The Baltimore Ski Club, which was founded in 1939, is a group of between 800 to 1,000 local ski enthusiasts. The group sponsors approximately 20 skiing trips per year, about 13 or 14 to West Coast ski resorts and the rest to East Coast slopes. The trips, which are between one and seven days in duration, are put together and run by various members of the club.
"Generally we have about 30 or 40 people on each trip," says Sheldon Hyman, director of the Baltimore Ski Club. "On Eastern trips, you'll have three or four people who have never skied before. We don't usually have beginners go on the Western trips because they're longer trips. But at most of the East Coast slopes, they offer instructions and there are even some trips that involve extensive ski instruction."
The focus of the club is downhill skiing, but some of the club's trips also offer members the opportunity to enjoy cross-country skiing.