Trips

Sunday March 17th, 2024 Tremblant Bus Trip is a GO

Our day trip up to Tremblant on Sunday March 17th is on. Registration is still open.

There will be three stops this year, the usual Bells Corners and Isabella stops, and a new stop at the RA Centre. Riders must identify which stop they plan to get picked up at when registering.

An email will be sent to all participants no later than the Thursday before the trip.

Schedule

6:00am – Bus arrives at Bells Corners Loblaws (2065A Robertson Rd at the corner of Moodie)

  • Parking available at this spot.

6:30am – Bus leaves Bells Corners

7:00am – Bus arrives at RA Centre (2451 Riverside Drive)

  • Pickup in the large RA Centre parking lot on the western side of the RA Centre. The parking lot is closest to Bronson, and entrance is via Riverside. For those who know the RA Centre, it’s the parking lot with the canoe club shed.
  • Parking available at this location.
  • Riders should wait in their car, and begin to load their equipment when the bus parks in the parking lot.
  • There are bathrooms inside the RA Centre (if the doors are open at that time).

7:15-7:20am – Bus arrives at downtown Loblaws on Isabella (64 Isabella St)

  • No parking at this location.
  • Bus pulls up directly in front of the Loblaws entrance.
  • Note: this will be the first year with a third pickup spot, so if the bus is running 5-10 minutes late no need to worry.

9:30am – Bus arrive at Tremblant South Side

  • When the bus arrives the trip lead will need to go in and pickup the lift passes. This take 5-10 minutes.
  • If riders don’t need a lift pass (i.e. they have their own), you can go for your day.
  • Everyone who needs a lift pass can either wait on the bus, or go outside and unpack your equipment and start getting ready (your preference).

9:45am – Day passes given out. 

4:00pm – Bus arrives at same spot at Tremblant South Side

4:30pm – Bus Departs at 4:30 sharp to return back to Ottawa

5:00pm – Bus stops at a depanneur along the way

  • Riders can purchase beer or snacks and consume them on the bus. Preferably no glass bottles.

7:00pm – Bus drop of at Isabella location

7:15pm – Bus dropoff at RA Centre

7:40pm – Bus dropoff at Bells Corners

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • There are no refunds within the last week before a trip. 
  • However, if you can’t make the bus please let the club know by emailing info@bytownskiclub.ca so that we are not waiting for you in the morning.
  • If you cannot attend but would like to transfer your bus trip/ticket to another club member, email the club before Thursday at 10am and we can transfer the ticket

Sunday April 7th, 2024 Tremblant Bus Trip is Cancelled

Unfortunately we didn’t get many signups for our April trip, and it’s looking like an early spring this year, so we have cancelled our last April bus trip. Those who have purchased tickets for the April trip can switch their tickets to the March trip, or get a full refund.

2023 Tremblant Day Bus Trips

The Bytown ski club organizes a series of bus trips from Ottawa to Mont Tremblant and back. We rent a coach bus with washrooms and shuttle participants to and from the hill.

We leave early with a first pickup in Bell’s Corners at 6:30am, a second pickup at the RA Centre at 7am, a third pickup at the Loblaws on Isabella at 7:15am.  There is parking available at Bell’s Corners and the RA Centre. We arrive at the base of Tremblant village around 9:30am. Skiers enjoy the day and we pick everyone up at the base of the village at 4:30pm. We make one stop at a depanneur on the way back – drinking is permitted on the bus – and arrive back in Ottawa around 7pm for the first stop and 8pm for the last stop. All timings are dependent on weather and traffic.

In 2024 we will run 4 trips, one each month January – April.  To purchase tickets login to our powerup page: https://bytownskiclub.powerupsports.com/. Tremblant has increased the price to ski this year by a bit. This year the exec made a decision to subsidize our bus trips by offering big discounts to those who register early. Discounts are available on a first come first serve basis and buses may sell out.

  • Anyone who registers for at least one bus trip over the season will receive a free Bytown ski club membership (value $10).
  • All bus trips will be discounted by $15 for those who register by November 30th.
  • All bus trips will be discounted by $5 for those who register between December 1st and December 31st.

Regular Pricing

Bus trip Date Adult Senior Youth/Student Bus Only
Friday January 19th $138 $133 $116 $55
Friday February 16th $138 $133 $116 $55
Sunday March 17th $138 $133 $116 $55
Sunday April 7th $126 $117 $105 $55

Prices above are all-in (i.e. after all tax). Discounts above are applied to the prices in the table. Purchase price in powerup will reflect the discounts available at the time of purchase.

Self-drive trips/Meet and Ski events

We are planning these right now. Details to be announced in November/December.

We typically hold 3-4 meet and ski events where we meet at a local ski hill, and buy nachos at the pub at 4pm for any ski club members who care to join. They are a social and informal activity.

Austria Weeklong Group Ski Trip January 26- February 3, 2024

Saalbach Austria Bytown Ski Trip Memories 2024

Our happy group of fifty-three skiers and snow boarders have all returned safely from our marvelous week in the Saalbach Austria region. Our group grew from the Ottawa airport departure in Toronto via Air Canada to Munich where we hit a blip upon arrival when two pieces of luggage were delayed a day until they were delivered to our hotel. One positive though was that it provided an opportunity for Bill to go on a ten-minute power shopping spree in Hinterglemm upon arrival to get some necessary clothing items to be action ready the next morning to hit the slopes. Before dinner at the Altachhof Hotel on arrival day we were treated to a welcome presentation by the amazing Johnny Walker, an instructor from the Saalbach Ski School who described the elements of the vast ski terrain and special things for folks to do during their stay. Johnny the led a group of twelve on a magical mystery tour of the ski are the next day. His pre-dinner discourse was complemented by our hosts for the week, Dani and Mia, who provided us with marching orders pertaining to the accommodation, meal plan and inclusive taxi arrangements to and from the mountain lifts.

After a jet-lagged sleep, we arose the next morning at our buffet breakfast to blue-bird skies, no wind, and warm temperatures akin to spring skiing but with high altitude winter snow. Ski groups formed over breakfast, and we dispersed to the three entry point lifts via private taxis to explore the massive region of 120 lifts and 408 kilometers of pistes. For our first three days we toured on boards and skies under blue bird skies without a cloud or any wind whatsoever and enjoying the snow-capped panoramic mountain vistas.

On Wednesday some whispy clouds moved in to give some relief to the sunshine and heat, followed by precipitation late Thursday morning and some high-altitude fog on Friday.

The perfect conditions motivated several of our more experienced skiers and boarders to take up and successfully complete the arduous Saalbach- Hinterglemm Ski Circus Circuit Challenge. The one-day challenge is 65 kilometers over 12,400 meters vertical and 52 lifts. The youthful Phil and Arron, on a snowboard and skis respectively, were the first of our group to conquer the challenge and receive their recognition awards. They were quickly followed on successive days by Kirsten, her Don and Behn, and finally by Jim and his daughter Anne, who had scoped out the area when they were participants on the inaugural Bytown ski week to Saalbach in 2018.

Many of the group partook in daily après ski activities at Saalbach before returning to the hotel. Austria is renown for the best après-skiing in the world and many of the mountain restaurants offer entertainment to its guests. The Soul House at the bottom of the Berngogelbahn gondola was a favourite early in the week but many of our group quickly learned and frequented the awesome Hinterhogalm with its band and patrons from all over Europe, and of course Canada, over beers belting out tunes daily together such as the Ice Bear and Country Roads. John T even made his stage premier with two Danes dressed in a bear outfit supporting the singer with his Ice Bear rendition!

Wednesday evening was a special treat for 36 members of our group who experienced a pistenbully (groomer) ride together up the mountain under the darkness of the early evening, to a beautiful mountain restaurant-hotel that treated us to a rib gastronomic experience. After dinner most of us descended the mountain trail crazily on individual sleds, while three of our saner group members opted for an arranged ski -doo trailer ride down the mountain. Either way, fun was had by all!

Several were asking me about plans for next winter Bytown ski week. Nothing is firm at this early time as I want to savour the aftermath of this year’s trip and then quickly pivot to planning next year’s Bytown ski vacation. While the quality of Austria has always been a winner for all our participants, my early thoughts are to look to the Italian Dolomites and possibly Morzine France as possibilities for 2025. I welcome any of your ideas so please drop me an email with your thoughts. Rest assured; I will keep you informed as my planning progresses. Keep the last week of January 24- February 1, 2025 available if you might be interested, as that is my preferred European ski week time frame for several reasons.

Check out this YOUTUBE video link for some further memories. Thanks, Clive for this contribution to our memory bank. https://youtu.be/yaO7gTh_8SE

Thanks to everyone who participated in living and sharing together the dream of an active healthy social vacation experience. We all have fond memories of an awesome week together in the Alps of Austria. Until the next time, Wiedersehn.

Don Singer

Bytown Ski Cub

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