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Lake Louise, Canada March 11-18, 2023 “TSC Final Showdown”

One of our favorite trips: voted Canada’s Best Ski Resort at the 2013 and 14 World Ski Awards, and sporting the elegant, 5-star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which will be our “home” for the trip, this will be a trip to remember! It’s located in Banff National Park, and is known for it’s luxurious comfort, remarkable service, and award-willing cuisine.

For non-skiers, abundant opportunities await in the nearby town of Banff, with marvelous shopping, dining, and bar-hopping. Of course, dog-sledding, sleigh rides, ice skating and sightseeing tours are available… you won’t be bored!

Contact Lizzie Fisher at (210) 710-0258 or [email protected] and she’ll connect you with the Trip Leader! 

Snowmass: Jan. 7-14, 2023 “TSC Traditional”

Trip Leader: John Bearor [email protected] 210-607-0986

OK, St. Bernards! We are going to Snowmass, a rebound from the 2021 covid cancellation!

We will be staying at our favorite place, Top Of the Village (ski in and ski out), with spaces for16 participants. 

I am working on flying into Aspen, Co. with the short shuttle to Snowmass village. That means no long bus trip from Denver. Also, it may be the last season that tour operators will be offering group lift ticket pricing, so we can expect to have to use Epic and Ikon in the future. 

I will be preparing more details: pricing and the trip application, prior to our first general meeting in August. Again, as usual, priority for lodging and an opportunity to go on the trip will begin when a trip application and deposit is received by me.  I would appreciate getting some feed back ASAP, before the August meeting, either E-Mail or text, to get a good feel on skiers that are interested.

John Bearor 

CSB TSC Rep. / Vice President

2023 Snowmass trip leader

210-607-0986

[email protected]

Steamboat Springs, CO, February 11-18, 2023 the “TSC Winter Shootout”

Ok, it’s officially HOT here in Texas!  That means it’s time to think cool thoughts – like thinking about snow!  Are you ready to make plans to join me on the TSC Winter Shootout trip to Steamboat Springs in February?  The lodging is settled.  This will undoubtedly be a popular trip as there have already been a number of you asking about the trip!  That means you need to sign up early to be sure to get your spot.  Should there be more people than slots available, it will be much easier to get additional slots early.

We will be staying at Trappeur’s Crossing Resort.  The complimentary ski area loop shuttle will take us to the slopes. The on-call valet shuttle will take us downtown to shops and restaurants, as well as to grocery stores.  And there are also 10 hot tubs for those of you who, like me, enjoy relaxing after skiing hard all day.  Many other amenities are also included.

Steamboat Springs almost 3,000 acres of terrain, 170 trails, 17 lifts, and 3 terrain parks so there’s something for everyone on the slopes! They have lots of great runs whether you like skiing trees, cruisers, bumps, glades, or chutes.  Remember that they boast having Champagne Powder in the trees.  Come see what they have that you’ll enjoy! 

The Steamboat Springs area has much to do other than skiing too.  There are many restaurants and bars including some new ones, as well as wonderful shopping.  For outdoor non-ski activities, there are snowmobiling, ice skating, dog sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, horseback riding, and others from which to choose.  There are also the natural hot springs which I’m told are clothing optional after dark.  A great way to relax those muscles after skiing!

There is something for everyone on this trip, whether you ski or not!  What could be better than a fun trip filled with great CSB members?  Make your decision today and let me know you want to go with us!  As soon as I get the air settled, I’ll send you a trip app and you can send me a deposit to hold your spot.  Your membership has to be current for me to hold your spot.  Remember, first come, first served, so let me know now that you want to go with us!  Won’t that make this heat just a little more tolerable?  Ok, at least it’ll give you something cool to look forward to, right?  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Trip Leader – Melissa Wight, 210-381-5139 or [email protected] if you prefer to email.

Telluride, CO, Feb. 5-12, 2022 A good time was had by all!

TSC Winter Shootout Trip!

Considered one of the World’s Best Ski Resorts, and Club St. Bernard’s #1 pick of the TSC trips offered for 2122…  fabulous terrain for skiers of all levels, and so much to enjoy about the Telluride area for non-skiers, as well!

This trip was a great success: we had 22 of 24 due to emergency cancellations. Icy conditions delayed our departure from SA by one day, so we got out one day late.

There was no new snow, but trails were great!

We enjoyed two “fine dining” evenings and a lively condo party with takeout pizza and homemade spaghetti sauce (thanks, Pam!). We were intertained with Joe’s now-famous snow-boarding poem, and Doc’s story song.

As Trip Leader, I took the opportunity to “roast” each skier… but I think everyone is still speaking to me!

Our club won 1st place in Division 2 races. Kip and I won individual medals and Mark and Sonny won NASTAR pins.

It was so refreshing to get back on the slopes again, as COViD issues seem to be behind us now! Looking forward to a great 2023 ski season!

John Bearor, Trip Leader

TSC Rep / Club St. Bernard Vice President

210-607-0986

[email protected]

The Imperial Russia trip, planned for September 1-9, 2022 has been cancelled. All monies already paid toward the trip are being refunded by tour operator, Collette Tours.


Spend 9 days exploring the sights and culture of Russia under the wing of Collette Tours.

Our thanks to Collette for cancelling this trip, and for declaring that all monies paid toward the trip are to be refunded. We look forward to another trip with Collette, as they have been exceptionally meticulous in planning, communication, and safety. Expert guides!

Here’s what we’ll miss, due to the unfortunate recent events in that part of the world.

Collette’s signature “door to airport” transportation and more!

Highlights:

Moscow Metro, The Kremlin and the Armoury Museum, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Walking Food Tour, High-Speed Train, St. Petersburg, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Traditional Georgian Dinner, Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace, Vintage Soviet Car Ride

Optional Add-on’s:  Peterhof Grand Palace, A Night at the Russian Ballet.

Contact Trip Leader Linda McMillion

(210) 605-7613

[email protected]

Park City, Jan. 8 – 15, 2022 Trip “Tails”

Click here for the all-inclusive and fabulous Trip Tails to read all about the Park City Trip, straight from Lizzie, our Trip Leader! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Dvt8UdsDNEFyP3ufuEh7BTAXZ6vPOAEQ/view?usp=sharing

If you’re interested in leading a trip to one of your favorite destinations, contact our Travel Director, Lizzie Fisher: [email protected] or 210-710-0258

This trip has been enjoyed by all who participated, so click on the about link about all the fun and comparison between pre-Covid and post-/covid Park City and Deer alley. Spoiler: Guess who won a Silver in the races!!! In the most “senior” division, yet again!!! Stay tuned for all the scoop! And be sure to look at the February issue of Pawprints for trip photos!

Trip description: Trip included 7 nights at Town Pointe Condos, 3 bedroom, 3 bath condos with private Hot Tub! Also air transportation, San Antonio to Salt Lake City, and ground transfers. This was a Texas Ski council trip, so the TSC Welcome Party and Farewell Dinner were part of the deal, as well as a club Pre-Trip Party and a a club Mid-Week on the Mountain Party!

This is an EPIC Pass resort, so contact www.winterskiandsport.com for a possible discount.

Purgatory, CO Trip “Tails” Feb. 20-27, 2021

Texas Ski Council Winter Shootout

Trip Leaders: Anne Emshoff 210-846-3180 Amy Kuharich 210-373-1285



By Amy Kuharich


Due to COVID, this was different than any other ski trip.  Masks were required in the condo area as well as the ski lift lines. If you didn’t follow the protocol, you were called out over the megaphone for all to see.  The restaurants that were opened were at 50% capacity and many of the sight-seeing excursions, such as the magnificent train ride in Durango, were only available on the weekends and didn’t go the full route. 
That being said, we were able to see where Robert Redford and Paul Newman, as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, jumped off the majestic rocks (much bigger in the movie) into the water below in the movie, in addition to some hot springs and lots of mule deer.  Nearby downtown Durango has several impressive historic hotels such as the Strater and Palmer. There are lots of fun boutiques for those shoppers and a 15 mile riverwalk for those who just want to bask in beautiful scenery.  My recommendation is to visit the fascinating railroad museum which includes much more than railroad history.
The skiing offered something for everyone; from beginners to experts and was mostly packed groomed snow.  Although some fresh powder would have been nice, we were blessed with sunny weather the whole week.  All in all, we had a wonderful time and it was great being so close to the lifts and be able to go the condo for bathroom breaks and lunch.  Anne and I also took a snowmobile tour which was probably the highlight of our trip.  Anne did the driving while I managed to take some videos. We climbed up to 12,000 feet and saw some incredible views. 
It was wonderful being in the company of other humans since we have been hunkered down for a year.  We had wonderful conversations sipping wine with the fireplace crackling and had fun trading off making dinner, from spaghetti to tacos.  Our one big night out was to the Sow’s Ear restaurant, which came highly recommended by locals. Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food; the people who had elk said it was the best ever!
So, a different experience but happy we were all able to enjoy it and remain healthy.  Something I will never take for granted.

2023 and 2024 Trips! Check them out!

Woof!  Max is looking into the future, and says he sees “good times ahead”!

2023 Trips:  

We will continue to adhere to the recommended guidelines re: travel and the Covid pandemic. We hope that our fellow skiers stay well, and that any who may have contracted the disease have recovered. We are travelers at heart, and are looking forward to some fabulous trips through the Texas Ski Council. We encourage you to submit your Membership Applications and pay your club dues. It’s almost time to make trip deposits, so be sure to watch for the announcement with names of Trip Leaders and contact the Trip Leaders listed for each trip, and save a spot!

It’s time to start planning your 2023 and 2024 dream trips with your ski and travel pals!  Lizzie, our Trips VP, is accepting applications from members to lead these trips.  Contact her at [email protected]

2023 Trips
  • TSC Traditional:  Snowmass, CO, January 7-14, 2023                      Sports America
  • Winter Expedition: Ischel-Samnaun Austria, Jan. 21-28                       Winter Ski & Sports
  • Winter Shootout:  Steamboat, CO, February 11-18                         Sports America
  • Final Showdown: Lake Louise, Canada, Mar. 11-18                              Ski White Diamond
  • Fall Expedition:  New Zealand, October, 2023 (Dates TBA)
2024 Trips
  • TSC Traditional:  Beaver Creek, CO,  Jan. 13-20     Sports America
  • Winter Expedition:  Interlaken, Switzerland:  Jan. 26-Feb.3  Holidaze
  • Winter Shootout:  Park City, UT,  Feb. 3-10    Sports America
  • Final Showdown:  Whitefish, MO, March 2-9    Ski.com

Chamonix-Mont Blanc Trip, January 31, 2019 – February 8, 2020: participants have returned with great stories to tell! Come to a meeting to hear their tales!

CHAMONIX-MONT BLANC

January 31 – February 8, 2020

How about a ski vacation in the land of Europe’s highest peak and the world’s first Winter Olympics? Chamonix, France, practically invented our favorite sport. This area is home to Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc. Today this fantastic area attracts skiers, hikers, tourists, and, need I say, shoppers, from all over the world. 

Chamonix is in the French Alps on the border with Italy and Switzerland. In fact, in addition to enjoying the four resorts right in Chamonix, you may find yourself skiing at nearby resorts in these other Alpine countries. This will be an international experience of a lifetime!

This area boasts everything from beginner to expert ski runs. Our hotel, located right in the heart of Chamonix within minutes of some of the world’s greatest terrain, boasts its own ski school, guides, and pro shop. The full price includes not only air, lodging, and great amenities, but, also breakfast and dinner in one of the hotel’s four restaurants.

So, you want more adventure? Consider dog sledding, fat tire bicycling, paragliding, Nordic skiing, paragliding, and more. So much awaits the adrenaline junkies amongst us.

How about culture? Many museums and art galleries await your curiosity. History buffs will enjoy touring old churches and homes. Our tour operator will be offering day trips to Annecy, France; Montreaux and Lake Geneva, Switzerland; and Aosta, Italy. You may arrange your own transportation – buses and trains abound! – around town and throughout the area.

Après ski is a way of life in winter in the Alps. Chamonix is well known as THE place to play after hours. Our hotel offers nightly shows, there’s a casino right in town, and the village’s discos and bars offer lively fun times each evening.

Finally, in addition to the world’s best peaks and glaciers, Chamonix offers the world’s best shopping! The village is stocked with high end jewelry, clothing, and designer boutiques. And, for serious adventurers like us, we can shop to our heart’s content at some of the world’s greatest outdoor adventure stores. This is the place to find the best ski equipment and clothing.


After a week in the mountains, how about a week in the Mediterranean? Holidaze is offering a six day post-trip to Sicily. 

Contact me at [email protected] or 210-846-3180 to find out more about the Alpine adventure and Sicily post-trip. This truly was an adventure of a lifetime!

Greece! October 22, 2019 Another successful, beautiful adventure completed!

Mayflower Tours offered us a a lovely club trip!  Contact trip leaders Melissa Wight [email protected] or Anne Tarr [email protected] for information and a link to a webinar prepared for us.

9 Days • 11 Meals! We stepped  into history and discovered a place where the mythical Greek Gods ruled the world. Spent three nights in Athens and visit the Acropolis with its crowning glory, the Parthenon. Traveled by high- speed ferries across the Aegean Sea to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini where we could immerse ourselves in the relaxed lifestyle during our stay. Friendly islanders were eager to welcome us to their picture-perfect paradise of whitewashed houses, seafront promenades and flower-filled lanes lined with quaint cafés and shops.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 11 Meals(7 breakfasts and 4 dinners)

Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

Included:

Panoramic city tour of Athens

Visit the ancient Parthenon with a local guide

Discover antiquities at the Acropolis Museum

High-speed ferries between Athens and the islands of Mykonos

and Santorini

Included orientation tours on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini

Free day on each island for relaxation or independent exploration