Ski Club kicks off season with fall social

Those of you old enough to remember the 1980s – big hair, Ronald Reagan, $1.09 gasoline – may also remember the Idaho Falls Ski Club fall socials.

Back then we held a kegger at the Senior Citizen’s Center on Rollandet. It was a rollicking good time fueled by Budweiser and mountains of Papa Tom’s pizza. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your perspective, the Ski Club has evolved beyond red plastic beer cups and macro-brews.

This year’s fall social will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Snow Eagle Brewing and Grill, 455 River Parkway in Idaho Falls. Genial host Jerry Mitchell will offer a sumptuous repast of hors d’oeuvres and tasty micro-brews. Each attendee will receive tickets for two beers or glasses of wine, plus the buffet. The cost to Ski Club members is, wait for it … absolutely nothing! Cost to nonmembers is $15.

There will be a raffle with great prizes AND a prize for best costume. We will sell memberships at the social. An adult membership is still $25, and a junior membership is $15.

This is the Ski Club’s big social event of the season, so be sure to attend.

The fall social is not the only benefit of Ski Club membership. Other benefits are:

· Discount lift tickets at Grand Targhee

· Instructional weekends at Grand Targhee. The Ski Club pays most of the cost of group lessons for members

· Discount lift tickets at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Last year, a one-day lift ticket at the window cost $130; with the Ski Club voucher the cost was $78. The club will offer a similar benefit for the 2017-2018 season

· Overnight trips to local areas such as Sun Valley, Jackson and Big Sky; the Ski Club subsidizes the cost

· Day trip to Pomerelle Mountain Resort

· Discounts on merchandise, food and services from local merchants

· Spring social: food, beer and music, free to members

· Avalanche Awareness Night

· Nordic skiing and use of the hut near Kelly Canyon

· Ski Club Night at the Chukars, which includes admission and a drink free to members

· Membership in the Far West Ski Association and Intermountain Ski Council

Almost too good to be true, isn’t it?

The Ski Club is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Our president is Robin “Dear Leader” Villarreal. Yours truly is Jim “The Old Snowboarding Guy” Holman, social director. We are always looking for new, active board members to help run the club. Although you may not think you are qualified to be on the board, the bar is pretty low. If you can fog a mirror, we can use you. Contact Robin at to get involved.