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  1. Why Your Club Should Survey Its Membership By Michael Finegold, Upper Cape Ski Club (MA)

    National Ski Council Federation

    It’s summer and most ski club boards and committees are hard at work planning for the upcoming ski season. Your club is probably doing the same, working out the trip schedule as best you can. Do our members really want an overnite trip that they have to drive 250 miles to get there? Is that […]

  2. Avoid Passport Pitfalls By Jan Majerus, Thunderbird Ski Club,

    National Ski Council Federation

    While attempting to board a flight for Bride Le Bains in France at Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport, the process came to an abrupt halt as they were scanning my passport. The security officer brought in a supervisor who told me that my passport was invalid. I protested, saying that the passport did not expire until February […]

  3. Faster Ways to Get Through Americasʼ Airport Security From the TSA website (

    National Ski Council Federation

    The TSA Pre✓® program is an expedited security screening process for travelers departing from U.S. airports with faster security lanes. Passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program can receive screening, ei- ther as a member of the program or another specific trusted traveler group. The following airlines offer TSA Pre✓®: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, […]

  4. Clubs Shouldn’t Look Like Secret Societies By Bob Wilbanks, NSCN

    National Ski Council Federation

    Secret societies and terrorists need privacy. On the other hand, ski clubs need new members and to keep current members informed. The two types of organizations are not often compatible in those needs. If you are a secret society and want to keep your nefarious doings quiet, you need to make sure than strangers do […]

  5. National Ski Club Newsletter Editor Retiring By Bob Wilbanks, NSCN

    National Ski Council Federation

    After 29 years of publishing The National Ski Club Newsletter, I’ve had a lot of fun meeting, partying, and skiing with many club and council officers in club and council meetings, trade shows, and on the world’s ski slopes but, due to continuing health issues, I am retiring as editor of The National Ski Club […]

  6. SKIING DAVOS, SWITZERLAND by Sam Fontaine President, Sly Fox Ski Club (IL) From their FoxTales, March 2015 issue

    National Ski Council Federation

    We just got back from Davos, Switzerland & Venice, Italy, and here’s what went on in Davos. We arrived in Chicago with 46 and met 10 more at O’Hare so we left with 56 participants. We met five more in Zurich and went on to Davos by bus with 61 total. We pulled into Davos […]

  7. What’s Happening among America’s Ski Club Councils? By Bob Wilbanks, NSCN

    National Ski Council Federation

    The Crescent Ski Council asks all trip participants to complete a medical form and place it in a sealed envelope that will be opened only if that individual is unable to communicate with emergency and hospital staff. Councils and clubs around the country have found a real need for this information, and its only purpose […]

  8. Improve Your Club From the Don Diego Ski Club’s (CA) Ski Chatter

    National Ski Council Federation

    Here is Don Diego’s list of a few activities to make your ski club a better organization. *Set up a summer barbecue. * Discover and lead an interesting tour. *Hold a holiday party for club members. *Take photos and share them with members. * Arrange lunches, happy hours, or dinners. *Participate in club activities. * […]

  9. Big Sky Ski Patrollers Must be EMT Certified By Bob Wilbanks, NSCN

    National Ski Council Federation

    Big Sky Resort has one of the largest Ski Patrol organizations in the United States with 105 professional ski patrollers and 140 volunteer ski patrollers. Training is key and prior to every winter season Big Sky Resort Ski Patrol hosts the Big Sky Medical Refresher. What sets Big Sky Resort’s training apart is all Big […]

  10. Lake Tahoe is a Cross-Country Ski Paradise By Bob Wilbanks, NSCN

    National Ski Council Federation

    Cross-country skiing is one of Lake Tahoe’s biggest attractions. The region offers some of the most concentrated areas of groomed trails and snowshoe terrain in North America. In addition to most of Lake Tahoe’s large downhill ski areas offer Nordic or snowshoe options, there are also lots of backcountry trails, X-C equipment rentals and tour […]

  11. Trying Keeping Your Older Members and Attracting The Younger Ones as Well By Bob Wilbanks, NSCN

    National Ski Council Federation

    Year-round activities that cater to both the 30-year old and 60-year old can mean the survival of America’s ski clubs. In this instant gratification seeking world, everybody seems to think that they should have it all and that they should get it now! Why wait? Ski clubs should keep their memberships occupied during the summer […]

  12. As One Vacation Door Closes a Bit, Other Doors Open By Bob Wilbanks, NSCN

    National Ski Council Federation

    For the last decade, we have heard ski industry sales people complain that the days of ski club business are numbered because of the advancing average age of ski club members. I submit to America’s ski clubs — and to the ski industry — that those comments express a “glass half empty” philosophy. Yes, America’s […]

  13. U.S. Members-Only Ski Resorts By Bob Wilbanks, NSCN

    National Ski Council Federation

    Montana’s Yellowstone Club The first resort that recently started catering to the top 1% was the Tim Blixseth’s 2,200-skiable acre Yellowstone Club adjacent to Big Sky Resort. The Yellowstone Club drew around 250 big name homeowners who paid $250,000 for a membership (plus $5 to $35 million for a house at the club — and […]

  14. The Largest Lift Connected North American Resorts

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    The Largest Lift-Connected North American Resorts For 2015-2016 National Ski Club Newsletter Here are the largest three lift-connected ski resorts as of the 2015-2016 ski season — Whistler, with 8,171 acres; Park City/Canyons, with 7,300 acres; and Big Sky, with 5,800 acres. Frankly, if you want to ski every run on these resorts on a […]

  15. Two Things to Avoid on Your Club’s Website

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    Ski club website newsletters should be published with two audiences — and perhaps even two messages — in mind. 1. Tell members what is coming up next in the club and how much fun the last activity was so that they might try a similar activity in the future. 2. Tell prospective members just how […]

  16. NSC Newsletter Two

    National Ski Council Federation

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