Florida Ski Council News

FSC has started to have live meetings again!

Important Club information regarding FSC Meetings:

The Club receives eight complementary event tickets for the FSC weekend functions (parties, breakfasts, lunch, etc.).  According to Club Policy 14, the President, V.P. Ski Trips, the FSC Delegate, and the trip leaders of the upcoming FSC trips will awarded complementary tickets.  Then all other board members will receive equal shares as provided to the club.  Other GSSC members attending would share equally any remaining function tickets with all other costs being paid by the individual attending the meetings. 


Also per Policy 14, when attending FSC meetings, the President, V.P. Ski Trips, the FSC Delegate, and the trip leaders of the upcoming FSC trips will have their pillow costs reimbursed.  Assistant trip leaders do not get reimbursed but are encouraged to attend.  A pillow is half of the cost of a room rental.  According to policy 14, all club members who are compensated must attend all Florida Ski Council functions and parties, which includes the business meetings. 


WHAT:     2021 Florida Ski Council Fall Conference 

WHEN:  November 5-7, 2021

WHERE:  Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel

            5445 Forbes Place, Orlando, FL 32812

Greetings, FSC Club Leaders!

On behalf of the Florida Ski Council Executive Committee, I would like to invite you to attend the 2021 Fall Conference being held November 5-7 in Orlando, Florida. At this event we will be conducting updates & information sharing sessions for our 2022 FSC trips, gathering preliminary club data for our 2023 trips and selecting a "short list" of destinations and tour operators to be invited to bid for our 2024 FSC trips. 

A detailed agenda will be sent to clubs as soon as the final version is ready, and will be posted on the Conference page of the FSC website. Below is a high-level agenda:

Friday Evening

  • An informal "meet & greet" social with club attendees and industry partners.
  • Club packets available at the hotel Front Desk containing name badges & breakfast vouchers for each club.

Saturday Morning

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant (vouchers provided to club & Council attendees only) 
  • General FSC business (club roll call, FSC financial review, etc.)
  • Break out sessions for our 2022 trips

Saturday Afternoon

  • Lunch provided for all attendees.
  • Break out sessions for topics of interest to FSC clubs (industry partners welcome to attend)
  • Suggestions & discussion of potential 2024 FSC trip destinations
  • Formal session ends allowing time for clubs to meet with their respective members to discuss club's preferences for 2024 FSC trip destinations

Saturday Evening

  • Club attendees visit industry partner displays in an informal setting prior to dinner
  • Dinner provided for all attendees 

Sunday Morning

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant (vouchers provided to club & Council attendees only) 
  • Club voting for 2024 FSC January & February trip destinations and tour operators to be invited to bid
  • Club voting to determine final list of potential 2024 International trip destinations from which to solicit high-level pricing

For more information: 

Contact FSC Delegate Carol Pattison: cpattiso@aol.com 

Please connect with the Florida Ski Council web site - a very informative and organized endeavor





Vail Resorts (including Heavenly & Northstar) has announced their COVID-19 safety protocols for the upcoming season. I would encourage you to thoroughly read through this information and share the link with your travelers now


I would also include the caveat that everything is subject to change. If I hear of any updates to the policies, I will let you know asap.


Link to protocols and FAQ's about the upcoming Winter Experience:



A quick and abridged recap regarding the protocols at US-based Vail Resorts (including Heavenly & Northstar):

  1. Lifts and gondolas will be loaded at normal capacity. NO reservation system for mountain access.
  2. Face coverings required indoors but not outdoors unless local mandates require otherwise.
  3. Dining reservations will be required at many of the on-mountain properties.
  4. Proof of vaccination will be required at indoor on-mountain, quick-service (cafeteria style) restaurants. This is currently the only part of the Vail Resorts experience that will require proof of vaccination.
  5. All transactions will be cashless.  This includes on-mountain dining and Ski School. 


Ski season opens in about 2 months. Once that happens, I'm sure there will be more details to share. 


Have a wonderful day!



Lisa Bratcher, 1st Vice President

Lead Officer, Lake Tahoe 2022 (Jan 22nd - 29th)

Florida Ski Council



Cell: (904) 673-4583 

Message from Vail Resorts:

With summer turning to fall in just a few days, the cooler temperatures and changing leaves have us dreaming of winter. We could not be more excited to welcome you back to our resorts for the 2021-22 ski and ride season.

Vail Resorts’ commitment to safety continues to be at the center of everything we do, including our planning for the 2021-22 winter season. Our goal is to keep our guests, employees and communities safe and to keep our mountains open for a long, successful ski and ride season.

This season, we are focused on COVID-19 safety protocols in indoor spaces. We are fortunate that the core of our experience takes place outdoors in vast mountain settings. However, as we welcome guests from around the world to the indoor experience at our resorts, we feel it’s important to do our part to combat the spread of COVID-19.

To this end, the key details of our 2021-22 Winter Operating Plan this season will include the following (all are subject to changing local public health guidelines and changing dynamics surrounding COVID-19):

  • Mountain Access: We will not have a mountain reservation system this season and will load lifts and gondolas at normal capacity, optimizing guest movement around our resorts.
  • Face Coverings: Face coverings will be required in indoor settings, including in our restaurants, lodging properties, restrooms, retail and rental locations, and on buses. Face coverings will not be required outdoors, in lift lines, or on chairlifts or gondolas, unless required by local public health. (For example, Whistler Blackcomb requires face coverings on gondolas due to orders from the Provincial Health Authority of British Columbia).
  • Dining – Reservations: Like last season, guests will be required to book a reservation to eat at many of our on-mountain restaurants. However, based on current regulations, we are expecting significantly more seating and dining capacity than last season, and we intend to open reservations one day prior, versus the day-of last season.
  • Dining – Vaccinations: Guests will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to dine at our indoor, on-mountain quick-service (cafeteria-style) restaurants. Proof of vaccination will be required for guests ages 12 and over at those locations. This requirement includes those guests 12 and over in our ski and ride school programs that include lunch. More details on the verification process will be released ahead of the season on our resort websites. Consistent with many other large-scale indoor activities and venues, we believe the vaccine requirement is important for the protection of our guests and our employees, given the number of people using these facilities and the fact that guests will not be wearing face coverings while eating and drinking. This is currently the only part of our experience that will require proof of vaccination, unless required by local public health. (For example, Whistler Blackcomb requires proof of COVID-19 vaccinations in all indoor restaurants, restaurant patios and bars due to orders from the Provincial Health Authority of British Columbia).
  • Employee Safety: We will be requiring all of our employees to have COVID-19 vaccinations for their safety and protection as well as the safety and protection of our guests and communities, and in compliance with the recent rules announced under the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Indoor face coverings, enhanced hygiene practices, daily employee health screenings, and other health and safety measures will also continue.

More information and Frequently Asked Questions about our safety protocols can be found on our Commitment to Safety page. Again, please know that all policies are subject to change based on the evolving nature of the pandemic as well as local public health guidelines. We encourage you to check resort websites prior to visiting this season for the latest information.

We are grateful for your understanding and cooperation once again this year as we work together to provide a safe and enjoyable mountain experience for all. We look forward to seeing you on the mountain soon.

Thank you,

Rob Katz

CEO Vail Resorts






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