The Ski Club of N.J., the oldest ski club in New Jersey, was formed in 1938 by a group of outdoor enthusiasts who were members at the YMCA in Hackensack, N.J. To understand the history of the Ski Club of New Jersey, it is important to understand that in the 1930’s skiing was just becoming popular. The Club, starting with 5 members, grew rapidly. The Club stressed controlled skiing, instruction for beginners, and a lively social roster. After a year or so in Hackensack, they moved to River Edge, NJ, where they shared space with the Bergen Players, an amateur theatrical group that has also survived to this day. In those days skiing occurred on Sundays. Trips were made to the Catskills, where members climbed the mountains, something hard to fathom in a time of high speed trams. Many learned to ski on the golf course at Mohonk outside New Paltz, N.Y. Vacations were to: Rutland, Vt.; Pico (opened 1938); Stowe, Vt.;North Conway,N.H., etc.
When World War II was declared 12-7-41, a high percentage of the Club joined the Services, both male and female. A number of the Club joined the 10th Mt Division ski troops and served well during the war years. The Club also helped form the New Jersey Ski Council (now the NJSSC.ORG) in 1939 and reactivated activities in 1946. A number of the Club served as officers of the NJSC, and went on to serve in the U.S. Eastern Amateur Association, as well as the National Ski Association.
The building Ski Clubbers call the “LAARJ” was purchased from the William J. Barstow
estate in 1960. Barstow, born in Brooklyn, NY, held many patents: The Barstow Booster system, feeder regulation of railway systems without resistance; A two-rate meter system of charging for electrical energy; and he designed other systems: for instance, one of the first electric refrigerators. Much of his early career was with the Edison Company. He became president of 30 electric light, power and gas companies, which had units in Vermont and elsewhere. Soon he acquired a summer home in Manchester, Vermont. On March 1, 1929, six months before Black Friday, the 1929 stock market crash, he astutely sold two firms he had founded for $50 million. William Barstow became involved with the Rutland Railway Power and Light Company, consulting on power-generating facilities in the Rutland area. This brought the family to Chittenden with its reservoir and dam; they loved the town’s serenity. The spectacular scenery had a lasting effect on the family, which now included a son, Frederic Duclos Barstow, born in 1895. Frederic served 22 months in France during World War I. Unfortunately he suffered long term lung damage from being gassed while there. Doctors recommended “clean mountain air” and a peaceful surrounding. Frederic eventually succumbed to his lung damage and his home and ~9.5 acres were purchased from his mother’s estate in 1960 by the Ski Club of New Jersey.
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Killington Discount Lift Tickets and Other Club benefits
Members of The Ski Club of New Jersey enjoy every kind of winter sport including skiing, boarding, racing as well as hiking and snowshoeing. We swap stories about conditions, the best runs at Killington Mountain, Pico Mountain, Okemo Mountain and Sugarbush Mountain, gear tip, and where the best Happy Hours are! Weekend dinners while staying […]
20 Feb 2019
From the archives: Some Ski Club History
SCNJ – Some history about The Ski Club of New Jersey From the archives… Early Days of the Ski Club of New Jersey When skiing was in its infancy and our club’s founders had to travel to Lake Placid or North Conway to get professional instruction from Otto Schneibs* or Hannes Schneider respectively, a group […]
05 Feb 2019
One of the best features of our Vermont Lodge is being able to access the variety of outdoor sports opportunities Vermont offers, from skiing and snowboarding to hiking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and mountain biking. Vermont also offers access to agri-tourism and the rich cultural life of its towns and cities. In February, 2019,Rutland, […]
05 Feb 2019
AN EXCITING 2017-18 RACING SEASON FOR THE SKI CLUB OF NEW JERSEY
With frost near at hand, let’s talk about what’s happening on the race scene as it affects SCNJ: The Killington race camp dates have already been sent out to our SCNJ members. Summarizing – there are two race camps: (1) The regular 5-day GS Killington camp (12/4/2017 – 12/8/2017, which includes ½ day […]
29 Dec 2017
World Cup at Killington November, 2016
2016 World Cup at Killington In November 2016 the World Cup Women’s slalom and Giant Slalom were held at Killington. This is the first time in many years (1978) that a World Cup event has been held in Vermont, and the plan is to do it again this year in November 2017. A couple of our […]
09 May 2017
Ski Club Of New Jersey Sun Valley Club Trip 2017
Sun Valley – March 1st to 8th, 2017 On March 1, 2017, 11 happy skiers left for Sun Valley via Denver and into the Hailey Freidman airport in Sun Valley. According to our transportation driver, Sun Valley was experiencing one of the best snow years in the last 20 years, as evidenced by […]
09 May 2017
The Ski Club of New Jersey’s 2017 Race Results
SCNJ CLUB’s 2017 RACE RESULTS Middlebury Snow Bowl, March 4, 2017 Another fun Club Race weekend!! Our SCNJ adults (combined men’s and women’s teams) kept the ‘little brown jug’, winning by a time of about 33 seconds, besting both Telemark and Monmouth Ski Clubs. Thanks to everyone who participated and made the effort to […]
09 May 2017
2016 Autumn Hike Weekend
The Ski Club of New Jersey will be sponsoring it’s 12th Annual Fall Hike Weekend this October 7-10th at its lodge in Chittenden, Vt. Also featured is the Harvest Dinner following the hike. The cost is $80.00 for members, $90.00 for guests, $70.00 for junior members. Cost includes lodging Friday, Saturday, Sunday; breakfast Saturday […]
27 Sep 2016
Ski Club of New Jersey Founder and Veteran Honored at Memorial Day Parade
This past Memorial Day, a founding member of The Ski Club of New Jersey, and world war two Veteran, Robert Matthews, 98, was honored as the Wyckoff Township’s Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal. From an interview Mathews gave to northjersey.com: ” ‘I was on the swim team in high school, and they told me I […]
29 May 2019