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Hello Everyone! Question about Flying Dutchman Ski Club in PA

post #1 of 19
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 I've been a bunny hill skiier for the last 20 years because I made the terrible mistake of relying on friends and family to teach me how to ski.  After turning 40 I decided this was my year to become a skiier.  I took lessons and skiied Blue Mountain locally and had the most amazing vaca in Telluride where I had private lessons and skiied every green and single blue trail before the week was out.  Now I'm hooked!  Looking forward to the 2010-11 season and would like to join a local ski club.  Flying Dutchman seem to have an active sight, lots of members and instruction

.Is anyone a member or have any insight to this club? 
post #2 of 19
You may want to ask at PA Ski & Ride as well.  Lots a skiers from that area.  Here is the link:


http://www.paskiandride.com/forums/
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by Bayla View Post

 I've been a bunny hill skiier for the last 20 years because I made the terrible mistake of relying on friends and family to teach me how to ski.  After turning 40 I decided this was my year to become a skiier.  I took lessons and skiied Blue Mountain locally and had the most amazing vaca in Telluride where I had private lessons and skiied every green and single blue trail before the week was out.  Now I'm hooked!  Looking forward to the 2010-11 season and would like to join a local ski club.  Flying Dutchman seem to have an active sight, lots of members and instruction

.Is anyone a member or have any insight to this club? 




 


I know several of the members. Great people. Highly recommend you join.

post #4 of 19

I have no info on the club, but I have another suggestion...

 

Hang around here more!  There are many people from the Philly area.  Go to Epic Ski Academy Stowe/Aspen.  You will get better quickly by skiing with the people here.

post #5 of 19

I'm not a member, but I used to ski and teach with a number of members. (In fact, I had my first beer at their ski house before taking my level I). 

 

They're a fun group, and I'd definitely recommend meeting up with them -- It's been a long time since I've ridden with anyone from the dutchmen, but unless they all got old and boring, you'll have a good time. And I'll second Ski3po's recommendation of skiing with Bears -- plenty of good PA skiers to catch up with all over the state.

post #6 of 19

As SKI-3PO says, there are quite a few Philly Bears that head up to ESA at Stowe in December and we have quite a few Bears that even get together year round for other activities such as biking and beer drinking. If there is a local GTG, I will be sure to PM you.

 

Other Philly clubs that have trips and events... Mainline Ski Club, BuckRidge Ski Club and Brandywine are three that come to mind. 

post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO View Post

I have no info on the club, but I have another suggestion...

 

Hang around here more!  There are many people from the Philly area.  Go to Epic Ski Academy Stowe/Aspen.  You will get better quickly by skiing with the people here.


^^^^ what he said!

EpicSki.com is better than any ski club.  You have Bears to ski with no matter where you go!

post #8 of 19

Bayla...  Welcome to Epic and congrats on getting off the bunny slope.  I grew up in PA and am always happy to see people from there getting after it.  I don't know anything about the Dutchman club.  My family were members of the Buckridge Ski Club when I was a teenager.  I'm pretty sure my Dad was Commodore for several years.  Buckridge was a lot of fun and had a nice hostel type lodge up in VT for members to use at a very reasonable cost.  Buckridge also was very active in other sports like kayaking and I got to go all over the east coast on boating trips at a young age.

 

As mentioned above Epic is almost like it's own club.  I have skied with a bunch of bears who have travelled here for skiing trips.  It's always fun.  I have also noticed that Blue Mountain is probably the single most over represented area with my skiing students here in WY.  Try PMing Lovebug and Noofus.  They are Blue Mountain skiers who get after it and are a lot of fun.  Philpug and his family are also fun, but ski at a pretty high level.  Living Proof is also someone you should meet.  

 

Good Luck with skiing and maybe you will find yourself out here next winter.

Ski the Big One!

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanx for all the input, greetings and words of encouragement. I'll check out some of the suggestions and links.  Not sure I'm good enough yet to ski with people here though- majority of Bears seem quite accomplished.  I'll get there, eventually, and I just bought some new boots and Volkl Lunas (I skied these in Telluride) which should help things along. Can't wait to carpet ski on Saturday when I pick 'em up!!

post #10 of 19
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Thanx for all the input, greetings and words of encouragement. I'll check out some of the suggestions and links.  Not sure I'm good enough yet to ski with people here though- majority of Bears seem quite accomplished.  I'll get there, eventually, and I just bought some new boots and Volkl Lunas (I skied these in Telluride) which should help things along. Can't wait to carpet ski on Saturday when I pick 'em up!!

Where did you get these, Wicks? 
 

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Where did you get these, Wicks? 
 



I did get these from Wicks!  Since I don't think I mentioned where I got them, I'm guessing you are the Phil from Wicks people have mentioned.  I didn't put 2 + 2 together.  I asked for you last Saturday, but I guess you weren't off for the day.  I basically knew what I was coming in for and gear is good for where I'm at right now.  Are the bindings mounted yet? 

post #12 of 19
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I have no idea what the problem was, but maybe it had something to do with quotes because I was trying to answer you Philpug.  So, if my two prior attempts show up after approved by moderator you'll know why. 

 

Yes, Philpug.  I did go to Wicks.  I'm now assuming you are that Phil that people had mentioned and I did ask for you when I was there, but I guess you had the day off.  Steve set me up and all seemed to go well. BTW, are my bindings mounted yet?  I'm super excited!!!! 

post #13 of 19

Phil was off because he was in Colorado skiing at A-Basin and I was very jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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I did get these from Wicks!  Since I don't think I mentioned where I got them, I'm guessing you are the Phil from Wicks people have mentioned.  I didn't put 2 + 2 together.  I asked for you last Saturday, but I guess you weren't off for the day.  I basically knew what I was coming in for and gear is good for where I'm at right now.  Are the bindings mounted yet? 

post #14 of 19

The Flying Dutchmen are a nice group. I know many of their racers. They have a ski improvement program (at least they did a few years ago) that they run at Bear Creek. There is also a cheap lesson program with volunteer (ASIA) instructors run by the Eastern PA Ski Council at Spring Mountain. Both Main Line and the Dutchmen run race teams, if that is not your interest, there are lots of clubs whose trips/social activities may be of interest. There is a listing on the Eastern Pennsylvania Ski Council web site.

post #15 of 19

Yeah, I forgot about the Dutchmen's instruction -- a lot of the guys (and gals) from Blue Marsh who I taught with are now teaching with the Dutchmen. Looking throught this list: http://www.fdsc.org/instructors.html, I skied with Rich Reber, Bill Creadon, and a few of the other guys... if you can pull off their evening lesson program, looks like a fantastic way to get some good time in with an instructor.

post #16 of 19

Bayla,

Welcome to Epic ski. You can join the team that defends skiing in Pa. from the expatriots who forget their roots. Learn to love defending Blue Mountain.

 

Where in the Philly area are you? Dutchman is in Reading. King of Prussia ski club  is closer to Wicks where Phil is located. Generally, ski club members are 40 plus and remember the days of our youth when they were very popular. Night skiing with ASIA (amateur ski instruction) is a good way to do some learning.

 

Be thankful Philpug was not there when you made your choice, or, he may have sweet talked you into a pair of Kastle's. Great for your skiing, bad for your bank account. He'll be checking out your boots and then you'll hear "Dalbello", "Dalbello".

 

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Be thankful Philpug was not there when you made your choice, or, he may have sweet talked you into a pair of Kastle's. Great for your skiing, bad for your bank account. He'll be checking out your boots and then you'll hear "Dalbello", "Dalbello".

 


And he'll convince you never to return to Blue Mountain... funny since I met Phil, I haven't been back there

post #18 of 19
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The Flying Dutchmen are a nice group. I know many of their racers. They have a ski improvement program (at least they did a few years ago) that they run at Bear Creek. There is also a cheap lesson program with volunteer (ASIA) instructors run by the Eastern PA Ski Council at Spring Mountain. Both Main Line and the Dutchmen run race teams, if that is not your interest, there are lots of clubs whose trips/social activities may be of interest. There is a listing on the Eastern Pennsylvania Ski Council web site.


My husband and several friends are already great skiiers.  But not a good idea for hubby to be my ski instructor.  Friends don't want to be held up because I'm slow and hubby will happily ski with me after I send him to burn off some energy on the diamond runs.  Hopefully I can find skiiers of my ability through a ski club.  I'm from Northeast Philly, bordering Bucks and Montco Counties.  I originally found the EPSC web site and started checking our clubs from there which is how I got the FDSC and yes, they do still have the "cheap" lesson progrm at Bear Creek (only an hour away) which is ridiculously cheap.  This is main purpose of joining the Dutchman because the get-togethers in the Reading area aren't practical for me to travel to.  Mainline ski club seems to have great trips (but no instruction).  And then there is ESA.....  As for the new stuff, I had a budget to keep.  Too much ski for me may just go to waste.  And those Dalbellos will just have to wait.  If I got off the greens in rental gear, I'm sure my new gear will be an improvement. 

 

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And he'll convince you never to return to Blue Mountain... funny since I met Phil, I haven't been back there



For us Philly folk, Blue is one of the closest so that's why we go.  We only go midweek usually for the day, never on weekends or holidays. After Telluride, I can tell you I'm not looking forward to returning to the icy slopes and the boarders.

post #19 of 19

Hi Bayla,

 

I'm member of the Flying Dutchmen Ski Club and I am also on the Board of Directors for the club.  I'm glad to hear you've got bitten by the skiing bug.  Our club is a great way for all levels of skiers and snowboarders to improve their skills and hang out with others with similiar interests.  We have a fantastic lesson program that caters to all ability levels from the never-ever to expert.  There are so many things our club has to offer, it would be difficult to list them all in this reply.

 

I would be happy to talk to you and answer all questions you may have about our club.  Let me know what I can to to help.

 

Thanks for your interest.

 

Ed

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