Whether you are new to Europe’s ski slopes or a veteran of its toughest runs, one of the best ways to enjoy outdoor sports during the winter season is to join a ski club.

Joining a club will help you stretch your recreation dollar, get you to some different destinations and match you up with others of like interest.

Several clubs have been around for 50 years or so. Their experience and size, members claim, make it possible for them to arrange great package deals. They have established good relations with tour companies and resorts, and know where to go for the best lift access, hotel rooms and food. And the size of their groups make it possible to book accommodations in bulk and at a discount.

The clubs make a point of selecting trips that appeal to all levels of skiers and boarders. Many trips include group or individual lessons for those just learning, or those who want to improve. Several clubs have annual trips to Siegi Tour’s ski school in St. Veit, Austria, and there are always club members available to assist those who need pointers.

Clubs can also help new members get geared up. Meetings often include equipment demonstrations, clothing and equipment swaps, ski tuning and fashion shows on what to wear on the slopes.

Most club trips have activities for non-skiers and family members, and après-ski is always a big attraction for all, whether they spent the day on the slopes or soaking in a spa.

All the ski clubs have Web sites with information such as online forums, trip surveys and schedules. Information on the clubs, including upcoming trips, starts below and will run in the Travel section throughout the winter season.

Some popular clubs are the Heidelberg International Ski Club, the Kaiserslautern-West Pfalz Ski Club, Sitzmarkers Ski Club (for youths), the Tannenbaum Ski Club and the Frankfurt Ski Snowboard Sports and Social Club.

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