Fifty years

and still going downhill

The G.E. Ski Club started when some new designers asked the age old question, "What do you do in Utica?"

They were told of several places and things to do including two local ski clubs. Being somewhat winter sports fans and very sociable they became involved in the local ski clubs. After many canceled events they became disappointed in these organizations. They contacted friends in Schenectady NY and found out about a G.E. ski meet at Pico VT ski area and decided to go. After a successful weekend trip they had some discussion amongst themselves and others they worked with and decided that Utica could stand, and needed, another ski club.

So in March of '66 with considerable "lets do it" attitude on behalf of a group of guys, some of whom are: Chuck Taylor, Phil Sears, Dave Drew, Rich Ostresh, Dick Keenan, Phil Geygan, Dick Taraska, Frank Wilder and others, the G.E. Ski Club was born. The group, kicking in three bucks each, started things rolling at G.E.'s Radio Receiver engineering and marketing operations. The club was immediately disenfranchised as a company club or activity, and has remained as such from that time. With that small group in 1966 they expanded membership to 78 the next year. In January 1968 the club ran its first weekend trip to Mt Tremblant Canada for $33. Lessons started at White Acres in Clayville with some "experts" sharing their knowledge of the sport. By 1970 there were 118 people taking lessons at the Utica Parkway ski slope. Lessons are still offered by the club each winter.

The club has continued to be a fun organization to be in, and has evolved into a year-round sports and social club. Total membership has fluctuated over the years, with about 200 members in the 2014-2015 season. Over the past 49 plus years the club has had many successful events. They have gone to just about every major ski resort in NY, VT, and NH, with many trips to Canada. For several seasons the club has gone to the western US and Canada to ski. In the late 80's a trip to Lake Tahoe. In the 90's, Utah, Aspen, Whistler-Blackcomb, Jackson Hole, Banff/Lake Louise Canada and Summit County Colorado. In 2000's the club ventured back to Lake Tahoe and went to Engleberg Switzerland, Utah, Sun Valley ID, Telluride Colorado, Steamboat Springs Colorado and Whistler Blackcomb BC Canada.

Check the photographs page for some pictures from the past few years.

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