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.





2019 Ski Season Plan

 We have been hard at work planning trips for the 2019 season. This is what we have so far:


Destination                         Operator                              Status                           Dates                   

Vail   -                               SAT  -                         Approved                Jan. 12 - Jan 19

FSC Big Sky –         -                    Approved                Jan. 26 - Feb 2

Three Valleys, France -  Alpine Adventures        Approved                Jan. 26 -  Feb 5

Taos –                                           Approved                Feb. 2 - Feb. 9

Zell am See –                   Unknown                     Planning


Copper MT? -                   SAT                             Planning

Cortina –                         Holidaze                       Contract pending





Please contact VP of Ski Trips for application and requirements.  Trips are ready to sell but for a lack of board approved trip leaders


Note - some trips have me listed as the contact person.   This  is temporary until the GSSC board approves the trip leader selections

Walter Marussich; VP of Ski Trips -


*All terms and conditions subject to change.

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Congratulations to Our Newly Elected Officers

The officers for 2017-2018 were elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors on April 12th.  They will take office on June 1st.  Congratulations to all!

President ..................... Patti Bochniak
VP Ski Trips ................ Carol Pattison
VP Special Activities ... Kelly Lunsford
VP Socials .................. *
Treasurer .................... Ann West
Secretary .................... Kathy Levas
Member at Large ........ Liz Loeffler

* The position of VP / Socials 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.


Kudos to the Supervisor of Elections, Ildiko Haidacher, and her committee (Barbara Lioi, Bob Grinnell and Ben Smith) for conducting a successful election.  Thank you for your service to the Club.   







We Need Volunteers to Serve on the Board


We need your help for your Club to succeed next year.  The position of VP / Socials has no candidate.  If you are interested, please contact Club President Sharon Long at or (561) 768-6365. 


Directors (Membership Director, Communications Director and Event Comptroller Director) will be appointed at the June Board Meeting.  If you are interested, please contact Sharon Long.


Except for Member-at-Large, all positions include a Board Benefit of $500 to be applied towards a Club trip.  All positions have two year term limits. 


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Duties of Elected Officers and Appointed Directors


The newly elected Board will appoint new Directors at their first meeting on June 1st.  The following positions are available:


Membership Director: Maintains membership database; club directory, elections roster; collects membership dues; enforces membership requirements for trip participants, officers, trip leaders, elections and events; promotes membership; mailbox custodian.


Communications Director: Maintains website; promotes events; in charge of email blasts and social media; head of Communication Committee; creates promotional material, business cards and pamphlets. 


Event Comptroller Director: Maintains event rosters; tracks participation limits; computes  fees; creates invoices, tracks payment schedules; records invoice payments; sends website reports to Trip leaders; forwards received checks to Treasurer.


If you are interested, please contact the President. 


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Featured Special Activities Trip


Palm Beach Gator Snow Ski Club Presents...

A Spring Adventure to Australia and New Zealand


November 4 - 18, 2018


Standard Package $5,900 


Join the Gators on this bucket list trip of a lifetime during the spring season as we visit Australia and New Zealand as part of a Florida Ski Council (FSC) non-ski trip. 


New Zealand is a lush, green country with a variety of beautiful scenery - everything from glacial fjords to gorgeous beaches to lushly forested mountains.  We will visit the highlights of what New Zealand has to offer with the added benefit of an included three day pre-trip extension to Sydney, Australia. 


Experience the best life has to offer in New Zealand, a modern, safe English speaking country.  The food is delicious and safe to eat.  The roads and infrastructure are in excellent condition.  You can experience the native Maori culture as well as the modern first world New Zealand culture.  You will not have to worry about proliferating pickpockets or haggling with dishonest merchants. You can just relax and enjoy yourself on this amazing trip. 



Choose your package from the following options:


- Only $5,900* for the Standard Package when paying by cash/check.  Single supplement price is $7,900*.


- Optional 6 nights in Australia (with another FSC Club to Sydney and Cairns) add $1,100*.  For single supplement add $1,400*. 


- Optional 4 night post trip to Fiji (with another FSC Club), add  $800-$1,000* depending on room.  For single supplement price, add $1,400*.


*Prices shown include a 3% cash/check discount. Credit card payments do not include this discount. 


All prices and itinerary subject to change.


Standard Package Summary: Round bus trip from PBG to south Florida departure city (TBD) Round trip ticket from south Florida departure city (TBD) to Los Angeles.  Includes 3 night pre-trip in Sydney, Australia, 2 nights in Auckland, NZ, 2 nights in Rotorua, NZ, 5 nights in Queenstown, NZ, all air flights and transfers. All ground transportation in Australia and New Zealand is included. All accommodations are hotel rooms – double occupancy.


Standard Package Includes:

* Round trip air flights with taxes and fees  

* Four star hotels

* Daily breakfasts

* Orientation Tour of Sydney, Australia

* Sydney Harbor Coffee Cruise on the "Captain Cook".   

* ½ Day City Tour of Auckland, New Zealand

* Full day tour of Waiheke Island, NZ by boat and bus including lunch and wine tasting 

* Tour of "Lord of the Rings" Hobbiton Village 

* Evening Maori Experience and Dinner in Rotorua Maori Cultural Center.

* FSC Dinner Buffet at the Skyline Gondola in Queenstown, NZ with Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks.

* Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw with BBQ Dinner at the Walter Peak Colonel's Estate with sheep shearing show. 

* Gator pre-trip party. 



  1. Prices are based on dates of travel November 6-17, 2018 and based on current airfares and subject to change.         

  2. Prices do include current departure taxes and fuel surcharges. Currently the taxes are $105. And the current fuel surcharge is $680.          

  3. Exchange rate used is $1.37 NZD to $1.00 USD.

  4. Optional side trips TBD will be offered for Australia or New Zealand at additional cost.  


For more information or to sign up, please contact the Trip Leader:


Karen Eslary

Cell 561-312-7650


Visit trip webpage.


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Our first ski trip of the season!

Gators at Winter Park - January 2018



Our second ski trip - FSC Trip where the Gators placed third in the FSC Cup Races!


Gators at Steamboat Springs - January 2018 




Our fifth ski trip - FSC Trip to Sierra Nevada, Spain!


Gators at Gibraltar - March 2018 

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