Residents of the Valley of the Sun aren't just hooked on the dry heat, but many of them love to play in the mountains too. Over the past 42 years, thousands of Phoenix-area skiers and riders have got on board with Alpine Ski Club & Adventure Tours.

Satisfying the jones of  Phoenix-area winter sports enthusiasts since 1969, the group runs tours to resorts in Arizona, Colorado, Canada and even Chile. Last season, the organization brought 2,500 skiers and riders to [R296R, Wolf Creek], [R456R, Telluride] and [R330R, Durango] in Colorado as well as [R446R, Sunrise Park] and [R21R, Arizona Snowbowl] in Arizona. More have been added for this season.

The opening of the 2011-2012 reservations season, set for September 18 at 10 a.m., is decidedly old school: The only way to reserve a slot is to make it over the telephone. The club's number is (602) 992-9394.

Trips run one to three days. Each weekend has a one-day trip to either Sunrise or Arizona Snowbowl. The entire list of 99 trips for this season, begins with a three-day Thanksgiving stay at Wolf Creek and concludes with a seven-day adventure to Chile in August.

A single price covers transportation, lodging, ski tickets, discounts and amenities, ranging from $349 to $555 for three-day packages. All travelers also must pay a $5 subscription fee. Buses and vans leave from Alpine BoardSports, 10880 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, or Fountain Hills in Mesa. One-day trips leave as early as 4:30 a.m.

To learn more about Alpine Ski Club & Adventure Tours, click here.