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    • January 21, 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • January 23, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • Big Snow Resort in Wakefield, Michigan
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    The   WINter Carnival is Back

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    BIG SNOW Resort, Jan. 21-23, 2022

    Welcome Winter Carnival Registrants!

    The SkiHawks are happy to partner with the  to help with the registration of the  Winter Carnival.


    REGISTRATION OPENS 0N OCTOBER 1, 2021



    Your Winter Carnival Weekend Includes:

    • Renewing relationships with all of your  affiliated club friends and making new friends.  
    • A two-day downhill ski lift ticket for both Indianhead & Blackjack ski areas, with an optional Friday afternoon and evening lift ticket for Indianhead.
      • Round trip coach bus from Minneapolis.

      • Friday welcome party at Dudley's Saloon at the Main Lodge with meat and cheese

          trays and two Friday night drink tickets for Dudley's Saloon.

        • Two nights lodging in the Main Lodge, Complex Units or Slope Side Condos.
          • Cross country skiing or snowshoeing at ABR Park on both Saturday

               and Sunday. 


          • Snowshoeing is also available at Big Snow depending on conditions.
          • Après ski music in the Sky Bar in the Summit Center from 4:30 to 7:30pm Friday and Saturday.  Entertainment both Friday and Saturday Nights in 

              Dudley’s Saloon.  (Live entertainment is not guaranteed.)

              • Saturday afternoon trail side wine and cheese party, with games, including the

                  ever popular turtle races and prizes!


              • Buffet dinner on Saturday night.
              • Breakfast on both Saturday & Sunday.
              • Indoor heated pool, large hot tub and exercise room in the Main Lodge.


                The Last Day to Sign up is Dec. 30th, 2021.

                But don’t wait, this trip is expected to sell out fast!



                Winter Carnival Details


                Trip Costs:

                • Your final trip cost will be dependent upon the options you choose for transportation, lodging, number of roommates, lift tickets, or if you are XC Skiing or Snowshoeing.  Please refer to the chart and paragraphs below. Trip costs will be detailed during the registration process and totaled prior to completing your registration.  
                  • The chart includes bus transportation costs.  If you live greater than 50 miles from our Honeywell bus departure point (see Bus Details below) and you choose to self-transport, you are eligible for a $40 reduction.  (Your distance from Honeywell will be verified).


                  Room Configurations and Assignment:

                  • 1 BR Main Lodge units: 2 Queen Beds, Private Bath.  SOLD OUT.

                  • 1 BR Main Lodge - 3rd floor: 1 double with 2 bunk beds. SOLD OUT.

                  • 1 BR Complex Units: 2 Queen Beds, Private Bath, Cable TV/DVD, across from the lodge.  

                  • 1 BR Tomahawk Slope Side Condo Units: 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Wall Bed in Living room, 1 Bathroom, Full Kitchen (no ovens) with Microwave & Dishwasher, Cable TV/DVD, Gas Fireplace, Jacuzzi and WIFI.

                  • 2 BR Tomahawk Slope Side Condo Units: 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds in Loft, 1 Queen Wall Bed in Living room, 2 Bathrooms, Full Kitchen (no ovens) with Microwave & Dishwasher, Cable TV/DVD, Gas Fireplace, Jacuzzi and WIFII.  Minimum occupancy of 4 people.  No exceptions. 

                  • Two Main Lodge standard rooms will be reserved for each club until November 1st. Thereafter, all Main Lodge rooms are first come first served, based on the date and time of your paid registration.
                  • All other lodging will be assigned on a first come first served, based on the date and time of your paid registration.
                  • Please be sure that your chosen roommates register promptly
                  • If you want to attend, but do not have a roommate, we will try to find a spot. Signup for your preferred lodging option and let us know on your registration that you are looking for a roommate.  Your final cost will be dependent on available lodging.


                  Bus Details:

                  • Buses will depart from the Honeywell Aerospace facility in Mpls.  The address is Honeywell Parking, 1433 Stinson Blvd., Mpls, MN 55413. Directions are here.  
                  • As usual, we will meet our buses in the lot behind the facility (south east side).  Three buses are scheduled with departures at 7:00 am, 11:00 am* and 12:00 noon. 
                  *The 11:00 am bus is SOLD OUT
                    • On Sunday, buses will depart Big Snow at 3:30 pm and arrive at Honeywell at approximately 8:00 pm.


                    Ski Equipment Rental:  

                    • Ski Equipment Rental $27 / 1 day or $46 / 2 day (to be paid on your own at Big Snow Resort. Present your MSC neck wallet ID for discount).


                    X/C Skiing and Snowshoeing at ABR Park:

                    • ABR Park has 69KM of groomed trails.  For more information on ABR Park and its facilities, visit the park virtually at ABR Park. Park passes: $14 for 1 day and $20 for 2 days. Seniors 65+ are discounted. 
                    • X/C Rental: Package of Touring skis, poles, boots- $15/day. Skate skis, poles, boots - $20/day. 
                    • Snowshoe Rental: $10/day.

                    Note: X/C skiers need to reserve their own transportation to and from ABR Park and Indianhead. Carpool with up to 5 others (6 total), each additional person reduces your cost.  Make a reservation ahead of time (the day before) with the Ironwood Twin City Cab (906) 932-0711.


                    Note: You may deduct $87 if you X/C both days. If you decide to downhill ski 1 day, you will need to buy a downhill lift ticket from Big Snow Resort at normal window rates.


                    Snowshoeing at Big Snow Resort:

                    • Snowshoes can be rented from the Health and Fitness club, located at Indianhead Mountain and at the Blackjack Mountain Lodge rental center. Rental rates are $8 for 2 hours and $12 for the full day.  Present your MSC neck wallet ID for discount. 
                    • Big Snow offers guided moonlight snowshoeing on most Saturday nights at 6pm, (weather permitting) that ends with a bonfire before the music starts in Dudley's Saloon.
                    • Please register before 2pm on Saturday at 906-229-2239



                       Winter Carnival Guidelines & Cancelation Policy:


                      • Membership in a MSC affiliated club is required to participate in the Winter Carnival. All registrants must be in good standing with their respective clubs as of the date of their registration. Membership will be verified.
                      • You must also read and accept the MSC Winter Carnival Liability Waiver Located Here to participate.
                      • Cancelation fees are in affect upon registration and payment.

                      - All Cancelations of paid registrations will be assessed a $12.00 service fee.  In addition:


                      - Cancelations made between November 21st and December 21st will be assessed a $50.00 cancelation fee, plus the difference in the unit’s rent configuration due to the change in occupancy. If the vacated space is rebooked, the rent difference will be waived.

                        

                      - Cancelations made after December 21st will be assessed a $100.00 cancelation fee, plus the difference in the unit’s rent configuration due to the change in occupancy. If the vacated space is rebooked, the rent difference will be waived.


                      - A “no show” will forfeit 100% of all costs incurred, plus the difference in the unit’s rent configuration due to the change in occupancy. If the vacated space is rebooked, the rent difference will be waived.


                      - Refunds will be processed after the end of Winter Carnival.

                      • While they may provide assistance, neither the MSC, the MN SkiHawks nor your club's Trip Leader is responsible for filling a canceled reservation. The canceling registrant is responsible for filling the reservation to minimize trip cancelation fees.
                      • No refunds for unused lift tickets will be made due to your decision not to ski for any reason, including inclement weather.
                      • Neither the MSC, the MN SkiHawks nor your club is responsible for any lost or stolen items including but not limited to; personal items, luggage, ski or snowboard equipment (boots, skis, poles bags or any other equipment). Contact your club's trip leader immediately regarding lost or stolen items. 
                      • Questions or concerns regarding room issues should immediately referred to the Big Snow front desk.
                      • Neither the MSC nor the MN SkiHawks will share or make public, beyond the appropriate use within the Winter Carnival, any information provided at registration.
                      • If you have questions, concerns or need to change or cancel your registration, please contact your club's trip leader. The MSC will not be taking direct inquiries.
                      • MSC Covid Guidelines -  With respect to the 2022 Winter Carnival: 

                       - The MSC will comply with State or Federal Covid guidelines as issued by their respective agencies as they pertain to COVID-19 and any variants.


                      - Each participant on 2022 Winter Carnival will be expected to comply with those same State or Federal guidelines in effect at that time.

                        - Further, the MSC expects each participant to govern themselves in their own best interests regarding, wearing of masks, distancing, etc.   Needless to say, this event poses multiple occasions for close contact with many people.


                        - The MSC will not mandate any specific action regarding vaccinations, masks or distancing. However, each person must take responsibility for themselves and act accordingly.

                        • If you have questions, concerns or need to change or cancel your registration, please contact your club's trip leader. The MSC will not be taking direct inquiries.



                        Ready to Go?


                        To get started, click the button below. Once registered, make your payment  electronically online via credit or debit card. The days of manual forms, hunting for stamps, envelopes and post office delays are now things of the past. 


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                        • March 07, 2022
                        • March 13, 2022
                        • Olympic Valley CA.
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                        Join the SkiHawks at Palisades Tahoe

                        Formerly Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

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                        Palisades Tahoe is the new name for the combined ski resort of Squaw Valley (now Olympic Valley) and Alpine Meadows.  

                        Olympic Valley, the setting for the 1960 Olympics, is known for its legendary steeps and lively village. Neighboring Alpine Meadows has its empty back bowls and unpretentious vibe. Both are blessed with tremendous amounts of snow and views of Lake Tahoe. The resorts boast a combined, 6,000 acres of skiable terrain, featuring 245 runs that are serviced by 34 lifts.


                        Despite being known for its challenging runs, there is plenty of terrain for all levels of skiers & boarders. 67% of the terrain is rated green and blue.


                        The Village at Olympic Valley serves up all of the must haves for après ski.  The village is where it's at,  offering everything from cold craft brews to sushi, with shopping, art galleries, ice skating and more. 


                        Check out the Palisades Tahoe  web site.  and video.

                        The Trip
                        • 7 Days, 6 nights (Monday - Sunday)
                        • Up to 5 full days of skiing available
                        • Round trip flight from MSP to Reno 
                        • Private 50 minute bus transfer between the airport and resort (includes a grocery and beverage stop)
                        • 2 Bedroom suites at the Village at Olympic Valley
                        • Pre-trip introduction party
                        • Welcome reception and après ski events
                        • Trip capacity of 32
                        • This event is open to all  club members.
                        • You must be a rostered member of the MN SkiHawks or another club to participate.

                        Mountain Stats

                        • World class skiing over 2 highly rated resorts
                        • 6,000 acres of skiable terrain split between Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows.
                        • Olympic Valley has a 2,850 ft. vertical drop with a 9,050 summit and a 6,200 ft. base.  Terrain is 25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate and 30% Advanced.  Night skiing is available. Olympic Valley is known for groomed, steep, double blue runs. 
                        • Alpine Meadows has an 1,800 ft. vertical drop from its 8,637 ft. summit to its base of 6,835 ft. Its terrain is 25% Beginner, 40% Intermediate and 35% Advanced.
                        • A new $60MM gondola, running 2.2 miles, linking the bases of both areas, is scheduled to be open for the 2021 / 2022 season. The present base-to- base shuttle runs on a 5 to 10 minute schedule and takes about 15 minutes
                        • Average annual snowfall is 450 inches.


                        Lodging


                        Compare Ski Resorts in Tahoe | Snow Schoolers

                        We will be staying at the Village at Palisades Tahoe, which is located at the 6,200 ft. base of the 8,900 ft. Squaw Peak and just a short walk from 7 lifts.  Accommodations are two bedroom / 2 bath condos with a king or queen and two twin beds. Suites are equipped with full kitchens, a fireplace, balcony and WIFI. A private room option is available for a $770 upcharge. Village amenities include: ski and sports lockers lockers, eight outdoor hot tubs and a billiards lounge.  Midweek house keeping and use of the fitness center is dependent on Covid restrictions at the time of the trip.  


                        Restaurants, shopping and nightlife are just a short walk away. Preview the Village.  or Things to do.  

                        Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows


                        Trip Pricing*

                        A minimum deposit of $500 will reserve your spot

                        • $1,537 "Early Bird Special" if deposit is received by Oct. 9th
                        • $1,587 if deposit is received after Oct. 9th and by Nov. 15th.
                        • $1,637 if deposit is received after Nov. 15th

                        *Trip pricing is based on a 25 person minimum and includes airfare, ground transportation and lodging.   

                        Lift tickets are not included.  See below for lift ticket options.

                        Subtract $375 for a "land only" option.

                        Final trip pricing may be subject to fuel / transportation surcharges.

                        Payment Schedule

                        • Initial Deposit: $500 due upon registration
                        • Second Payment: $700 due by Nov. 15th, 2021
                        • Final Payment: Remaining balance due by Jan. 15th, 2022


                        Lift Tickets

                        You can ski or ride up to five days on this trip. There are two options for lifts: Discounted group lift tickets or the IKON Pass.

                           

                            Group Lift Tickets:    3 of 7   4 of 7  5 of 7

                            Adult              $ 299     $ 399     $ 499

                            Senior (70 and older)      $ 279     $ 369     $ 459

                               IKON Pass:  Purchase the IKON Pass directly from IKON Pass.  As of

                              Sept.19, 2021 the base IKON Pass is priced at $779.00.  Pricing will

                              increase as we move toward opening day.

                        Uncertain about your lift tickets? Lift ticket options can be changed up to February 1. Contact your trip leader with questions. 


                        Flight Information

                        We will fly Southwest Airlines to take advantage of their generally lower air fares and policy of 2 free bags. If you plan on traveling with the SkiHawks, please be sure to check the appropriate box on the registration form. A maximum of 28 seats are available. Fares may be subject to fuel surcharges.    


                         Trip Registration

                        We are excited about this trip and expect it to sell out fast. Trip details are also summarized in our flyer that you can access here and print to share.


                        Questions? 

                        Contact Trip Leader Greg Grebinowski at (651) 230-2367.  Click on his name to start an e-mail. 


                        Ready to go? 

                        Click on the "Register" button below. Once registered, make your deposit electronically online via credit or debit card. Hunting for stamps, envelopes or trips to the post office are things of the past. Only online payments are accepted.

                         Register. 

                          • May 17, 2022
                          • (UTC-06:00)
                          • May 26, 2022
                          • (UTC-06:00)
                          • Ecuador

                           

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                          Sitzmark is going to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador and they have room for you!

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                          The Sitzmark Ski Club informed the SkiHawks that they have openings on their May 2022 trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.  The Galapagos Islands, located roughly 600 miles off the coast of the Ecuadorian mainland.  

                          The Galapagos Archipelago, now a UNESCO world heritage site, is known for the large number of endemic species, including the giant Galapagos Tortoises, that inhabit the islands. These species were studied by Charles Darwin during the second voyage of HMS Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

                          The Trip
                          • Round trip flight from MSP to Quito Ecuador
                          • 2 nights in Quito in 4 star accommodations
                          • Round trip flight from Quito to the Galapagos
                          • 4 nights in a suite on the Galapagos Legend cruise ship.
                          • Guided hikes on the islands 
                          • Snorkeling equipment is provided
                          • 2 nights in 4 star accommodations in Guayaquil Ecuador
                          • Land transfers in air conditioned coaches
                          • Pre-trip and post-trip parties
                          • Optional trip extension to Peru & Machu Picchu
                          • Maximum participants is 24
                          • This trip is open to all  club members.

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                          Trip Pricing

                          Check out pricing at Galapagos with Sitzmark 


                           Trip Registration

                          Trip details are summarized in their flyer that you can access by clicking Galapagos with Sitzmark and print.  All trip details, including registration and payment will be through Sitzmark.


                          Questions?

                          Contact Sitzmark Trip Leaders Dennis Sherwood at (952) 239-9954 or Sally Hed Dahlquist at (612) 554-0864.  Click on either name  to start an e-mail. 


                          Ready to go?  Click on Sitzmark to get redirected to the Sitzmark website and follow their directions to register and submit your deposit. 


                          Since this is not a SkiHawks' trip. All questions, registration and payments should be directed to the Sitzmark trip leaders.

                          Past trips

                          February 20, 2021 Breckenridge 2021 - CANCELED DUE TO COVID
                          March 28, 2020 Beaver Creek 2020 - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
                          February 23, 2020 Whistler 2020
                          January 04, 2019 Winter Carnival 2019
                          April 07, 2018 Winter Park 2018
                          February 10, 2018 Big Sky 2018
                          January 05, 2018 Winter Carnival 2018