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Ski & Snowboard Weekend Trip! – 20s & 30s Going Out Group

 

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Let’s get together for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding!

Skiing and snowboarding in the Mid-Atlantic has been hit-or-miss lately. For the same total travel time (for good slopes) and a little extra total cost, let’s take a trip north for the best skiing and snowboarding on the east coast! I’ve made special arrangements for our group for a full weekend of skiing / snowboarding at Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Maine. With a 4.7 rating on Google Reviews, it is the second largest ski resort (skiable area) east of the Mississippi and snow-making percentage (95%). It has the 2nd longest vertical drop in New England of 2,820 feet (~twice that of the longest in the Mid-Atlantic). It is also Maine’s 2nd highest peak at 4,237 feet and offers the only lift-serviced above-treeline skiing and snowboarding in the east. With a winter ski and snowboard season that starts in November and goes until May, February is the peak time to visit.

Lift tickets, equipment rental, and lodging at Sugarloaf are less expensive than good resorts in the Mid-Atlantic and flights are quick and reasonably priced (see the “Flights & Airport Transfer” section for full details)… for an overall cost not much more (and with the same overall travel time!). Our ski and snowboard trip last year was a blast!

(Group photo)

LODGING

I’ve reserved for us a block of 5 bedroom, 2 or 3 bath condos at Mountainside condos located on the east side of the resort. These quintessential Sugarloaf properties are a perennial favorite for those looking for direct ski-in / ski-out access or for a quick shuttle ride to the Village. Mountainside condominiums offer cozy accommodations nestled along the Buckboard and Stub’s Glade trails with easy access to the Whiffletree chairlift.

(Mountainside condo*)

Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen that includes coffee maker, toaster, microwave, range, and refrigerator; woodstove or fireplace; cable TV and DVD player; complimentary use of the Sugarloaf Sports & Fitness Center (with indoor / outdoor hot tubs!); ski locker and deck; free shuttle service throughout the resort; and free parking! Rooms are ready for checkin at 4pm.

(Mountainside condo living area*)

Note we will attempt to assign same sex to one condo unit where possible. There may be instances where some condo units will be co-ed due to imbalance in gender signups. Each bedroom within each condo unit will be the same sex, unless you are a couple.

(Mountainside condo bedroom*)

FRIDAY ITINERARY

We’ll check-in Friday. Go to the Check-in Center (no. 40 on this map) to get directions to your unit. Then you’ll come to my room (TBA) from 8pm – midnight so that I can give you your keys, lift tickets, rental forms, lesson tickets, specific-colored ribbon to tie to the back of your helmet or hat (so we can all identify each other on the slopes), etc. If you arrive at the resort after midnight, please go to Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel (5092 Access Rd, Carrabassett Valley, ME) to get your condo unit key, and meet me at Narrow Gauge Cafe (no. 13 on this map) for breakfast Saturday morning at 9am… I’ll give you everything you need then). When you arrive, feel free to go enjoy the shops, restaurants, Sport & Fitness Center, Anti-Gravity Complex, or the awesome hot tubs (they close at 7pm) on our own! Each condo includes a few free parking spots right at the unit. Free overflow parking is also available (lots E and F on this map).

(Group dinner)

If you wish to arrive early on Friday to get an early jump on skiing / snowboarding, please let me know your ETA. I’ll give the Check-in Center a heads up, so that they can give you everything you need to go down the slopes. You can park in one of the day parking lots (lots C, D, E, F on this map) and go to the Base Lodge (no. 19 on this map) to suit up. Rooms are ready for checkin at 4pm.

(Pre-bar gathering)

SATURDAY ITINERARY

Saturday morning at 9am, we’ll get together for breakfast at Narrow Gauge Cafe (no. 13 on this map). All meal costs are on our own. If you wish to get an earlier jump on the day, by all means, please do (lifts open at 8:30am). If you rented equipment, please take your rental form to the Ski & Snowboard Rental Shop (no. 16 on this map) to pick up your equipment. If you signed up for group lessons, you’ll meet at the Adult Perfect Turn Hut (no. 1 on this map) located above the Base Lodge at 10:30am or 1:15pm. If you signed up for the beginner package, you’ll meet at the Ski & Snowboard Rental Shop (no. 16 on this map) located on the top floor of the Base Lodge at 10:30am or 1:15pm.

  • At 1pm, I’d like to do a group photo right outside the Base Lodge (no. 19 on this map) at the flagpoles with our ski / snowboard gear on.
  • At 5pm, let’s go to the hot tub at the Sports & Fitness Center (no. 37 on this map) for a nice steaming soak after a fun day of skiing and snowboarding!
  • At 7pm, if you’d like to join us for dinner, let’s meet at Sports & Fitness Cafe (no. 51 on this map)
  • At 9:30pm, we’ll meet at my condo unit (TBA) for some pre-game activity before heading out at 10:30pm to The Rack for a night of music, drinks, mingling, and fun (there may be a $5 – 10 cover charge depending on if a popular band / DJ is performing). The Rack features a full bar, live entertainment, and is co-owned by two-time Olympic gold medalist, Seth Wescott!

SUNDAY ITINERARY

Sunday morning we’ll do it all over again at Narrow Gauge Cafe at 9am! Again, if you wish to get an earlier jump on the day, by all means, please do (lifts open at 8:30am). Check out time is 11am, so be sure to return your keys to the “Check-in Center” (no. 40 on this map), and put your bags in your cars before you hit the slopes.

TRIP OPTIONS

Select lodging, lift ticket, rental equipment, lessons, tubing, and dinner options below (NOTE: you must choose at least one of the sleeping options to join this trip).

  • Double Occupancy Lodging (per person sharing bedroom with 1 other and possibly queen bed with one another) — Retail price is $206 for both nights (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 23% off @ $159 per person for both nights. If you have a preference for a roommate, please let me know full first and last name. Otherwise, I will assign a roommate to you. Twin, bunk, and queen bed configurations available. Price goes up to $169 per person for both nights after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $179 per person for both nights after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • Single Occupancy Lodging (your own bedroom) — Retail price is $412 for both nights (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 23% off @ $318 for both nights ($159 per night). Price goes up to $338 for both nights after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $358 for both nights after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • Triple Occupancy Lodging (per person sharing bedroom with 2 others and possibly queen bed with another) — $133 for both nights (taxes and fees included) per person. Price goes up to $143 per person for both nights after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $153 per person for both nights after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • Quadruple Occupancy Lodging (per person sharing bedroom with 3 others and possibly queen bed with another) — $119 for both nights (taxes and fees included) per person. Price goes up to $129 per person for both nights after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $139 per person for both nights after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • 1-Day Lift Ticket Option (Sat.) — Retail price is $99 per day (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 32% off @ $67 per day. Price goes up to $72 per day after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $78 per day after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • 2-Day Day Lift Ticket Option (Sat. & Sun.) — Retail price is $189 for 2 days (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 32% off @ $129 for 2 days. Price goes up to $139 for 2 days after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $148 for 2 days after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • 3-Day Lift Ticket Option (Fri. Sat. & Sun.) — Retail price is $259 for 3 days (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 32% off @ $180 for 3 days. Price goes up to $190 for 3 days after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $199 for 3 days after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • 1-Day Ski or Snowboard Rental Option (Sat.) — Includes boots, poles, and skis (ski rental); or boots and board (snowboard rental). Retail price is $45 per day (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 16% off @ $38 per day. Price goes up to $40 per day after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $43 per day after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • 2-Day Ski or Snowboard Rental Option (Sat. & Sun.) — Includes boots, poles, and skis (ski rental); or boots and board (snowboard rental). Retail price is $90 for 2 days (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 16% off @ $75 for 2 days. Price goes up to $80 for 2 days after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $85 for 2 days after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • 3-Day Ski or Snowboard Rental Option (Fri. Sat. & Sun.) — Includes boots, poles, and skis (ski rental); or boots, and board (snowboard rental). Retail price is $135 for 3 days (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 16% off @ $113 for 3 days. Price goes up to $120 for 3 days after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $128 for 3 days after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • 1-Day Ski or Snowboard Beginner Package Option (Sat.) — Includes everything you need to get started skiing or snowboarding. Your coach will help you get fitted for rental equipment before your 90 minute lesson, then you’ll explore the lower mountain terrain at your own pace. Includes rental equipment, a lesson, and a lift ticket for the lower mountain. Retail price is $99 (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 16% off @ $83. Price goes up to $88 after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $94 after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • 2-Day Ski or Snowboard Beginner Package Option (Sat. & Sun.) — Includes everything you need to get started skiing or snowboarding. Your coach will help you get fitted for rental equipment before your 90 minute lesson, then you’ll explore the lower mountain terrain at your own pace. Includes rental equipment, a lesson, and a lift ticket for the lower mountain. Retail price is $198 (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 16% off @ $165. Price goes up to $176 after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $187 after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • 3-Day Ski or Snowboard Beginner Package Option (Fri. Sat. & Sun.) — Includes everything you need to get started skiing or snowboarding. Your coach will help you get fitted for rental equipment before your 90 minute lesson, then you’ll explore the lower mountain terrain at your own pace. Includes rental equipment, a lesson, and a lift ticket for the lower mountain. Retail price is $297 (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is 16% off @ $248. Price goes up to $264 after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $281 after Sun. Jan. 20th.
  • Ski or Snowboard Group Lesson Option (Sat.) — 90 minute lessons for skiers and snowboarders who can ride a chairlift, stop, and turn. Groups will be divided into three levels based on ability. Retail price is $39 (taxes and fees included) per person. Our price is $35. Price goes up to $36 per person after Sun. Dec. 30th, and then again to $38 per person after Sun. Jan. 20th.

I’ll send an email out to the yes RSVPs with my cell no. first thing in the morning on the day of our event. Please check your spam folder and make sure your email account (the one associated with your Meetup profile) and Meetup account settings allow for you to always receive messages from the organizer.

The first 15 paid sign-ups, or those who pay by Sun. Dec. 30th (whichever comes first) get the early-bird price! After that, prices will go up, and then again after Sun. Jan. 20th. We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting.

Tell your friends, come join us, and let’s get together for a great weekend of skiing, snowboarding, new friends, and outdoor fun!

See you there!

– J.T.

* Pictures shown are representative. Actual unit may differ.

CARPOOLING

If you’d like to carpool with others from the airport, I suggest posting in the comment box. Likewise, if you secured a rental car and can offer a ride, please also post in the comment box with number of people you can accommodate and at what time.

FLIGHTS & AIRPORT TRANSFER

When buying your air ticket, make sure it arrives on Fri. Feb. 8th and departs on Sun. Feb. 10th. I typically use Momondo to search for flights and rental cars with success. Also, please see here for recommendations on when best to buy your airplane ticket… https://cnb.cx/AG1h3h. Note that I have had mixed results following these general rules of thumb in the past.

The following are the closest airports to the ski resort: (1) Portland International Jetport (airport code PWM) located in Portland, Maine. It’s a ~1.5 hour nonstop flight from DC and costs ~$200 – $250 (as of the time that I posted and announced this event). To get to the ski resort from the airport, rental car companies available include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. Cost is ~$50 per day; travel time is ~2.5 hours (~120 miles). (2) Boston – Logan International Airport (airport code BOS) located in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s a ~1.5 hour nonstop flight from DC and costs ~$100 – $150 (as of the time that I posted and announced this event). To get to the ski resort from the airport, rental cars companies available include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E-Z Rent-a-Car, Hertz, National, Payless, Thrifty, and Zipcar. Cost is ~$50 per day; travel time is ~4 hours (~220 miles). (3) Bangor International Airport (airport code BGR) located in Bangor, Maine. It’s a ~2 hour nonstop flight from DC and costs ~$200 – $250 (as of the time that I posted and announced this event). To get to the ski resort from the airport, rental cars companies available include Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Hertz. Cost is ~$40 per day; travel time is ~2 hours (~100 miles).

ATTENDEE INFORMATION

Please send me a message (through my Meetup profile) with the following information as soon as you’ve secured your spot by making payment (1) Do you have a preferred roommate? If so, please provide full first and last name. If not, we will assign you one (of the same sex). (2) To help us assign roommates and cabins, please provide your sex and sex of any guests (3) If you are renting equipment, what would you like to rent (skis or snowboard)? (4) If you are taking lessons, which lessons would you like, ski or snowboard? (5) To help reconcile Meetup profiles with payments, what is your full name as listed on the credit card or PayPal account used to make payment? (6) If you purchased a 3-day lift ticket or 3-day rental equipment, please provide your ETA on Fri. Feb. 8th (7) If you are securing double, triple, or quadruple occupancy, do you prefer a twin, bunk, or queen bed configuration? (I’ll do my best to accommodate your preference) (8) Arrival flight airline, number, and landing date / time

PAYMENT

PayPal account not required. Please follow the steps below (if payment by smartphone doesn’t work, please try your computer). Your RSVP is not guaranteed without payment, and your email receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment (please check your spam folder and email settings). You can also log into your PayPal or credit card account online to verify payment. Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out. Our events do sell out, so I recommend you secure your spot online early. If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price displayed without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.

  1. Select “Yes” (checkmark)
  2. Enter the number of guests coming and click “Finish Payment on PayPal”
  3. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you’re paying for. Modify if appropriate, click “Pay Now” (or “Pay Online Now” button at the top of the event posting)
  4. If you don’t have a PayPal account, enter your payment information
  5. If you have a PayPal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via PayPal

EVENT CHECK-IN

I will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation email as a backup (if you are not on the list, you will be required to show it). When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the PayPal or credit card account used to make payment. Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver’s license. Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your PayPal or credit card account that way. If you are not sure what it is, please log into your PayPal account (it will say “Welcome, [your account name]” at the top) or your credit card account to find out. If you are RSVP’d under someone else’s payment, please use that name for check-in.

REFUND POLICY

Since this event is paid for in advance, all sales are final unless the event is canceled or rescheduled. If the event is canceled or rescheduled, an UPDATE will be posted at the top of the event posting, and the UPDATE will also be sent as an email to the yes RSVPs. A full refund will be submitted no later than Wednesday of the following week. For rescheduled events, you must let me know within 3 calendar days of the UPDATE email if you are unable to make the new date… no refunds will be given after that time. Send me a message via my Meetup profile (do NOT comment on the event posting). Thanks for understanding. =)

TICKET RESELL / TRANSFER

Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell / transfer your ticket to someone else (same sex only if individual spot; if a couple spot, only to another couple or to 2 people of the same sex) if you are unable to attend. I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale / transfer. Work out any payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send me (the organizer) a message through my Meetup profile (do not comment in the comment box of the event posting) letting me know the first AND last name, and Meetup profile link (if a member) of the person taking your spot (please also copy them on the message). To obtain their Meetup profile link, go to their profile from the mobile website or your computer (not the app), and copy & paste the link from your browser. I host a lot of events and groups, so please let me know the event name and group name the ticket transfer is for. You must let me know by the RSVP close time of 9am on the day of the event.

EVENT CREDIT

If you are unable to attend an event, unfortunately a credit towards another event is not possible. Many credit requests are made, and it’d be nearly impossible to track which person has how much credit left from what event to be applied towards which upcoming event or events. It’s especially challenging since the ticket price for most of our events vary. You are free to resell or transfer your ticket to someone else (see the “Ticket Resell / Transfer” section for full details).

SPECIAL NEEDS

If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food included, etc.), let me know in advance (a week or more before the event) and I will do my best to accommodate (message me through my Meetup profile, do NOT comment on the event posting). If you let me know the day of the event, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help. Thank you for understanding and I appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!

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