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    Post How do you join a ski club?

    just wondering how you do it. im always in thredbo and need places to stay for a night or two. its very expensive sometimes just for a bed and shower.

    any ideas friends
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    :watcheswithinterest: good topic Thredboman

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    In the instance of Albury ski club, you first have to live within 60Kms of Albury, then you have to be invited to the lodge for about 5 days by an existing member to see if you will fit in, after that you can usually apply to join and the committee says yes or no, after all that you pay the once off joining fee of around $2700 for an adult, half that for a person under 18 years old.
    There is an annual fee of $270 to remain a member for adults.
    We have a lodge at Thredbo and another at Falls Creek.

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    that doesnt help i live in sydney thanks though
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    Originally posted by thredboman:
    that doesnt help i live in sydney thanks though
    Move to Albury.

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    lol oh dear lol
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    HiNoon ski club is an ownership share of the club, which you can then sell on the open market.

    Shares usually sell for between $12,000 to $13,000, then you pay each year 'accommodation in advance' fee, which is about $600, you can prebook your required accommodation, rooms are usually for two, but small children must be with parents in the same room.

    One share is for one person, not a family.

    OUt of your accommodation in advance fee, your nights are taken, or any bookings you make for friends etc.

    The member's accommodation is always very cheap, about $40 a night in winter, and their first guest, which is usually a wife, or other partner, but can be a friend is at a very reasonable price. You can also book out the lodge during summer for a group thing. 22 beds only, but a lovely lodge and parking for owners only, on a first in first serve basis.

    Redbank, shares are about $15K but they are good for a family or group wanting to go, they have parking too, but I dont know the pricing of nights, but I am aware it is very reasonable.

    Christiana is another lodge, you ring the lodge and ask for info, basically most lodges are like this.

    Youth Hostel is a bit overpriced even if you are a member, as you have to share with the same gender.

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    Currawong ski club, heaps, just go through the local phone book.

    Another way is a quarter share in a lovely house at Thredbo.

    Schuss ski club has Thredbo and ... I think Hotham, so you can choose which lodge.

    Brindabella ski club is the old YMCA ski club, they rebuilt down at Woodridge 2, behind the pool, but you pay a joining fee and then you pay a huge annual fee and then the night fees are quite high, already booked for the winter though. Similar to Albury Ski Club you have to be invited and then do workshops etc.

    Otherwise, purchase a deal at thredbo, there are two properties that I have my eye on, and the value of them are pretty good. But, you would go in with an offer much lower than the asking price.

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    A little off topic, we have owned a caravan in Jindy for ten years now, it is cheap and perfect for ducking down when the conditions are on.

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    there are brokers at jindabyne that may be able to help you
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    I've got a caravan too and it's proved very good value for me.

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    I've got a caravan too and it's proved very good value for me.

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    If you attend UTS or some of the other lesser unis they all have ski clubs & own their own accommodation (usually pretty cheap), some of the leagues clubs/workers clubs etc have connections as well.

    Alternatively, as others have pointed out, there are several clubs with public membership for about a $12k entry (provided you chip in to do some working bees etc).
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    I bought a lodge membership. It was exxy but I can sell it. Big downside is I can only book around 35 winter bed nights a year and they still cost. Unfortunately I do share and am nice to F&F. If I was a cow I could own winter more.

    Ignore summer stories, they are easy.

    My lodge is fully catered for Brekky and Dinner. When you compare costs with "thredbo dollars" Im happy.

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    who you know and being in the right place at the right time.

    For example. I belong to a small family style lodge at PB. Cost me a total of 3K for me & 2 kids to join 12 years ago. Its not a sellable membership. Costs me $200 pa in fees and then $35 a night in peak season if I stay (and there's a bed). The kids are half that. New membership is closed and has been for quite a while.

    I'm sure there must be lodges like that in Thredbo. Happy Wanders is one that springs to mind. I dont know if there membership is open or the joining cost.

    I sure the hell wouldn't pay 10K plus for a membership though, even if its sellable. I think at that price your better off staying at the Y at thredbo. Its cheap isnt it?
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    Stay as a guest first: most clubs have a 'culture'. there are threads somewhere on personality types. Frightening stuff in some places.

    Many are just a cheap bed, and others are insular coteries or are socially vibrant with eg weekend races and functions in a bar and work with a mountain to make it vibrant. Mine throws the parties for the Patrollers, RMB and Ski School charity fundraiser for Can-teen, and after a while you'll always find someone to hook up a ski with.

    Share prices are falling imo as the older demographic age and sell out, eg AAC is only $6500 in Niseko with reciprocal rights in Oz. gogle Aust Alpine Club.

    See Usc.com.au: For uni post-grads. $1400 sign up, $250 pa, bunk rooms of 2-4 ppl, rates circa $50 per night. Supplies most food except steaks and fresh veg. Has Falls, Hotham, Buller, reciprocal at Thredbo's Brindabella and AAC Niseko and places in Europe.

    There's others with low sign ups and approx $250 pa annual fees. Some let you apply the annual towards the cost of a weekend room. Use It or Lose It Annual fees are a great idea.

    Knock on doors, inspect, ask about share prices or join up fees, booking periods for members, and whether you can get in on short notice in peak season on a powder day. Ask if they lease to school kids if you hate rug rats.

    If you have babies, toddlers pre-teens or teens, see if the club iis full of anti-kid ol codgers. A kid-freindly family club is a rare thing - a few ol codgers have walked up to 10 year olds and berated them for playing scrabble 'noisily'. Boy, the ol codgers after a few bottles aren't quiet.

    Try to find a place with reciprocal rts in NZ for June & Sept/Oct skiing at times of Jetstar sales.

    Look for a place with ski gear storage - drop your gear off in summer and then grab a cheap junkstar flight (see thread on a sale - over winter, woohoo) and hire car or bus it, or see Facebook for carpooling to Buller.

    Beware of family co-ops where old mates decide who gets what weekends. Bet you miss out on July and August.

    Do your maths. How long will it take to make the fees worthwhile. Are guest rates the same as member rates after you factor in annual fees (a hidden cost per night). Can you get more than 5 weekends so a season pass gives 'free skiing'. Can you park at the lodge door?

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    Great thread, and really helpful info everybody. Thanks alot, it's something i've often wondered about.
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    If you get an early bird season pass and car season pass and cheap accom, there's a lotta affordable skiing for years to come.

    My clubs are on 3 mountains plus have rts to 3 1/2 star accom at Perisher, Charlottes, hotham, and soon a string of places from Europe to Aspen. Want a ski rep showing you Colorado resorts etc? Want a pool at Falls? Tomorrow ze Vorld!
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    Not what you know, tis who you know!!
    Totally agree with this..
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    Brindabella ski club is the old YMCA ski club, they rebuilt down at Woodridge 2, behind the pool, but you pay a joining fee and then you pay a huge annual fee and then the night fees are quite high, already booked for the winter though. Similar to Albury Ski Club you have to be invited and then do workshops etc.
    As a member of BSC I don't regard either the joining fee...which is about $1200.00 or the annual fee which is about $250 as particularly high. Night fees are a bit higher than some clubs but hardly excessive. I think a WE per person is about $120 and the weekdays are about $40 per person. Associate fees are about 50% higher than member fees.

    As a general note...and not relating to my club in particular...

    Clubs can be somewhat idiosyncratic and fitting in with the "club culture" can be problematic for some.

    Best thing to do is to contact the club secretary and see whether memberships are open and whether you have some abilities which are beneficial to the club ( eg competitive skiing, property maintenence trade skills, financial administarion etc.)

    Most clubs do not want to be regarded solely as a cheap accomodation option. It is expected that you combine you love of winter sports with a genuine regard for the club. This usually entails performing some work duties during your stay (cleaning the kitchen, mopping the floors, taking the garbage down to the hoppers etc) and then coming up to the club in the off season to maintain the property as part of a work party.

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