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Tampa Bay Ski Club Trip Leaders

Welcome to the Trip Leaders Section of our Web Site! These hard working, fun loving people will be very important to you. If you have never been on one of our trips, this is what you can expect from your trip leader...

Before you go they are hard at work planning activities and social events for you to enjoy on the trip. Each has been to the resort before so you are getting first hand information. The leaders are available to you as a source for information about the resort, the lodging, the transportation and the special activities planned.

On the way to the resort, they assist with boarding, check in, bus transportation and general information about the trip schedule or events. At the resort they assist with check in, lift ticket distribution and rental equipment. Then the fun begins! There will be Welcome Receptions, Happy Hours, picnics, parties, even a full dinner on most trips! Each leader is different; each has their own knack for entertaining. But they are always looking out for their travelers and making sure they all have a good time. And then on the few occasions when “Murphy’s Law” is in effect, they are there to help.

A couple of things they are not are:  baby sitters, nursemaids, bookkeepers, baggage handlers, dishwashers or ski instructors. All travelers are urged to work together to make the trip more fun for everyone.  We are pleased to have such a dedicated, experienced group of leaders, look them over and join us for a great ski trip!



 
Alan & Nancy Jackson - Floral City, FL

Alan – I moved from Pennsylvania to Florida when I was 12yrs old. When growing up as a teenager I started skiing with my friends in North Carolina, loved the sport, and knew I wanted to continue. When I started going out west and Canada, where the snow was light and fluffy, I haven’t looked back. I have lead travelers on over 30 ski trips since 1986, and have been to over 50 different resorts, some twice. I love that I get to meet and ski with new friends every year. The adventure of skiing and leading groups is what I love to do and to have them enjoy the adventure with me is priceless. You can’t get any better than that.

Nancy- I am a Florida native and didn’t see snow until I was an adult. My first experience of skiing was Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in 1988. I fell in love with it and didn’t want to stop. I have never skied anywhere else except out West and Canada. I have been to 40 different resorts, some twice. After helping Alan on several of his trips since 2006, I started leading my own trips since 2010. It has been my pleasure, and I look forward to each year to meet and ski with new friends. I can’t hardly wait for each ski season to come around to join in the adventures with Alan.

WE LOVE TO SKI!!!!!!!!!

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Alan & Nancy Jackson

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Anita Hoy

Coming Soon!

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Anita Hoy

Assistant Trip Leader:
 
Ann Worthington

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and began skiing on some of the smaller hills in that area starting at 14 years old.  I graduated to the slopes of upstate New York and really got the ski bug in my early 20s.  When I moved to Boston, after graduating college, I skied quite a bit in New Hampshire and Vermont.  I did not know about the slopes out West.  I was a happy camper.

When I moved to Florida after the blizzard of ’78 in Boston, I worked in the finance and accounting area.  I was in public accounting and then was CFO of banks and insurance companies.  When I first went on vacation skiing out West in the early 80s, I never had the desire to ski in the East again.  The conditions and terrain in the West are terrific!  I have skied in Europe, as well and find the skiing to be fun and different!

I love Big Sky, Keystone, Park City and all of the places in between.  Actually, it is hard to think of a ski area in Utah, Montana or Colorado that I do not like.  Canada also offers a large variety of exciting destinations.  I usually team up with Ruby Johnson and I can tell you that we will ensure that everyone has a great time!  I look forward to another wonderful ski season!!

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Ann Worthington

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Bonnie Ormerod - Niwot, CO

I’m a Maryland/DC native and learned to ski in the northeast visiting Smuggler’s, Stowe, Killington, Sugarbush (“Ice Mountains”). I thought it was natural to ski in frigid temperatures and on ice and to me it was the best in the world. Life hands you opportunities, and I moved to FL years ago and missed this passion of being in the snow and mountains.

Another door of opportunity knocked when I read the Tampa Bay Ski Club ad in the paper several years ago announcing their Kick-Off Party. I went out to the Rockies that year and the rest is history. I have met wonderful people and created a lot of new friendships in this ski club. Skiing is a passion of mine and I am eager to share my energy and enthusiasm with you. I came to love Colorado so much that I moved out here a few years ago. Some of you may enjoy all the group activities while others may want to kick back and just enjoy quite time relaxing or pampering yourself in the spa. This is your trip and your vacation, and I hope to make it special for all of you. I’m looking forward to being your host providing you with fantastic memories long after we return home.

Over the years I have skied various mountains including Heavenly, Squaw, Kirkwood, Sierra, Park City, Deer Valley, Cannons, Snowbasin, Brian Head, Key Stone, Steamboat, Breckenridge, Winter Park, Snowmass, Copper and Vail.

"Dance for Snow"

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Bonnie Ormerod

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Bonnie Sklaren - Gulfport, FL

I have been skiing for over 45 years, starting this adventure on Mammoth Mountain in California. I have been fortunate to ski many resorts in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. My favorite by far are the ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Great terrain, fabulous snow and awesome après ski. I have had the pleasure to ski with the Tampa Bay Ski Club for several years, and to lead many trips. We have met a number of wonderful and fun people and made new friends. Our ski adventures include, among others, Snowmass, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Telluride, Vail, Steamboat, Big Sky, and Banff. All have been memorable, each in its own way. Whatever other trips we choose to do, we inevitably add Copper Mountain to the itinerary. There is terrain for all levels of skier, good snow and fun après ski opportunities. If you have skied this resort you know what I am talking about, if not you don’t know what you are missing. Please consider joining me on this trip, as always it will be a fun filled ski adventure.

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Bonnie Sklaren

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Chris Schmidt - Sarasota, FL

I am a general contractor in Sarasota, Florida but am originally from Western, NY where I was a part time ski instructor. Growing up, my family was always on the go which is where I found my love for outdoor adventures. I have traveled the country on countless adventures including skiing, river rafting, mountain climbing, paddle boarding, rollerblading, mountain biking & backpacking just to name a few.

Although I had been on countless ski trips, it was with the Tampa Bay Ski Club where I took my epic ski vacation. After experiencing a week long trip to a top resort with a group led by a knowledgeable trip leader (Helen) I was inspired to share in my knowledge and excitement for skiing as a trip leader. I like being around others and enjoying all aspects of the adventure whether it be the travel, discovery or letting go of the troubles of daily life.

Join me for an adventure, "If you don't do it this year, you will be one year older when you do." - Warren Miller

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Chris Schmidt

Assistant Trip Leader:
 
Edith Salter

Coming Soon

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Edith Salter

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Helen Newcombe

Helen grew up in Colorado and started skiing at 12 years old. As a trip leader since 1998, she has lead one to three ski trips per year to many ski areas in the Rockies and Europe. Helen has met some great people on her many ski trips and has built up a large list of satisfied travelers. As a result of this experience, her trips usually fill up quickly. Helen looks forward every year to skiing her favorite mountains and meeting new friends. Helen has owned a dance studio in Zephyrhills for 33 years.  She loves children and enjoys having them on her trips. Her other hobbies and interests include golfing, biking, kayaking and traveling.

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Helen Newcombe

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Jeff Kenrick

Growing up in the desert of Arizona I got a late start skiing. I enjoy it so much that I am doing my best to make up for the lost time of my earlier years. We have a condo on Beech Mountain, NC so I spend a lot of time tuning up for the bigger mountains by skiing both Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain. I have run some great trips with my previous club both domestically and internationally. Having the good fortune of meeting Helen Newcombe on a trip to South Africa, she easily talked me in to joining her on the wonderful trip to Croatia. That, and two ski trips later with the Tampa Bay Ski Club, I felt inclined to make the switch. This club has a great trip format and the folks my wife Ilona (non-skier!) and I have met have been friendly and fun. We spend a lot of time on Anna Maria Island so it is a great fit for us.

I love to travel and have lived in many different countries as an engineer with Schlumberger. That career was followed by restaurant ownership and commercial real estate. Life has taught me that people often have different expectations. I work hard to meet the challenges of any reasonable expectations when leading a trip.

There are no two ski destinations that are alike so my goal is to ski as many of them as I can. If you join me on any of these adventures in the future I am pretty confident that you will not be sorry!

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Jeff Kendrick

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Lance Penn - Lakeland, FL

Hello fellow skiers, my name is Lance Penn. I currently reside in Lakeland, FL and after retiring from the U.S. Navy. Born and raised in Lakeland, skiing was introduced to me later in life and is now a passion. I love the experience and the joy’s that skiing brings, and visiting some of the most beautiful places like Banff, Canada.

Our trip last year to Telluride, CO was a great success and everyone who went talked about how well organized the trip was and that they had a great time. Between Tracy, myself and another friend, we have over 25 years experience in Banff. I enjoy leading and helping people to ensure they all have a great trip and I can assure you that this trip will be no different.

Please join Tracy and I for a great time this year in Banff and If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call me at (863)860-9166.

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Lance Penn

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Mike Waller - Lakeland, FL

I grew up in a military family, moving every few years and yet I still love to travel.! I am mostly retired and my wife and I split time in the summer between our homes in Lakeland , Fl (hot) and Glenville, NC (cool).My wife and I have 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren that keep us busy.I learned to ski when I was 10 in Garmisch, Germany. After a 25 year break from skiing my family did a Christmas family reunion trip to Vail, Co. and I have been hooked ever since. It has become my passion. I love being outdoors and feeling the sun and wind and snow on my face. I have lead ski trips all over north America for 15 years and have visited most of the Rocky Mountain Resorts. I love to share my enthusiasm for skiing with everyone. Please join me this year for a trip to one of my favorite resorts at Big Sky, Montana from March 13 – 20, 2021. Big mountain, big snow, and beautiful scenery!

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Mike Waller

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Raoul Weinstein - Formerly from Lakeland, FL, now living in Greenville, SC

Raoul has been skiing the west for over 40 years and has been a trip leader for 25 years. This year's Sertomans & Friends trip, sponsored by the Sertoma Club of Lakeland, will be the 26th annual fundraiser for Camp Endeavor, a camp in Dundee, FL for speech and hearing-impaired kids. Over the past 25 years, this fun and fairly-priced trip has raised over $135,000! Raoul always plans three dinner parties for his group plus other activities that keep the group together. He has led numerous ski trips for the Tampa Bay Ski Clubs over the past 24 years. But he never lets his ski trips interfere with his other favorite past-time: ballroom dancing. He was a cruise ship gentleman ballroom dance host for many years sailing the seven seas and visiting six continents and touring many of the most exciting and exotic destinations in the world. And all he had to do was dance with the ladies each evening -- until one of those ladies decided she wanted him as a dance partner for life. He married Nancy McMillon, whom he met on two different dance cruises in two different parts of the world, proving that "it is never too late to find happiness -- on or off the slopes!"

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Raoul Weinstein

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(Sertoma Trip)
 
Ruby Johnson

My ski passion began with my first trip with the ski club in 1979 to Big Sky, Montana. Being in the travel business afforded me the opportunity to lead trips and ski most of the western resorts, and some of Europe.

Wonderful friendships have formed over the many years I have been leading ski trips. Each season I look forward to making new friends and seeing old ones.

After surviving Stage 3 breast cancer, I retired as a travel professional and an Aetna wife and devoted my energies to leisure activities as well as charity work. I have served as chairperson for the Memorial Day Charity Tennis Tournament held at East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, Florida for the past 20 years having raised over $850,000 for Morton Plant Mease Foundation, The Arthritis Foundation, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), and our current benefactor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

Having been a member of East Lake Woodlands Country Club for 25 years, I have served four terms on the Tennis Committee, four times as Chairperson and one term on the ELW Board of Governors.

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Ruby Johnson

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Tracy Kirkpatrick - Lakeland, FL

Hello everyone, I have lived in Lakeland since birth and I’ve worked for the City of Lakeland for over 35 years. I love the great outdoors and sports, so when a lifelong friend invited me on my first ski trip in 2000, I jumped at the chance since I was a true Floridian and had not experienced snow. Since that first trip to Banff Canada, I have managed to average 2 trips a year to North America’s Winter Wonderlands. Although I joined winter sports late in life, I’ve been skiing for over 20 years and have lead and assisted on many trips both private and for the club. I truly enjoy the people I’ve met and helped on these trips, and will do whatever I can to ensure you have a great time on your trip no matter what you want to do. I’ve skied in the East, but I love being in the Western mountains of the US and Canada and have skied most all the big names

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The Ski Department of Bowen Travelworld
Donald Oneal Jr,
President
| Chris Elam,
Ski Department Manager
| Fitz Rawls,
Emeritus

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