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Ski Clubs with a Lodge??

post #1 of 10
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I recently have been looking at a couple of local ski clubs in my area that have lodges at the base of a great mountain in Vermont. I will not name the clubs or mountain, but I am curious if anyone has ever belonged to a ski club? What might be the pro's and con's of such an arrangement. Both houses seem large and family friendly, sleep approximately 40 people, large common rooms, walking distance to lifts etc. etc.

Does anyone have experience with this? What did you like or not like? Is it tough to reserve space? The prices seem very reasonable and I would think there would be more demand, but there seems to be plenty of availability.

Just looking for some insight from people who may have tried this.



post #2 of 10

My family belonged to one when I was a kid, though not in Vermont, or anywhere near it. I know quite a few people who belong to various clubs.


People generally seem happy with them, and the price is obviously right (relative to the alternatives). I'm not sure I'm coming up with a lot of positives and negatives that you haven't figured out on your own. There seem to a variety of arrangements, from those where each family has their own dedicated room to full-on dorms with rows of bunk beds. The former has the advantages of a condo, like being able to leave your stuff there, at a much nicer price. The latter should have a that-much-even-nicer price, though there's the risk it'll turn out to be nightmare (or what would be a nightmare, if you were capable of falling asleep with a party going on around you).


I suppose the big, albeit obvious, variable that'll determine how much you enjoy a particular club isn't so much whether the dishwasher is industrial-size, as how well you get along with the other members. There are, of course, two variables involved:

- You, and

- The other members.


Not much you can do about the former. The more relaxed and gregarious you and your family members are, the better. Teenagers have a tendency not to be: certainly not with adults or younger children, and with other teenagers at best unpredictably, and at worst with the sort of volatility that can (depending on which way thinks go askew) breed violence or grandchildren. Okay, I'm being a bit dire. The most likely downside is inexplicable truculence.


As for the other members, the general "personality" of different clubs probably varies in identifiable ways. Your due diligence should probably encompass a little bit of talking to members and -- to the extent your sense of etiquette allows -- talking about members behind their backs.

post #3 of 10

Schenectady Wintersports Club, in Stowe (Waterbury), just north of Ben and Jerry's.  About $20 per night on average.  Dinner and breakfast served - not all the time - on weekends.


Firm beds, 6 or so to a room, large kitchen, and a great room with fireplace.


Cost to join is ?? $25. ind/ $35 fam.


When you join you become a member of the Cap Dist. Ski Counsel.  That gives you some discounts in NY and VT.  The club also gets discounts at Jay and Stowe.

post #4 of 10

My family was involved in the Buckridge ski club when I was a teenager.  They had a "lodge" in VT near a major resort.  The club was great!  We got into it for kayaking and then started skiing.  I'm pretty sure my Dad was commodore for a while in the 70s.  If I lived on the east coast I would still be a member.  I really liked going up there and the price was affordable.

post #5 of 10

Back in the late 60's, our family was one of the early members of the Penguin Ski Club in Lincoln NH (Loon Mt.). I was in my teens then, and it was a good, relatively cheap way for a family to go skiing regularly. The club was very family oriented, i.e. lots of kids, and if I remember right, could accomodate around 80 people. There was a cook for breakfast and dinner, a lounge for the grownups, and kid's hangout rooms. For our family, it was a fantastic way to go skiing. We made a number of life-long friends, and were able to go skiing regularly. I just turned 55 yesterday and skiing is a very important part of my life because of the skiing itself, and the people you meet. 'Nuff said.


Needless to say, a club is very social, so you have to decide if you want to be constantly engaged with other people. Some people live for it, others get overwhelmed. As another poster commented, you have to be honest with yourself and ask whether you want this type of atmosphere. You also might want to check if these clubs are geared towards families or just adults.


Bottom line, what's the risk in joining and trying it out for a winter? It it a large commitment $$$$-wise? 

post #6 of 10

Ski Clubs can be a terrific opportunity for discounted lift tickets, lodging, and social life.  I even met my wife after joining our club, Mt. Laurel Skiers in CT in late 1996.  I've run the website for the club for the past ten years.


Many clubs like ours have active race programs, trips, and off season activities.  Our lodge near Okemo sleeps 38 with seven bathrooms and very reasonable costs (with breakfast included). 


By all means check out clubs in your area.

post #7 of 10

I spent a lot of time at the Northern NJ Whiz Skiers' Lodge at MRG back in the day, just off the bottom of the Antelope trail. Pretty good place. There are several such lodges there, or there were.

post #8 of 10

Teenagers breeding "violence or grandchildren". Hysterical. I'm going to use that line!


Originally Posted by sjjohnston View Post


...Teenagers have a tendency not to be: certainly not with adults or younger children, and with other teenagers at best unpredictably, and at worst with the sort of volatility that can (depending on which way thinks go askew) breed violence or grandchildren. ...




post #9 of 10

I was in one at a Western PA ski area as a college kid in 1970s. They had a slopeside club bldg with kitchen, common space and bunk/floor space in a huge upper loft. I never slept there, but it was handy for lunch and warm-ups. It was a family oriented club. I learned a lot skiing behind other kids from the club. The atmosphere was like a campground; communal fun, but no privacy or luxury. In recent years the club seems to have died, but the bldg is still there on a primo spot. Is skiing losing it's customer base of middle class young families?

post #10 of 10

Great mountain - maybe General Stark? 


7 or so ski clubs at the base of MRG will be having open houses the week-end of 3/13 - details on the MRG website.


We've been members for years and have met some of our very best friends through the club.  Have also met a few a-holes along the way, but the price and companionship has pretty much outweighed the later.

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