National & Specialty Ski Clubs
Snowsports clubs are a great way to make new friends and find partners to head to the mountain with! Some clubs get together year-round to watch movies, share stories and plan for big trips the upcoming season, too. You’ll get great discounts when traveling in groups – especially because many regional groups belong to larger overall groups, yielding the best deals of them all!
National Ski Council Federation
An association of regional ski councils. Many of the councils have Web sites that list their individual clubs.
Looking for a ski club in your area? Ski and snowboard clubs at the local level usually are part of a regional ski council. And those regional councils are members of this national federation. This Web site has links to regional council websites, which in turn have links to individual clubs.
United States Deaf Ski & Snowboard Association
The U.S. Deaf Ski & Snowboard Association, USDSSA, founded at Park City in 1968, is a non-profit recreational and competitive organization of deaf skiers and snowboarders. The association offers trips and a publication.
Disabled Sports USA
This organization was established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans. DS/USA now offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs, including skiing, to anyone with a permanent physical disability. Participants have visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions.
Challenge Mountain, Michigan
This ski area near Boyne Mountain is the only one we know of entirely reserved for skiers who use adaptive equipment. Skiers can take private lessons, various kinds of adaptive equipment is available, and it's all free, thanks to volunteers, proceeds from a resale shop and support from Boyne USA, which operates two ski areas nearby.
Over The Hill Gang
Over The Hill Gang has about 5,000 members worldwide. The club, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1997, offers camaraderie, discounts and ski travel to those older than 50 years of age.
Opportunity...Information...Inspiration...for skiers aged 50+. This isn't a club that has meetings, but instead offers preferred pricing at resorts, a newsletter with tips for skiers older than 50 and other benefits.
National Brotherhood of Skiers
1525 E. 53rd St., Suite 408; Chicago, IL 60615; (312) 955-4100
The National Brotherhood of Skiers brings together African-American ski clubs throughout the U.S. to ski, snowboard and have fun. The organization also is working to get a black skier into the Olympics. Clubs are located in most large metropolitan areas, even as far south as San Diego, New Orleans and Miami, and many smaller cities.
Gay and Lesbian Clubs
Clubs whose members are gays and lesbians: SAGA North (San Francisco Bay Area), SAGA Los Angeles and SAGA-San Diego, all in California; Ski-Bums, New York City; and OutBoard, for gay and lesbian snowboarders.