About Us

The Alpine Ski Club provides a venue for active ski-mountaineers to meet, exchange information and to plan new expeditions with lecture meetings every year in Autumn and Spring, usually at the Alpine Club, 55 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3QA.

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Photo copyright: John Fairley. Camp on Kedar Dome. Phatang Pithwara.

The Annual Dinner, usually held in November alternately in London and in a mountain venue in the UK, provides a great opportunity to socialise with fellow members and catch up on the activities of the club.

We organise an Alpine Meet and expeditions to little known mountain ranges. Enterprising guideless ski expeditions in recent years have included ski mountaineering expeditions to Muztag Ata, Zanskar, Kashmir, Gangotri, Iran and Turkey. Recent Alpine Meets have been in Pontresina, Andermatt, Briançon, Dolomites, Queyras, Tyrol, Sud-Tyrol and Norway.

The club offers two schemes for awarding grants. The Memorial Adventure Fund is used to support activities with an element of exploration, while the Kenneth Smith Scholarship is aimed at training for younger members.

Another key element of the club’s focus on mountain safety is its avalanche rescue transceiver hire scheme. This is open to all winter mountaineers. Members are entitled to free hire and priority booking.

 

Benefits of Membership

A small friendly club of like-minded and experienced individuals interested in independent ski mountaineering and with the ambition and skills to explore wilder/remote ranges.

The ASC is a prestigious club with a 100 year history of illustrious former members and pioneers in the field. There is a wealth of experience within the Club of members running interesting and often challenging expeditions to all parts of the world. There is always someone to talk to about ideas for the next adventure.

A programme of ski touring events in Scotland, Europe and further afield. This is complemented by UK mountaineering meets in the autumn.

The ASC runs regular interesting lectures related to ski mountaineering in the spring and autumn in London – members get beneficial rates.

Transceiver hire using the Club scheme is free to all members and their families. And not just transceivers … the Club has Personal Locator Beacons and a Yellowbrick satellite tracker for exclusive use my members of the Club.

The Club offers grants both for trips of exploration and for training for younger members.

An annual newsletter covers reports of member’s activities throughout the year.

Members attending ASC events are covered by the Club’s third-party insurance.

Annual membership costs £18 per year or £20 for overseas members.

 

How to Join

Membership of The Alpine Ski Club shall be open to all those who have an interest in ski-mountaineering and wish to promote the objects of the Club.

Candidates for Ordinary Membership must be competent and experienced ski-mountaineers who have completed at least 20 days of ski-mountaineering over a minimum of four seasons among glaciers and/or important mountains. They must be supported by a Proposer, known to them personally, who shall attest that the candidate is a safe participant and active contributor in decision-making for unguided tours.

The Club also offers an Aspirant level of Membership for those with a keen interest and committment to ski-mountaineering (e.g. by completing at least five day-tours including uphill skiing). Anyone wishing to join the Club, but who maybe lacks a proposer or needs to complete more ski-mountaineering days, is encouraged to join the Club initially as an Aspirant. This provides the opportunities to participate in Club tours and meet existing members, who would then be able to act as Proposer.

Please download and send a fully completed application form to the Membership Secretary via the Contact us links. On acceptance, new members will be required to complete a standing order mandate. Overseas members are able to pay by PayPal or online bank transfer, by arrangement with the membership secretary.