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Schweitzer Mountain

Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho, one of the prime skiing destinations on the Cape Cod Ski Club’s itinerary over the years.

Bob Jensen of Sandwich has been in the club since 2000 and also began participating as a day tripper. The bus leaves Harwich at 4:30 a.m., Barnstable at 4:50 a.m., and Sagamore at 5:10 a.m. on 17 Wednesdays beginning in December. “It’s a long day, but it’s worth it,” says Jensen. “When we first board the bus, it’s quiet time. Then the sun comes up, people start waking up; we offer donuts and begin socializing.” Prior to moving to the Cape, he lived in Wareham for 20 years. He recalls, “I didn’t know I could join the club, but we have no limits for membership. We even have three guys from the Netherlands who meet up with us, so we joke that we’re an international ski club.”

Jensen, who has served on the board for nine years, is currently the vice president, but he will succeed Whitehurst as president for in the 2019-20 season. He was also the travel chairman for five years. In this capacity, he researched trips, negotiated contracts with tour operators, and attended an annual Mountain Travel Symposium. “It was lots of fun,” he says. “I learned a lot about the ski industry.” Most of the fly trips stay within a range of $1,500-$2,500, although trips to Europe can be more expensive. The club has visited most of the major resorts out West, but Jensen says, “We haven’t explored British Columbia and Alberta as well as we could—Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Sun Peaks. There are some fantastic mountains out there that we skiers in the East have never even heard about.” This year’s fly trips will take members to Jackson Hole, Steamboat in Colorado, Mt. Bachelor in Oregon, and St. Anton in Austria. Overnight destinations will include Jay Peak, Sugarloaf, and an exploration of Wildcat, Attitash and Sunday River.

For just $50 a year, anyone can join the Cape Cod Ski Club. If one factors in the cost of driving to the mountains, just two day trips would offset the annual membership fee. One can also try out the club as a day trip guest for a fee of $15 on top of the regular member price of $88. For many members, the value runs much deeper than even Utah blower powder, as lifelong friendships often develop. Robert Jensen, for example, frequently bikes and golfs with ski club friends in the off seasons. He says, “The club is social, but it’s not a big partying scene. People just want to ski, have a beer, and go to bed. We just like to have a good time.”

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