Who are we?
Welcome to Ukrainian Ski Association's new webpage. We are located at 301 Palisades Ave. in Yonkers, NY. The club organizes several short trips and at least one week long trip each season. We also manage to pull off a few social events such as ski swaps, bike tours, summer trips/outings, and our world famous holiday parties.
Details on current trips and other activities are posted on our trips page.
Check back often for details on future meetings and trips. Our trips are open to non-members, but we encourage you to join and take advantage of the benefits of full membership status.
How did we get here?
The USA started out as a group of young teenagers organizing a weekend ski trip with Father Richard, parish priest from St. Michael's Church. The year was 1970, and these teens included: Orest Rusynko, Steve Szulhan, John Bybel, Myron Perich, Helen Wydzak, Mitch and Patti Steciuk, and as "chaperones" Tony and Anna Evans. The first ski trip was to the Poconos.
Afterwards, weekend trips were organized informally to Killington where they rented a ski house. In 1977 the Ukrainian Ski Association wrote up its by-laws and became a formal organization. We still have this original document in our archives.
The early years consisted of weekend trips including Sugarbush, "The Crow's Nest", Beacon Motel (Back to Beacon!), Smugglers Notch, Jay Peak (Jay Peak or Bust!" - this was the first bus trip), Mt St Anne in Quebec (two busloads -yes, we really did have two busloads!) as well as trips out west including Aspen, Lake Tahoe and Breckenridge.
In 1985, we took our first trip to Europe,to Innsbruck, Austria and we had over 40 people. The snow was terrible but we had a great time.
Since then we have visited several European countries, 3 Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec), and 11 US States: NY, PA, VT, NH, ME, MA, CA, NV, UT, CO and WY by plane, bus and car.
Here is a list of trips (some with pictures) in chronological order