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Ski clubs offer a shortcut to the snow

The Tampa Bay area's major ski clubs are holding their preseason meetings.

By Times Staff Writer
Published August 31, 2003

The Tampa Bay area's major ski clubs are holding their preseason meetings. Thousands of Suncoast residents belong to these clubs, which charge minimal dues and offer discounted trips to major winter-season resorts.

The social meetings are open to the public and sometimes include fashion shows or gear and clothing swaps. Also, the nonprofit clubs occasionally stage local activities, such as biking and inline skating.

The Tampa Bay Snow Skiers, which took its first group trip in December 1970, merged this spring with the Tampa Bay Ski Club, which had been affiliated with a travel agency. The Snow Skiers expect that membership now may reach 2,000.

The club has scheduled 31 trips this season. Destinations range across the West, from Wyoming to New Mexico, plus Canada, and on to Switzerland, Austria and Italy.

Membership is $25 for individuals and families, the latter including children who are students younger than 21. The next monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Crowne Plaza Tampa-Westshore, 700 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa; (813) 289-8200.

For more information, contact the club by sending e-mail to Membership@tampabaysnowskiers.com The Web site is at www.tampabaysnowskiers.com The Clearwater/St. Petersburg Ski & Sports Club was established in 1981. This season the group, whose members call themselves the Snow Sharks, will have 10 trips. Destinations range from Vermont and Colorado to Norway and Switzerland.

The organizational meeting is at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Foxy O'Tooles, 8585 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

Through the organizational meeting, membership dues are $20 for individuals and $30 per family. After that meeting, dues increase to $25 per person and $35 per family. Children younger than 18 are free.

For more information, contact membership chairwoman Bobbe McGrew at 727 546-6443 or send e-mail to membership@snowshark.org The Web site is www.snowshark.org The Rendezvous Ski Club, which doesn't have dues, will take seven trips this year, including to the Colorado Rockies and Switzerland. The club does not have social gatherings.

To find out more about the trips and their costs, call Nancy Reyelt at Get Out of Town Travel, toll-free 1-800-639-3162, or send e-mail to nreyelt@yahoo.com The Ski Club of Sarasota will have its organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Michael's on East, 1212 S East Ave., Sarasota. The group has nine trips scheduled, with destinations ranging from Colorado to Norway.

Fees are $25 for singles, $40 for families. Regular meetings are held in the auditorium of the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. For further information, go to www.skiclubofsarasota.com or call 941 923-6786 and leave a message.

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