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Snowmass Trip 2023

April 2023 - days TBA

Snowmass Trip 2022

Chairperson: Rick Pasturczak
When: Sunday April 10th to Saturday April 16th, 2022
Where: Top of the Village Condos, Snowmass CO

We had the usual transportation problems. A few people had flights canceled on the way in but either arrived later on Sunday or early Monday morning. One person went to a Rockies baseball game Sunday night.

Once in their condos, everyone commented how nice they were and enjoyed how close they were to the slopes. The Sunday evening "Get to Know Everyone Pizza Party" was well attended.

On Monday, a group went on a tour of the mountain. At times we had high winds on the mountains due to an upcoming storm approaching. Blowing snow created patches and drifts of snow on the mountain which were fun blasting through.

On Tuesday, we woke to everything covered in snow. Laurie and I have been hosting the trip to Snowmass since 2014. Every trip, with the exception of last year, a storm would come through and give us 5 to 12" of snow. I believe mother nature was trying to make up for last year because we received 27" of snow on this last trip. You usually don't get the opportunity to experience that much snow unless you live in the mountains. Due to all the snow we received, snow conditions were fantastic the rest of the week. For those who were on the 2022 trip, it will be one you will remember forever.

We had four people take advantage of the free ski lessons given by Jeff and Rick on Tuesday morning. There would have been more but some people's skis stuck to the fresh snow and had to get their skis waxed. Tuesday evening we had a Taco party in Rick and Laurie's condo and had many stories to tell from their deep snow experiences that day.

Everyone got out Wednesday morning and enjoyed another day of snow up to their boot tops and more. After lunch on Wednesday, a group of 7 hiked up to the top of Longshot and skied the 5 mile run of deep snow through the trees. It took almost an hour for the group to come down due to their Midwest legs and took a long break at the bottom afterwards. At 3:30 pm, a few attended the thigh burner top to bottom run. Mike and Stephen Nelson came in 3rd and 4th. Congrats to the two of them!

On Thursday, a group went to ski Aspen Mountain. The morning was cloudy but the sun came out after lunch. With the sun and fresh snow, the group took the opportunity and skied down Ruthie's Run and most of the World Cup downhill run during which one member expressed her opinion of the run by saying "Get me the f*** off this mountain." It may have been a little steep for her in some places but she got down safely and the view of the town coming down the mountain was memorable.

On Friday evening, we had "Left Over Night" where we ate what food was left over from the trip. Everyone their had a story about their deep snow experiences during the week. It was the perfect end to a memorable trip.

Ikon Pass holders or non-skiers Lodging only is: $580.

The Top of the Village!

Located in Snowmass Colorado the rooms are ski in ski out. The condos has many amenities; wifi, maid service, elevator, pool, hot tub, and a private shuttle to take you to the ski areas, grocery runs and the Village. There is a free shuttle bus from Snowmass to Aspen Mountain.

See the photos below showing the snow and fun we had!

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Apres Ski Party

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Apres Ski Party

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Apres Ski Party

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Laurie, Rachel, Rick

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View from Top Of Village Condos

Powder Dogs had a great skiing Snowmass.
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Our group gets discounts at select restaurants and shops.

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Stephen & Mike

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Third Place Thigh Burner Race Winner
Venga Venga After Party

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Laurie & Rick

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Powder Day for Mike & Rick

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Jeff, Larry, Mike, Tom

Powder Dogs had a great skiing Snowmass
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Ski In Ski Out Condos

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Snowmass Trip 2021

Chairperson: Rick Pasturczak
When: April 4 - 10, 2021
Where: Top of the Village Condos, Snowmass CO

Although there were to large group get togethers, there were some small gatherings at lunch and after the Annual John Wright Thigh Burner Run, which Mike Nelson won 2nd place and 2 margaritas. Also during the week the NASTRA Nationals were running and Dave Clark won first place in his bracket.

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April 4th-10th, 2021

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April 4th-10th, 2021

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April 4th-10th, 2021

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Mike "Thigh Burner 2nd Place Winner"

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Larry and Dave

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Snowmass Group 2021

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Rick and Laurie

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Apres Thigh Burner Race

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President Jim

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Karen at Snowmass

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Top of Village Condo

Snowmass Trip 2020

The 2020 trip was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Snowmass Trip 2019

Chairperson: Rick Pasturczak
When: April 7th to April 13th 2019
Where: Top of the Village Condos, Snowmass CO
Trip included:
  • 6 nights at the Top of the Village 2 bed/ 2 bath condo
  • 4 day lift ticket to Snowmass, Aspen, Aspen Highlands
  • Welcome Party day of arrival with appetizers and beverages.
  • Outdoor buffet BBQ dinner with drinks and snacks
  • Apres ski events
  • Pot Luck dinner at the Pasturczak Condo

Mike Nelson was the winner of the 2019 Annual John Wright Thigh Burner Challenge,. Mike won a free margerita.

Powder Dogs had a great skiing Snowmass.
Snowmass CO

Who says there is not good snow in April?
Lynn, Rick, Mary

Powder Dogs had a great skiing Snowmass.
Long Shot Group 2019

Roman, Helene, Ralph, Rick, Laurie, Mary, Jeff

Powder Dogs had a great time skiing Snowmass.
Venga Venga Party 2019

Mike won the annual John Wright Thigh Burner Challenge!

Powder Dogs had a great skiing Snowmass.
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Condo after party!

Powder Dogs had a great skiing Snowmass.
Snowmass CO

Condo after party!

Powder Dogs had a great skiing Snowmass
Snowmass CO

Ski In Ski Out Condos

Powder Dogs had a great skiing Snowmass.
Top of Village pool and hottub
Powder Dogs had a great skiing Snowmass.
Snowmass CO

Our group gets discounts at select restaurants and shops.

Trip to Snowmass, Colorado 2018

When: April 8th to April 14th 2018
Where: Top of the Village Condos, Snowmass CO
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A day on Aspen Mountain! Pictured from left to right; Karinas dad, ?, Karinas mom, Martin, Karina, Rick, Roman, Jeff, Marlin


Trip to Snowmass, Colorado 2017

Dates for 2017 trip were Sunday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Trip included-
  • 6 nights lodging in 2 bedroom condos at Top of Village in Snowmass.

A great way to end the season! 23 people went on the trip. Some flew, some drove.

First day Monday, we had 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow. Rick took part of the group for a tour of Snowmass mountain and visited the three peaks and three main on mountain restaurants. Monday night there was an outdoor barbeque dinner when it started to snow.

Tuesday morning we had around 10 inches of fresh powder and a group went up to the top of Big Burn for First Tracks an hour before the chairlifts opened to the public. Due to lack of crowds, we had fresh snow to almost lunch time. Tuesday evening there was a group dinner in Rick and Laurie's condo for appetizers, salad, lasagna, garlic bread, beer and wine.

Wednesday was a perfect day. Blue skies, 30 degrees, and perfect snow from Tuesday's storm. Some took the day off and went into Aspen. But for those that skied Snowmass, we had outstanding snow and groomed conditions in Elk Camp all day. There was the Thigh Burner race and after we met down at Venga Venga for margaritas.

Thursday and Friday were spring conditions with temps in the 50's. Thursday, some of the group went to Aspen mountain and skied Ajax and the run the World Cup races were held on in early March. On Friday, Dave Clark got 10 of us organized for Nastar racing at Snowmass. We're a fast group as many received medals.

Overall A GREAT TRIP!

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Sneakys 2017

Laurie, Rick, Jeff, Karen

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Baby Ruth 2017

Jeff, Rick


2016 Snowmass Trip

Date: April 3rd to April 9th in 2016.


Transportation- Trip does not include transportation.
However you get there, try to arrive Sunday around 3 pm on Sunday for check in. Any earlier and you may wait for your room to get ready. Reception party is usually around 7 pm Sunday evening.
About skiing in April- April is normally Aspen's 2nd snowiest month so good snow is usually no problem. If you've never skied the mountains in spring, you need to go. The temps are more mild, lows average in the 20's, highs in the low 40's at the base of the mountain. Higher in the mountain is normally 10 degrees cooler. The Aspen/Snowmass area start at around 8,000 feet at the base and 12,000 feet at the summit so the snow stays in good shape.


2015 Snowmass Trip

Date: April 5th, 2015 to Saturday, April 11th, 2015

  • 6 nights lodging at the Terrace House in Snowmass, Colorado
About the trip- Even though there was record low snowfall for March 2015, there was plenty of good snow at the top of the mountains. Low temps were in the upper 20's and highs in the low 50's. It was sunny everyday, had 4 inches of new snow on Wednesday evening and great spring skiing conditions. Joey Keen took first place and Joe Keen was third place in the Annual John Wright Thigh Burner Challenge, Big Burn top to bottom run on Wednesday. Snowmass trip 2015

A day on Aspen Mountain! Pictured from left to right; Lynn Creegan, Tom Blair, Rick Pasturczak, Joey Keen, Joe Keen, Laurie Pasturczak.

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Trollhaugen guy, Joey, Joe

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Venga Venga 2015

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Post Thigh Burner Party

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Terrace House Condo

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Terrace House Hot Tub


2013 Snowmass CMSC Trip

  • Date: February 23, 2013 through March 2, 2013
  • 7 nights lodging at the Interlude Inn in Snowmass, Colorado

The Powder Dogs had good snow conditions all week for trip. The Monday Nastar race day at Snowmass was sunny and in the 40's, perfect for an outdoor lunch. The photo to the right was taken after our outdoor lunch which was after the Nastar race. Later in the week was partly sunny with some fresh snow and the temps stayed mainly in the 20's so the snow stayed good all week.

Some trip highlights:

  • The Powder Dogs placed 3rd in total rankings in the Nastar race against the other clubs. Rick was the fastest male of all clubs.
  • Penny found a shortcut with elevators through a hotel to get us back to our lodge so we didn't have to walk up hill.
  • Jim took video one day of us skiing. He had the camera set wrong and didn't get 90% of the shots. At least he got Phil falling.

Snowmass CMSC trip 2013

Look at those smiling faces! Pictured from left to right; Bruce Peters, Phil Rhunke, Krista Rhunke, Rick Pasturczak, Laurie Pasturczak (kneeling), Mike Nelson, Jeannie Conway, Jim Conway, Barb Kowalski, Penny Bouchard, John Conway, Carol Verling, John Huegenberg (and his new jacket), and Paul Bouchard.

Snowmass trip 2013

A day on Aspen Mountain! Pictured from left to right; Jim Conway, John Conway, Rick Pasturczak, Mike Nelson, Paul Bouchard, John Hugenberg.

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