This is a group for folks who are in love with winter snow and the transforming effect it has on all it touches. Join us if you feel that winter is in many ways the best season of the year. Through Nordic skiing (cross-country skiing) and snowshoeing, all the world, beginning with your own neighborhood, becomes a wonderland and something bright and new. Members of the PATC Ski Touring Section (http://www.patc.us/chapters/ski/) enjoy skiing and snowshoeing in the Mid-Atlantic states (esp. WV and PA) when the conditions permit. But STS ski trips are scheduled not only within the Mid-Atlantic but also further afield to New England, the Rockies, Canada, and Europe in search of the perfect snow and the most beautiful scenery. And the apres-ski socializing on these trips and sharing the day's exciting moments in the snow round out what this group has to offer!
The Ski Touring Section hosts a Ski Fair each fall. The coming winter's ski trip schedule is announced prior to the fair, and many STS members attend and sign up for the trips of their choice. Ski Fair is usually held the first weekend in November. At the end of the ski season, the STS hosts an apres-ski social event in conjunction with the Section's annual meeting.
Members of this Meetup group may propose to group members local ski trips when good snow arrives. However, neither the PATC nor the STS are legally responsible for or endorse these impromptu trips. Members should evaluate on their own whether a proposed impromptu trip is appropriate for them. The Ski Touring Section offers its own schedule of ski trips that are led by veteran skiers. Participants in any of these STS trips must be Section members or must pay a guest fee. Ski trips planned for points outside the Mid-Atlantic region are regulated as "excursion trips" by the PATC. PATC membership is mandatory for anyone participating in these excursion trips. See the STS web site for more information.