Ski Trip is Fast Approaching – DETAILS!

Hello Troop 648

Apologies for the late notice on the upcoming ski trip. It is shaping up to be another fantastic trip to the mountains for some fun on the slopes! The following will provide details.

  • We will meet, load up and leave from Chaparral Christian Church, back near the shed. Please plan on arriving at 4:00pm with the expectation of leaving at 4:30pm sharp. If this will be an issue for you, please let me know. We are trying to leave a bit earlier as we have a longer drive this year.
  • We are heading back to Sunrise in the Pinetop/Greer area this year. They have an excellent base of snow and the conditions are great. All lifts and runs are currently open. Can you say 92″ base?!
  • We have secured the cabin we rented in 2015. If you/your Scout went, you will remember the game room with air hockey, foosball and a ping pong table!
  • We are working on a group discount for ski lift tickets. I’ll keep you posted.


  • I need to know if your Scout is going or not.
  • I need to know if your Scout is skiing or snowboarding.
  • I need to know if your Scout is renting equipment or not (see below for more info).
  • I need to know if your Scout needs a lesson (full day or half day). If this is your Scout’s first time skiing/snowboarding, it’s required. If they have been a few times, they may consider a lesson in the morning as a refresher.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: We have made arrangements with Ski Pro for equipment rentals as Alpine Board Sports is out of business. If you are renting:
    • You must go to Ski Pro to get fitted – their address is 2110 E. Camelback Road – just west of 24th street on the north side of Camelback. This location only.
    • Ski rental is $18 plus tax, snowboards are a few dollars more.
    • While they do rent clothes, they DO NOT RENT HELMETS. Helmets are required per BSA policy. Your Scout will NOT BE ABLE TO SKI/SNOWBOARD if they don’t have a helmet. Sunrise does NOT rent helmets. When we assemble in the parking lot, we will do a helmet count. If you have an extra helmet and are willing to lend it to a fellow Scout, please let me know. If you don’t have one, try a friend, find something online, use a bike helmet or wrap your head in bubble wrap.
    • If you are renting, please secure your rentals by the end of day, this Saturday, Feb 4th. They are running low on rentals.
    • If you rent, please be sure to tell Ski Pro you are with BSA Troop 648. They will aggregate all our rentals under one account. Then please tell me what you have rented so we know what to pick up.
    • I am looking for a volunteer to pick up all the equipment by 2pm on Friday and to drop off all the equipment on Sunday afternoon by 3pm. Please let me know if you can. For the rest of you…no extra work as we will take care of the pick up and drop off for you!
  • I need to know as soon as you can if your Scout and/or you are planning to attend. If we are going to take advantage of the lift ticket discount, we need a headcount asap.
  • Also, please let me know if you are willing to drive and if you or your Scout have any dietary restrictions.


  • Your Scout should plan on bringing money or pack a dinner for Friday night. We will stop off in Payson for food on the way up.
  • We will eat all meals as a troop. Therefore, Sat breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast will be provided. Total cost will depend on total number of attendees. We will also have gas fees.
  • Mr. Parizek will once again be serving his ‘Best Mountain Lunch’ in the parking lot at noon. Winner of the ‘Best of’ award 12 years running!  Thanks Mr. P!
  • Total fees for the trip are still to be determined, but are estimated to be:
    • Dinner Friday night = $8-$10 (at your discretion)
    • Lift ticket – $56 (may be less if we can secure a discount, adults are more, 12 and under are less)
    • OPTIONAL: Lesson (includes a lift ticket) approx. $79 – $94 depending on half/full day
    • Rentals $20 (for skis, snowboards are a bit more)
    • Sat+Sunday meals = $20-$40
    • Cabin = $30-$40, depending on number of attendees
    • Gas = $8-$10, depending again on number of attendees
    • We will work hard to keep costs as low as we can
  • Everyone will need a sleeping bag and sleeping pad as well as a towel, soap and shampoo. We will have the opportunity to clean up after skiing. Also, don’t forgot your winter gear for the mountain.
  • Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!  Please bring plenty as the weather is looking to be clear and sunny. NO SUNBURNS ALLOWED!

This is great trip, don’t miss out!


Scoutmaster T648