Get the most out of our club!
To get the most out of our club, do all of the following. At each of
these events, you will meet a slightly different mix of people.
* Join a 10-person PACRAT recreational racing team (see below);
* Join us on at least one trip this season; the best way to
get to know us.
* Come to at least one of our parties this season.
* Get on our email list
receive the "Lift Lines" newsletter and other news updates. To be
added to the list, just send an email to Emilio at
overview of our club
Updated: September 2007
1. We have about
302 members There has been a slow but steady growth in
membership over the past few years.
2007: 210 members
2006: 199 members
2005: 149 members
2004: 136 members
2003: 120 members
We are a really mixed group of people, of all
ages (from mid 20s to late 60s), all skiing abilities, and with varying backgrounds
(artists, craftsmen, engineers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, machinists, hairdressers,
self-employed, government-employed, and more). We have a mix of single and married people,
2. We are known as "The club
that really skis", meaning we really spend time on the slopes. That is not
to say that we dont visit the bar after a day on the mountain! But first things first! Most of us are passionate
3. The majority of us are downhill
skiers. We have several beginners and lots of intermediate skiers, but a
good portion of us are advanced skiers, and many with a taste for powder skiing. Most
of us seek powder only within the boundaries of ski areas, but several also
seek the out-of-bounds, back-country experience.
4. We have a small but growing number of
snowboarders. Only about 5 or 6 people at this time. Only a
few of our members are cross-country skiers.
5. Almost half of our members are
involved with recreational PACRAT racing. Many are purely
recreational racers or beginner racers, some of them actually actively
breaking through the gates all the way! On the other hand, at least a dozen or so
are serious enough about racing to invest in skin-tight
racing suits. PACRAT racing is one of the best ways to meet up with other club members for
regular visits to the mountain, because you become part of a 10-person team. Anybody can
join a team, but it has to be done before the first race of the season, as the PACRAT
league (Portland Area Clubs Recreational Alpine Teams) is a separate organization.
If you want to join a racing team, there is an extra charge for that. The annual PACRAT fee of about $85 gives you 5
races, 5 après ski parties (with food, drinks and door-prizes), plus an Awards dinner
party at the end of the season, and you also get discounted lift tickets on race days.
Contact our Racing Director for more info (See the
Racing page or
6. We have a number of planned trips
throughout the season. Every winter, we have at least one weekend bus trip to some
nearby area, as well as at least one longer trip to somewhere farther away. We also
participate in a number of larger, joint trips with other clubs. And, of course, we all go
on day trips to the 3 larger Mt. Hood ski areas, with Mt. Hood Meadows
being the favorite choice for most. We usually meet in Sandy and then carpool or
caravan from there. Many of us stay in touch with portable radios on the slopes. There is
even a small group of mid-week skiers, ready to go up any time there is
fresh powder on the hill!
7. History: There used to
be 2 separate clubs: "Plaza" and "Edgeset"
which both had origins in the 1970s. The name "Plaza" comes from the Standard Plaza building
in downtown Portland, where the original core members worked when the club was formed in 1975.
The Edgeset club is a bit older. In the Fall of 2000, these 2 clubs merged into one,
becoming Plaza/Edgeset. In November 2003, the
clubs name was changed to Mountain High Snowsport Club. Each
club had their own newsletter. After the merger, the
Lift Lines Newsletter was started by Emilio Trampuz in November, 2000.
The club got its first Web site in June 2004, thanks to the efforts of Les
Furnanz (the original webmaster) and later Emilio Trampuz (newsletter editor
and current webmaster).
8. Our membership fee is only $25
per year for singles, or $40 for couples. Membership usually runs from
fall, through the winter season and into next fall. If you join in the middle of summer,
this will be counted as your membership for the upcoming winter season. The
registration form with instructions is available on the
9. Our club has a few members scattered in
places as far away as Salem, Bend, and Yakima (WA), but the vast majority of our members
live in the greater Portland area. We are definitely a Portland club. All
our social events happen in the Portland area. And most of our skiing happens on Mt.
10. We have social events, meetings,
parties, TGIFs and activities (such as bowling, bicycling, rafting, hiking, etc.)
throughout the year. We dont have regular monthly meetings (other than Board
meetings, which are open to everyone). But, almost every month we have at least one or two
club organized activities. These are always announced in our newsletter.
Please feel free to come to any of
our club events, ski outings, or ski trips! Most of our social events, parties, and day
outings are free and open to all. For the more organized events and trips, if there is a
charge, only occasionally do we impose a slightly higher price for non-members. But,
mainly, we want you to come and visit. Check us out. You might like the club. It might be
the beginning of a long-term relationship!
List of Membership Benefits.
Application form (to join,
or renew membership) - PDF file.
Application form (to join, or
renew membership) - Word document.