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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!



 
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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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

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Cindy Dickerson

Hello Skiers and Boarders:

My name is Cindy Dickerson and I am the co-leader of the Big Sky and Steamboat Springs 2 trips this year. A little about me… I am sales manager for multiple Florida offices of Carrier Air Conditioning, a great company where I have worked for 29 years. I have been skiing and boarding for about 15 years, and have led club trips every year for at least 12 years. In addition to the multiple trips I have led in the Western US, in the past two years I have led Club Med trips to Chamonix, France and St. Moritz, Switzerland. About ten years ago, I tried boarding and fell in love with it so haven’t strapped the skis on since then but I definitely have the perspective of both sides, having done both. You will find me either on the snow or having a cold one when the lifts close every day.

I truly like people and that’s why I lead trips. I have led several trips over the past few years and I know how to have fun! My goal is for everyone on our trips to have a good time and do what they want to do on their vacation, even if it’s take the day off and sit by the fire getting in some quiet reading. I believe that Big Sky and Steamboat Springs have something to offer for the biggest enthusiast down to the family or friend who just wants to get away and take it easy for a little while.

Please consider joining us on one of my trips – we are going to hit the mountain hard and cool our heels with some relaxing R and R in the evenings!!

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Cindy Dickerson

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Edith Salter

Hello. I am Edith Salter, the Leisure Manager for Travelworld and have traveled both domestically and internationally with Travelworld groups. I am a native of Tampa, FL and have been in the travel business for over 30 years. I have traveled extensively in the USA and the Caribbean along with numerous trips to Italy and other European Countries. Last year, I escorted 24 people to Alaska for the 50th Anniversary of Alaskan Iditarod!

I enjoy traveling with our Tampa Bay Ski Club Groups and always look for something different for the group to experience when they are not skiing. Copper Mountain is a great place to ski in Colorado and it always has great snow! If you are looking for a great snow ski trip this year, sign up for one of our Copper Mountain, Colorado trips for some great skiing and fun!

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Edith Salter

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Gena Torres

Gena Torres is Assistant Director of External Relations and Active Transportation with
the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization. After graduating from the
University of South Florida, she has spent the past 30 years working to make the streets
of Tampa and surrounding neighborhoods safe. Her greatest asset is balancing vast
transportation challenges and budget shortfalls with the thoughtful desires and needs of
the community.

Outside of work, Gena enjoys an active life. In May 2022, she completed the 40-mile 5
Boro Bike Tour in New York City. One weekend each month, you’ll find her cleated up
and on the softball field with her senior women’s team, traveling much of the southeast
to play in tournaments. Always up for a challenge, fifteen years ago Gena found herself
in North Carolina accepting a dare to try snowboarding. The only prior experience was
babysitting at age 14 for a family ski trip to Mt. Hood, Oregon and receiving a lesson or
two on skis. The exhilaration of learning to snowboard at Sugar and Beech Mountains
has led to trips to Lake Louise Canada, Lake Tahoe CA, Timber Ridge Michigan, Snow
Shoe West Virginia, and more recently Breckenridge, Keystone, and Vail Colorado. She
considers herself a novice, frequently falling but always getting back up!

She is a proud mother of two and grandmother of soon to be, three!

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Gena Torres

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Gerry & Mary Smith

Gerry and Mary live in The Villages Florida having moved here from Hiawassee Ga spring of 2021. Gerry was born in The U.K. and spent most his childhood in England and Sierra Leone West Africa. Gerry moved to the U.S. in 1967. Mary is from Hayesville N.C. and spent most of her life in Atlanta Ga. We met on a sail boat in Greece while Gerry was leading an adventure sailing trip for the Atlanta Ski Club in 2006.

We are both avid outdoor adventure enthusiasts and have been skiing for over 40 years having skied 40 of the top 50 ski resorts in the U.S.. Gerry has lead multiple ski trips for the Atlanta Ski Club in the U.S., Canada and Europe. We typically ski Europe at least once a year with a ski club from the U.K. called the Snow Cats. Last year we joined the Tampa Bay Ski Club in Vail Colorado and Banff Canada where Gerry was the assistant trip leader with Helen Newcombe. This year 2022/2023 Gerry will assist Helen in Telluride and Mary will be assisting in Breckenridge. Jointly they will be leading the trip to Cortina Italy in the Dolomites coupled with a pre trip bonus in Venice. Although Cortina is in Italy, it has a very Austrian or Bavarian feel to it with incredible scenery and home to the future 2006 Olympic Games.

We are fun to be with and seem to make every trip whether it is in China, India, Africa, Japan, Europe or Australia and New Zealand a true adventure. We hope you will join us and be part of this incredible ride we are on.

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Gerry & Mary Smith

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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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Meloni Yaeger

Hello. I was raised in a small mid-west town by parents involved with the National Ski Patrol. Our family of six, had the opportunity to travel throughout the Northeast on many ski adventures. My parents would volunteer to patrol and we were “set free to explore.” I think it opened a “can of worms”, because I’m still exploring! After college, I taught in the Kent City Schools and had the opportunity to run the ski club & introduce students to this great sport. In 1982 we relocated to Central Florida and while raising our children sporadically experienced the thrill of skiing. As an empty nester, I was introduced to the Florida Ski Clubs and felt like I discovered nirvana! I’ve so enjoyed meeting new people with similar passions, and have skied with them throughout the Rockies and in Europe. I am grateful for this new leadership opportunity, and look forward to memories that we’ll make together.

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Meloni Yaeger

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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 led
ski trips all over north America for 16 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 Steamboat Springs, Co, Feb 5-12 2022.

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Mike Waller

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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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Sandra Gebhardt

I am an Ice Skating Instructor at RDV Sportsplex in Maitland, Florida. I grew up in Westport, Connecticut and Huntington Beach, California, and there is not a sport that I don’t play or didn’t play as a child. I competed in figure skating, yet my passion has always been snow skiing. My late husband and I have worked and owned a Travel and Hospitality business, and with our two children we have skied all over the US. Now as a widow and empty nester, I have found Florida ski clubs, especially Tampa’s Ski club as a haven to further my travel and ski passion. With my travel background I get the privilege to share my passion and expertise with all who choose to join my trips.

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Sandra Gebhardt

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Sandra Hamilton

Sandy is super excited to be joining Helen Newcombe as her trip assistant. Having lived in the mid-west most of her life, she moved to Tampa in 2020 after retiring as an attorney for a non-profit law firm. She has been skiing on and off for over 30 years and enjoys the beautiful winter scenes. She also enjoys tennis, kayaking, and biking. Traveling and meeting new people are also among her favorite things. In 2012-2014, Sandy volunteered with the Peace Corps living in Botswana, Africa and traveled to five other African countries.

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Sandy Hamilton

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Accounting

Tampa Bay Ski Club also does customized ski vacations for individuals, families and small groups. Custom trips for large groups, clubs, civic and business organizations are a specialty. Trip escorts and on-site coordinators are also available. Great trips at great prices!

The Tampa Bay Ski Club is operated by Travelworld, a full service travel agency, specializing in cruises, vacations and corporate travel.

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