We are a small friendly club of like-minded and experienced individuals interested in independent ski mountaineering and with the ambition, skills and experience to explore wilder/remote ranges.
The Alpine Ski Club is the first ski mountaineering club in the UK, founded by Arnold Lunn in 1908, with a history of illustrious former members and pioneers in the field. There is a wealth of experience within the club membership, many of whom have ski toured and climbed in all parts of the world.
The club runs a number of social events throughout the year, providing a venue for members to meet, exchange information and to plan your next expedition. Lecture meetings are held every year in Autumn and Spring, usually in London. The Annual Dinner, a highlight of the social calendar, is held in November alternately in London or in a mountain venue in the UK.
The club organises an annual Alpine meet open to all members and their guests; this is complemented by UK based meets in the autumn .. new members are encouraged to join in with the activities to meet other club members. The more active club members put together excursions and expeditions to explore lesser known mountain ranges. Enterprising guideless ski expeditions in recent years have included Mustag Ata, Zanskar, Kashmir, Gangotri, Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Montenegro, Kosovo and remote areas of Canada.
The club supports its members by hiring out avalanche rescue transceivers and satellite communications equipment. Grants are available both for training in ski mountaineering and in supporting expeditions of an exploratory nature.
Meet the Club Patron
The accomplished mountaineer Stephen Venables, our guest of honour at the Pen-y-Gwryd last year, has agreed to become the Patron of The Alpine Ski Club.
Stephen continues to ski actively, especially during his explorations of Antarctica and South Georgia. We believe he can offer inspiration, especially to younger members, encouraging them to travel further afield.
Stephen, a mountaineer, writer, broadcaster and public speaker, was the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen. He reached the summit alone, after climbing with a small American-Canadian team, by a new route up the gigantic Kangshung Face.
Everest was a thrilling highlight in a career which has taken Stephen right through the Himalaya, from Afghanistan to Tibet, making first ascents of many previously unknown mountains. His adventures have also included expeditions to the Rockies, the Andes, the Antarctic island South Georgia, East Africa, South Africa and of course the European Alps, where he has climbed and skied for over forty years. Recent adventures to Antarctica and South Georgia have relied on skis for access to remote and unclimbed mountains so we’re delighted that Stephen has agreed to be our Patron. He will attend our Annual Dinners whenever he can. He is an award winning author and accomplished speaker. Whether with informal tales of his latest exploits or new perspective on mountains and mountaineering, he will be a welcome and enthralling guest.
Benefits of Membership
- Be part of a group of like-minded, active ski mountaineers and follow in the tradition of illustrious ski explorers.
- Get discounted member’s rates at the club’s illustrated talks.
- Hire an avalanche transceiver for FREE – open to all members and their families.
- For club members only – have exclusive access to the club’s satellite communications equipment – Garmin inReach and Yellowbrick (for SOS, short messaging in remote areas, and location tracking), plus rescueMe personal locator beacons.
- Receive your own printed booklet of the ASC Review, covering the activities of members throughout the year and reports from those who received an ASC grant.
- Your activities on official Alpine Ski Club events are covered by the club’s public liability insurance.
- Annual membership for all this is ONLY £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.
If you new to ski mountaineering or touring, join us as an Aspirant. All you need is a keen interest to pursue the sport and become a safe and experienced ski mountaineer. It is recommended you are a competent skier and have participated in a few day tours. As your experience progresses, then you can ask another member to propose you to our Ordinary membership level.
Ordinary membership is the standard level within the club, for independent ski mountaineers. At this level you will be a safe and competent team member of any excursion the club may run.
Candidates for Ordinary Membership must be able to demonstrate they are experienced ski mountaineers, who have completed at least 20 days of ski mountaineering over a minimum of four seasons among glaciers and/or significant 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.
Payment for membership of the club is by annual subscription: by credit/debit card, PayPal or standing order with a UK bank.
Alternatively you may request a paper application form from the Membership Secretary and pay the subscription by bank transfer.
Last updated on 21st November 2019