public shuttle that runs between the hotels and Whiteface to get you to/from the Mountain each day.
Skill Level: Good for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers.
Transportation: Bus departs Bethpage Golf Course Friday at 11am. Returns late Monday night.
Cost: Double occupancy $464 pp / Single occupancy $714 pp. Price includes bus transportation up and back + 3 nights. lodging in a room with 1 or 2 beds & a private bath + 3 hot breakfasts + taxes and gratuities Bus driver gratuity will be collected on the way home.
Registration: Deposit of $200 due by November 22, 2017. Make your check out to “Sierra Club L.I. Group”. Mail check with a stamped self-addressed business envelope and your phone number to True Hampton, 26 Revere Rd., Port Washington, NY 11015. Balance is due by December 12th. Send your deposit quickly and invite your friends and family. We must have 30 deposits by November 22nd or the trip will be canceled and your deposit refunded.
Questions: Call True Hampton (516-835-7689) or Jane Fasullo (631-689-1568).
Mount St. Anne, Quebec 2018
Dates: Sunday, January 28th – Friday February 2nd, 2018
Location: Mount Sainte Anne Nordic Center http://mont-sainte-anne.com/en/winter/cross-country-ski-center/
Description: Mont-Sainte-Anne Cross-country Ski Center features 200 km of perfectly groomed trails with warming huts, including a 191 km network for skating stride. It is considered to be the largest cross country ski center east of Royal Gorge. It is nestled in the beautiful scenery of the Laurentian forest. There is skiing for all levels of skiing ability. There are also 7 warming huts along the various trails and are suitable for lunches and rest stops. A normal winter for the area provides close to 400cm (157”) of snow. Quebec is about a 30 min drive from our hotel. The Quebec Winter Carnival takes place while we are there. Lots of fun activities at the Carnival. For more information about the Quebec Winter Carnival go to: http://carnaval.qc.ca/en/
Cost to Ski: To be determined as new rates have not yet been posted.
Skill Level: Good for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers.
Ski Rentals/Lessons: Available at ski center
Hotel: We will be staying at Chateau Mount Sainte Anne, 500, boulevard du Beau-Pré, Beaupré (Québec) G0A 1E0, Canada. 1-800-463-4467. Each room has two Queen sized beds, a small kitchenette with dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, a microwave, three burner stove and a small frig. There is also WIFI, a full service Spa at the hotel, games room, small cinema, indoor pool and outdoor hot tubs and fitness center with sauna. The hotel is located just minutes from the cross country ski center by car. To get to the hotel some people drive (10+ hours) while others fly. If you are flying you will fly into Quebec Airport and either rent a car or take a taxi to the hotel. If you are driving let us know if you would like to car pool with others who are driving
Cost (Rates in Canadian $):
- SINGLE or DOUBLE Occupancy: $129.00 per room/night. ($153.50 Taxes included.) Gratuities not included.
ROOM WITH FULL BUFFET BREAKFAST:
- SINGLE Occupancy: $142.80 per person/night (157.03 x 5 =785.15 Tax and Gratuities included
- DOUBLE Occupancy: $78.30 per person/night ($185.24 x 5 nights $926.20 Tax and Gratuities included
- .TRIPLE Occupancy: $61.80 per person per night (218.94 x 5 nights 1094.70) Tax and Gratuities included
DEPOSIT: 50% at the time of booking.
Food: There are two restaurants at the hotel. There are other restaurants off site – Pubs/Bistros that we explored just a 2 minute drive from the hotel and we will try to seek out other places as well before the trip. All restaurants will accommodate Gluten Free and Vegetarians. On the main road (Ste Anne Blvd) you will also find a large grocery store, a liquor store and pharmacy. Lunches are not available at the Ski Center during the week so it is wise to stock up on food for lunch that can be stored in the refrigerator in your rooms.
For Reservations: Contact the hotel at 1-800-463-4467. You must mention that you are a member of the Long Island Ski Club. For pictures and more information about the resort go to: www.chateaumsa.com. Check-in Time: 4:00 PM and Check Out Time: 12:00 PM
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your reservation within 7 days of arrival you will pay for one night’s stay. (Last day to cancel with no penalty would be Sunday, January 21st) If you cancel outside the 7 day limit there will be no penalty.
Questions? Any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact trip leaders Rolande and Brian Catchpaugh, email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 450-539-1685. Please let Brian & Rolande know after you make your reservation.
Windblown, NH – 2018 President’s Weekend
Dates: Friday, February 16th – Monday, February 19th.
Location: Windblown Cross Country Ski Area, 1180 Turnpike Rd, New Ipswich, NH 03071
Description: Back by popular demand! Windblown has been southern New Hampshire’s Premier Cross Country Ski Area. Since 1972 skiers from all over New England have been returning each year to ski their favorite trails at Windblown. Here in what Thoreau called “The Front Range”, on the beautiful high terrain at the gateway to the Monadnock Region, you will find 40 kilometers of trails with a variety to please every member of your family. They provide exceptional grooming, the highest quality rental skis and snowshoes, and a family-friendly handcrafted Base Lodge with healthy food and pleasant wood-heated spaces.
Hotel: We will be staying at the Jack Daniels Motor Inn (80 Concord St, Peterborough, NH 03458). It’s a very nice motel and they are working with us on the price and holding 10 rooms for us until January 16th. If you don’t reserve by January 16th the rooms will be released and then it is catch as catch can. It’s a small motel so they do not have a lot of availability. The Jack Daniels Motor Inn is less than 20 minutes from Windblown. Based on last year’s response, this should fill quickly. Please note that once our block of 10 is sold out, like they were last year, you can only reserve if others haven’t taken the motel’s remaining rooms. If you wait, you will be too late.
Room Amenities include:
- Wifi high speed internet access at no charge
- Complimentary coffee, tea, juice, muffins & breads for breakfast
- Micro fridge/freeze/microwave in all rooms
- Complimentary visits at a nearby Health & Fitness club
In addition to our rooms, the hotel also rents out a house a very short distance away. The house includes a master bedroom with a king size bed, two additional bedrooms with one queen size bed each, a living room (perfect for playing Rummy Kube) with 2 twin fold up beds, 2 ½ bathrooms (one of which includes a bath tub) and a kitchen. The owners of the hotel are willing to let us use the house at a very reasonable rate. There is a 3 person minimum and the latest that you can cancel your reservation without a penalty is January 16th.
Rate: $89.00 per room plus tax with a 2 night minimum (same as the past 3 years). This is for single or double occupancy. An additional charge of $10.00 per person will be applied to third and fourth people per room.
Reservations: To reserve a room, call 603-924-7548 and say that you are with the Long Island Cross Country Ski Club. Because this is a special rate you cannot make reservations by computer. After you have made your reservation please contact Andy Suntup at email@example.com or 802-857-5383. Also, please let me know if you decide to cancel.
Sill Level: Good for Beginner, Intermediate and advances skiers
Cost to ski: Skiing at Windblown is approximately $18 per day and $16 for seniors. If we have at least 12 people the price is reduced by $2 per day. Just tell them when you pay that you are with the Long Island Cross Country Ski Club. (They might be raising the rate slightly this year but won’t decide until sometime in November. It won’t be much however.)
Cancellation Deadline: 72 hours (2pm Tuesday, February 13, 2018). If cancelled before then you will get a full refund. If after that time, you will lose one night’s cost plus tax taken from the credit card on file.
Questions: Contact Andy Suntup at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-857-5383