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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Back in the olden days, ski clubs were often the groups that got ski areas started, brought in newbies to join the sport, and organized social functions apres ski.

I was just wondering: are there still ski clubs around that are tied to specific mountains or communities? I know that EpicSki is like a ski club is many respects: the Michigan Bears or the Summit Co. Bears get together and the vagrant Bears get to hear about the exploits on this forum.

So, EpicSki is a virtual ski club. I am interested in the virtual ski clubs, but mostly I wonder if the sport still has its local booster clubs.
post #2 of 19
Ski clubs of all ages are alive and well.

Many ski areas assist the local schools and their ski clubs. I take my group of 40 junior high kids for 5 friday nights to Mountain Creek, then a day trip to Stratton.

More "mature' ski clubs can be found at National Ski Council-United States. I heard that the Maimi Ski Club is the largestin the country!

Amateur Ski Instructors Association, ASIA, a member school of PSIA, helps provide instructor training for club organizations. Many of the ASIA members go on to become PSIA also.

If there is a local club, please support them!
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Does anyone here belong to a bone fide ski club?

Do you think being one of the Bears is like being in a ski club?

Do you give AC a donation for hosting the club?

Just curious about the bonding habits of skiers.
post #4 of 19
I very briefly belonged to a local club but only because my girlfriend was the club president. [img]redface.gif[/img]

They were very social and I was kind of shy so I didn't stay. Just something about getting on a bus made me feel very locked in or trapped. At least with my car I could wander to another area if I wanted too. Other than an airline ticket I never make any real plans when I travel and always rent a car .... "will O' the wisp" ...
post #5 of 19
I belong to the Ramapo Mountain Ski Club, which has a lodge at Mad River Glen.
post #6 of 19

I was talking with Jim W yesterday before we went out to ski. He said he heard from you recently regarding some organization that wants to preserve ski areas. Was he putting me on, or was he serious?

Is this something that might benefit from a discussion in here?

Conditions at LT are primo now. I would suggest heading over there either tomorrow or Thursday. I'm going on Thursday, already planning the vacation day. I work tomorrow otherwise I'd go back.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Sorry, I have to do business tomorrow and Thursday I teach all day. Besides, BB got 32" this weekend. I'll get to LT before too long. I'll drop you a PM when.

The project is still in development, as we Hollywood types like to say.
post #8 of 19
The Denver area has a singles ski club "The Schussbaumers" that I have been a member of for almost 10 years. We own a lodge at the base of Peak 8 in Breckenridge that sleeps 72. Members have a key to the lodge and are free to use it anytime. The website is Schussbaumer.com .
post #9 of 19
When I was 17 years old, I belonged to a ski club in high school because I lived in Connecticut and the skiing was in Vermont. Now, I live in Vermont, and the skiing is right here, so no club is really needed. HOW-EVER, it would be nice to find some ski buddies, regardless of age or gender, who would tolerate skiing with me . . . maybe even enjoy it.
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks Ski & Golf, I am going to have a look at the site. It sounds like a good deal. I suppose you pay pretty high dues for the key?

Thanks Nakona, I will look there too. Same question as S&G: are the dues pricey and/or does your club charge user fees for the lodge?

Is the reason for joining to have a place to stay at your home mountain? Are there other benefits?

Oboe: For adult clubs in your area, check http://www.snowskiclub.com/SnowSkiClub2.nsf!Open

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 20, 2002 09:48 PM: Message edited 1 time, by nolobolono ]</font>
post #11 of 19
Dues are fairly cheap.

As a single, no children, I pay $35/yr if I recall correctly.

That gets me lodge privileges and discounts at shops and for lift tickets.

Staying in the lodge... that cost varies.
One of the variables is that when there are at least 20 people staying in the lodge we generally get a cook to feed us.

A member staying one night, with no meals pays $15. The meals aren't optional. By that I mean, if there is a cook, everyone pays. You don't have to eat but you share the cost.
That $15 goes to $31 if there is a cook, but you get breakfast and dinner.

A normal weekend is 2 nights. Breakfast saturday and sunday, dinner saturday night, 2 nights lodging. Total cost is fifty bucks.

3 day weekend = 3 nights, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners is $81.

4 day weekend - 4 nights, 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners. That's $112. How can you beat that?

So you see, what the club does, other than give you people to ski with, is pool it's financial resources for the benefit of all the members.
post #12 of 19
nolo, note bene: There are none - NONE - listed for Vermont. Gregarious, ain't we?

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 21, 2002 07:00 AM: Message edited 1 time, by oboe ]</font>
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

Your club sounds like it has more in common with a co-op than a party bus. Are there a lot of these reasonably priced ski club/ lodges in New England? I would think they'd only be limited by the available real estate.

I assume there is a board of directors who conduct the business of the club. Are there enough worker bees to take the load of maintaining the good deal for all?

Oboe: No clubs are listed for Montana either. I have heard than Montana is Vermont's cultural twin. However, I know of some ski clubs in Montana. I suspect that the Vermonters and Montanans are just being secretive, or maybe they are hampered by their slow Internet connections.

Anyway, in my surfing safaris, if I come across a Vermont club, I will inform you.
post #14 of 19
I used to belong to a club that had its own hill. One t-bar and two rope tows. It was short, but very steep. The year I moved away, they finally put in snowmaking. It was a great place to ski especially for a kid.
post #15 of 19
We have the Down Hillers club which is part of the Colorado Mountain Club here in Colorado. I didn't join this year, but I did sign up for their ski conditioning class which really turned out well. Felt in much better shape once I started skiing this year.

The club goes to a front range area every week end, and sponsors trips around the country which look to be pretty good deals overall.
post #16 of 19
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by nolobolono:

Your club sounds like it has more in common with a co-op than a party bus. Are there a lot of these reasonably priced ski club/ lodges in New England? I would think they'd only be limited by the available real estate.

I assume there is a board of directors who conduct the business of the club. Are there enough worker bees to take the load of maintaining the good deal for all?

Yeah, that's a fair description.
And we do have enough "worker bees"
During the summer we have half a dozen scheduled "work weekends" where people go upo to the club's lodge, right ON the mountain, and do what's needed. You get an "A" priority for reservations, which means you can bump someone with a "B" priority or lower, on 2 weeks notice. Also, YOU can't get bumped by another "A"

There are elected officers and other people do stuff that needs to get done. Also, someone of low skill joining the club can expect to find plenty of people around to help them improve and some day they will be expected to help others.

So yes, "co-op" is a pretty accurate word.
It's all very communist.
post #17 of 19
I'm a snob. I wouldn't join any club that would have me as a member.
post #18 of 19
awww. c'mon Rudy. your nose comes in handy sometimes
post #19 of 19
Here in NZ about half the ski areas are owned and run by not for profit clubs. Very social atmosphere because there is usually only one lodge per mountain and all rooms are bunk rooms. Very basic facilities but extremely cheap, about $200 for 7 days passes, 6 nights accom and food and a lesson each day. We can do it because everyone helps out cooking and cleaning - very few paid staff - and we don't have your liability laws so we can use nutcracker lifts I think Bolivia is the only other country in the world to allow them.

I belong to the University of Canterbury Snow Sports Club which owns 40% of Temple Basin ski area and a lodge at the base of the lifts. We get our members up the mountain in summer for work parties and also organise bus trips, social weekends and trips to other ski areas.
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