Pentagon Ski Club - Trips (2023)

Pentagon Ski Club - Trips (1)

Jan 20 - 29, 2023 $2,975

The trip is presently full If you have interest please sign up on the waitlist and the trip leader will contact you if space becomes available.

7 nights in Meribel plus one night in Geneva
Non-stop round-trip air, breakfast and dinner daily


Optional 4-Night pre-ski extension to Lausanne, Switzerland
Departs the U.S. Monday, Jan 16
Returns to the U.S. Saturday, Jan 28
(does not include the night in Geneva)

Les Trois Vallées, the world’s largest ski area, is made up of eight resorts linked via a comprehensive network of modern ski lifts. This includes internationally famous resorts such as Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens, and other more family-orientated resorts with a charm all of their own such as Les Ménuires, La Tania, Brides-les-Bains, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville and Orelle. 50% of the ski area’s runs are considered easy (greens and blues) with the remaining 50% suitable for more proficient skiers (reds and blacks).

85% of the pistes are above 1,800m, enabling Les Trois Vallées to guarantee optimum snow conditions from early December to the end of April. 180 ski lifts are available to skiers, which ensure that you’ll spend more time on the slopes than in a queue.

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These eight resorts also offer a unique range of off-piste and après-ski activities, as well as myriad events and entertainment and a wide choice of restaurants.

We will stay seven nights at the 4 star Hotel Alpen Ruitor in Meribel Mottaret offering exclusive and ready-to-go skiing to the largest ski domain in the world. Breakfast buffet, pastry buffet from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm, and half-board with soup of the day, starter, main course, cheese buffet and desert. Drinks are not included. Savoyard Evening on Thursday with unlimited Fondue and Raclette. Access to the spa. 100 square meters of dedicated serenity with Sauna, Hamman, Jacuzzi and Sensorial Shower. Ski Room with individual heated lockers. Free WiFi, Robes and slippers.

Listed cost is for double occupancy. A limited number of rooms may be available for single occupancy (est @ $985, including the night in Geneva); request when registering and the trip leader will make an adjustment to your invoice if you can be confirmed.

Saturday Night in Geneva: Those not going on the pre-trip will spend their final evening, Saturday January 28, in downtown Geneva at the 4-Star Hotel Royal. A guided tour of the city is included. Those who participate in the Lausanne pre-skiing extension will fly home on Saturday.

Pentagon Ski Club - Trips (2)Hotel Royal is located in Geneva City Center, a neighborhood in Geneva, and is near a metro station. Notre Dame Basilica and Mont Blanc Bridge are local landmarks, and travelers looking to shop may want to visit City Center Shopping Area and Rue du Rhône.

Lift Tickets: Lift tickets are not included in the listed package price, but are available as an option during the registration/signup process, reflecting a modest (approx 10%) discount from the prices at the resort. The tickets are for consecutive days; skiers buying a 5-day ticket will need to specify whether their first day of skiing will be on Sunday (January 22) or Monday (January 23):

Lift Ticket Options
5 of 5 Day 6 of 6 Day
Adult (13-64)
$329 $349
Senior (65-74)
$296 $314
75+ Senior

Epic Pass Holdersreceive seven complimentary, unrestricted and consecutive days at Les 3 Vallées ski resorts, as is explained in the Les 3 Vallées Reciprocal Agreement. Epic Local and Epic Day Passes and Military Epic Passes do not include access to Les 3 Vallées. Collect your free skipass with your Epic Season Pass and ID from one of the Meribel lift ticket offices:

  • MÉRIBEL MOTTARET (near our hotel) - Next to the Tourist Office
  • MÉRIBEL CENTRE (down the hill) - La Chaudanne (under the Tougnète gondola)

Lausanne Option - $825

4-night pre-skiing extension in Lausanne, Switzerland
Departs from the U.S. Monday, January 16
Returns to the U.S. Saturday, January 28

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Four nights (Tue-Sat) in the 4-starHotel de la Paixwith daily breakfast, half day tour of Lausanne and Olympic Museum, half day tour of Chaplin's World & the Lavaux Wine Region (UNESCO)) including a visit to a vineyard and a wine tasting. Hotel de la Paix welcomes guests in a luxurious setting with a panoramic view of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. It over looks the lake and the Ouchy district. It is in the city center, close to the station, a few minutes walk to the lake and the lively neighborhood of Le Flon. Since 1915, this city in the canton of Vaud has been home to the International Olympic Committee and the institutions of the Olympic movement. Opposite the hotel is the Lausanne Opera, hosting the Béjart Ballet. There are numerous museums, including the Heritage Foundation, the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée de l''Élysée. Visit the capital of Vaud and its many tourist attractions: Place de la Palud and its animated clock, the gothic cathedral consecrated in 1275, Château d'Ouchy and Bel-Air Tower.

Pentagon Ski Club - Trips (3)

Listed cost is for double occupancy. A limited number of rooms may be available for single occupancy; request when registering and the trip leader will make an adjustment to your invoice if you can be confirmed.

Return Itinerary: Saturday, January 28, we'll have two buses taking us to Geneva:

  • The Lausanne Extension Group will be picked up early and dropped at the airport for their flight home.
  • The "Ski-Only" group will be picked up after breakfast and dropped at their downtown hotel after a guided city tour.

Air Schedule: Flights on United Airlines (Subject to change) Flight change 1/16/23 outbound only, updated 9/21/22

Main (Ski-Only) Group

OUTBOUND - Friday January 20
UA #974 Depart Dulles (IAD) 5:30 pm

Arrive Geneva (GVA) Saturday 7:25 am
RETURN - Sunday January 29
UA #975 Depart Geneva (GVA) 11:40 am
Arrive Washington Dulles (IAD) 3:05 pm
Lausanne Extension Group

OUTBOUND - Monday January 16
UA #1911 Depart Dulles (IAD) 12:32 pm, arrive Newark 1:52 pm, depart UA956 5:50 pm

Arrive Geneva (GVA) Tuesday 7:35 am
RETURN - Saturday January 28
UA #975 Depart Geneva (GVA) 11:40 am
Arrive Washington Dulles (IAD) 3:05 pm

Membership Requirement: Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip. The trip has been "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council. Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip beginning August 1.

Trip Insurance: Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included. Note that this is not cancellation coverage and will not provide any relief if you have to cancel from the trip before it begins, whether for medical or other reasons. You may upgrade your coverage to include cancellation insurance by clicking on the link. It will take you to a flyer describing the options available.

To upgrade to “Cancel for Any Reason” insurance, you must contact Myra Altschuler at myra@travelprotectors.comwithin 14 days from the date you write your first deposit check or make your first deposit by credit card.

Payment Schedule:

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Méribel Initial Deposit

October 11, 2022

November 8, 2022
Basic Trip
$1000 $1000 Balance Due
Single Supp Meribel
$300 $300
Balance Due
Lausanne Extension
$300 $300 Balance Due

We’ll confirm your registration after you've signed up (registered) for the trip and we've received your payment: Pay online by going to ourPartial Payments Page where you can make initial deposits &/or interim payments for one or more trips, and for one or more members, in a single transaction.You may also make partial payments with credit cards at club meetings.Note: If you wish instead to pay for the entire trip (or to pay your remaining balance),you should make your payment directly against your trip invoice. You can find your invoice(s) from your profile page by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the website when you are logged in.

If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to the Pentagon Ski Club and mail it to our treasurer: Christina Anderson, 5502 Maplefield Place, Alexandria, VA 22310. Indicate which trip, and what skier(s) it is for. Or give your check to one of the trip leaders (or to Christina) at a club meeting.

Trip Leaders:

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