We’ve Come A Long Way…
For several years, Ed Baines had envisioned a ski club for Brevard County. In 1983, Ed and his wife, Polly, along with the McRees and Nohrrs, decided to form a ski club. Space Coast Ski Club was born. Ed became the first president and Polly created the newsletter, "The Snowbird"
. In 1984, their innovative idea of a club brochure was first printed. The brochure promoted the next year’s trips while capturing the fun of the previous year in photographs. To this day, the brochure continues to preserve memories and provides a history of the destinations the Space Coast Ski Club has traveled.
In the beginning, the Club grew around an annual trip to Snowmass, Colorado. The first year, 52 people went to Snowmass and 97 the following year. Before long, the club added more trips as members wanted to ski Vail, Steamboat, Park City and Jackson Hole to name a few. In 1993, the club ventured on its first trip to Europe - Kitzbuhel, Austria. It was also in 1993, the club became one of the charter members of the "Florida Ski Council
In 1997, the Space Coast Ski Club offered nine ski trips including Aosta, Italy and New Zealand! These new horizons gave way to an expanding membership of avid skiers, snowboarders and travel enthusiasts. Today, there is virtually no major ski resort in North America the club has not visited. Further, we have skied Canada, South America and, in 2002, a ski trip to Japan became a reality! None of this would have happened without the enthusiasm of the original founders, and we are grateful they took the initiative to create the Club. At the same time, there have been countless board members, trip leaders, and volunteers who contributed greatly to the success of the club. If it were not for every person who ever raised a hand for over 30 years, and said, “I’ll do that”, we would not have a club today. May we offer a huge “Thank you!” to each of you, known and unknown, for your energy and work. It is the hope of all those involved today that we can look back in 30 more years and be proud to have been part of an organization that brought people together through the adventure of travel.
In 2013 as we move further into the new millennium, we find there are countless more places to "ski and see" all over the globe and, even still, more here at home. As such, the Club officially changed its name to the Space Coast Ski & Travel Club.
Club membership includes people from every part of the country, as members want family and friends living near and far to explore the world together. It remains the desire of the club to provide ski and travel opportunities where great memories will be made in individual lives.
Let the adventures continue for us all!!!