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UPCOMING EXTENDED TRAVEL TRIPS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ski SilverStar— January 15-22, 2017
Ski SilverStar January 15-22, 2017 (Sunday to Sunday) Trip Coordinators: John Driscoll and Kathy Kelly.  Trip registrations with club waivers and deposits beginning April 15. 
 
SilverStar Mountain Resort: We led the first club trip here in 2010. SilverStar is near Vernon, British Columbia. This charming, colorful, mid-mountain village sits at 5280’ elevation. It is themed after an early 1900’s mining town. It is a pedestrian-only village that provides ski-in and ski-out lodging accommodations for both Nordic and Alpine skiers, access to restaurants, bakeries, boutique shops, etc.
 
 Nordic Skiing: Ski at SilverStar and the adjoining Sovereign Lake Provincial Park, which together offer more than 110 kilometers of skiing. There are trails in both areas suitable for all levels of skiing.
Alpine Skiing: 100-plus runs! The longest is 8 km and the largest vertical drop is 2500 feet. (Alpine tickets are not included in trip costs).
 
Lodging: Lodging will be in two-bedroom units with a shared living area that has a sofa, dining area, gas fireplace and a full kitchen. There are two full bathrooms in each of these units.
Food: We will include one group meal for the group; otherwise, participants will be responsible for their own meal costs. We'll be stopping at a grocery store in Vernon on the way to the resort to purchase food and beverages. There are numerous restaurants in the village, a wonderful bakery and a general store with food supplies for preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything is within walking distance.
Transportation: Air legs on Alaska Air from Minneapolis to Seattle; Seattle to Kelowna, British Columbia; then approximately a 1½ hour bus ride to SilverStar.
 
Cost and Payment Schedule: This trip is limited to 24 people. The estimated cost of $1,390 includes all transportation costs, airline and bus (except airline baggage fees), one dinner meal, all lodging costs and weeklong Nordic ski passes. The estimated price could vary depending upon the Canadian exchange rate. Please mail a club registration/ waiver form, along with a deposit of $400/person (check payable to Kathy Kelly), to Kathy Kelly, 6513 Limerick Drive, Edina, MN 55439. The payment schedule is as follows: x Sign-up beginning April 15, 2016: $400 deposit ($25 is nonrefundable) x Due October 1, 2016: $990 final payment (may vary depending upon exchange rate).  
Cancellation and Refund Policy: x Until October 1, 2016: Full refund minus committed lodging fees (minus the $25 nonrefundable fee). x After October 1, 2016: No refunds unless a replacement is found (minus the $25 nonrefundable fee).
Trip participants are encouraged to consider a trip insurance policy that will protect their investment in the event of either a cancellation or trip itinerary change. Discover the possibilities yourself on these web sites: www.skisilverstar.com and www.sovereignlake.com. 

Contact Names: John Driscoll: 612-418-9680
                                    Kathy Kelly:    612-418-9680

Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail
February 5 -10, 2017 (Sunday to Friday). The two 2-story lodge townhouses have full kitchens and gas-burning fireplaces and are located close to the sauna, wax room and hot tub. Ski on 70 km of groomed trails--beginner to advanced; diagonal and skate skiing. Option to also ski the Banadad and Gunflint Lodge trail systems.
 
Cost and Payment:  The cost of $375/person includes two dinners, rooms with two beds with two people per room, and all the fun we can pack in! The cost does not include breakfasts, lunches, two other dinners, snacks/drinks or ski passes. Please send a check for the full amount per person (payable to Fran Howley) AND a signed club waiver to: Fran Howley, 5753 Pillsbury Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419. PLEASE indicate food restrictions on the waiver form. Limit of 12 people.
Full refund before December 15, 2016; after that date, full refund only if a replacement is found.
Click for more details:  Bearskin Lodge On Gunflint Trail. - 2/5/2017
Trip Leader:  Fran Howley
612-869-8971 or franmhowley@gmail.com.

 
Return to Stokely Creek: March 4-12, 2017
North Stars return to Stokely Creek again and again for:
  • Beautifully groomed scenic trails through the Algoma Highlands of Ontario near Lake Superior--right out your door;
  • An extended ski season due to lake-effect snow
  • Special group rate and favorable U.S./Canadian dollar exchange
  • A full, uninterrupted week of skiing, eating, socializing and relaxing
  • Warm hospitality and comfortable accommodations, delicious, healthy meals and appetizers
Transportation:  Depart on overnight bus Saturday, March 4, 2017; return on Sunday, March 12. 
 
Cost and Payment:  Estimated cost of $1,245 per person (assuming a minimum of 25 people) includes the bus, seven days and nights of lodging, all meals and social hour appetizers, ski passes, taxes and gratuities.  (Peter Kalm Cabin—8 people—add $100/person)
 
To reserve your place: x Send a $300 deposit per person NOW (check made payable to Rick Charboneau), along with a signed trip waiver, to 34405 Houghton Falls Rd, Washburn, WI 54891.
This deposit is nonrefundable unless a replacement is found. x Send second payment of $525 by September 1, 2016. x Send final payment of $420 by December 1, 2016.
 
Cancelation policy:  If you have to cancel: x Prior to February 4, 2017 (without a participant replacement): A full refund will be given minus your initial $300 deposit. x February 4, 2017 and after (without a participant replacement): Forfeit the $300 deposit. Any further refund will be determined by Stokely Creek Lodge. x Trip insurance is highly recommended!
 
Questions?  Contact Rick at 612-716-1082 or charb002@hotmail.com. See the Stokely Creek web site, www.stokelycreek.com, for the manager’s blog, photos, ski conditions and additional information.  Stokely Creek-2017
Leaders: Rick and Darlene Charboneau
612-716-1082 or charb002@hotmail.com
Ski Norway: March 11-20, 2017
Come join us for our annual ski trip to Sjusjöen — the "#1 cross-country skiing destination in Norway." Skiing for all levels right from the door with a network of 300+ km of groomed trails. March is the best month for skiing in Norway—longer days, warmer sun, and dry snow (even with daytime temperatures in the 40s). Many trails are above timberline, with spectacular views, while the forested trails in the lower areas provide shelter from the elements on cold and windy days.
 
Accommodations at Rustad — our favorite 4th generation, family-owned Mountain Lodge. Meals are big buffet-style Norwegian breakfasts, trail lunches and three-course evening dinners. Accommodations: double rooms with private bathrooms. Common areas with two fireplaces and beautiful Norwegian antique furniture – great areas for evening conversations, games, or just curling up with a book. Well-equipped indoor waxing room and two saunas.
 
Add-on trips available: Norwegian Birkebeiner (Birken) races; last night in Oslo; pre- or Post-Trip "Hut-to-Hut" Option, a guided tour with the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT).  See www.birkebeiner.no for more details.
 
Estimated Cost:  $2,700-2,800 (+ taxes/surcharges) includes: airfare (MPS-Oslo-MPS); group transportation to/from Sjusjöen; seven nights' accommodations w/big buffet breakfasts, trail lunches and dinners at Sjusjöen; and one night hotel accommodation w/breakfast in Oslo.
Payment Schedule:  Deposit: $500/person due with registration x $1,000 installment due by 10/1/16 x Balance due by 1/15/17 (you will receive an invoice where the cost is adjusted to reflect the exchange rates in effect at that time)
 
Cancellation and Refund Policy:  Cancellation prior to 10/1/16: Full refund.  Cancellation 10/2/16 - 1/15/17: $1,500 is NON-refundable x Cancellation after 1/15/17: No refund.
Note:  See www.birkebeiner.no for more details.  Due to the early departure times of the return flights to MSP, we will spend the last night at a centrally located hotel in Oslo, where you will have the afternoon and evening free to explore this vibrant city as you wish. 
 
 Mail your trip registration and waiver with a $500/person deposit to: Solveig Olson, 1177 Cedar View Drive, Minneapolis MN 55405
FFI and to request a complete copy of the trip description/terms and conditions.
Click for more details:  
Leader:  Solveig Olson
612-377-2483 or solveigjolson@gmail.com