Longview Ski Club
The Longview Ski Club, founded in 1935, is one of the oldest ski clubs in the Northwest. In the 1930s members of the Club built a rope tow and lodge on the slopes of Mt. St. Helens. For years the road was plowed only to Spirit Lake Lodge, and Harry Truman would drive members up to the rope tow with his snowcat. The Club skied there until the mountain erupted in 1980.
Now the Club skis at White Pass and Mt. Hood, but many forays have been made to Crystal Mountain, Mt. Bachelor and other Northwest Ski Areas. The Club sponsors an annual trip out-of-state and the 2017 trip is being planned. In 2016 the Club skied Sun Valley. Past trips have included Utah, Tahoe, Montana, Canada and Europe. The Club also sponsors midweek day-trips to White Pass and Mt. Hood Meadows to get members and guests together, a good way for newer and older skiers to share the slopes and the ski experience.
The Club is open to adults over age 21, whether beginner or expert, skier or snowboarder. The Club has a diverse membership, ages 23-80. Some members prefer the bunny slopes, others the steep and deep. One member has skied more than 64 years. We also have hikes and social outings outside of ski season.
The Longview Ski Club holds a themed dinner meeting on the first Friday of each month, October through March, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Parish Hall on 22nd and Louisiana in Longview. Meetings consist of a potluck (BYOB), followed by a brief business meeting and a ski-related presentation. Dues are $20 per year. The annual Crab Feed is very well attended, and most of the cost in included in annual dues.