Amid summer heat, time to think about skiing

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

In what has been one of the hottest and, thanks to the high humidity levels, one of the most uncomfortable summers in recent memory, I received an e-mail this week that reminded me that in about four to five months we’ll be 80 degrees or so colder and longing for these dog days of summer.

The Rock Valley Ski Association (RVSA) announced the plans for their ski trips for the upcoming 2011 season. They will open things up with a three-day trip to Big Powderhorn Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The cost for the Jan. 7-9 trip is $360 per person. The trip includes lift tickets, lodging, transportation and meals including dinner in the Caribou Lodge.

Later that month (Jan. 21-29), the group will team up with the Chicago Metropolitan Ski Club for a trip to Bad Gastein, Austria, one of Austria’s largest ski areas. Accommodations will be at the Hotel Weismayr that features a ski bus stop at the door. Optional day trips will be available. The trip cost is $1,695, which includes airfare and accommodations. A three-day extension, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, to Munich, Germany, is available for an extra $300.

If you and your significant other are looking for a unique way to celebrate next Valentine’s Day, the RVSA has just the answer. They are planning a romantic ski vacation to Jackson Hole, Wyo., Feb. 11-15. This intensive ski experience combines diverse terrain and Western ambience. A new aerial tram is available for trips to the top of the mountain. Lodging will be at the Parkway Inn. Cost, which includes accommodations, lift tickets and a direct flight to Jackson Hole Airport, is $875.

The final planned trip for the 2011 season is to Big Sky, Mont. The March 5-12 trip includes optional access to Moonlight Basin ski area. The cost is $1,485. Accommodations for this trip will be at local condominiums. The fee also includes airfare and lift tickets.

Trip information and reservations are available from Jack Wonderlick at (815) 601-3157 or online at A deposit is needed, and payments can be scheduled over several months.

RVSA is an adult club for those interested in skiing, snowboarding and travel. In addition to winter activities, the club also offers various cycling, hiking and social events throughout the year. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Thunder Bay Grille. Go to for more information.

If you do join the RVSA on one or more of their trips this year, the good news is you won’t have to deal with all of this heat and humidity when you’re finally swooshing down those cool, snow-covered mountains. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it?

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Aug. 25-31, 2010 issue

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