How to Instantly Gain Dozens of New Friends: Join a Ski Club

 

Contact: Mary Jo Tarallo | 202-431-6950 | mjt@learntoskiandsnowboard.org

 

October 2017 - The snow sports industry's "Beginner Conversion Study" is an on-going research effort to better understand what motivates newcomers to try skiing or snowboarding and what deters them. According to the study's research team, Boulder-based RRC Associates, wanting to spend more time with friends and family is one of the biggest motivators while cost and accessibility dent to be deterrents. That’s where local ski clubs and ski councils can play a big role in helping to connect newcomers to the snow sports community and also help mitigate costs.

“Clubs have formed all over the U.S. and they are not just in ski/snowboard communities,” said Mary Jo Tarallo, director for the Learn to Ski and Snowboard/Bring a Friend initiative and also a former president of the Baltimore Ski Club and Blue Ridge Ski Council. “In fact, many of the larger metro areas in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast part of the U.S. have some of the largest clubs including New York, the Baltimore-Washington, DC corridor, Atlanta and Miami. The same holds true on the west coast and in the Chicago metro area”

The National Brotherhood of Skiers (www.nbs.org) , an organization that caters to African-American snow sports enthusiasts, has chapters all over the country and each year, they host the “Black Summit” for members and friends. This year the group is going to Squaw Valley in March for the annual confab that includes skiing, snowboarding, parties, fashion shows and more.

Disabled Sports, USA information is located at www.dsusa.org. The U.S. Deaf Ski and Snowboard Association can be reached at www.usdssa.org.

Clubs make it easy for newcomers to plug into their first time experience. Trip leaders organize the trips that are attended by members. Trips range from informal one-day carpool excursions to multi-day destination travel adventures. Newcomer attendees just need to pick the trip of choice, pay the registration fee and they instantly have a whole new set of friends with whom they can share the experience.

“In today’s world of searching the web for travel deals, saving money is a not the reason you join a ski club, the key is Camaraderie!,!” said LuAnn Snyder, Programs and Meetings Director for the Baltimore Ski Club. It’s a way to expand your social circle of friends because a day on the slopes is more enjoyable when you are with friends you have made by “Joining the Club”!   

Most clubs meet once a month and many offer activities other than skiing and snowboarding all year long. The www.learntoskiandsnowboard.org web site lists clubs in the section called “Tips” and includes links to web sites. Here is a di

“The web site is a great resources but it is best to check local areas or local ski shops as well since most clubs are run by volunteers and the leadership changes regularly,” said Tarallo.

 

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