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Vail, Colorado

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Saturday, December 16, 2017

"Like Nothing on Earth"

The Details

Cash Price: $1349 Per Person
Based on Double Occupancy in a Hotel Room with 1 King Bed

Cash Price: $1439 Per Person
Based on Double Occupancy in a Hotel Room with 2 Queen Beds

Download the application PDF.

To pay by Credit Card contact your trip leader for instructions.

The Credit Card Authorization Form is available as a PDF download.

The Trip Leaders

Doug Foster Trip Co-Leader
Doug Foster
2066 Nugget Drive
Clearwater, FL 33775

Phil Reed Trip Co-Leader
Phil Reed
3315 W. De Leon St. Unit 13
Tampa, FL 33609

Four Skiers
Photo credit: Jack Affleck
Vail Powder Skier
Photo credit: Cody Downard
Four walking skiers
Photo credit: Jack Affleck

Trip Highlights

We are staying at the spectacular The Lodge at Vail, a AAA award-winning lodge right in the heart of Vail Village steps away from Gondola 1.

Join Doug and Phil for a week of skiing the best mountain resort in the country – Vail! And Vail is, well, VAIL! THERE IS NO COMPARISON!

  • NONSTOP round trip to Denver
  • FREE Lift-side valet near Gondola 1 (So you don't have to carry your skis back to the hotel)
  • Optional group day of skiing at Beaver Creek (with enough interest from our club's trip travelers)
  • Welcome Reception
  • Group Banquet
  • For each day lift ticket purchased, $15 toward lunch on a spending card
  • Après Ski Activities

Vail ski area provides a world-class experience for beginner through expert skiers. With Vail Resorts’ all-mountain lift ticket, you can also enjoy four additional beautiful and breathtaking mountains in one week: Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and A-basin – all on the same lift ticket (low cost shuttle service to each). Each area has its own personality. This resort caters to skiers and snowboarders alike by offering a variety of services to make your Colorado ski resort vacation as fun as it can be. So why go anyhere else?

Photo credit: Jack Affleck
Skiers on a lift
Photo credit: Jack Affleck
VailResorts Village
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Photo credit: Chris McLennan

The Lodge at Vail is AAA Four Diamond award-winning lodge combining old-world charm with world-class services and exceptional dining. It is located at the base of Vail Mountain, in the heart of Vail Village.

This legendary resort combines the old-world charm of an alpine inn with the superb amenities, impeccable service and overall elegance found at some of the world’s finest hotels. Not only will guests enjoy upscale lodging, but the location simply can’t be beat. One step outside and guests will find themselves right in the middle of all the excitement Vail Village has to offer.

Enjoy fine dining at the Lodge's premier restaurant, Elway's, featuring USDA hand-cut prime steaks, expansive wine list and unique appetizers. Other features include the luxurious 7,725 square foot RockResort Spa, exercise room, heated outdoor pool, piano bar perfect for après ski, lift-side ski valet and ski rental with storage.

"Step Above The Rest"

The Mountain

The Vail Ski Area boasts three distinct regions for unparalleled skiing and snowboarding. We can explore three terrain parks, seven bowls, and 5,289 skiable acres of varying terrain and 3,450 vertical feet with 31 lifts and 193 total trails. Ski the wide open runs of the “Back Bowls” area -- some of the widest groomed ski runs in the nation are found there. Ski “Blue Sky Basin” for a fabulous run through the widely-spaced trees. Vail will change your idea of a good time, permanently. And for this trip, TBSSB will offer THE LOWEST PRICED group lift tickets to be found (no comparison to the walk-up ticket window prices, Internet, or with those for-profit clubs) and information on ski/board rental equipment (group discounted) as well.

Base Elevation:8,120 feet
Peak Elevation:11,570 feet
Vertical Rise:3,450 feet
Total Skiable Area:5,289 acres; Front Side: 1,627 acres; Back Bowls: 3,017 acres; Blue Ski Basin: 645 acres
Conventional Trails:193
Longest Run:Riva, 4 miles
Lift System:Total Lifts 31: 2 Gondolas, 15 High-speed Quads, 1 Fixed-grip quad, 2 Triple chairs, 3 Double chairs, 3 Surface lifts and 6 Magic Carpets
Trail Classification:18% Beginner; 29% Intermediate; 53% Expert/ Advanced
Photo credit: Jack Affleck
Photo credit: Jack Affleck
VCD2435 Snowboarding
Photo credit: Vail Resorts

"There's Just No Comparison"

Vail Mountain Trail Maps

Vail "Front Side" Detailed Map

Vail Front Side Map

Vail "Back Bowls" Detailed Map

Vail Back Bowls Map

Vail "Blue Sky Basin" Detailed Map

Blue Sky Basin Map

Winter Recreation

Photo credit: Chris McLennan

Adventure Ridge (top of the mountain) provides tubing, ski-biking, and more. Snowmobiling, ice skating, sleigh rides, cross country skiing, backcountry, and nightly entertainment are available as well.

Other Activities: The Bavarian-like Vail Village is renowned for its assortment of restaurants, bars, and shops. The pedestrian-friendly Vail Village invites you to roam the town, enjoy the après ski activities, and check out the many fine establishments. The shopping is, as expected, upscale. Many nightspots in Vail are world famous, offering great cuisine and entertainment of all types.

The Village is just steps away from the slopes where every winter activity imaginable is possible. Vail always has something fun and exciting to do after the slopes are closed! Vail brings in top music artists year round, and most of them are FREE concerts. From Street Beats to Vail’s signature events, there is entertainment for you.

“See and be seen at Vail!”

Price Chart

Use the following chart for the cash pricing of your group:

Number of
Hotel Room
(One King)
Hotel Room
(Two Queens)

Resort Only (No Air) DEDUCT $343

Prices are per person. Accommodations are assigned in order deposits are received. No space is held without a $250.00 per person deposit. Early commitments get first choice! All prices reflect a cash discount. There is a 3% convenience charge for credit card transactions.

Sign Up Details

Photo credit: Cody Downard

Price Includes:
Non-stop airfare on Southwest Airlines from Tampa to Denver, ground transportation, 7 nights accommodations at The Lodge at Vail, applicable taxes, welcome reception, final banquet party, and TBSSB happy hour.

Trip Size:
40 Lucky people!

$250.00 per person with a completed and signed Trip Application.

Cancellation Date:
All cancellations must be received in writing by September 15, 2017.
See cancellation policy on the 2nd page of the trip application.

Balance Due:
September 30, 2017

Make checks payable to "TAMPA BAY SNOW SKIERS and BOARDERS" and mail to:
Doug Foster, 2066 Nugget Drive, Clearwater, FL 33775.

Deposit and balance of trip costs may be paid with a major credit card. You will be billed later for the final payment. At that time you will be able to order lift tickets. To pay by Credit Card contact your trip co-leader for instructions. The Credit Card Authorization Form is available as a PDF download. A charge of 3% will be made for credit card convenience


Background photo credit: Jack Affleck