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Kellogg Ski Trip | December 9-15 | Telluride, CO
PRE-REGISTRATION FOR RISING 2ND YEARS IS NOW CLOSED
REGISTRATION FOR 1Ys WILL OPEN IN EARLY AUGUST
REGISTRATION FOR 1st YEARS AND 2nd YEARS WILL OPEN IN THE FALL 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Most important details:
Dates: Saturday, December 9th - Friday December 15th
Trip deposit amount: $200 (trip balance due in the Fall)
Ski Trip registration link: https://gw.skisync.com/Register/314-SocialTrip/KelloggSSCAdmin
Where: Telluride Ski Resort


Basic Registration Information: 
When is Kellogg Ski and Snowboard Trip?
Who can go on the trip?
When can I register?    
How do I register? Do I register for my JV?    
How many people can go on the trip? Why is there a limit?  
Will there be a wait-list if I don’t get one of the spots?    
Can I transfer my (pre)registration to someone else?    
Why should I register on May 2? Will the trip really sell out?
December is a long time away, what if I have to cancel?
After I pre-register on May 3rd...am I all done?

Transportation (Flights, Buses, etc)

What flight should I book?  
Are there any flight deals through Kellogg?
What if I miss registration on May 3? Can I still go on ski trip?


Timing and Logistics
Can I arrive later/earlier than the 9th and/or leave later/earlier than the 15th? 
My JV wants to come for part of the trip, can he/she?
Can I bring my child? 


Activities and Accommodations
What activities are included in the trip?
Tell me more about the social schedule... 
If I don't ski, can I still go and will I have fun? 
What additional activities can I sign up for?
When can I sign up for activities and ski lessons?
What are the accommodations going to be like?    


Costs and Other Questions
How much will the trip cost?
Can I get a reduced price if I don’t drink? 
Is travel insurance available? 

 



Basic Registration Info
When is Kellogg Ski and Snowboard Trip?
The 2017 trip is from Saturday, December 9th to Friday, December 15th.

Who can go on the trip?

The trip is open to Full-Time Kellogg students and their significant others (JV’s).  You may NOT bring a friend, sibling, etc. as your JV.  Dishonestly registering a sibling, relative, or someone else means that your fellow Kellogg students miss out on this great opportunity.  Anybody caught trying to do so will have their spot on Ski Trip revoked, with no refund.


When can I register?  

General pre-registration for rising second years is now closed.
Registration for 1Y students will open in early August. 
Registration for 1st years and additional 2nd years will open in the fall. 
Prior to registration opening, a link will be sent out to the Kellogg Groups email list. You will not be able to register until the site opens on registration day. 

Note: Ski Trips pre-registration historically closes (i.e., is filled to capacity) quickly so make sure you are on time if you want to guarantee a spot!
 
How do I register? Do I register for my JV?    

Every participant must register their own unique account for Ski Trip - both Students and their JVs must create their own individual accounts. JVs will require their significant other’s Student NetID to complete their registration. Make sure you have joined the club on Kellogg Groups to ensure you get all communication in a timely manner.  The link will not be sent out to the entire Kellogg community!

TIPS: 

  • If you've used SkiSync before, we recommend you and your JV log into your Ski-Sync accounts ahead of time to ensure your credentials work.
  • If you have not used Ski Sync before, you will need to create an account when you register for the first time.
  • When registration opens, have your credit card on hand for payment.  


How many people can go on the trip? Why is there a limit?  

Due to the size of mountain accommodations and event venues, we must enforce a cap of 900 participants. Our ability to offer capacity is limited by a variety of factors including social venue capacities, availability of consistent lodging, and other logistical factors. Trust us, we’re booking the majority of the town.


Will there be a wait-list if I don’t get one of the spots?    
No, there will not be a waitlist for Spring or Summer registration. If you are not able to register in the spring or summer, you will again have the opportunity to register in the fall.


Can I transfer my (pre)registration to someone else?    

No. Spots on Ski Trip are non-transferrable. 


Why should I register on May 3 (rising 2nd years), early August (1Ys), Fall (all others)? Will the trip really sell out?

The trip will have a maximum capacity and has sold out for the last few years in a short amount of time. This year’s trip will have similar capacity to last year, so your best shot is to register when registration opens.   


December is a long time away, what if I have to cancel?

If you cancel before July 31st, you will get $100 of your $200 deposit back. If you think you might have to cancel closer to the trip, purchase trip insurance when you register in the fall (see more about trip insurance below and in the Cancellation waiver on the registration page)

What flight should I book?

As stated earlier if you arrive on December 9th (between 9am and 5pm) and leave December 15th, transportation from the airport will be provided. Once you have paid your pre-registration deposit you are guaranteed a spot on Ski Trip 2017. At that time if you would like to book a flight you are welcome to find something that suits your travel needs. That said, we are working to organize additional capacity and chartered flights from Chicago into and out of the destination. If you are comfortable waiting for us to organize those options there will be more options available at that time.

We will provide additional information on ground transportation after the reveal. Just remember that ground transportation occurs on December 9th (between 9am and 5pm) and December 15th. If it’s outside of those times, know you’ll need to cover your own ground transportation costs and additional lodgings costs (see more on early / late arrivals and departures).


Are there any flight deals through Kellogg? What airports are nearby? 
There are three airports that are between 1.5 and 2.5 hours of Telluride:

  • Montrose (MTJ) is the closest airport at 1.5 hours to Telluride Resort
  • Grand Junction (GJT) is ~2.5 hours to Telluride Resort
  • Durango (DRO) is ~2.5 hours to Telluride Resort 

There are currently round-trip flights from Chicago to any of these airports for the dates of Ski Trip (12/9 and 12/15). That said, we are currently working to add more options to better fit travel schedules.
 
We are talking with Telluride and various airlines to add round trip flights direct from Chicago to Montrose. Depending on demand, we’re also considering trying to add round trip flights from Denver to Montrose for the dates of the trip (12/9 and 12/15). We’re looking at all options now and will choose the options that are best logistically and financially.  

Additionally, please note that TEX is the small airport in Telluride itself, 15 minutes from the mountain. However, it is a regional airport and can’t accommodate larger flights. Do keep it on your radar if you’re flying from somewhere nearby as you may find a flight that works for you. We will evaluate transportation options from TEX to Telluride Mountain Village once we have an understanding of how many people are utilizing this airport.
If you’re planning to fly elsewhere after Ski Trip (i.e. not going back to Chicago), we’d suggest exploring flight options out from all airports. Similarly, if you’re coming to Ski Trip from a city other than Chicago, explore options at all airports. The transportation we arrange will be servicing these airports based on demand.


What if I miss pre-registration on May 3? Can I still go on ski trip?

Yes. Registration for rising second years has a specified number of spots, so that we can also allow 1Ys and incoming first years to register. When registration again opens in the fall, you will again have the opportunity to register for Ski Trip 2017.


Timing and Logistics
Can I arrive later/earlier than the 9th and/or leave later/earlier than the 15th? 
Yes.  If you are shortening your stay, you will still pay for the same base package. The only price adjustment available to the base package is the shortening of ski days (i.e., days you have a valid lift ticket).

If you are arriving early, you may get additional discounted lift tickets / rentals. Lodging, lift tickets and rentals after the 15th are your responsibility. Additionally, the club will not be responsible for arranging or paying for ground transportation if you travel on days other than the 9th or 15th.

My JV wants to come for part of the trip, can he/she?

Yes, but as noted before, no pro-rating or discounts will be available. The only price adjustment available to the base package is the shortening of ski days (i.e., days you have a valid lift ticket).  JV's should also make sure they are part of Campus Groups to receive the registration link, and will also need their significant other’s Student Kellogg NetID (e.g. abc123) to register.


Can I bring my child? 
Yes! We've chosen a great location for kids. Pricing will vary based on the age of the child (and their lodging/skiing needs.)  Please reach out to kelloggskiclub2017@gmail.com if you are considering bringing a child / children. It is critical that you reach out before registration begins. Please note – all evening parties and social events are adults-only, so you will need to arrange for your own childcare.

Activities and Accommodations
What activities are included in the trip?

Aside from lodging and ground transportation, the trip price includes 4 days of skiing, 3-4 big night parties (including a private show with artist to be announced), 1 bar crawl, and 3 apres-ski parties. If you choose to ski fewer days or ski no days, or have a season pass to the mountain, your trip cost will be reduced by the amount of ski tickets not used.


Tell me more about the social schedule... 

The social schedule is being designed by our new committee. It will be announced in the fall, at which time you will also sign up for activities.  In the meantime, click here for the 2016 social schedule, which will give you a good idea of what to expect.

If I don't ski, can I still go and will I have fun? 

YES! This year’s ski trip is an amazing destination fit for both skiers and non-skiers alike. Also, don’t worry, you won’t be alone – there are always plenty of your classmates who are also non-skiers and the social committee will arrange daily non-ski activities. But, it's also a great time to learn to ski or snowboard since you won't be the only adult on the bunny slopes!


What additional activities can I sign up for?
We will finalize our list of non-skier activities in the fall. But you can look forward to activities similar to those in past trips such as snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, yoga classes, spa days, cooking classes, distillery tours, wine tastings, ice skating, bowling, horseback riding, and more. Plus the après and all night parties are accessible to people who do not ski or snowboard.

When can I sign up for activities and ski lessons?

Activity registration and ski lesson sign up will occur in the fall, after general registration has closed.


What are the accommodations going to be like?    

We are finalizing accommodations and will provide more information in the fall!

Costs and Other Questions
How much will the trip cost?

The price for this year’s trip is still being finalized. The trip typically costs ~$1,100 - $1,200 and includes:
  • Round trip transport from Local Airport to the resort on the 9th and 15th
  • Ground transportation from Evanston to Chicago airports ORD and MDW on Dec 9th
  • Legendary night parties and après ski events (with drinks and some food)
  • Four days of lift tickets (can be adjusted up or down at full registration)
  • Lodging for all six nights (no more than two people per bed and one person for a pull out couch)
  • Free schwag from our corporate sponsors
Note: the base cost of the trip can be adjusted based on the number of lift tickets you buy during activity registration. For example, if you decide to buy less than 4 days of lift tickets, you will be refunded the balance.
This trip cost DOES NOT include:
  • Flights to and from the resort
  • Ground transportation if you arrive before/after Dec 9th, or depart before/after Dec 15th
  • Ski or snowboard rental equipment
  • A la carte social activities during the week
 

Can I get a reduced price if I don’t drink? 

Unfortunately, there is no reduction of price for those who don’t drink.

The vast majority of expenses for Ski Trip are fixed costs related to lodging, venue and equipment rentals, transportation, talent & DJ booking fees, etc. rather than on alcohol. If you consider Ski Trip as a ‘bundle of goods,’ there is inevitably underlying variability in the extent that each student utilizes each of these different ‘goods.’  We have tried to facilitate cost/consumption matching wherever possible – students book their own flights; lift tickets, rentals, lessons, and individual day activities are purchased a la carte; and students make their own food and beverage choices for the majority of the trip. However, in a group of almost 1,000 people, it's impossible for us to perfectly match cost to consumption on every variable – not everyone will attend every social event, people eat and drink different amounts at events, the use of provided transportation will vary, there is a range of lodging costs, etc.

Unfortunately, food & beverage costs at our social events is one of those costs for which we cannot differentiate consumption on an individual basis – the structure of our contracts and agreements with vendors is based on total headcount and assumed average consumption.

On a more positive note, every aspect of Ski Trip is being made available at a substantial discount (majority exceeding 50%) vs. what is available to the general public.  Even if you don’t plan on drinking, we hope that you will enjoy the substantial value presented by the trip as a whole.

Can I get a reduced price if I don’t utilize the transportation? 
As with the social events, there is also some variety in the number of people who use the transportation, including those who take busses to the airport, on the ground at the resort, etc. Unfortunately, we are not able to break this cost out per person. At Telluride specifically, everyone will be utilizing the gondola which moves people between the town and the lodging mid-mountain. 

Is travel insurance available? 

Travel Insurance will be available for purchase at a later time. You are also welcome to purchase your own insurance.

Note that if you pre-registered, you will be contacted around the time of Fall registration to opt in for purchase of trip insurance.  If you complete final registration in the fall, you will be charged the insurance premium amount at this time.  This insurance offers many benefits, and is managed by a third-party insurance company.  For a complete description of benefits, please see the SkiSync website to review the complete policy document.  Note that all questions/claims regarding this insurance should be directed to the insurance company, and not to the Kellogg Ski Club.