The AE Ski Club prides itself on keeping snow sports, including skiing, affordable. A nonprofit organization, the club encourages opportunities for social, educational, and recreational opportunities dedicated to snow skiing.
History and Membership
Originally called the Aetna Ski Club (because membership was only open to Aetna employees and their guests), AE Ski Club was founded in the mid 1970’s and now has more than 3,000 members.
While headquartered in Connecticut, the club has members throughout Massachusetts, New York and beyond. Members of the club come from many different age groups, and there are single members as well as couples and families who hold yearly memberships for the club.
AE Ski Club Membership Information
Joining the ski club, either online or via a mail-in application, is very simple. Once your application and payment have been received, each registered member will get a personalized membership card for the club. The following membership rates, from the 2008/2009 ski season, give you an idea of the membership costs:
- Membership Costs:
- $30 per individual
- $55 per adult couple
- $40 per adult with one child under 18
- $50 per adult with two children under 18
- $60 per household/family
- $25 per senior citizen (65+)
- Membership year runs from October to the following September
The club provides many perks for its members including visits to resorts such as Killington, Mt. Snow, Stratton, Sugarbush, Lake Placid, Okemo, and Jay Peak. Membership benefits include:
- Learn-to-ski programs
- Week, weekend, and day trips
- Three to four yearly week-long trips to ski resorts in Canada, the Western US, and Europe
- Five to six yearly day trips (by bus) to Vermont and New Hampshire ski areas
- Two to three yearly weekend ski trips to Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Canada and New York
- Local shop discounts
- Membership in the Connecticut Ski Council, which offers members access to several discounted ski days and discounted tickets to Vermont resorts
The Connecticut Ski Council (CSC)
Made up of 39 regional clubs, the CSC prides itself on being one of the best organizations in New England for winter sports. Since AE club members automatically become members of the CSC, the membership benefits of the CSC add value to the price of the AE club membership price. CSC Membership Benefits:
- Purchase pre-season discount lift tickets for several of the top resorts in New England
- Buy boot heaters and dryers from Sports Innovations at deeply discounted prices, up to 60 percent off retail.
- Obtain great trip insurance quotes, reducing worry over gear and personal belongings.
- Up to 30 percent discount on ski rentals from RentSkis.com
- Rent cars from Hertz at a deep discount
As a member of the ski club, you have the opportunity to participate in their recreational ski racing team during the months of December, January, and February. The team practices Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. on an electronically timed, dual-modified, giant slalom course monitored by NASTAR.
Ski Magazine developed NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race) racing in 1968; today it is the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world. Their mission is to provide a fun and accessible racing program that offers racers of all levels an opportunity to compare their results with those of other competitors across the country.
No doubt, you have seen NASTAR courses at one of the ski resorts you have visited lately. If you are interested in challenging yourself and improving your racing skills, it is a fun and simple way to add a little friendly competition to your skiing.
Joining a Club
Ski clubs are an excellent way to become involved with others who have a similar love for snow sports. Clubs also provide fantastic benefits for members; the discounts are unbeatable, giving you an incentive to travel to a new place, learn more about your sport, and even get into recreational racing! Who knows, you might become the next Lindsey Vonn.