Ski Trip Details!

Hello Troop 648

It is shaping up to be another great 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 5:00pm with the expectation of leaving at 5:30pm sharp. If this will be a challenge for you, please let me know.
  • We are heading back to Snowbowl in the Flagstaff area this year. They have the better snow and conditions. Currently, 100% of the lifts are operating and 26 trails are open.
  • We have secured a cabin for our accommodations. I mean, like a really nice cabin!


  • I need to know if your Scout is going.
  • 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.
  • I need to know same info for any adult going. Yes, adults are welcome!!!
  • We have again made arrangements with Ski Pro for equipment rentals. 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.
    • Rental will be discounted by 20%, so be sure to pay when you are fitted.
    • 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.  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 (kidding).
    • If you are renting, please secure your rentals by the end of day, Saturday, Feb 17th. You can go anytime and I suggest you go sooner rather than later to make sure you can get the equipment you want.
    • If you rent, please be sure to tell Ski Pro you are with BSA Troop 648. Justin is the rental leader and will know about our group. They will aggregate all our rentals under one account. Then please tell me what you have rented and your contract # so we know what to pick up.
    • Andy Gay has graciously offered to pick up all the equipment on Friday, Feb 23rd and will also drop off all the equipment on Sunday, Feb 25th in the afternoon by 4pm.  For the rest of you…no extra work as we will take care of the pick up and drop off for you!
    • We rent in PHX because it saves us A LOT of time and headaches, so thanks for helping.
  • Also, please let me know if you are willing to drive (including how many seat belts you have) and if you or your Scout have any dietary restrictions. Remember, adults are welcome! Even encouraged to join us! Cabin, hot showers, a bed!


  • Your Scout should plan on bringing money or pack a dinner for Friday night. We will stop off at the Anthem food court for dinner 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 13 years running!  Thanks Mr. P! Ryan B will be assisting him. Thanks Ryan!
  • Total fees for the trip are still to be determined, but are estimated to be:
    • Dinner Friday night = $8-$10 (at your discretion)
    • NEW THIS YEAR: If you can, please secure your Scout (your) lift ticket ahead of time. This will save time when we arrive Saturday morning. You can click here to purchase  – $59 for adults. I believe this represents a savings of $20 if you purchase 48 hours or more in advance. If anyone knows of another place to purchase tickets for less, please let me know asap. You can also purchase your lessons on the website in advance as well, so please do so. And if you do, please let me know so we are not double paying. Your Scout can use his Scout funds if you’d like, just let me know.
    • Snowbowl will be celebrating their 80th season during our time there, so we are expecting larger crowds. They should have some fun activities as well.
    • OPTIONAL: Lessons vary, so please call the resort to discuss – (928) 779-1951. Click here for the lessons page on the website.
    • Rentals $20 (for skis, snowboards are a bit more)
    • Sat+Sunday meals = $20-$40
    • Cabin = $30-$50, 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
  • You can click here for the Snowbowl website and additional information.
  • 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