I have been a NASJA member since 1999. I went on the NZ trip (see reports here http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boa...wforum.php?f=6
). $1,100 all inclusive for a week including airfare from L.A. There was a Chamonix trip for the western region for ~$1,500 in 2004.
The annual meeting runs $350-$400 for an all-inclusive Wednesday night to Sunday trip, sometime between mid-March and early April. I went to all the annuals from 1999 when I joined to 2004 (Mammoth, Bachelor, Big Sky, Banff, Quebec/Charlevoix, Telluride). These were generally attended by about 150 journalist/photographer members + another 100 or so corporate members and guests. 2005 was in northern Idaho, and with a liberal cancellation policy I bailed out 2 weeks ahead due to the bad snow year. This year was at Kimberley but the March 29 solar eclipse in Egypt was a higher priority for me. Upcoming annuals are 2007 Crested Butte, 2008 Bretton Woods and 2009 Lutsen.
At the meetings you usually get the red carpet treatment from the host resort. There are also attractive pre and post trips to resorts nearby to the host area of the annual meeting.
The western region has a smaller 3-day meeting (~$150) usually in January attended by 30+ members. I was at this meeting in Jackson when I had the pleasure of skiing with Bob Peters last January. I also went to the Northstar meeting in January 2005 when it fortuitously dumped 4 feet in 2 days.
You get proform prices (roughly half retail) from selected clothing/equipment manufacturers.
If you do occasional freelance you can get some good perspective from some of the members who write for a living. There are "packs" and insiders as in any organization, but I've enjoyed the company of the vast majority of members.
Membership is fairly static at the moment and we are definitely interested in recruiting new members, particularly younger ones. I'm 53 and that's probably close to average age in NASJA West and possibly below average for ESWA. There's more info at http://nasja.org