(Editorial by Barb L. )
Our two weeklong ski trips to Colorado will be taking us to much higher elevations than we are accustomed to here in the Midwest. The base elevation at Aspen/Snowmass is 8,100 ft. and at Steamboat it is 6,900 ft. Thus, altitude sickness (shortness of breath, nausea, unusual tiredness, headache, difficulty sleeping) could be a problem.There is a prescription (Rx) on the market that can be used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness. Some of our club members have used this Rx successfully in the past. But, you need to see your doctor first to get it. The name of the Rx is Diamox (generic drug is Acetazolamide) and it is a prescription drug which prevents the unpleasant symptoms of altitude sickness for many people who may be exceptionally prone to it. This drug allows you to breathe faster so that you metabolize more oxygen, thereby minimizing the symptoms caused by poor oxygenation. Experience suggests a small dose can be effective, i.e., 125 mg. twice a day, beginning 2-3 days before your arrival to a high altitude and 2-3 days after your arrival. This drug should not be taken by people who are allergic to sulfa drugs. Discuss its use and possible minor side effects (tingling sensations, altered taste, increased urination) with your doctor. See your doctor now to get your Rx if you need to ward off altitude sickness.
Other ways to decrease the effects of high altitude include drinking plenty of water, eating foods which are high in carbohydrates, reducing alcohol and caffeine intake, and using less salt. Using these measures and taking the Rx, if needed, should maximize your time on the slopes. Please give Barb L. a call if you have any questions.
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A Few Words About Air Travel
(Editorial by Dave Kiefner)
There are aspects of travel that we don't control. If the price of aviation fuel soars, we may get hit with a fuel surcharge. This could happen at any time, even right at the airport check-in counter. Bring a credit card with you just in case. If your luggage is one pound overweight expect to pay $50 or $100 (keep that card handy), or have a back-up plan (room in your carry-on or a friend with room in their bag). If the airline decides that your suitcase is bag number 1, and your boot bag is bag number 2, then you will have to pay for your skis in bag number 3. And who knows how much that could be in January. It may help if you belong to the airlines' frequent flier club. Telling them that you are with the Joliet Ski Club, and have already paid for your trip, will only result in hysterical laughter. What we can do is inform you of the airline we have been assigned, and closer to travel dates we should have more concrete information.
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And now a word about bus quotes and trip pricing
(Editorial by Dave Kiefner)
Bus quotes have gone up and fuel is one of the main reasons. But since the cost of diesel has been elevated for a while, we are seeing high prices, but we are less likely to have surcharges tacked on later. However, my spies have been reporting that all across America travel is down. We may have prices for trips in the October newsletter. We are using all of our guile and experience to fight the good fight so we can have more skiers on our trips.
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(Editorial by Barb Lewandowski)
Trip insurance is something you might want to consider for a weeklong ski trip. This is especially important for those of you going on the Whistler Blackcomb trip as we will be in Vancouver, Canada, making this an international trip. The primary purpose for carrying trip insurance is for trip cancellation coverage for illness or injury to yourself which would prevent you from taking the trip and for providing medical coverage while on the trip. Most folks don’t know this, but if you need medical assistance while outside of the U.S. (like while on a ski trip), many health insurance providers, while saying that you will be covered for medical expenses, will not pay your hospital bill until after you return to the U.S. Thus, if you are hospitalized while on a ski trip outside of the U.S., you will have to pay your hospital bill out of your own pocket while on the trip in order to get released from a non-U.S. hospital and then you will have to get reimbursed from your health insurance provider when you return to the states. That’s why having trip insurance that carries medical coverage would be a good idea.
I am not coordinating the purchase of group trip insurance for any of our travelers, but plan to purchase it on my own for both of our weeklong trips as I have done in the past. It is very reasonably priced. If you wish to purchase trip insurance on your own, you are more than welcome to contact the following organizations to do so or purchase it through whatever travel broker you wish:
- Travel Guard’s Club Travel Plan, phone: 800/208-6173; refer to Product Number 008058 P1 7/10 (for the Park City trip).
A Passport is required for this trip out of the United States.
Note: A single criminal conviction, no matter how minor or how long ago, is grounds for exclusion from Canada, meaning you will not be allowed entry into that country. If you have such a conviction on your record, please contact an attorney for legal advice to obtain the necessary documentation which will be required for entry into Canada before signing up for this trip.
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