The Eagle Ski Club is a very friendly club with lots of members throughout the UK and overseas. Members usually stay with the club for many years and enjoy lots of ski touring and related activities. The benefits of membership are excellent. This page describes how you can join the Club.
Who can join the Eagle Ski Club?
Membership is open to anyone interested in ski touring, ski mountaineering, or associated activities. The club welcomes competent skiers who are new to ski-touring (see here for more information about fitness and skiing ability), and each year's programme includes an Introductory Training Course, and a guided Introductory Tour. The programme also includes several other professionally-led training courses and guided tours, to allow and encourage members to develop the skills and experience needed for independent and self-reliant touring.
There are no age limits to being a member of the Club, though under our Safeguarding Policy there are some restrictions on under-18s joining tours and other events unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
There is no requirement to be proposed or seconded for membership of the club. If you wish to join the Club and go straight on a tour, you will need to provide referees (who don't need to be club members) who can provide information about your skiing and mountaineering competence.
Please note that we are a club of like-minded individuals, who continue to enjoy ski-touring with other members over many years. We are not a travel agent nor a business offering packaged ski-touring holidays. If that is what you are after, there are numerous commercial organisations and qualified guides providing such services, and you may be better off looking to them for the type of ski holiday you require.
How much does it cost?
Our annual subscription rates are currently:
£35 - Ordinary members (postal address in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Ireland) - this includes the affiliation fee for Mountaineering Scotland.
£22.50 - Ordinary members who wish to pay for their Mountaineering Scotland affiliation fee by another route (such as through a different club).
£27 - Overseas members (postal address outside the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland).
NB: Please see More about Overseas membership, below, for conditions that apply to this category.
£15 - Associate members (only for existing club members).
NB: Please see More about Associate membership, below, for conditions that apply to this category, and how to join.
£10 - Members aged under 30.
The full annual amount is payable on date of joining and then for each subsequent year by direct debit on 1st May. If you don't have a bank account in the UK and can't pay by direct debit, you may pay the initial and ongoing subscription by alternative means (see "how do I join?" below).
Is there a lower rate for young members?
Yes. If you're aged under 30, the cost is currently £10 each year. For the club year (starting 1st May) after you reach 30 you will be made an Ordinary or Overseas member, as appropriate, and will be charged the full adult subscription.
How do I join?
The first step is to download and complete a membership form and email it to the Membership Secretary (email@example.com) or to the address given on the form:
You need to provide an email address which has not been used by other family members for their ski club membership.
The second step is to make a subscription payment:
- If you have a UK bank account we will ask you to complete a direct debit mandate on-line through our direct debit agency, GoCardless. Once that is done, we will sign you up as a new member and take your initial subscription under the mandate.
- If you do not have a UK bank account and are based overseas go to the link to "Pay membership subscription" on the Membership form for alternative payment methods for the initial subscription, and note that you have paid by other means on the completed membership form.
What about ongoing subscriptions?
We collect subscriptions annually on May 1st by direct debit through our direct debit agency, GoCardless. (Though we hope new members will remain with the club for many years, it is obviously possible to resign and cancel the Direct Debit mandate at any time.) You can amend your mandate details at any time from My Account.
More about Overseas membership
Members with a postal address outside the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Isles and Isle of Man cannot be covered under the club's combined liability insurance. Nevertheless, they can join club tours and meets provided they have equivalent insurance taken out in their country of residence.
For the same reason, Overseas members are not eligible to lead or organise club tours or meets, nor serve as a club officer, nor serve in any organisational or administrative capacity.
More about Associate membership
Associate membership is open only to existing, or recently resigned, club members who no longer participate in mountain or organisational activities with the club; or who have to take an extended break from active membership, for example due to serious injury or illness.
Associate members enjoy many of the standard benefits of membership, including the yearbook, newsletters and eligibility to attend social events such as club lectures, dinners, AGM etc. However, a number of conditions do apply. Associate members:
- Are not covered by the club’s combined liability insurance, which covers most members against a compensation claim should they cause harm or injury at a club event. It is the member's responsibility to assess risks and arrange insurance cover as appropriate for attending club social events;
- Are not eligible to join club tours or active meets;
- Are not eligible to serve as an officer of the club, nor to carry out any organisational, administrative or leadership role within the club.
- Are not eligible to vote at club general meetings.
Switching to Associate membership is very simple. If you are interested please email the Membership Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. Or submit an enquiry via the Help|Contact us page on the website.