You're never too old to go clubbing.
Ski clubbing, that is. The Mid-Atlantic is blessed with a wealth of active ski clubs. These clubs provide a chance to make new friends and participate in a wide variety of activities year-round. Most clubs offer group trips during the winter, where members can take advantage of discounted rates and leave the planning (and worrying) to experienced trip captains.
Please note that these clubs are not affiliated with or endorsed by DCSki.
The Appalachian Telemark Association is a loose confederation of free-heel skiers, whose purpose is to enjoy the spirit that resides within the telemark community.
The Appalachian Telemark Association (ATA) promotes the sport of freeheeling through social events, workshops, races and other activities. Most ATA members live in the tri-state region near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ATA events are usually held at Seven Springs Resort.
Based out of Washington, D.C., the Black Ski Club is active year-round, sponsoring ski trips during the winter and bike trips during the summer.
For more information on this club, write to:
P.O. Box 90762
Washington, DC 20090-0762
The Blue Ridge Ski Council isn't a ski club, per se, but rather an organization of member ski clubs from the Mid-Atlantic region. The Blue Ridge Ski Council meets twice a year to discuss topics of concern to local ski clubs and their members. Many of the ski trips sponsored by local ski clubs each winter are coordinated through the Blue Ridge Ski Council.
The DC Ski Club (no relation to DCSki, the on-line publication you're currently reading), was founded in 1999 and plans several trips each winter season. This club draws members from alternative lifestyles.
This club plans annual winter trips to Aspen and Whistler, and frequently plans trips to Snowshoe, Seven Springs, and Killington. During the winter months, the club also holds monthly happy hours throughout the Dupont area.
Founded in Washington, D.C. in 1966, the Fagowees engage in activities year-round. During the winter, skiing is the most common activity. There are now several branches of the Fagowees across the country, but there remains a strong chapter in the Washington, D.C. region.
Despite its name, the Pentagon Ski Club isn't just open to Army generals. Although founded by military members at the Pentagon in 1966, the Pentagon Ski Club is now open to the entire public (and isn't funded by your tax money!) 85% of club members are drawn from Virginia, Maryland, and D.C., but active members also hail from states as far away as Florida, Arizona, and California.
Potomac Valley Skiers is composed of skiing enthusiasts and sponsors 4-5 ski trips each year to the Rockies and also to Europe and South America. Local activities include social events, hikes, and bicycling. Membership is limited to 200 with a few new applicants admitted each year.
The Ski Club of Washington, D.C. (SCWDC) is more than a ski club, it's a club for all seasons with nearly 400 events throughout the year and nearly 2,000 members. The club offers more than 40 ski trips a year in the U.S. and internationally and 350+ recreational, social and sporting events and activities. The club also has a subgroup called the TNT (Twenty-N-Thirties) Group, which focuses on activities such as happy hours, rock climbing, and white water rafting.
Dating back to 1936, the Ski Club of Washington, D.C. plans trips each winter to East coast resorts as well as Western and European resorts. This club also offers trips geared specifically towards cross country skiers. Ski Enhancement outings are also offered, where professionally accredited ski instructors help polish participants' skills at no extra cost.
For the 2009-2010 ski season, the club has planned 16 Western/International trips and up to 8 Eastern trips. Trip destinations include Banff, Alberta; Telluride, CO; Whistler, BC; Park City, Utah (during the Sundance Film Festival); Whitefish, MT; Snowmass, CO; Crested Butte, CO; Steamboat Springs, CO; South Lake Tahoe; Mammoth, CA; rk Heliski; Sun Valley, ID; Bormio, Italy; Aspen, CO; Vail, CO; Breckenridge, CO; Ski Roundtop, PA; Ski Liberty, PA; Timberline, WV; Canaan Valley, WV; Elk Mountain/Sno Mountain, PA; Snowshoe Mountain Resort, WV; Killington, VT; and Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
For trip availability and additional details, visit the Club's web site at www.scwdc.org.
This active club has year-round events in a wide variety of recreational, social, and cultural categories, including hiking, biking, sailing, tennis, dance, dining, theater, tours, and much more.
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