The Ski Club of New Jersey, like other similar clubs, closed its lodge doors during the 2020-21 season owing to Covid-19 social distancing requirements.
Now, Lodge and Club Executive Board leadership are busy at work fashioning strategies and methodologies for safe openings beginning the latter half of this summer and continuing into the foreseeable future.
Club members are delighted and can’t wait to get back up to the “Laarg,” as it was nicknamed long ago.
The Ski Club of New Jersey’s Vermont Lodge at New Year’s Eve
The Ski Club of New Jersey is the oldest such club in New Jersey and dates to some of the earliest ski activities in the northeast, including relationships with ski resorts and their founders-important contributors who helped shape the industry in the U.S.
It boasts a formidable youth racing team and a competitive adult race team, as well as offering families affordable access to winter sports in Vermont, plus hiking off-season, mountain biking, theater-going, and golf.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also fun activities for club members.
Those interested in membership are invited to visit our membership page for further information.
The club prides itself on being a working club where friendships are forged and memories are made. Its Vermont Lodge is the centerpiece of the club’s activities.
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 at our Lodge in Chittenden, Vt., twice monthly meetings at our club’s meeting place in Maywood, New Jersey, the Twin Door Tavern, club race events as well as our annual ski trips create tons of opportunity for sportsmanship, community, and friendship.
It’s something we look forward to each year and can’t live without.
Ski Club of New Jersey members enjoy the many opportunities club life offers because they receive huge savings on lift tickets at the best New England ski resorts, including Killington discount lift tickets.
Our Lodge is only a few miles away from Killington Mountain.
Our ski club is aligned with the New Jersey Ski and Snowboard Council (which is part of the National Ski Council Federation).
The Council leverages the power of our club and about 38 clubs others, and their respective thousands of members.
As a result, resorts like Killington, Sugarbush, Pico, White Face (and many others) offer these clubs, including ours, great lift ticket discounts.
The discounts offered include:
Discounted Bulk Tickets – Bulk Tickets are referred to as Vouchers and are available via our club’s appointed Council representative who puts in order for the vouchers and distributes the vouchers at club meetings. These discounted tickets are available to be used at participating mountains on most days of the season, except for blackout days. These tickets make it possible to plan a great ski vacation at a reduced price.
Club ski trips – Trips are offered to various destinations and are selected and arranged for by the Trip Committee. Decades of trips to Europe and Western US Resorts, as well as Canada, have been run.
Council Days – These special days are another benefit offered by many New England resorts throughout the season. As opposed to Vouchers, which are pre-orered, during a discount day you simply show your verified club card at a ticket purchase window, and you are able to purchase a discount that ski day. Usually, discount days are bundled consecutively for two to three days at a time.
This is a list of other types of discounts offered to members of The Ski Club of New Jersey for 2018/2019
Special lodging rates and ticket packages certain resorts, such as Smuggler’s Notch
Discounts at certain snow-sport retail stores, such as:
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 of about 15 skaters and hikers affiliated with the Hackensack “Y” got the urge to ski, and decided to do something about it.
The “word” was passed around to friends that a group would get together at the ”Y” in December to talk and make plans. Approximately 25 attended that first meeting, and after a general discussion it was decided to form a ski club, but as an outside organization that was not affiliated with the “Y”.
The outcome of all this was the formation of our Ski Club, and the first regular meeting was called on December 13, 1939 at which time a president (Fred Leeman), a vice-president (Jim Carew), a secretary (Marie Eimert), a treasurer (Jerry Sone) and a weatherman (John Bourne) were elected. By 10:30 that night, our ski club was on its way.
Its objective: To promote safe, controlled skiing, and ski excursions; to cultivate good fellowship between ski clubs, ski club members, and skiers everywhere, and to buy the right kind of sound, adequate equipment.
In essence, that is nearly our verbatim mission today!
The name “Ski Club of New Jersey” was chosen at our 2nd meeting; ten cents was collected from each member to defray current expenses, and dues of $2.00 were charged each member to set up a treasury.
Our first ski club trip took place January 2, 1939 when about 20 members left at 6:30 a.m. for Simpson’s Memorial Slope in Phoenicia, N.Y., a hill with a rope tow. Snow was good, weather was sunny and cold, and we had FUN!
A temporary Constitution and By-Laws were voted on and accepted that January, and dues set at $2.50 for the 1939-40 season. The club colors of Maroon and Grey were adopted at our 6th meeting. The emblem was a grey field, a shield-shaped, with the letters N.J. in maroon, and a skier skiing down the bar of the “n”. These first emblems were made of felt, with the skier and NJ sewn on, and the shield bordered in maroon. We were mighty proud of them!
Bousquet’s of Pittsfield, Mass., was often visited by our group, and Yokum Seat Mountain House” was our retreat. There, we had many good times, and held our 1939-40 New Year’s party. We also did a lot of skiing at our local golf clubs, when snow permitted.
Money again: in April 1939 we voted to make a voluntary contribution of $1 per member, to enable us to join the USEASA as a member club for the year 1939-40. Those contributing were to be made a charter member of the club. Fred Leeman, Jim Carew, Otto and Vera Hikadi, Claire Koller, Marge and Rudi Loegel, Jerry Stone, Elinor Samuels and Gene Bedell took part.
During the 1939-40 season, a first aid ski patrol was organized and the SCNJ patrol was registered with the national Ski Patrol System during the 1040-41 season.
Our first annual dinner-dance was held at Calks Castle, May 11, 1940.
The club’s membership grew so fast that we were obliged to leave the Hackensack “Y” and move to our own quarters at Howland Avenue, River Edge, where we held our first meeting in November, 1940.
When the dread, dark days of World War II came upon us in 1941, our club’s membership had grown to about 120.
Both boy and girl members joined the services, gasoline, as was everything else, had been rationed, and our membership dropped off sharply. But a few members kept the club going, gave parties for those going into services, and corresponded with them while they were away. Their membership was kept up by the club.
When hostilities ceased, many of our service people returned. Three did not: Trevor Jarrad, Bob Ranges, and John Wissing.
Along with everyone else, we had post-war housing problems, and moved to several different places between 1946 and 1951, when we settled down at Visentin’s Grove in Fair Lawn. Here we were afforded every convenience and consideration.
One hudred percent member club status in the USEASA was achieved in 1949, and the club was incorporated in 1951.
The SCNJ won the Divisional Award set up by Miller HighLife for the best organized club in the Eastern Division in 1956, and again in 1961; and won the divisional and the National awards in 1957 and in 1965.
During the summer of 1960, a committee was set up to scout the Rutland Ski area for a possible lodge.
Bob White headed the committee, and was assisted by Ed Pecht, Joe Koch, De Kiligas, Frank Knight, Ken McBride, Bob Mathews, Bill Muller and Dick Oberrit.
Thanks to their efforts, a delightful place was found in Chittenden, Vermont, that could be used as a Lodge, and the club now has a wonderful year round place to go…for skiing in the winter, and vacationing during the summer months.
The club boasted at that time, a First Aid Ski Patrol of 32 members of whom nine are National appointees, and nine First Aid Instructors. We also had four professional and 12 amateur ski instructors on the club’s roster.
*Otto Schneibs coached Dartmouth and St. Lawrence University ski teams and helped design Aspen and Whiteface Mountain and hundreds of other runs across the country. He authored three books on skiing and was the director for the first instructors school for the Eastern Ski Association.
*Otto Schneibs from Wikipedia
Johann “Hannes” Schneider (June 24, 1890 – April 26, 1955) was an AustrianSki instructor of the first half of the twentieth century.
He was born in the town of Stuben am Arlberg in Austria as a son of a cheesemaker.
He first observed skiing in 1900, and in 1903 obtained an authentic pair of skis and some instruction from Viktor Sohm.
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, Vermont is offering a wonderful Winter Fest! It’s a monthlong extravaganza of outdoor and indoor fun! Check it out here: Winterfest.
Jane McKinley makes the podium at USSA U16 Qualifier at Mt Creek
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 free skiing on the Sunday before the camp, and:
(2) A 2-day camp for Slalom race training, which follows the 5-day camp. Prices will be announced later, and are similar to last year. Both have excellent instructors, and are a great way to get started on the ski season.
We are again planning to set up an on-the-snow fun session (likely at Pico Mountain) for our juniors during the MLK weekend in January. We have first class instructors in our Club and they like nothing better than to help kids have more fun skiing. If there is enough interest, we can see if Middlebury will set up a short course at their Snow Bowl so that we can practice turns thru the gates.
Beginning in January, remember the Wednesday night racing league, compliments of the NJ Ski Council. This begins the first Wednesday of the month, and lasts for six weeks, weather permitting. Another fun event to participate in. More info will be availa-ble later in the fall.
The annual State race is planned for the first Saturday of February – 2/3/2018 – at Pi-co. We try to enter both a women’s and men’s team, and we do nicely by holding our own. A lot of fun!
March 3, 2018 is the date for our all-important 3-club race with Monmouth and Telemark ski clubs. Middlebury has asked us, as a favor, to move this date since they have a ma-jor school function. We are currently discussing holding this race down at Bromley Mountain. Several items still need to be resolved – we’ll keep you posted. Remember, juniors participate in both the State and 3-club races. The kids love this and enjoy showing the ‘grown-ups’ their stuff.
This year, it’s SCNJ’s turn to hold the 3-club après ski party. Always a lot of fun, and someone is always around to claim ‘bragging rights’!
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 club members were at the event and said it was very well organized and they had a great time.
The races drew a crowd of 6 to 8 thousand folks at the base of Superstar, and an American, Mikaela Shiffrin, won the women’s Slalom Race.
Killington, Vermont, November 2016.
This November Jay Millar will be hosting the 2017 World Cup event weekend at our lodge, so make plans to get up there and get some early skiing in and watch the World Cup racing.
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 approximately 4 feet of snow on the buildings roofs. Our accommodations at the Sun Valley Lodge were lovely and beautifully appointed.
The Lodge which has undergone a major renovation in the last few years had several amenities to keep everyone happy. A large outdoor heated pool and hot tub, ice skating, restaurants, spa, bar with entertainment, and a basement bowling alley. A group of us decided to give the bowling a whirl. All I can say is that no one scored over 100.
A very poor athletic example indeed. Our first few days were bright and sunny and most of us had some Gumby” legs by early afternoon.
We had forgotten how steep and how much vertical the mountain has, or perhaps it’s the fact that we were all 15 years younger in 2002.
Their “Green” runs were surely blues and possibly black runs in many other ski areas.
We enjoyed a group dinner together at The Cabin, where we had dined and taken a sleigh ride to on our 2002 ski trip to Sun Valley. The week passed quickly and fortunately there were no injuries or significant issues. Our flight home out of the Hailey Freidman airport to Denver was diverted to Twin Falls, Idaho, about an hour and a half away due to bad weather and difficulty of the small jets with the mountain airport. Home safe and looking forward to next years trip maybe to BIG SKY Montana!
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 keep the ‘jug’. And our juniors had no trouble winning the junior trophy!
The race course was again set on the right side of the hill (facing up), so as to make ‘the race more fun’! This year conditions were exceptional – very icy, extreme cold, high wind, and frequent snow showers – yikes!!! A total of 73 racers (51 adults; 22 juniors) participated from the 3 clubs, up from 61 last year. Herb Botwick was our race starter for the first run – Telemark provided the starter for the second run. Nancy Willen was SCNJ’s official scorer in the timing booth. John McAndris provided the computer power to calculate results – a real time saver!!
SCNJ’s men’s team was led by Jonathan Blumers (2nd fastest time on the mountain), Jay Henry (3th fastest), Nickolas Miller (8th), Trey Miller, Tom Henry, Jr and Chip Miller. Our gals were led by Jackie Conlan (14th fastest, first time on the snow this year), Kimmy Conlan, Jaime Cozine (first race for SCNJ) and Ginny Newman.
Special thanks to Tom Henry, Jr up from Florida. Jay Henry’s daughter Olivia (age 5) was looking forward to her first ‘serious’ race, but sadly, frost bite on both checks made her wait for another year! Olivia is SCNJ’s first 4th generation member!! SCNJ again had 7 juniors to race for the Club – the top 4 times counted. Our juniors won by about 22 seconds over the 2nd place Telemark team.
The junior team was led by Matt McAndris (who had the fastest time on the mountain!), Jack McGovern (first race for SCNJ), Conner McAndris and Mike Ferreira (also first race for SCNJ). Again, we had a delicious mid-day ‘mountain’ luncheon – a great spread of sandwiches, salads, chips, cookies and sodas.
The 3-club race is a great end-of-season event for our clubs! Telemark had this year’s après ski party – about a hundred people showed up. What a nice party they hosted!
Next year it will be SCNJ’s turn to host – the event is scheduled for March 3, 2018 at Middlebury Snow Bowl! Please mark your calendars now!! As always, a big thank you to all of our racers, rooters and everyone who came out to make this so successful!
” ‘I was on the swim team in high school, and they told me I had to swim to be in the Navy. Swim. So I did,” Matthews said. “The man in charge asked my name when I swam back and said: You’re in charge of swimming.”
Matthews was drafted in 1943 and discharged in January 1946 at the rank of chief radioman. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Service Medal with five Campaign Stars, European Theater Medal with one star, the Victory in Japan Medal, and the State of New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal…
Matthews remembers that his first recruit could swim, the second somewhat, and the third not at all.
“I asked the man how far they had to swim to pass, and he said 10 feet, so I got this guy to swim 10 feet, and he passed,” Matthews said. “Every guy learned to swim 10 feet.”
The Paterson native grew up in Rochelle Park, where his father was head of the police and fire departments. He attended Hackensack High School, where his interests were split between skiing and the swim team. He was also active in Boy Scouts, which led to a tour as a Sea Scout sailing a 75-foot vessel in the Hackensack River as well as along the New York and New Jersey coasts.’ “
Photo Credit: Marsha Stoltz
After he graduated in 1938, Matthews became one of the founding members of the Ski Club of New Jersey at the Hackensack Y. The group reached 120 members and had moved its meetings to Howland Avenue in River Edge by the time the draft caught up with them in July 1943.
Fellow club member, and longtime friend as well as a veteran who also served in the Navy, Daniel M. Zavisza, CAPT, USNR-retired, sent a request to the Navy for a letter of appreciation for Service in World War II.
In his letter to the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Zavisza noted Mathews’ service number, his age, his dates of enlistment and discharge, and the position he served as well as a brief history of Mathews’ service, as follows:
“Robert Mathews was a radioman petty officer on an oiler, USS Merrimack (AO-37) in the Mediterranean supporting the American invasion of North Africa. The ship served in the western Pacific until, we believe, the end of the War.
The Merrimack arrived in Western Pacific in December 1944 and supported action at Formosa, the Philippines., Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and Formosa. The Merrimack alternated supplying fuel aircraft carriers and ships involved in the different landings.”
In response to Zavisza’s request, the Office of the Secretary of the Navy sent a letter posted here.
The day was a perfect, sunny blue sky day, and the parade well attended by citizens appreciating their freedoms and the contributions of veterans everywhere.
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