About

Chicagoland Club 50 — Ski & Sports, was created especially to satisfy the preferences and lifestyles of adults over 50. We’ve developed our own friendly style of ski trips and year-round activities.

Our 150 members live in both Chicago and the suburbs. Instead of meeting in the same location each month, we gather at different Chicago area restaurants for dinner and good conversation – guests included.

If you’ve no one to ski or bike or travel with, you’re sure to enjoy Club 50’s welcoming style. The membership is an interesting mix of singles and couples all busy staying active, making new friends and sharing activities.

Year-round Chicago ski club activities

Monthly dinner meetings around Chicagoland (click to see some locations)
Week-long trips — winter and summer
Skiing – downhill and cross-country (weather-permitting)
Snowshoeing – great for a skier’s day-off
Cycling – in local forest preserves, Bike the Drive
Golf – weekly 9-hole games
Bowling – once a month
Hiking – Chicago area, Wisconsin and in the mountains
Sailing – on Lake Michigan
Canoeing and kayaking– in the suburbs, Fox River, Rock River
Horseback riding
Cubs, White Sox games
Arlington Race Track
Concerts – indoor and Millennium Park, Ravinia
Picnics
Museum tours
And whatever our members think of next!

Because our members are active people, we provide a variety of member-led events year round. Members in good standing can  participate in club-sponsored events for which there is space available.
Guests of  members may attend non-active events at the discretion of the event leader. If participation in an event is limited, members receive priority. Guests may participate in no more that 2 physical activities as non-members (i.e: biking, hiking, kayaking, hiking, etc.) and must sign a Release and Waiver of Liability.

Ski Club History

Our 50+ ski club started in 1985 as a group of friends (all male) who liked to ski in Colorado. Some lived in the Chicago area, but many came from cities all over the country. They called themselves the “Silver Foxes” and were associated with the Over the Hill Gang, International.

Later a few women were invited to join the trips, and slowly the club grew. Bicycle trips and dinner meetings attracted more Chicago area people, but out-of-state members continued to join the group for ski trips in the Rockies. Today Chicagoland Club 50 has members in 20 states.

In September of 2005 our club reorganized and changed its name from the Chicago Chapter of The Over The Hill Gang, Int. to Chicagoland Club 50 – Ski & Sports.

The predecessor to this website was introduced at that time and eventually morphed into what you see today.  On the home page you can scroll all the way back to the beginning by hitting “previous entries”. See for yourself what Club 50’s been up to!

Our club is a long-time member of the Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council.

Ski Club Organization and By-Laws

Club 50 is managed by a Board of nine elected Directors who live in the Chicago area and meet about six times a year. Responsible for approving and helping plan activities and trips for the group, the Board encourages all members to participate. We’re a loyal volunteer organization and welcome ideas and suggestions.

Chicagoland Club 50 — Ski & Sports By-Laws (PDF)