Originally Posted by tch
Ten years ago I met a guy from Florida at Steamboat. We fell to talking, and it turns out that the largest ski club in the US (at that time) is the Miami ski club. Anyone and everyone w/i 100 miles who skis joins cuz they need the community and the bene's.
Dead on, though there have been several more local clubs that have opened in the last few years, including Ft. Lauderdale, Space Coast, Boca Raton, and the Palm Beaches. I believe that the single largest is now the Atlanta Ski Club. All of the Florida clubs plan a trip or two together each season under the auspices of the Florida Ski Council. Hundreds of folks with even tans, (sans raccoon look, at least at the beginning of a trip,) will converge on Steamboat at the end of January 2012. Not quite as gaperiffic as you might fear. Loads of transplanted Yankees, Westerners, Canadians, and Europeans fill the ranks, and some of these folk pack some pretty impressive skills. Buying power of the clubs is pretty strong, so when I travel with the Miami gang we tend to stay in much fancier digs than I do when traveling independently, and impressive deals on lift tickets are par for the course. Other deals and swag are added perquisites. Then when we get home, we dry out our boots at the beach.