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Ski Trip

Lets enjoy skiing/snowboarding in Otsego, Michigan.

January 26-28, 2018

We are organizing a ski trip to Bitter Sweet Ski Slopes in Otsego, Michigan(near Kalamazoo). Bitter Sweet has good slopes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and snow boarders.

Transportation would be provided from Eigenmann on January 26th Friday noon. We would return to Bloomington on 28th 9:00 p.m.

Get the early bird discount $160*

This trip costs $175 and $160* for early registration. It includes stay with an host family, transportation, ski/snowboard charges & Ski lessons. Some meals are covered, but you have to buy meals when traveling and at the ski resort.

*Register & pay by January 15 to receive a $15 early bird discount (Final Cost $160).

Cost

Trip Cost $175
Early Registration (till Jan 15th) $160
Children 12 years & under $130

Registration closes on Sunday, January 21 or when the trip is full.

Schedule

Friday, Jan 26
  • 12 noon Leave from Eigenmann Hall
  • 7.45pm Arrive at Immanuel Baptist Church (our host church)
  • Meet Host Family
Saturday, Jan 27
  • Breakfast with host families
  • All day skiing or snowboarding
  • Dinner with host families
Sunday, Jan 28
  • Breakfast with host families
  • Church service and farewell luncheon
  • 2.00pm Depart for Bloomington
  • About 9.00pm Arrive Bloomington

FAQ

Take a lesson!!! Like anything, you'll improve the most when you receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from a qualified instructor. You'll safely learn more in a 1 hour lesson than you will all day on your own.

  • Obtain proper equipment. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly. You can rent quality ski or snowboarding equipment at Bitter Sweet Slopes (included in registration fees).
  • Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms), which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a turtleneck, sweater and jacket.
  • Be prepared. The weather has a mind of its own. Bring a headband or hat with you to the slopes, 60 percent of heat-loss is through the head. Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands).
  • Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard in control.
  • If you're tired, stop skiing. Stop before you become fatigued. Injuries usually result from fatigue. Have a seat and enjoy the people around you. Most of all, have fun.

Here is our list of recommended items for you to bring skiing or snowboarding in order to guarantee a fun first day on the slopes.

  • Hat - if your head is warm the rest of you is likely to stay warm.
  • Waterproof Gloves/Mittens - mittens are warmest.
  • Goggles/Sunglasses - Goggles are strongly recommended on cold or snowy days for warmth and increased visibility.
  • Jacket/Parka (water resistant)
  • Synthetic or wool base layers for top & bottom - it's better to be warm than cold, you can always shed layers. Synthetic materials help to whisk moisture away from your skin. Once again, do not wear cotton as a base layer.
  • Snow/Water resistant pants - very important, your 1st day will acquaint your bottom to the snow, keep it warm & dry.
  • Warm, dry socks - No cotton. Wear only one pair of socks.
  • Sunscreen - SPF 15 or higher
  • Lip Balm
  • Snack, Fruit, Energy Bar
  • Trail Map - available for free in the lodge.
  • ID, Wallet, Cash

Due to the nature of the trip, the following is the refund policy for cancellation:

Cancellations done on or before Jan 15: 75% of the registration fee refunded
Cancellations done between Jan 15 to Jan 21: 50% of the registration fee refunded
Cancellations done after Jan 21: 0% of the registration fee refunded

Please contact Elan Rajamani at elan@ifmusa.org or 812-325-9047 if you have questions.

Details

  • January 26 to 28, 2018

  • Depart: 12 noon Friday, Jan 26
    Return: 9 p.m Sunday, Jan 28

  • Otsego, Michigan (near Kalamazoo)

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