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Members organize a number of trips each year to destination resorts.  Places we visit regularly include Whistler, BC; Silver Star, BC; Schweitzer, ID; Mt Batchelor, OR, Mt Hood, OR, and Lech am Arlberg, Austria. 

The club also facilitates day trip meetups at local ski areas: Crystal Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and Mt Baker.

Skill levels of participants range from novice to extreme, with the largest cluster of skiers in the blue-black range.  A few of us even ski downhill on new school Telemark gear.  

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, January 13, 2018
    • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    • Lech am Arlberg, Austria
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    Join Seattle Ski Buddies trip captain Gil Price as he takes you on a memorable week skiing a first class European resort - the Austrian Alps Arlberg region. Ski over 260 km of prepared runs on one ski pass throughout nine ski areas including Lech, Zuers, Oberlech, St. Christoph, St. Anton, Stuben, Kloesterle/Sonnenkopf, Warth-Schrocken and Pettneu. Gil knows this area very well having skied it annually for over three decades.

    Arrive in Lech, Saturday, 13 January 2018

    Depart from Lech, Saturday, 20 January 2018

    Lodging: Hotel Stuelzis, Lech am Arlberg, Austria

    Prices: US$1,680 per person sharing a double room or US$1,750 per person in a single room - both are pre-booked.  Full payment deadline is September 28, 2017. Some space may still be available at the time of the Ski Buddies October potluck.

    • Included in the above pricing:

      ~ Daily Austrian breakfast and four course gourmet dinner in the hotel dining room

      ~ Austrian wine & beer reception on Sunday evening – bring your Lederhosen!

      ~ Six days of daily ski lift passes beginning on Sunday and ending on Friday good at the following ski areas: Lech, Zuers, Oberlech, St. Christoph, St. Anton, Stuben, Kloesterle/Sonnenkopf, Warth-Schröcken, Pettneu, Rendl

      ~ Access to the hotel wellness center (steam bath and sauna – no bathing suit required)

      ~ Daily ski & boot warmer storage  ~ Free WIFI/Internet

      ~ Vegetarian friendly meals available with advance notice.


      Not included: 

      ~ Estimated ~$1,000-$1,200 roundtrip coach fare from Seattle to Zurich.  January is low season!

      ~ Roundtrip to/from Lech am Arlberg from Zurich airport’s terminal 2 with arlbergexpress.com is estimated at Euro 90 or $120 per person

      ~ possible Zurich overnight on 20 January; depends on your flight departure time, estimated at ~$150

    Deposits can be made now with checks payable to Ski Buddies (club membership required) and full trip payment due by September 28th, 2017.  Additional convenience fee to use Paypal.

    Please contact trip coordinator Gil at 206.234.5898.

    • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    • 6:00 PM (PST)
    • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM (PST)
    • Whistler, BC
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    Ski Buddies is returning to Whistler Gay Ski week! 
    You and other members will be sharing several 2 bedroom, 1 bath condos at Town Plaza Suites at a cost for 4 nights at just $615/person. 

    condos are all in the same building and each are equipped with 2 bedrooms, each with a queen size bed, full kitchen including stove, oven, fridge and microwave, fireplace and balcony. 
    The condos are right in the heart of the Whistler Village and a quick walk to the main gondola and pride events. 

    Check in is anytime after 6pm on Wed, January 24th and check out is by 10am, Sunday, January 28th.  Also....of course there is a community hot tub!!  I would also be providing light breakfast options for each condo (fruit, juice, coffee and eggs with a meat) and hosting a club cocktail party in one condo Thursday evening. 

    Please contact your trip leader, Chad Proctor with any questions at

    • Sunday, February 11, 2018
    • Sunday, February 18, 2018
    • Hakuba & Tokyo, Japan
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    Ski Buddies is heading to Japan! 

    You and other members will spend 5 nights at the slope-side Hakuba ski area west of Tokyo with true ski in/out located at the Hutte Shiroi Koya Hotel with "western style"  twin beds.  Each room has 2 twin beds for 2 members to share @ $550 per person.  All of the rooms have views of the mountain and a private bathroom.  Breakfast, dinner and WIFI are included. The hotel also has its on "onsen" hot bath which will take away the pain from a long day on the mountain.  The hotel is located within 15 minutes walk to the center of the village where bountiful restaurants and bars are located! The Hakuba main ski gondola is only 10 minute walk or quick ski/ride on the slopes from the front door of the hotel.  There are several other ski areas to choose from within a short shuttle ride as well.

    On Friday,  February 16th after checking out of the hotel around 10am, we will go as a group to visit the famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey park near Nagano before returning to Tokyo via the same high speed train.
    To conclude our trip, we will be spending 2 nights in Tokyo before departure onward on Sunday, 2/18.  Our hotel, APA Hotel Shinjuku, in Tokyo, is in the heart of the gay nightlife in the ni-chome section.  Each room has 2 twin beds with private bath for 2 members to share.  The hotel is only a 10 -15 minute walk to the bars, restaurants and train station in Shinjuku.  The hotel also features its own "onsen"/spa! 
    Transportation Details:
    We will take the high speed train from NRT (Tokyo Narita) to the ski resort with payment for transportation on your own upon arrival in Japan.  As example, my flight on ANA leaves SEA at 12:20pm on Saturday, 2/10 and arrives NRT at 3:40pm on Sunday, 2/11.  Delta also operates the only other direct flight and it arrives at 3:45 on 2/11! You must book a flight to arrive before 4pm on Sunday, 2/11!!  Presently both flights price the same at $1,462 in coach round-trip and $6,258 in business round-trip.  After immigration, we will board the 30 minute local train from the airport to Ueno avoiding the city of Tokyo itself where we will connect to the high speed train to Nagano.  The high speed train leaves at 6:30pm and 7:30pm with just a 76 minute ride covering over 100 miles costing less than $70!  From Nagano, we will either share taxi service to the ski resort or use local train/bus service for the 1 hour final part of the journey.  This will make our arrival at the hotel in Hakuba ski area between 9 and 10pm.  

    Please contact your trip leader, Chad Proctor with any questions at chad.scott.proctor@gmail.com

    • Friday, February 16, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Monday, February 19, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sandpoint, ID
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    Schweitzer Mountain, President's Day weekend Feb 16th - 19th

    Ski Buddies returns to this great destination, 20 minutes up from Sandpoint, Idaho, known for non-crowded slopes, great snow and some of the best tree skiing in the Northwest! Annually, 300 inches of snow fall over the 2900 acres with a top elevation of 6400 feet and a 2400 foot vertical drop. The Resort also features snowshoe trails and 32 kilometers of groomed and track set cross country trails.

    We will be staying at a beautiful, ski in/out home on the mountain near the base Village, with 5 shared bedrooms, three baths, kitchen, hot tub and free shuttle service to the lifts, Village shops and night life. Sandpoint is a short drive back down the mountain for more shops, nightlife and restaurants.

    Price $355 - includes 3 nights lodging (Friday - Sunday w/check-out Monday), plus breakfasts, Apres skis and one hosted dinner.

    Lift tickets and transportation are extra. (The drive from Seattle to Sandpoint is roughly six hours. Spokane International and Sandpoint are the closest airports. Train service directly to Sandpoint is available with shuttle service to Schweitzer.)

    • Thursday, February 22, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sunday, February 25, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 34007 Yodelin Place, Leavenworth WA 98826
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    STEVENS PASS WEEKEND  –  Feb 22nd - 25th, 2018

             01-THU-SUN (3 NITES) – $95.00

    Thursday through Sunday. Arrive after 4pm on Thursday and leave before Sundaynoon.

    ·         02-FRI-SUN (2 NITES) – $75.00

    ·         03-THU ONLY (1 NITE) – $30.00

    ·         04-FRI ONLY (1 NITE) – $45.00


    ·         05-SAT ONLY (1 NITE) – $40.00


    ·         06-THU-SAT (2 NITES) – $65.00


    STEVENS PASS WEEKEND  –  Feb 22nd - 25th, 2018


    Trip & Lodge Lowdown: The Stevens Pass Weekend is the longest running Ski Buddies trip (36th consecutive year since 1982!) and one of the most popular. We again have exclusive use of our favorite Cabin, just off the Highway and within two miles of Stevens Pass downhill area and only a few miles from the Nordic Center.

    The log and granite cabin offers a rustic feel yet features a full kitchen, three bathrooms, showers, sauna, outdoor hot tub, two fireplaces, and comfortable seating for conversation, dining and games. Sleeping is on the third floor loft with foam mats provided.

    Prices will also include very basic continental breakfasts. Most dinners tend to be a potluck with the Saturday dinner as the main potluck where we invite others to join us up in the mountain for the day and then come back to the cabin to enjoy a nice dinner before heading home.

    Lunches, dinners, lift tickets and transportation are participants’ responsibility through most dinners tend to be potlucks with people sharing dishes.


    Join Us For the Day or Saturday Potluck:  Club members are welcome to join us during the day or meet us at lunch time if they come up for the day.  Feel free to contact the trip leader by texting his cell phone (Cell service is spotty, so texting works the best).  We’ll try to meet up around 9AM at the Clock each day on Friday and Saturday.  As always, we have our official potluck on Saturday night and all are welcome to come back with us and enjoy dinner before heading back (or pass out at the lodge)

    Trip Coordinator (Click on Name to Contact): Thai Bui 


    Discounted Stevens Pass Ticket Info:

     1.  4 Day Powder  | Is non-transferrable and only usable by 1 person.  The advantage is you don't have to go to ticket window because it is loaded onto your card.  Sold during the months of November and December only so buy soon.



    *** REFUND POLICY ***

    Please consider buying trip cancellation insurance for all club trips.  Many of our trips are in privately owned resort homes, small family run hotels or hotels that offer no refunds.  Refunds are seldom available once payment has been made. 

    Refund policy: refunds for trips will be made only if the participant was able to be replaced by another.  It is the participant's responsibility to find a replacement.  If a refund can be issued, it will be done after completion of the trip.  All refunds are decided by the Board.


    • Friday, March 02, 2018
    • Sunday, March 04, 2018
    • White Pass, WA
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    Join Ski Buddies for the White Pass Winter Carnival March 2nd - 4th, 2018

    This 'family' oriented event features a snow castle, live music, FIREWORKS, snow sports competitions, and poker run for all! 

    White Pass is your Ski Buddies, Paul Horne's local mountain and he knows it well.  The mountain offers, Alpine skiing, Groomed Nordic track and skate skiing, Snowboarding(including terrain park), Back Country, and Marked Snow Shoe trails.

    Ski Buddies will be staying right at the White Pass Village Inn Condo's. Amenities ensuite wood stove in some rooms and great outdoor heated pool.  Keep in mind this is a family friendly trip.

    Friday-check in and group casual dinner prepared by Paul starting at 4pm, followed by poolside BYOB and socializing.

    Saturday - Breakfast prepared by Paul then snow play all day,lunch at members discretion. This is the main Carnival day of snow sculptures and HUGE snow castle. That evening is a reasonably priced prime rib dinner or similar served in the lodge. Followed by ski flare, and fire works display,  Capping off the night is live music in the bar until midnight.

    Sunday - Breakfast, then room check out, snow play rest of the day. Lunch is again at members discretion.

    This is a good value oriented trip and fun annual event.  Price is $215 per person.  The snow is going to be epic this year, now is the time to ski White Pass!

    Hope to see you at White Pass,


    • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Monday, March 26, 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Mt Bachelor/SunRiver, OR
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    With nearly 3,700 acres of lift-accessible terrain, you won’t want to pass up a trip to Mt Bachelor with the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington! Mt. Bachelor, located on the eastern flanks of Oregon’s Central Cascades, just west of SunRiver and Bend OR, is known for its light, dry snow, and endless and diverse terrain.  

    Over the years, Mt. Bachelor has continued to grown to be one of the largest ski resorts in the U.S. This year is the opening season for their new Cloud chaser chair, The resort boasts a wide variety of terrain. Guests can ski or ride 360 degrees off the summit, hike the adjoining cinder cone for a thrilling run down, or, ski the trees to find that great cache of powder!

    Not only is Mt. Bachelor a great place for expert skiers and riders to get that burn, it is also a fantastic place to learn a snow sport.


    One of our most popular and longest running Skibuddies trips. Returning to last years 2 beautiful luxurious Sunriver homes for 4 nights. Skiing Mt Bachelor or taking a day off to explore Bend, bicycle around Sunriver or do a day hike at the nearby lava fields. 

    Arrival Thursday March 22nd, departing Monday March 26th. 

    Includes 4 night's shared lodging, 4 hosted breakfasts and 2 dinners. 

     $285 per person.

    Put it on your calendars!

    Scott McGlothlin-trip leader

Past events

Friday, January 05, 2018 Mt. Baker
Thursday, March 16, 2017 Mt Bachelor/SunRiver 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017 PRIDE @ STEVENS PASS RESORT
Friday, March 03, 2017 31st Annual White Pass Winter Carnival
Thursday, March 02, 2017 Royal Gorge & Sugarbowl
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 Steamboat Springs
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Stevens Pass Weekend Feb 23-26, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017 Lech am Arlberg, Austria, January 14-21, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017 Mission Ridge January 13th - 15th MLK weekend
Friday, January 06, 2017 Mt. Baker
Saturday, December 17, 2016 Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Sunday, July 10, 2016 JULY 'TRIP LEADER' POTLUCK
Sunday, June 12, 2016 JUNE POTLUCK
Sunday, May 01, 2016 MAY POTLUCK
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Elevation Mammoth (Gay Ski Week), March 16-20, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016 Mt Bachelor/Sunriver, OR
Thursday, March 03, 2016 Red Mountain BC March 3-6, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016 Stevens Pass Weekend Feb 18-21, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016 Silver Star - Alpine/Nordic, B.C., February 11-15, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016 Whistler Winter Pride 2016, January 24 -31, 2016
Saturday, January 16, 2016 Lech am Arlberg, Austria, January 16-23, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016 Manning Park, B.C., January 15-18, 2016
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Mount Bachelor
Thursday, February 19, 2015 Stevens Pass Weekend
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Red Mountain
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 Anthony Lakes, OR
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Whistler Winter Pride 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015 Arlberg, Austria
Thursday, March 20, 2014 Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, March 06, 2014 Silver Star - Alpine/Nordic
Thursday, February 20, 2014 Stevens Pass
Thursday, February 13, 2014 Schweitzer Mountain
Monday, January 27, 2014 Whistler Winter PRIDE 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014 Arlberg, Austria

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