Frequently Asked Questions
My spouse (or friend) is coming with me, but he or she isn’t going to attend the training. Can he or she eat meals with me?
Certainly. We have meal tickets available for guests. You can purchase them when you register. If you have already registered and want to add meal tickets, simply click the Registration link again to purchase the meal tickets you want:
- Welcome reception, dinner and trunk show (Wed. 5/28, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ($75)
- Three breakfasts (Thurs. 5/29, Fri. 5/30, and Sat. 5/31): $75
- Two lunches (Thurs. 5/29 and Fri. 5/30): $75
- Friday night banquet (Fri. 5/30): $75
My quilting buddy and I want to share a room when we attend the Handi Quilter’s Academy. How do we register?
You both will simply register through the Registration page on the Handi Quilter’s Academy web pages. Then decide which kind of room you want at the Snowbird Resort and Conference Center and make your room reservations directly with Snowbird: 800-453-3000 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Be sure to mention Handi Quilter to take advantage of the reduced rates we have negotiated for Handi Quilter’s Academy. Rates are good for two days before and two days after Handi Quilter’s Academy should you wish to extend your stay.
What is there to do at Snowbird?
Snowbird is a popular destination year round. Skiing season will be over when Handi Quilter’s Academy takes place, but there are many outdoor activities to pick from during the warmer months. More information is available here.
What dining options are available at Snowbird?
Snowbird has 15 restaurants and convenient eateries, serving everything from fine dining to burgers and beers. Although most meals are provided at Handi Quilter’s Academy, there are many options for grabbing a quick snack.
I want to extend my stay at the Snowbird Resort and Conference Center to take advantage of the outdoor activities. Can I do this?
Certainly. The Snowbird Resort has offered to extend our conference room rates for two nights before and after Handi Quilter’s Academy. Simply let the reservation agent know the dates of your stay when you make your reservations.
Are there any quilt shops in the area?
The closest quilt shop is Elaine’s Quilt Block. It is near the entrance to the canyon that leads to the Snowbird Resort and Conference Center. However, you will need a car to get there. As part of Handi Quilter’s Academy we are offering two optional shop hops: a mini shop hop on Thursday night and a premier shop hop on Saturday afternoon and evening. Find out more information here.
I don’t have a longarm quilting machine, but am considering one. Does it make sense for me to attend Handi Quilter’s Academy?
Definitely. In fact, we recommend that you attend one of the machine boot camps we are offering on Wed., May 28. They are designed to give the novice a basic understanding of how the machine works so they are better prepared to take the various classes during Handi Quilter’s Academy.
What is the cancellation policy if I have to cancel?
If you cancel before Mar. 31, 2014, you will receive a 100% refund. Because of coommitments to the Snowbird Resort and Conference Center, there is no refund after March 31. Similarly, there are no refunds for no-shows.
What will the weather be like at the end of May?
It is typical for the temperatures to be in the mid 50s during the day and 30s at night. So, plan to bring a warm jacket for walking between the hotels and the Snowbird Center. The temperatures will be about 5 degrees warmer in the SLC valley.
Should I be concerned about the altitude?
Snowbird’s base elevation, at the Snowbird Center, is 8,100 feet. If you are sensitive to higher altitudes, you may experience symptoms of altitude sickness six to ten hours after ascent. These subside in one to two days. Symptoms may include headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbance. Ibuprofen is recommended for headache symptoms.
Recommendations for preventing altitude sickness:
- Gradually acclimate to higher altitudes -- come in a day early and spend a night in SLC (4226 feet) vs. Snowbird (8,100 feet). Note that both the SLC valley and Snowbird are considered "very high altitude".
- Stay in the Snowbird Lodge (rather than Cliff Lodge) to minimize exertion. The Cliff Lodge is a slightly longer walk to the Snowbird Center where our classes are.
- Most important: stay hydrated!. We'll have water available all the time in each of the rooms and will remind you to stay hydrated.
- Heart and lung issues can be aggravated by high altitude. If someone has these issues they should check with their doctor to make sure there are no concerns.
We will be driving to Snowbird. What’s the best way to get there?
Here is a link to the driving directions on the Snowbird website.