Welcome TO THE PENTAGON SKI CLUB!
The Pentagon Ski Club is Dedicated to Skiing
The PSC offers winter sports vacations to resorts around the world for skiers and snowboarders who want the fun, companionship and convenience of group travel. Our members have one thing in common: they like to ski! On any given trip you'll find PSC members waiting for the lifts to open in the morning and on the last lift up at the end of the day before the lifts close down. Although our focus is primarily on skiing, we also offer non-skiing summer vacation trips to Europe and other destinations.
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 (new) 9:00am-3:00pm Sat), 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Check out the Professional forum for information on Airline Check-in Policies.
This winter's ski trips are available for sign-ups on the PSC website.
Ship Skis is a door-to-door ski gear shipping company that picks up and ship skis, snowboards, and luggage to destinations worldwide. They provide real-time tracking, 24/7 customer service, and an on-time guarantee. Click the link to see their Ski Club Member Benefits flyer. The PSC's customized "landing page" includes a 10% discount from the standard rates. Click this link to see some sample rate quotes.