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man in the sunASPEN/SNOWMASS,


FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 2, 2019

 !!! DONE !!!



Joliet has fourteen spots reserved:

The prices on this trip have been reduced by $50 since we will be flying on Southwest Air. The new prices:

Price single adult: $2000; extra ski day w/ 35 day advance notice $71

Senior price (65+ as of 22 Feb.’19): $1930; extra day ski w/ 35 day notice $57 Adult non skier or with IKON Pass: $1730, Senior 65+ with IKON Pass: $1660.

Price includes:

Round Trip Air on Southwest or United into Denver (Air into Aspen available at extra cost) Round Trip Bus Transport (Colorado)

A five out of six day lift ticket (Aspen/Ajax, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass)

Welcome Reception, Mountain Tours, One Mountain Lunch, NASTAR, Pub Crawl, Two Après Ski Parties, a Banquet Dinner with Music and Dancing, CMSC Event Credential
Seven Nights Lodging at The Gant based on multiple occupancy (3 bedroom/3 bath Condo, we have one reserved, and 2 bedroom/2 bath Condo, we have two units reserved.)
The condos have a full kitchen, fireplace, balcony/patio, Concierge, valet, bell service, and shuttle service 7am - 11pm. There are two outdoor heated pools, three outdoor hot tubs, and a fitness center. The Gant is located two blocks from downtown Aspen and Silver Queen Gondola, nightlife, and restaurants.

There is a $400 Deposit to place your name on the list, then payments, with amounts depending on the price you pay,


Payments Schedule:

 $400.00 – Due Sign Up, 2018    $000.00 – Due October, 2018   $000.00 – Due November, 2018    Balance – Due December, 2018

A CMSC Waiver and Information sheet required. Travel Insurance is also available.

Payments are taken at all meetings, as we would really love to see you, or can be mailed to PO Box 2542, Joliet, IL 60434-2542.

• Checks made payable to Joliet Ski Club
• Note Aspen CMSC on the memo line.
• One trip per check.  Payment may include all in your party.


ASPEN/SNOWMASS, COLORADO Trip Report!!! by Jim Boisso

  FEBRUARY 23  -  MARCH 2, 2019


Friday 22 February our six skiers tried to check into Southwest Air on the computer to confirm our travel and get a boarding number, as you may
know they do not assign seats, just first come / first served. The login number we were given only worked for
the trip leader, who was one of fifteen names none of the rest of our club.

After several phone calls and a twenty five minute call back wait we had the problem solved. Saturday was another early start with an additional 45 minute late gate departure, several of the other council people did not get luggage and/or skis. Most of us grabbed a sandwich when the bus stopped in Denver for groceries and libations. A five hour bus ride Gant has its own shuttle to take you anywhere in town including the bus transfer station to all the hills. 

Sunday was partly cloudy with a temp of 32 on the hill, no winds of any matter. All of the club skiers ventured out to Ajax or Aspen Mountain as it is now called, skied the blues for a warm up at the 11,600 altitude. Everyone was done by 2pm and skied down to the base of the gondola and called for our shuttle. Jim one that would, could, do a repair on Jim's boot, the 'Surefoot' minutes and only charged have a part for it. Jim will return later in the week and make a real purchase, need new ski socks.Three of our condo tried to find the hot tub that was located behind our unit's building, following the signs was very confusing,one pointed up, another down, one left and one around the corner.  After some wondering we finally found the gate on the second floor with it's own sign. Now we can show the others the simple way without the signs. Supper was at the Hickory House BBQ Pit on Main street, what a selection of food, how to decide. This turned out to be our first waiter who brought us one bill for seven people, even though we specifically asked for five separate checks.

Monday the council has set up NASTAR racing and a picnic lunch at Snowmass for all clubs. Mrs. Westphal came in third in her age group and had a time difference between runs of 0.16 seconds, placing her at second split time over all skiers 69 in total and winning her a bronze medal. Rich Czimer took third in his age group receiving a bronze with a split time difference of 0.58 seconds between runs 18 out of 52. Yours truly bettered his second run by 1.75 seconds but no medal place.Ron Dewey being a non-skier this trip was brought up by snowmobile along with three other non-skiers, all had a very bumpy ride to the picnic. Skied the remainder of the day on several runs we had not travel in the morning with the idea of returning later in the week. Supper was consumed at Brunelleschi's Italian in town, before the pub crawl started, it was offered to all late owl club members.

Tuesday found us skiing the blues of Buttermilk, great snow conditions, temps in the low 30's, not a lot of people to contend with, and very easy to get around. Slight over cast, no real winds, but a great day of just cruising. Jim and Salle Rorie took the day off, cruised the town. We all decided to not go out for supper because we are taking tomorrow as a non-ski day. Don't need to refuel.

Wednesday five went to a late breakfast at the Hickory House, great meal, almost too much to eat. Our second one ticket serves all, again asked for separate checks. Spent about two and a half hours roaming thru town and the shops that were within our price range. Did go into a few art galleries to see what we did not need hanging on our walls, or blocking our entry foyers, still it's nice to get some views of peoples' artistic talents. Posed for some photos at different locations, with different backgrounds for our official photographer, Barb W. Jim and Salle spend their day at Snowmass. In the evening we ventured off to 'Mi Chola' Mexican restaurant to meet up with Steve and Brenda Alberico, Brent Radomski, and Diane Barsanti, a friend of Steve and Brenda. We were served by another waiter does not under stand separate checks for couples and individuals.

 Thursday Barry, Barb, Rich, Steve, Brenda, and Jim B. all skied the gondola and Big Burn chair areas at Snowmass. Jim and Salle skied Buttermilk for the first time, were very pleased with it's slopes. Weather was partly cloudy, with the midday temps reaching upper thirties but still feeling cool. We parted company mid afternoon with plans to met up Friday morning at Snowmass again. Ron and Brent got together in the late morning and roamed the town. Brent's feet were giving him problems from two months in tight boots, they ended up back at the condo lobby the same time we got off the bus, so we sent Brent back on our shuttle where he could grab the town shuttle to 4th Street Stop close to his condo. The council's banquet was set for this evening a Buttermilk's base lodge. The NASTAR awards were handed out at this time along with each clubs race results. Each person got two drink tickets, a waiter served meal, and dancing after all the speeches. As the early birds were leaving the sky's were threatening snow, Com' on Baby!

Friday we awoke to five inches of fresh light snow at the condo, with ten inches reported on the mountain. Rich and Jim B. met Steve, Brenda, and Diane at Snowmass. Diane knew the mountain recommending we head off to Campground chair believing most of the skiers would not venture too far from the main lifts. We skied four runs in boot to knee high fresh powder, in some places finding untracked snow. After two hours of beautiful chin pounding, Rich and Jim decided to ski out and save our legs for another day. The remaining three Coloradans stopped for lunch and more adventures. Skiing back to the Silver Creek chair area we found all the remaining skiers, the snow was skier packed and you literally had to ski the people not the run, brings back old memories of weekends at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin.

Saturday our bus left at 8:15 with a four hour ride to Denver. Some snow starting ten miles prior to Vail Pass and continuing until after Loveland. We just missed the chain-upnotice by a few minutes, which made our driver very happy. We picked up a state worker who was headed to Dillon, saved the state the release of a truck and two people,he was returning with a plow. Arrived with plenty of time to check in and find a meal.  We loaded on time but had to wait for maintenance to sign off on some matter then got into line for de-icing, first in line for take off. The storm that missed northern Illinois gave us an hour and fifty minute boost home to Midway. Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and the Highlands are a great variety of ski experiences. If you have not been, put it on your bucket list, if you have figure it's worth repeating. Anytime not spent at work or lounging around must be spent doing what puts a smile on your face, memories in your heart, and a yearning in your soul, no matter what form the experience takes!




Let your body adjust, don’t over do it first few days. Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and caffeine. Diamox can be take two days prior.
SYMTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS: usually in first few days: feels like hangover, dizzy, headaches, muscle aches, nausea, trouble sleeping.
TREAT ALTITUDE SICKNESS: Drink plenty of water during the entire day. Peppermint tea, licorice, lemon raw, ginger.