Ski Club Profile: The Toledo Ski Club

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on October 12, 2009 5:40 pm

The Toledo Ski Club picked quite a stacked year to form.  1947.  Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in baseball’s major leagues, in Roswell New Mexico aliens came down to play a game of cribbage, Chuck Yeager breaks the speed of sound, and the Dead Sea Scrolls are unearthed.

Tucked neatly in to that year of 1947, the Toledo Ski Club began enhancing the skiing experience for its members.  “We still have members who were the founders,” says Rick Popiolek, the web master of the club.

Weekend bus trips throughout the winter are made to Boyne Mountain, where the club owns its own lodge (pictured below).  “We always have good friends, good food, and great skiing,” says Popiolek.  The Toledo Ski Club Lodge sits on a postcard landscape.  Member rates are economy-busting low, $17 for adult members, $12 for children.  Members can bring family and friends to the lodge for $24 and $17.  Prices are further discounted during the skiing off season.

Each winter the club makes a week long trip to a world class ski resort.  The club has ventured to Lake Tahoe and Aspen.  This year it’s Breckenridge, Colorado.  The club will be staying at Pine Ridge, a ski-in/ski-out complex.  And Breck is a rock throw from Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, and A-Basin.   It’s a week with ample time to check out all of Colorado’s best.

“We’re a club for all seasons,” Popiolek explains.  “Tennis, volleyball, and the chili cook-off for the big game between Michigan and Ohio State.  Lots of other activities besides skiing and snowboarding.”

It’s a club with history, its own lodge, and new friendships.  “Quite a few members have met their spouses through the ski club.  I can probably name 25-30 people who met their spouses in the club.  I know one member who has met his second, third, and fourth spouse at the ski club.”

These folks are big on skiing and snowboarding, but bigger on fun.  Themed weekends have included Polish weekends, German weekends, and cross-dresser weekends.  “Pretty self-explanatory there,” says Popiolek.  “American Bandstand weekend, Pimps and Hos was pretty good.  Redneck Weekend was pretty good, too.”

Good vibes, fun times, new friendships, and of course, skiing.  Check out the Toledo Ski Club.

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