UNITED WE SKI
CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY WITH SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
al·pine - ˈalˌpīn/ - adjective - 1. relating to high mountains.
Like you, we share a passion for skiing, a passion for the wild places. Since 1902, the American Alpine Club has supported climbers through backcountry emergency rescue, public policy initiatives, education, and gear discounts.
Skiers, it’s for you that we launched ski-specific grants, provide avy course discounts, and offer affordable lodging in deep-snow destinations. In 2019, our American Alpine Journal and Accidents in N.A. climbing publications will include backcountry ski accident analysis and the year’s most impressive ski mountaineering descents. Read on for more ski-specific perks of joining the Club.
Accidents happen. As backcountry users, it is our responsibility to be prepared and also to have a backup plan. If the worst should happen on your human-powered backcountry adventure, though, we've got your back. Your AAC membership includes:
Up to $7,500 of Global Rescue Trailhead Rescue Services (available worldwide)
Up to $5,000 of Domestic Rescue Benefits (available in the U.S. only)
Additional Global Rescue benefits can be purchased by AAC members at a 5% discount
Did you know your AAC membership contribution supports these efforts?
POLICY + ADVOCACY
Protect the places you ski. The AAC was founded–and still exists today–because the mountains hold great power. The AAC policy team is working hard with partners, lawmakers and agency leaders to address issues facing outdoor recreation. Learn more
Get involved. Chapters are smaller, localized organizations within the AAC. Our Chapters work on a grassroots level in communities across the country by connecting members through local events, stewardship projects, and education. Learn more
Ski smart, ski safe. For over 100 years the AAC has led climbing education by documenting successes and failures and recommending best practices. Join us as we embark on an endeavor to improve backcountry ski education resources. Learn more
AAC members have access to discounts from 300+ brands, including major savings from some of the industry's top backcountry ski and snowboard brands:
Icebreaker - up to 40% off
Mammut - up to 45% off
Faction - 40% off
Dakine - 40% off
Zeal Optics - 40% off
Fischer Skis - 40% off
Icelantic Skis - 30% off
Rocky Mountain Underground - 50% off
Intuition - 30% off
Weston Snowboards - 40% off
Backcountry.com - 15% off
Black Diamond - 20% off
Patagonia - 20% off
Rab - 20% off
Mountain Hardwear - 20% off
Adidas Outdoor - 40% off
Backcountry Access - 30% off
Outdoor Research - 40% off
HESTRA - 40% off
SWIX WAX - Pro pricing
Dynafit - up to 45% off
Smartwool - up to 40% off
“ACCIDENTS” and “the Journal”
In 2019, our revered publications Accidents in North American Climbing and the American Alpine Journal will offer increased coverage on backcountry ski accidents and notable ski-mountaineering descents. Learn more about these annual publications with this sample of past coverage of notable ski incidents and descents:
SKI SPECIFIC GRANTS
LIVE YOUR SKI DREAM
Do you have a dream descent? A big-mountain project that keeps you awake at night? Apply for a 2017 Live Your Dream grant and let us help you make that dream a reality! Learn more
JONES BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
The Jones Backcountry Adventure Grant looks to support a multi-day splitboarding expedition with a strong exploratory and adventure component. The project objective may focus on a single descent/summit or a tour/traverse of a region. The 2019 Jones Backcountry Adventure Grant offers $1500 plus a Jones splitboard, skins and backpack to the grant recipient. Learn more
JONES LIVE LIKE LIZ AWARD
The Jones Live Like Liz Award has the same criteria as the Jones Backcountry Adventure Grant but the grant is open only to female applicants. In September 2014, Jones ambassador and aspiring mountain guide Liz Daley was killed in an avalanche accident in Argentina. This award is dedicated to Liz and the radiant passion for splitboard exploration that she was known for. The 2019 Jones Live Like Liz Award will also offer $1500 plus a Jones splitboard, skins and backpack to the grant recipient. Learn more
The following guiding companies, based in prime locations for backcountry skiing or splitboarding, offer AAC members a discount and opportunities to take AIARE Level 1 and 2 Avalanche Safety courses:
Irwin Guides, Crested Butte, CO
Kaf Adventures, Seattle, WA
Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides, East Burke, VT
Mountain Madness, Seattle, WA
Northeast Mountaineering, Glen, NH
Synnott Mountain Guides, Jackson, NH
Telluride Adventures, Telluride, CO
Alpenglow Expeditions, Olympic Valley, CA
Alpine Skills International, Truckee, CA
Backcountry Babes, Truckee, CA
Beartooth Powder Guides, Cooke City, MT
Beverly Mountain Guides, Taos, NM
Buena Vista Mountain Adventures, Buena Vista, CO
Colorado Mountain School, Boulder, CO
From Alaska to Chile to Europe, we've got the cabins, huts and discounts to facilitate your dream backcountry ski or snowboard trip. Some highlights:
Mazama Lodge: Located on the slopes of Mount Hood. AAC members stay from $20/night.
Sorcerer Lodge: This lodge in Golden, British Columbia, offers a 25% discount (not including helicopter) for self-guided groups on the shoulder seasons.
Canadian Huts: The Alpine Club of Canada offers ACC member rates at 24 huts run by the national club.
Refugio Cochamo: AAC members can stay in the newly built B&B Refugio Cochamo bunk room for $15 a night and camp for $4.50 per person per night from Jan. 15 through February or $3 a night during the low season.
AAC members receive discounts through UIAA European Hut Stamps, which work in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Spain and Switzerland. More details.
Learn why these standout backcountry skiers support the AAC and how the AAC supports their passion for skiing.
BRODY LEVEN, professional adventure skier
“I’m some guy raised in Ohio by a family of non-skiers. Finding, climbing, and skiing un-skied mountains around the world isn’t exactly part of my DNA. My membership of the AAC has allowed me brief insights into the ways that the good people do this stuff. The experienced folks. The strong climbers. How they find mountains, how they get to them, how they climb them, and how they get home safely. Through this, I’ve been able to climb and ski steep mountains I've never heard of in places I've never been. The experiences I have on these expeditions are what inform my life and identity.
I came for the rescue benefits; I stay for the historical knowledge, breadth of library resources (read: pictures of every mountain range on earth), and vital political activism and critical environmental advocacy.”
HILAREE O’NEILL, professional ski mountaineer
"Some 15 years ago I turned my passion for skiing into my lifetime occupation in the form of ski mountaineering. By combining my three favorite things, skiing, climbing and traveling, I have been able to explore the world in a way I could never have imagined as a child who grew up on a boat in the Northwest. As a member of the AAC, I am supported in my exotic and sometimes risky exploration by a community of like-minded individuals. Through AAC publications, like the annual American Alpine Journal, I am always inspired and even find new ideas for future trips. AAC’s local and global rescue benefits continues to improve and is an often much-needed resource whether I am adventuring with my kids or attempting a first ski descent somewhere off the maps.”
MIKE MAROLT, Professional ski mountaineer
“I’ve been a member of the AAC since the mid 1990’s bluntly because it’s ridiculously cool! The greatest mountaineers in the history of American alpinism have contributed to the organization through their memberships, as well as accounts of climbs and expeditions all over the world. This accumulated history makes the AAC the greatest source of beta for adventures to literally ever region of every mountain range, and every spot where one can climb. I’ve gone on ski expeditions to nearly 50 of the world’s highest peaks, and all started at the AAC!"
JASON ANTIN, Professional Athlete
"I'm a climber, runner, skier and mountaineer. More simply put I enjoy moving quickly in the mountains over all mediums that mother nature shares with us whether that be trails, rock, ice or snow. Long days in the mountains with plenty of smiles are what I'm looking for.
When the snow falls, and often even when it isn't, I consider myself a ski mountaineer. The AAC has introduced some incredible benefits recently that have added safety, support and resources to my passion for skiing mountains.
At the end of the day, we are all simply "mountain folk", but it's great to see the AAC making Ski Mountaineering a focus as they continue to connect with this great tribe.”