Welcome to the Long Island Cross Country Ski Club’s event calendar where you will find the latest information on our club meetings, ski trips and more!
XC Ski Trip to Lapland Lake
Presidents Weekend Feb. 16-18, 2019
Lapland Lake Nordic Center: http://www.laplandlake.com/cross_country_ski_.htm
This is a long weekend – 2 or 3 night trip, your choice. Lapland Lake is located 4 hours from Eastern NYC (210 miles from NYC). We will be staying at a nearby motel. Lapland is one of the northeast’s top 10 Nordic ski centers. They have 50 KM of groomed trails from beginners to the expert 135 Mile Northville to Lake Placid wilderness trail. They rent classic, skating, and back country skis. Lessons are available.
Location: 139 Lapland Lake Rd, Northville, NY 12134 (Benson on Route 30)
Directions: From NYC & Albany:
Take the NYS Thruway (I-90) heading west (toward Buffalo) to Exit 27 at Amsterdam. Follow Rte. 30 north for 27 miles (3.2 miles north of Northville). Turn left onto the Benson Road (CoHwy 6) for 5.2 miles. At Storer Road turn right and continue 3/4 mile, bearing right
Skill Level: Good for beginners, intermediate, and advanced skiers.
Trip Information: Once you reserve your room at one of the Motels for the number of nights you wish to stay notify me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my home 718-539-3966 or my cell 718-309-9750. Please indicate where and the number of nights you are booked for. There’s no cell reception at Lapland.
The Motels are across the street from each other and about 30 minutes from to Lapland Lake, in Benson. They are 10 minutes from downtown Johnstown where there is a large Price Chopper supermarket with a deli and bakery also several restaurants. We will always meet at Lapland Lake to ski, either individually or in small groups. Dinners are on your own or in informal groups.
Where To Stay:
- Super8 Motel in Johnstown 301 North Comrie Avenue, Johnstown, NY 1209
This hotel in Johnstown, New York offers a daily breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Each room includes a microwave and small fridge for guests’ convenience. Parking is free. Phone: (518) 736-1800
- Holiday Inn in Johnstown 308 North Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY 12095
Feature minifridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, work desks and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. WiFi is complimentary and kids 19 and under stay free with an adult. Amenities include a casual restaurant where kids 12 and under eat free, an outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness room, business center, 4 meeting rooms and a guest laundry. Parking is free. Phone: (518) 762-4686
What To Bring: Snacks and drinks are available at the Lapland Lake snack bar, but bring your own and a day pack to carry them if you plan to be on the trail for several hours.
Johnstown Dinner Places:
- Roma’s Italian Kitchen Address: 219 N Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY 12095Phone:(518) 762-3931
- Union Hall Inn Address: 2 Union Pl, Johnstown, NY 12095 Phone:(518) 762-3210
- Applebee’s Address: 223 N Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY 12095 Phone:(518) 762-1720
Cost To Ski at Lapland Lake: Lapland Lake Rental Rates
Questions? Contact Kenneth Wong , the trip leader, at email@example.com. Cell – 718-309-9750
HUT TO HUT – MAINE WILDERNESS
DATES: Feb 25 – Feb 28, 2019
LOCATION: Trip starts in Greenville, Maine
DESCRIPTION: Bring your sense of adventure! Join us on Maine’s beautiful wilderness trails on your XC skis! Lodging is at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s wilderness cabins, rustic but comfortable and includes 3 meals daily & educational talks at night. Trip will have certified AMC guides leading us, all experts in wilderness skiing & animal tracking, skilled in first aid & medical emergency procedures. Your personal luggage (keep it to 1 reasonable sized bag + sleeping bag) will be transported by AMC.
COST: $733.68, includes 2 guides
TRANSPORTATION: Approximately a 9 hour drive from Long Island
EATING OUT: All meals provided during the actual trip
SKILL LEVEL: Ability to ski at least 6-8 miles daily on varied and hilly terrain. Intermeditate to Advanced level.
SKI RENTALS/LESSONS: Skis could be rented at Northwoods Outfitters (207-6953288) but must be arranged ahead of time, and picked up before February 25th.
LODGING: a) Lyford cabin is typical Maine rustic – pillows/blankets provided. You must bring your own sheets or sleeping bag & towels. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage (alcohol ok). Composting toilets, hot showers & sauna available at central building. No private facilities in cabin. Extensive trails by the cabin. Cabins hold 1-5 persons with combination of double & bunk beds (dorm style). No private rooms. b) Gorman Chairback cabin – “less rustic”. Bed linens/towels included. Cabins for 4 pp with 2 bedrms (1 room queen bed/#2 separate bunk beds). Private bath. Beer & wine is sold. Fewer ski trails but backcountry skiing & snowshoe trails are abundant. Complimentary snowshoes available.
RESERVATIONS: Contact Fay Wong to register for this trip. firstname.lastname@example.org Many of us are staying at the Kineo View Lodge the night prior to the trip: www.kineoview.com
CANCELLATION POLICY: Payment in full is required at the time of registration. For 9 or fewer: Full refund for cancellations made 14 or more days prior to arrival date minus a $10 per person, per night processing fee. No refunds for cancellations made fewer than 14 days prior to arrival date.
QUESTIONS: Contact Fay Wong, trip leader: email@example.com
(Road Scholar Program 20276)
Dates: March 3-8, 2019
Description: This trip is run by Road Scholar. Go to www.RoadScholar.org and then type program number “20276” in the search box to see the details of the trip. Experience some of New England’s finest cross-country skiing in the heart of Vermont’s unspoiled Northeast Kingdom. Spend the week expert instructors developing your Classic style Cross-country skiing technique, otherwise known as Diagonal Stride Technique. This program may be an introduction to cross-country skiing or a refresher course to hone your skills at every ability level. Whether your goal is physical training or exploring Vermont’s scenic treasures, you’ll have extensive options on trails that are wide, expertly maintained and groomed daily for classic and skate ski techniques.
Craftsbury Outdoor Center: 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827. Craftsbury Outdoor Center is located on a quiet dirt road in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont Provides 105k of groomed trails connecting Northeast Kingdom villages, farms, field and forest. To provide a more reliable skiing experience, if Mother Nature doesn’t provide enough snow, Craftsbury has developed its ability to make snow to supplement what nature provides.
Trip Itinerary as presented by Road Scholar:
- DAY 1: Check-in, Dinner, Welcome Orientation
- DAY 2: Group Ski Lessons, Yoga, Artisan Cheeses
- DAY 3: Ski Lesson, Yoga, Live Music and Sing-Along
- DAY 4: Ski Lesson, Feldenkrais Method, Yoga
- DAY 5: Group Ski, Skate Ski or Snowshoeing, Movie Night
- DAY 6: Group Ski, Program Concludes.
Skill Level: Good for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. Note: this trip is especially good for beginner skiers or those new to XC skiing since lessons are provided daily and the ski instructor skis with the group throughout the day.
Food: 14 meals are included (5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners). The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has a strong commitment to serving locally sourced and organic foods. While at the Center, you can enjoy milk, meats, vegetables and other specialty products that are raised and produced throughout Vermont, some within a few miles of the Center. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center also produces many of the vegetables used in the kitchen, in gardens located around the property. Dinner is a catered buffet of home-cooked dishes served family style in our rustic dining hall. Hot entrees, including vegetarian options, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening.
Transportation: Drive (carpool) to Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827.
Cost: Double occupancy $849 pp / Single occupancy $1059 pp. Price includes14 meals are included (5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners), Ski lessons and skiing each day, lodging and daily programs (yoga, movies, wine & cheese)
Registration: There are 11 rooms reserved for the LICCSC but only until October 26. After October 26 any unused rooms get released back to general public. Call Road Scholar 1-800-322-5315/1-800-454-5768 and tell them you are with the Long Island Cross Country Ski Club to reserve your room ASAP with a $100 deposit. Remainder of trip cost due by Jan 3, 2019.
Cancelation Policy: If you cancel….
- Before Nov 3: lose $50
- Nov 3- Jan 6: lose $100
- Jan 6 –Feb 17 : lose $200
- Feb 17 – Mar 2: lose 50%
- After Mar 2: lose 100%
Trip insurance is recommended. Road Scholar offers trip insurance for $79/person double occupancy; $100/person single occupancy.
Questions: Call Kim Schultze 631-897-1001 or firstname.lastname@example.org OR Contact Road Scholar 1-800-322-5315/1-800-454-5768
NOTE: THIS IS PRIMARILY A DOWNHILL SKI TRIP, WITH 37 KM OF GROOMED XC SKI TRAILS AVAILABLE, FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY BOTH SPORTS. IT IS BEING RUN BY THE METROPOLITAN SKI COUNCIL, WHICH LICCSC IS A MEMBER
Sun Peaks BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA ~ March 3-10, 2019 (Sunday – Sunday) Trip Information & Pricing for MNYSC Club Members
Sun Peaks is the second largest ski resort in Canada (behind Whistler Ski Resort) with 4,270 skiable acres of terrain. It has 130+ runs and 2,894 feet of vertical, with a good spread of green, blue, single black and double black trails. An amazing playground for intermediates, with lots of long groomed fall line runs, Sun Peaks is also very good for beginners and advanced skiers/riders, with terrain across multiple mountains. Next to the village is Sundance Mountain which has easy green and blue runs. Mt Tod is the main part of the resort. Behind the village is the north facing Mt Morrisey that has meandering blue runs and a few steep bump runs rated as double black. Skiers’ right off the Burfield boundary are lots of fun trees. A major highlight of Sun Peaks is the Sun Guides hosting program. Other highlights are the distinct lack of crowds and the fact that the Village elevation is only 4,117 feet and the summit elevation is 7,060 feet.
Sun Peaks Village is a European-style, ski-through village filled with quaint shops, cafes, eateries, après ski, bars and nightlife. The layout of the village makes it fuss free to get around. There is a myriad of other activities such as a day spa, dog sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing, horse drawn sleigh rides, Cross Country Skiing, and snowmobile tours. You won’t lose track of your friends, yet there’s more than enough terrain, bars, shops and restaurants to keep everyone entertained for a week.
Sun Peaks Grand Hotel ~ This 4 star property has a convenient ski in/out location in the heart of the village. Guests can enjoy all the full services such as Mantles Restaurant and Lounge, Night Club, Pub, room service, ski valet and Business Centre. Enjoy exclusive use of the health club with an indoor entrance to a heated outdoor pool, 3 hot tubs, well equipped gym, steam room and sauna. The spacious guest rooms are luxuriously appointed, offering one king or two double beds. All rooms have a hair dryer, mini fridge, high speed internet, coffee maker, kettle, iron & ironing board.
• Roundtrip direct air: JFK or EWR to Seattle and bus transfers to/from Sun Peaks (see discussion on page #2)
• Seven nights lodging (double occupancy) ~ Sun Peaks Grand Hotel
• Welcome Reception
• Breakfast Buffet for 5 mornings
• 5 day lift pass valid at Sun Peaks (6th day option)
• First Tracks voucher. Includes $15 meal (valid at Sunburst Mid Station or The Annex restaurant) and a $10 credit voucher at Masas restaurant (alcohol excluded)
• 40% off Alpine Equipment rentals (Standard or High Performance)
• Complimentary guided tours
• MNYSC Banquet Dinner
• Bus Driver Gratuities
• All taxes
PRICE: $1,800 PER PERSON
Trip Leader: JEFF MEYER (631) 471-2129
P. O. Box 303, Lake Grove, NY 11755 (email@example.com).
Price for XC Skiers: Sun Peaks has 38 km of Nordic trails, accessible right from the ski area village. The price of the trip including downhill skiing is $1800, but with the $215 deduction for no lifts, the price is $1585 for anyone cross country skiing.
- Initial Deposit $500
- Second Payment due 9/19 $500
- Third Payment due 11/7 $500
- Final Payment due 12/19 to be determined
- Any Cancellation $15
- From 7/26 – 11/17 Up to $1000
- From 11/18 – 3/3 Up to full amount
- Single Supplement Add $475.00
- No Lifts Deduct $215.00 (fro cross country skiers)
- No Air Deduct $675.00
- Add $45.00 to the package price for 6 day Adult lift tickets
- Deduct $40 from the package price for Senior (65+) lift tickets
- Deduct $5 from package price for 6 day Senior (65+) lift tickets
Trip Insurance (personal purchase) is strongly recommended!
Trip Meeting (at Skidaddlers’ meeting place) ~ February 20th 7:15 pm
Everyone MUST have a valid Passport to return to the US from Canada US Citizens going through a US – Canadian ground crossing can utilize other forms of identification. However, a passport is strongly recommended in the off chance that, for some reason, someone had to fly home from Canada while on the trip. Without a valid passport, flying would not be possible.
Discussion regarding the Air and travel to Sun Peaks via Seattle
Last year the Suffolk Skidaddlers used Air Canada for their trip to Big White, which is in British Columbia, as is Sun Peaks. The group flew from NY (LGA) to Toronto. Upon arrival in Toronto, the group had to go through Canadian Customs, then board a bus to another terminal, and then get to the connecting flight to Kelowna (in BC), followed by a bus ride to the resort. The flight to Toronto was delayed slightly, so they were very pressed for time to make the Kelowna connection. On the return trip, there was a delay in departure from Kelowna and when they arrived in Toronto, 7 out of the 40 people on the plane did not have all of their luggage and were not cleared by US Customs to board the plane from Toronto to NY. Air Canada paid for the hotel lodging that night and the 7 were split up onto two flights home the following day. Several weeks later, another small group taking the same return flight from Kelowna experienced a mechanical delay and missed the connecting flight, again having to spend the night in Toronto, at Air Canada’s expense. Aside from Air Canada’s own issues, we learned that the US Customs office in the Toronto closes at 9 PM, and anyone not cleared by that time cannot board a flight to the US.
Regarding the upcoming ski season, Air Canada has not made any changes to their flight schedules, so there is a definite potential for missed planes and/or luggage. When booking the air portion for this trip, we looked at two options. (1) The flights from NY (LGA) to Toronto, then to Kelowna, and then a 2¾ hours bus ride to Sun Peaks. (2) A non-stop direct flight from JFK (or EWR) to Seattle, and then a bus ride to Sun Peaks, which is approximately 5½ hours. The total travel time for both routes was almost identical. Yes, it is a relatively long bus ride from Seattle, but the chance for lost luggage and/or missing a connection is minimal and a US ~ Canada border crossing on a bus is much easier than in an airport. By comparison, when travelling to Aspen via Denver, the bus ride is 4½ to 5 hours and everyone survives that trip. For anyone wondering about flying from Seattle to Kelowna, those flights utilize 50 – 60 passenger planes and luggage is very limited.
Monthly Club meeting for the Long Island Cross Country Ski Club. This is our LAST meeting of the season. As our ski season is winding down, other clubs are just ramping up for the year – like cycling, kayaking and hiking trips. We will have shot presentation from other clubs featuring these warmer weather sports as well as information on our Annual dinner and summer socials. All Welcome!