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Updated 1/08/05 by Brad Buffett: make the archives page.

2001-2002 Introduction


Here is our X-C Ski program for 2001-2002. We have 14 trips listed and we'll add more when we get local snow.  This winter is forecast again to be "normal", similar to last season. Even though Southern California was drier than normal, we had a fine snow pack in the higher mountains (San Gabriel, San Gorgornio and San Jacinto). Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta were magnificent once again.

Our monthly meetings are in the Clairemont Community Room. It is in the Clairemont Town Square Shopping Center in north Clairemont. Beginners are invited to come at 6 PM and learn about ski equipment and clothing. More experienced skiers can come to the food court by the theaters for dinner. Back in the Community Room at 7 PM we will go over out trips. At 7:30 PM, our programs feature high adventure and fine photography. Check out the meeting notices in the schedule.

Beginners are welcome on most winter trips and lessons are provided until spring. Jan 20 is a beginner class in the local mountains. Jan 12-13 is a Telemark turn clinic at one of the downhill resorts. We are also listing "demo days" and other instructional trips even though we are not sponsoring them. They can be of great value in learning the more advanced skills.

Our New Years trip is to Elk Meadows in southern Utah. We were last there in '91 and enjoyed great snow.  We are staying in condos at the small downhill resort at 9000'.  Their backcountry has lots of ski trails, and the peaks are over 12000'.  They average over 400 inches of snow per year, and offer a full refund if there is not enough snow to run the lifts. We are using the bus from San Diego to keep the cost low.

The Yosemite trip has become more expensive as the concessionaire has raised the rates.  This has been our most popular trip, and Yosemite is our crown jewel national park. We are hoping that you will still want to go.  We are always open to your suggestions for future trips.

The Mammoth, Elk Meadows, and Yosemite trips are still outstanding for beginner and intermediate skiers. I hope you will join us this season. Our ski season usually lasts until the end of spring. Your ski skills can provide 5 or 6 months of breathtaking alpine experience.

      Mike Fry, X-C Ski Section Chair.

P.S. Don't forget the season wrap-up from May, 2002.

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