General Club Message Concerning Covid-19
We hope you are healthy and safe and that you are enjoying your summer as best you can despite all the craziness.
As we move forward with our 2020-21 ski season, this has been a challenging time for our Club. With all the uncertainty, we are limiting our number of trips to the mountains for this coming season. We will continue to put the safety of our travelers first. Based on the ever-changing situation with the coronavirus, we are proceeding with cautious optimism. If things start looking better, we may add trips later on. If things are too bad, we won’t hesitate to cancel trips. With that being said, we are excited about returning to the slopes!
It’s important to remember TBSSB is a 501(c) 7 organization. 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 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 coronavirus situation is constantly changing and there is no way we can predict the future. At this time, it is important to sign up for the trip(s) you want by reading and completing the current TBSSB trip application and sending it along with your deposit to the designated trip leader. As the trip deadlines become due in the fall, we should have a better idea how the coronavirus will affect our trips. Rest assured that we are watching the CDC and the World Health Organization, as well as local agencies and those in and around our trip locations for any new developments. Again, we will put traveler safety first and cancel trips if necessary and return your deposits to you.
Every resort has handled the coronavirus situation differently. If it continues to be an issue, some will restrict their operations while some may cease operations. All resorts are instituting protocols to protect their guests, but these protocols are not the same at all resorts. As we learn more and get close to the ski season, we will provide updates as we are able.
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!
The holiday season is upon us. Hanukkah started on December 10, and before you know it Santa will be coming down the chimney to put presents around the Christmas tree. 2020 has certainly been a different year for us and the uncertainty will continue into 2021, and with the developments regarding COVID-19, this holiday season has been different for many of us.
Recently, a friend lost his mother after a fight with the COVID-19 virus. My thoughts go out to him and his family and on behalf of TBSS&B, thoughts go out to not only our members, but to all those affected by the virus across the US and around the world. Rest assured that as we continue to chart our course through these challenging times, we are closely monitoring guidelines and restrictions from the WHO, CDC, federal, state and local authorities, as well as various airlines and airports, to ensure the health and safety of our members.
Our board and trip leaders have met virtually all season and thus far, we have canceled all club parties, including our December Holiday party. Where necessary, we have rescheduled trips, such as the Holland Bike & Barge and the FSC trip to Zermatt. We will continue to watch for any additional restrictions and make changes where necessary. We will notify our members as circumstances warrant.
In the meantime, we miss our face to face meetings and are looking forward to better days ahead. I hope you have a joyous holiday season and am confident we will be together again, sooner rather than later. Until then, I wish for you and your loved ones continued health and safety.