President's Corner

2016 Season is right around the corner
Greetings. This letter is long overdue and I won’t make any excuses for my tardiness. As I write this, the first 2 training clinic’s are only 2 weeks away. American will hold theirs at Steamboat and United hosts theirs at Copper in the same week. Both clubs are happy to welcome members from other clubs, so this is a great opportunity to get a head start on this exciting upcoming season.
This winter NAASF turns 40 years old. Started in 1976 to promote “friendly” competition among the airlines, and that tradition is alive and well to this day. You really don’t have to be a ski racer to enjoy yourself at a ski week, some people don’t even ski but still show up to socialize. Many show up to learn to ski and have found lasting friendships and a great time. For our 40th season we have some really exciting ski resorts that we’ll be visiting. First up is Taos, NM. NAASF has never been there before and its already promising to be a great week. The lodging is probably the best we’ve ever visited and Taos Mountain have been expanding and upgrading their ski area over the last couple of years. Add in the strong El Nino that promises a lot of snow after a few dry years, this week has all the ingredients required for an EPIC week. 
Next up, we return to Heavenly, CA. Last time we were there was in 2000 and we had 550 participants. This time we are lodged at Heavenly Village, with walking distance to the lifts. The same El Nino promises a chance for lots of snow compared to the last few dismal years. Lake Tahoe has a lot to offer, not just the skiing.
For our final week we return to Sun Valley and the weeks there are always incredible. Last time we were there only half the mountain was open for us but it still delivered awesome spring skiing and empty slopes. If you haven’t experienced Sun Valley, now is the time.
As most of you, who have been coming for a “few” years already know, our attendance numbers have been declining. Both AA and UA reports an increase in new members and I’m hoping that applies to most  clubs. Please help spread the word about this great organization and the benefits of skiing with a group, from incredible discounts to fun times making new friends and never lacking in ski?snowboard buddies to hit the slopes with.
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Are Johnsen,
NAASF President