It is with heavy heart and much grief to announce that last week we lost a great man, a dear friend and our NAASF president, Chuck Wagner. Chuck worked hard for us for years, wearing many hats within our organization, serving as our President for the last 2 1/2 years. He will be missed by us all. His dream was to make NAASF popular again, to spread the word to get new members to join us at skiweek and above all see to it that NAASF lives on long after we are gone. His legacy and hard work will be difficult to follow, but I promise you I will continue the direction he was leading us in. As Vice President I'm expected to fill his position and will gladly do so to honor Chuck and his legacy. I will miss our practical jokes, our lighthearted banter and most of all our great friendship. He will live on in our hearts, he might be gone but will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda and his family in this extremely difficult time. I would like to dedicate the 2015 season to Chuck and and ask that we all take part in celebrating his life, a journey that for him ended much to soon. Rest in piece my friend, and we will all work together to further the organization that you gave so much to.
Here's the plan for the June 26th summer meeting/party. The meeting will start at 1:00pm and the party will officially start at 5:00pm. Please spread the word for the party to anyone who might want to socialize. Lets keep the meeting to those who are there for NAASF business.
2016 ski weeks
Election of officers
Grilling of hamburgers,chicken,brats.
Sides of coleslaw, beans and chips.
Keg of beer and wine provided. B.Y.O.B if you want something else.
Hope to see you there. Please let me know if you are planning to attend so we can get a handle on food amount.
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Letter from the Pres.
Welcome to the NAASF (North American Airlines Ski Association) website. My name is Chuck Wagner and I would like to say thanks for checking in on what the up coming season has in store for our organization. Great news is the snow is already falling at the ski resorts and we are very excited for the 2013-2014 ski season. Hopefully the Farmers Almanac is right and it turns out to be a good year for snow.
For those of you who don’t know what NAASF does, in a nut shell, we negotiate on behalf of the ski clubs for deeply discounted lift tickets and room rates which are usually lower than the travel industry rates. The resorts are happy to host us because we generally bring anywhere from 150-300 people to each ski week. Because of this, we usually get lodging rates of 30-50% of rack rates and 20-50% off ski lift tickets during the weeks. We also negotiate a discounted rate for rentals and lessons.
Our ski weeks follow a usual schedule with apres ski get togethers, evening parties and ski competition. The parties are on Monday (welcome), Wednesday (theme), and Thursday (final awards) evenings. There is racing (NOT A REQUIREMENT!!) on Tuesday (snowboard), Wednesday (A & B Skiing) and Thursday (A & B Skiing) with awards. Finally, there is a raffle to benefit the NAASF Foundation that gives away scholarships to upcoming ski racers from around the country. This year the raffle prizes will include clothing from North Face and Fuxi racing, men and ladies all mountain skis, sport tubes, US ski team snow board bags and more. Good Stuff!!
The racing is a tradition at NAASF because the organization was founded on it as a competition between the airline ski clubs. It is one of the long standing activities that has helped glue the ski weeks together. If your club puts undue pressure on you to race tell them the prez says "knock it off"!! It is in no way mandatory and no one should feel overly pressured to participate. That being said, we have found that people who try it get hooked just like we have and find it to be exciting and fun.
I’ll bring this up only because I hear it so often. Yes, there is a registration fee of $75.00. A lot of people say they do not want to pay it because it is for the racing they don't participate in. Actually, most of the money is returned to you via the parties and the activities put together each week. Very little of the money is used to host the ski racing. If you look at the letter from our VP, Are Johnsen, you will see how most resorts spend the money from your registration fee.
This years ski weeks are in resorts that are icons of the ski world. If you have never been to Jackson Hole, Steamboat or Sun Valley you must come and experience some the best skiing in the USA. We are very grateful to them for continuing to welcome us to their mountains and provide us an awesome experience.
If you want to come to a ski week for the discounts but don't want to participate in the activities that’s fine and encouraged but you must pay the registration fee to get the lodging and lift ticket discounts. It’s a great way to save you and your family a ton of money if you are planning a ski vacation. Come out and give one of our ski weeks a try. You might just get hooked on the fun like we have.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or check out the info on the web site or airline ski club. Hope to see you on the slopes this season. Happy skiing and riding!
Each year we receive many questions about why we pay a registration fee. For 10 years or so we have been paying $75 at the time of registration, but how exactly is that money used?
Most people have the misconception that the fee covers only racing, when in fact very little goes to the races.
Jackson Hole in 2013 is a prime example how a ski resort breaks down the fee:
Monday night party: $15/person
Wed night Theme party: $25/person
Thursday night awards dinner: $20/person
NAASF sanction fee: $10/person (this is paid back to NAASF to cover our cost, this past year a lot of that money was spent on raffle prices in support of the NAASF Foundation)
Misc. expenses for the resort: $ 5/person (This is supposed to cover staff for registration, printing of credentials, creating the brochure, race and practice courses)
As you can see a resort is limited in what they can and will offer our group when our numbers are as low as they are. Steamboat this winter was happy because we brought a large group, Crested Butte was happy with our low numbers because it was at the end of the season for them. At CB more than 80% of the registered skiers raced, JH had similar numbers. For 2014, Sun Valley wanted $5 more per person for the registration in order to host us to cover the increasing cost of doing business with us.
Bottom line is that our registration cost hasn’t kept up with the increasing cost of hosting our group. Many resorts (all resorts under the Vail Resorts umbrella) will not even submit a bid because we ask for a lot more than what our fee covers. Big Sky and Winter Park in their bids asked that we guarantee a certain number of attendance, and wanted to penalize anyone who didn’t book lodging at their resort properties with an extra $100 to register.
For the first time since 2003, we proposed to increase the registration fee by $10 for the 2015 season. This was voted on and passed unanimously at the NAASF summer meeting. We will most likely be forced to increase this fee again in a few years should our numbers continue to stagnate.
In conclusion, the registration fee pays for the parties and some of the administrative costs associated with hosting a NAASF ski week. The race training courses and the races they hold for us is mostly absorbed since we bring in additional revenue for the resort. By hosting us as a group, we are also offered discounts that are better than the normal travel industry rate
Ski Week Dates 2015
Jackson Hole, WY
January 11th-16th, 2015
February 8-13th, 2015
International Ski week
March 15-20th, 2015
April 5-10th, 2015
Ski Week Dates 2016
January 10-15th, 2016
February 7-12th, 2016
International Ski week
March 6-11th, 2016
Sun Valley, ID
April 3-8th, 2016