Announcements

2017-2018 Trips


This-winter's trips are available for signups on our Trips Page.

Club Meeting - 7pm Tuesday, October 10


Our next membership meeting will be on Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 pm in Fort Myer's Patton Hall (same location as always; the building formerly known as the Officers Club). The evening will feature a chat with one of our long-time tour operators, Dan Ellis of Winter Ski and Sport. Our complimentary Oktoberfest menu will include a selection of German sausages with sauerkraut, three-bean salad, potato pancakes with applesauce, and apple strudel.

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New members are always welcome at our meetings!

Fort Myer Visitor Access


When coming to Ft. Myer for club meetings, base security and access has become quite onerous for many of our members. If you have an active duty or retired military ID, or a DoD-issued Common Access Card (CAC) (and possibly several other types of government-issued ID), you should be able to enter the base without screening, but other visitors will likely need to complete an access application and be vetted through their security system before gaining entry. This can be a time-consuming process. We suggest that you arrive at the base as early as you can. Fewer people are likely to be ahead of you, and you'll have a better chance of getting through the process and arriving at the meeting when it begins.

To help speed the process, we suggest that you complete Sections I-IV of the Fort Myer Visitor Pass Application form and bring it with you. After passing the vetting process, they'll keep the form and give you a 96-hour access pass. During that time (give them at least until noon the next day), you may return to the base's Visitor Control Center (VCC - located in with the fire house, around the right side), during normal business hours (8:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri), and request a longer-term Automated Installation Entry (AIE) Pass:

  • Without sponsorship (Section V of the form), you will probably be able to get an AIE Pass good for 60 days.
  • With sponsorship by the PSC, you may be able to get an AIE Pass good for as long as a year. Current club members may send an email to club president Dave Olsen (dolsen[at]pentagonskiclub.org) to request sponsorship. After confirming that your membership is current, Dave will email or fax you a copy of the Visitor Pass Application with the sponsorship section completed. He will also have forms available at club meetings.

If it's too inconvenient to return during the VCC's business hours to request a longer-term pass, DO NOT throw away the 96-hour pass, even though it's presumably expired. Some of our members kept their passes and presented them at the following-month's meeting. They say that significantly speeded the process: They were issued another 96-hour pass without having to complete another form. That said, it's unclear whether you could repeat this process each month, and continue to gain speedier access, without obtaining a longer-term pass. You should probably bring a new form with you each time you visit the base in case you need it.

Note that drivers won't necessarily be allowed to vouch for their passengers. Although a photo ID like a driver's license might sometimes be accepted, passengers without an AIE Pass or one of the other types of ID mentioned above might need to complete a Visitor Pass Application and pass the vetting process to enter the base.

Directions to club meetings at Fort Myer.


Council Meeting - 6pm Tuesday, October 3


The club's leadership council will meet at Ft. Myer in Patton Hall's basement pub.
Club Logo Sticker

Helmet Stickers Available


The past several winters our trip leaders offered their skiers vinyl stickers for placing on your helmet, skis, or other items to help enhance club identification and recognition on the slopes. The stickers have a removable adhesive that, although quite tenacious, should allow you to easily remove the stickers, say on a trip to Europe if you're wary of attracting unwanted attention. You might even be able to reuse them if you store them on something plastic or metal—perhaps on a credit card or something else you might find in your wallet or purse. You can get them from Dave Olsen by email request or at a club meeting. Note: If you're putting a sticker on your helmet, make sure that it won't be covered up by your goggles strap.

 

Jill's Designs for PSC Logo Clothing


Turtle neck and pullover with PSC logo Jill's Designs is our supplier for clothing with the PSC logo. Jill specializes in custom designed embroidery for clothing, tote bags, turtlenecks, pullovers, tee shirts, hats, and other items. Visit Jill's Website Jill's Designs for products, colors, sizes, and ordering information. Note that in addition to selecting the color and type of clothing, you can specify the colors for the PSC logo.

 
       
                 
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