General Club Message Concerning Covid-19
It’s been a long couple years for all of us and our all-volunteer club is doing our best to navigate the ever changing world of this pandemic. We hope that you are healthy and safe. It’s time to prepare for all the upcoming TBSSB trips.
We want all of our loyal travelers to feel comfortable traveling with the club. We will continue to put the safety of our travelers first. We are a not-for-profit, just-for-fun social Club completely operated by volunteers. The organization was not set up to make money, but to provide an awesome experience for our members. When the Club has had to cancel a trip, we have and will continue to work tirelessly with our travel agents, the mountain, the lodging, and the airlines to get every refund or credit back to you, our faithful travelers.
The club has approved a new Covid policy as of 10/17/2021. The following is the new policy:
TBSSB requires travelers on all Club trips to fully comply with any vaccination or testing requirements set forth by the organizations that have jurisdiction over the travelers during any part of the trip, including government agencies, airlines, lodging properties, or restaurants. If you fail to comply, you will be fully responsible for any consequences and/or costs incurred, including those due to canceling off the trip, getting turned back at the airport or the destination, legal fees, changed travel plans, being denied participation in social events, and so on. TBSSB accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any penalties, deviations, or cancellations, whether financial or other, due to non-compliance with COVID related policies. Your trip leader(s) will keep you informed about the pertinent policies for your trip to the best of the Club’s ability, but you are responsible for both knowledge of and compliance with the local policies.
TBSSB further requires all travelers going on one of the Club’s overseas Bike & Barge or Bike & Sail trips to be fully vaccinated against COVID and to be able to provide proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated is defined as having been inoculated by an approved vaccine, at least the first 2 shots, at least 14 days before trip departure. Travelers are also required to have a negative COVID test within 3 calendar days of departure. It is highly likely that the destination country has similar or stricter requirements, so this policy is in effect as a backup on these trips to ensure that we protect all of our travelers given the close quarters on the vessels.
This season, more than ever, we encourage you to look into getting trip insurance. As a not-for-profit Club, TBSSB does not provide trip insurance, nor do we promote or endorse any particular insurance company. We do encourage travelers to seriously consider whether or not trip insurance is a good thing for them. Please see the Trip Insurance section on our home page for more information about this subject.
Please see our Covid-19 page for answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).
Stay safe and think positive!
On behalf of the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers and Boarders (members, officers, trip and assistant trip leaders), it is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Al Desilet (aka Papa). Al passed away peacefully on Friday, November 19, 2021 (age 93) with his family by his side. Anyone who knew Al knows he lived life to the fullest. Heck he even skied at age 90! So many of us have traveled with Al (domestically and internationally) over the years. For all of you that had the good fortune of traveling with Al on one of our trips, you were well aware of his humor, his charm and, most of all, his love for people & skiing! Al was a big part of the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders for over 40 years. Al touched many of our lives and was a mentor to many of us as trip leaders and board members in the Club. He served as TBSS&B President from 1987 to 1988. Al also served on the Florida Ski Council (FSC) board from 1990 to 2000. He was FSC President from 1996-1998. Al was instrumental in TBSS&B starting the successful Bike & Barge trips all over Europe. He will be missed dearly!
One consolation in our loss is that we all know that Al lived a very full life. Al left his brightness in many lasting memories.
We are working on some type of celebration of life so please email Karla Newan (email@example.com) any comments and pictures you would like included.
May our grand old guy (Papa) Rest in Peace and may he continue to ski the highest mountains in heaven!
We will miss you dearly, Al!