The Eagle Ski Club is the UK's largest and most active ski touring and ski mountaineering club, with almost 1400 members spread throughout the UK and overseas. It is entirely run by club members on a voluntary basis. The purpose of our Club is to encourage ski touring, ski mountaineering, and associated activities.
This page describes our priorities for the period up to the AGM in 2022. There are also links to our constitution, child safeguarding policy, privacy notice and membership surveys.
Our priorities for the period 2019-2022
Our current priorities are:
- Ensure that our Club has reliable third-party liability insurance. In 2019, we had to change our Club-wide combined liability insurance policy. We did this by affiliating with Mountaineering Scotland.
- Develop our club-wide communications. In 2018, we set up a Communications sub-committee to lead improvements to how we communicate within the Club and with potential new members through the website, social media, webinars, emails and e-newsletters. This work continues to be a priority.
- Refine our mentoring system for new tour leaders. Our Leader Development Programme is continuing to refine the mentoring system with training for mentors and ongoing review.
- A stronger focus on youth and diversity. The first priority of our new Youth and Diversity initiative is to encourage more young people and women both to join and become involved in the management of the Club. To do this, we provide targeted tours and other activities, reduced membership fees for young people, and more Awards. In the future, we'll also seek opportunities to encourage more people from ethnic minority groups to join us.
- Developing our regional hub structure. We're supporting the regional hub structure to increase the opportunities for members to network at events by supporting regional coordinators, appointing a national events co-ordinator and underwriting events.
- A zero carbon footprint. The Climate Care sub-committee is leading work towards a zero carbon footprint for the Club within the next 10 years. This includes encouraging all members to buy-in to the initiative, particularly by off-setting travel through the Club’s carbon credit scheme.
- Responding to Covid-19. We've had to monitor and review all Club activities in the light of restrictions necessary to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. This response is led by a working party chaired by our Vice President and involves key members of the committee.
- Improving how we manage the Club. This includes more delegation, more structured budgeting, and planning in a framework that makes the best use of the Club’s volunteers.
A summary of our activities and priorities, approved in late 2020, is available here: Eagle Ski Club Strategy document 2020.
Since 2013, our activities and priorities have been guided by strategy documents, discussed and agreed by the Club committee. These are reviewed and updated every two or three years (usually when a new President is appointed). These previous strategies are listed here:
The Club's constitution determines the arrangements for the membership and governance of the club, election of officers and committee, and related matters.
Our Privacy Notice can be found here.
Child Safeguarding Policy
The Club has a Child Safeguarding Policy which defines how children under 18 are protected.
Surveys of Members
Changes to our Strategy are often informed by surveys of the membership to understand the views and needs of the members. The most recent surveys are:
One of our priorities is to increase membership by younger people. To help inform this work, we carried out a survey of our younger members in 2020. You can find the results of the survey here: