Pentagon Ski Club Welcomes DCSki
By Peter Porton, Pentagon Ski Club President

DCSki, welcome to the Internet from the Pentagon Ski Club!

A name like ours requires a short explanation: although our club was founded in 1966 at the Pentagon by military personnel, today the club is open to the entire public and is not funded by the Government. The Pentagon Ski Club has approximately 400-500 members. 95% of our members live in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia, but we also have active members as far away as Florida, Colorado, California, Hawaii, and even Zimbabwe.

What we do mostly is ski! Check out our schedule: we’ll be running 9 major trips this year to the Rockies or to Europe, starting before the New Year and ending in April. For the New year, from December 28 through January 4, we’ll be skiing Jackson Hole. Over the Martin Luther King weekend, January 14-19, we’ll be staying at Vail. Steamboat follows that from January 24 to 31. After this is the big Blue Ridge Ski Council’s Western Carnival trip to Snowmass and Aspen from January 31 through February 7. All the local clubs are participating and the buzz is out that this trip is sold out for almost all the clubs as well; we expect well over 400 participants. Arlington Hall Ski Club, our sister club, is running a trip to New Mexico’s Red River from February 14-21. Pentagon follows this with its European trip to Chamonix, France, February 20-28. We’ll then go on our first-ever trip to Mammoth from February 28-March 7. Arlington Hall will then coordinate the BRSC Winterfest trip to Sunday River from March 3-8. Pentagon is then heading to Big Mountain, Montana and Fernie Valley, British Columbia from March 7-14. Our other affiliate, the Air Force Ski Club, is running a trip to Garmisch-Partenkirschen, Germany, the week of March 6-13. Pentagon follows that with its second European trip, this one to Val d’Isere/Tignes from March 13-21. Finally, our last trip of the year will be to Summit County, Colorado, staying at Breckenridge over the week of March 28-April 4. It’s a big schedule and we hope it offers something for everyone.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month from September through April at the Officers Club at Fort Myer, Virgina. These meetings are a good opportunity to socialize, talk to the trip leaders about their trips, and introduce ski-related themes to the membership, anything from new equipment and fashion to ski safety. Membership dues are $30 per year for singles and $40 per year for families; discounts are offered for multi-year sign-ups. The memberships are good for a full year after sign-up.

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