Shari Dudley-Miller had never skied in her life. Now, 13 years later, she’s the president of the Scranton Ski Club.
“I took my first lesson and I fell in love with it,” Dudley-Miller explained.
“It’s such a personal thing. You’re not competing against anybody else; just being able to glide down the mountain, to see something and be able to conquer it, that’s what I love about it.”
The group celebrated its 55th anniversary in November, and they show no signs of slowing down. At nearly 300 members, they’re looking to accrue some more.
“We do some local trips, but we also do trips out west,” Dudley-Miller said. “It’s nice because we have the opportunity to receive discounts more often than not.”
The price to join the club comes cheap; it’s $20 for the first year of membership and $15 for each year following. And if you don’t ski, it’s no problem.
“For about the first two years I was a part of the club, I didn’t ski,” Dudley-Miller admitted.
“I would just go on trips and hang out in the lodge. A lot of people do that, actually. A lot of our older members don’t ski anymore but still like to be active in the club, so that’s what they do. Membership isn’t based only on skiing.”
It’s also not just about the cold months.
“We understand that people just don’t really like the winter,” Dudley-Miller said with a laugh. “We actually call ourselves a ‘club for all seasons.’ We do a pig roast in the summer, scavenger hunts, wine trips, a Halloween party. We’re constantly doing this, not just on the mountain.”