History: How the 49er Ski Club began
Susy C. was losing her ski partners. Her husband John had broken his leg in six places in a ski accident in 1969, their kids were at that age, off to college, other things to do. Susy had scouted out other clubs. She had gone to an "Over the Hill Gang" meeting in the Bay Area to find out what they were all about. Their Denver headquarters sent her a letter with a list of potential members and asked her to organize a chapter in Sacramento. With that, Susy called the list provided and scheduled a meeting. About 15 to 20 people attended and it immediately became apparent that this was not going to work too well as most everyone objected to the $75 annual fee required by the Colorado based club.
It was October 1982. Susy wanted to ski that winter so she tried once again. This time she placed an ad in the Sacramento Bee asking for serious skiers, 49 and older, who were interested in forming a group devoted to skiing to call her. That was the beginning of what is now the 49er SKI CLUB
John C. was the first caller. She and John worked long hours, put in more ads, had meetings at Susy's home, then at John's business, and at Susy's Del Norte tennis club. With a smile of pride, Susy stated "in a few months, we had a wonderful group of delightful people who were not only skiing companions, but had that special affinity and camaraderie that only people that love the mountains have."
Susy was President, Vice President, Editor, Activities Coordinator, and more. John was Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Coordinator and more. The "Ski Gees", as the Club was known in those days, enjoyed Winter and Summer activities as we do now, but was much more loosely organized. It continued that way, slowly growing, until in July of 1986 it was decided by a majority that more organization was needed. By-Laws were established, officers elected, and minutes maintained. An election was held and the current structure of the Club was established.
Since then the Club has grown to its current membership of about 140 members. Now, not only do we establish a full schedule of ski days throughout the winter in the Tahoe area, but we also schedule several week-long ski trips each year to resorts throughout the Western states and Canada.
Although skiing is still the main interest of our Club, (and being a skier is still a requirement for joining our club) our activities have expanded. Now, each year, our schedule is full of bike rides, camping trips, kayaking, hiking, social events, parties, and picnics, all planned and coordinated by the enthusiastic members of our club.
A Typical Year of Activities
- Weekly Tuesday & Thursday Tahoe Ski Days
- Two 5-7 Day Out of State/Country Ski Trips
- North Shore and South Shore Ski Trips (3 days each)
- Mammoth Ski Trip (5 day)
- Friday Biking
- San Francisco to Tiburon Ride
- Tahoe (North Shore) Ride
- Loon Lake Camp out (7 day)
- Summer Anniversary Party
- Monterey Getaway (5 day)
- Oktoberfest Party
- Christmas Party
- 49er Website
- Day Hikes
- Kayak Days
- Other activities if you volunteer to arrange them
- and 12 fun filled meetings!