The Palm Beach Gator Snow Ski Club is a group of active, fun-loving, sports-minded people who live in sunny South Florida (mainly Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast), but also share a love for winter activities. Our founding fathers adopted the alligator logo because of its association with South Florida. They did not intend to emulate any University or College.


We have been hard at work putting together some really nice trips for the 2018 season. We know you are eager to make your plans for next year's skiing adventure, so go ahead! Registration is now open for 5 out of 7 trips. Here is what we have so far *:

Jan 6 - 13, 2018 Winter Park, Colorado (24 spots) DETAILS COMING SOON

 2018 Luxury trip to Vail, Colorado. DATE TBD, DETAILS COMING SOON

Jan 20 - 27, 2018 Steamboat, Colorado - Florida Ski Council ski trip (60 spots)

Feb 2 - 13, 2018 Andorra and Barcelona - 10 day European ski & tour trip:  7 nights in Andorra plus 3 nights in Barcelona (24 spots)

Feb 3 -10, 2018 Taos, New Mexico ski trip (32 spots)

Feb 24 - March 3, 2018 Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Florida Ski Council ski trip (32 spots)

Mar 7 - 18, 2018 Sierra Nevada, Spain - Florida Ski Council 10 day European  ski & tour trip: 3 nights in Jaen, 5 nights in Granada and 2 nights in Torremolinos (42 spots)

Estela Basso

VP of Ski Trips

*all terms and conditions subject to change

Calling for Volunteers for
TRIP LEADERS for the 2017-2018
Ski Season

 Very soon we will be nominating Trip Leaders, Assistant Trip Leaders and Trainees for the 2017-2018 ski season.


We are a Club run entirely by volunteers, and we need YOU to consider fulfilling one of our most important roles: Trip Leader! for any of our wonderful ski trips.


Trip Leaders have many responsibilities: help sell the trip, manage the accounting, set up parties on the mountain, problem-solve at all times. The Trip Leader puts the interests of the group always first, and is the captain, caretaker and cheerleader for the trip. For all this, you earn the benefit of going on the trip COST FREE* and an invaluable leadership training opportunity.


Assistant Trip Leaders that assist in trips with over 48 participants receive the benefit of going on the trip at a 50% DISCOUNT*. Assistants on trips with less than 48 participants are considered Trip Leader Trainees and receive no benefit.


However, and more importantly, Assistant Trip Leaders and Trip Leader Trainees get the training and qualifications to be a Trip Leader the following season or any time afterwards.


Note: *trips require that a certain number of spots be sold in order for the Trip Leader or Assistant Trip Leader to obtain their full benefit. If trip is undersold in spite of due diligence, compensation will be prorated.


For Trip Leader, you qualify if you have been an Assistant Trip Leader or a Trip Leader before (except if you led a trip this last season). The requirement of having been an Assistant may be waived by the Board of Directors if you have other proven leadership qualities. For Assistant Trip Leader and Trainee, you qualify if you have been a member in good standing for at least one year and have participated in at least one trip.

In order to do your job, it is a must that you own a computer and that you are able to use e-mail (including sending attachments), and can work with Excel spreadsheets in order to manage the trip accounting.

Empathy, responsibility, energy, caring, are the qualities of a successful trip leader.


Trip Leaders, Assistant Trip Leaders and Trainees will be required to attend 3 or 4 training sessions.


DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE TRIP LEADER APPLICATION (also use for Assistant Trip Leader and Trainee)

QUESTIONS? Please contact Estela Basso, VP of Ski, at your very earliest convenience:






Women Skiers - Help Needed for Research 


This message is posted on behalf of a graduate student at the University of Florida who is collecting data for her study about female snow skiers and boarders.




Would you like to help a University of Florida PhD candidate with her research about women’s experiences of participating in snow skiing/boarding? 


If you are an 18-year-old or older woman then you can help me collect data for this study in two ways:

· Complete an online survey that takes about 10-15 minutes.   

· Spread the word among your female friends and acquaintances and encourage them to take part in this study.


The online survey will be anonymous. You will not be asked to provide any identifier such as name, e-mail address, etc.


If you are female and 18 years old or over and would like to take part in this study, please click on the link below or copy and paste it in a browser:


Thank you very much for your time and cooperation!


Mona Mirehie Doctoral Candidate

Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management

University of Florida
Phone: (352) 294-1678 | Email:




Election Results for PBGSSC Board Positions

The election was held at our general meeting on Thursday, April 13th at the North Palm Beach Country Club.   The elected officers on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach Gator Snow Ski Club are listed below.  The officers elected at the April General Meeting will assume their positions on June 1, 2017.   Congratulations on your election!  We look forward to your service to the Club. 


Position                          Officer

President                        Sharon Long 

V-P / Ski Trips                Patti Bochniak

V-P / Special Activities   Open

V-P / Socials                  Open

Treasurer                       Open

Secretary                       Kathy Levas

Member at Large           Cheryl Barnes


Heartfelt thanks go to Supervisor of Elections Ildiko Haidacher and her Election Committee for volunteering to serve the Club.  Kudos for running a fair and honest election.  Members of the Committee include: Bonnie Boaz, Bob Grinnell, Ildiko Haidacher and Barbara Lioi.   


Offices listed as open did not have candidates for election.  They will be filled by appointment by the newly elected Board of Directors at the first Board Meeting of the new fiscal year on June 1st.  If you are interested in being appointed, please contact the President.




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