SEASON SKI PASSES - EPIC & IKON
It’s not too early to start thinking about skiing/boarding next season. Your Club, Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders (TBSSB), is working hard planning the trip schedule for the coming ski season (2021-2022). Although the schedule is in a preliminary and tentative state, we can tell you that we will be offering several destinations to resorts at which you can use an Epic pass, and several at which you can use an Ikon pass. Our current, tentative draft schedule includes 7 resorts for each pass type (Ikon or Epic).
Ikon passes went on sale on March 11. The Ikon pass includes numerous mountain resorts, including Zermatt, Switzerland which is definitely on our schedule since it was re-scheduled from the previous season due to COVID. If you purchase your full or base pass thru our tour operator (Sports America) then you will receive either $50 or $30 off the price of a TBSSB/Sports America trip, based on the pass you purchase. (This credit won’t apply to the Zermatt trip because Sports America is not the tour operator for that trip.)
The current prices will be good for an Ikon pass until 5/18/21. After that, the benefit of purchasing an Ikon pass through Sports America will still be in effect, but the pass price will increase, as it does a couple of times throughout the year. If you think you will be skiing/boarding at one or two of the many Ikon destinations, purchasing your new group pass before May 18 will give you the best price available this year. The Club will publish our schedule as soon as we are able, but that may not happen before 5/18/21.
Epic Passes- These passes go on sale March 23. We intend to offer similar trip discounts for the Epic passes if you purchase thru our tour operator, Sports America.
To purchase an IKON PASS through Sports America (which is the only way to receive the trip credit mentioned above), or simply to learn more about what resorts and restrictions apply to each pass type, click this link: http://www.sportsamerica.com/ikon-TBSSB
Please carefully read the 4 Ikon pass options. You can see the prices, which resorts are included or not, what restrictions or blackouts apply, and etc. This information is all available via the link above. Before selecting a pass, please be sure that you fully understand what your specific pass offers at which destinations, and what restrictions may apply. If you still have questions, please contact your trip committee chairs: Mike Pearson: firstname.lastname@example.org or Peggy Gummoe: email@example.com.
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.