the most out of our club!
To get the most out
of our club, do all of the following. At
each of these events, you will meet a slightly
different mix of people.
* Join a 10-person PACRAT recreational
racing team (see below);
* Join us on at least one trip
this season; the best way to get to know us.
* Come to at least one of our parties
* Get on our email
receive the "Lift Lines" newsletter and other news
updates. To be added to the list, just send an email
to Emilio at
overview of our club
Updated: July 2019
1. We have about 250 - 300
members There has been a slow but steady
growth in membership over the past few years.
2019: 257 members
2018: 253 members
2017: 250 members
2016: 245 members
2015: 304 members
2014: 298 members
2013: 322 members
2012: 317 members
2011: 322 members
2010: 302 members
2007: 210 members
2006: 199 members
2005: 149 members
2004: 136 members
2003: 120 members
We are a really mixed group of
people, of all ages (from mid 20s to late 60s), all
skiing abilities, and with varying backgrounds
(artists, craftsmen, engineers, doctors, nurses,
lawyers, machinists, hairdressers, self-employed,
government-employed, and more). We have a mix of
single and married people, almost 50-50.
2. We are
known as "The club that really skis",
meaning we really spend time on the slopes. That is
not to say that we don’t visit the bar after a day
on the mountain! But
first things first! Most of us are passionate about
majority of us are downhill skiers.
We have several beginners and lots of intermediate
skiers, but a good portion of us are
advanced skiers, and many with a taste for powder
skiing. Most of us seek powder only within
the boundaries of ski areas, but several also
seek the out-of-bounds, back-country
have a small but growing number of snowboarders.
Only about 5 or 6 people at this
time. Only a few of our members are cross-country
half of our members are involved with recreational
PACRAT racing. Many are purely
“recreational” racers or beginner racers, some of
them actually actively breaking through the gates
all the way! On the other hand, at least a
dozen or so are serious enough about racing to
invest in skin-tight
racing suits. PACRAT racing is one of the best ways
to meet up with other club members for regular
visits to the mountain, because you become part of a
10-person team. Anybody can join a team, but it has
to be done before the first race of the season, as
the PACRAT league (Portland Area Clubs’ Recreational
Alpine Teams) is a separate organization. If you
want to join a racing team, there is an extra charge
for that. The
annual PACRAT fee of about $85 gives you 5 races, 5
après ski parties (with food, drinks and
door-prizes), plus an Awards dinner party at the end
of the season, and you also get discounted lift
tickets on race days. Contact our Racing
Director for more info (See the Racing
have a number of planned trips
throughout the season. Every winter, we have at
least one weekend bus trip to some nearby
area, as well as at least one longer trip to
somewhere farther away. We also participate in a
number of larger, joint trips with other clubs. And,
of course, we all go on day trips
to the 3 larger Mt. Hood ski areas, with Mt. Hood
Meadows being the favorite choice for most. We
usually meet in Sandy and then carpool or caravan
from there. Many of us stay in touch with portable
radios on the slopes. There is even a small group of
mid-week skiers, ready to go up any
time there is fresh powder on the hill!
There used to be 2 separate clubs: "Plaza"
and "Edgeset" which both had
origins in the 1970s. The
name "Plaza" comes from the Standard Plaza building
in downtown Portland, where the original core
members worked when the club was formed in 1975. The
Edgeset club is a bit older. In the Fall of 2000,
these 2 clubs merged into one, becoming “Plaza/Edgeset”.
In November 2003, the club’s name was changed to “Mountain
High Snowsport Club”. Each club had their
own newsletter. After the merger, the Lift
Lines Newsletter was started by Emilio
Trampuz in November, 2000. The club got its first
Web site in June 2004, thanks to the efforts of Les
Furnanz (the original webmaster) and later Emilio
Trampuz (newsletter editor and current webmaster).
membership fee is only $30 per year
for singles, or $50 for couples.
Membership usually runs from fall, through the
winter season and into next fall. If you join in the
middle of summer, this will be counted as your
membership for the upcoming winter season. The
registration form with instructions is available on
club has a few members scattered in places as far
away as Salem, Bend, and Yakima (WA), but the vast
majority of our members live in the greater Portland
area. We are definitely a Portland club.
All our social events happen in the Portland area.
And most of our skiing happens on Mt. Hood.
have social events, meetings, parties, TGIFs and
activities (such as bowling, bicycling, rafting,
hiking, etc.) throughout the year. We don’t have
regular monthly meetings (other than Board meetings,
which are open to everyone). But, almost every month
we have at least one or two club organized
activities. These are always announced in our
feel free to come to any of our club events, ski
outings, or ski trips! Most of our social events,
parties, and day outings are free and open
to all. For the more organized events and
trips, if there is a charge, only occasionally do we
impose a slightly higher price for non-members. But,
mainly, we want you to come and visit. Check us out.
You might like the club. It might be the beginning
of a long-term relationship!
List of Membership Benefits.
form (to join, or renew membership) - PDF file.
form (to join, or renew membership) - Word document.