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

2001-2002 Schedule

Updates are italicized. The season wrap-up from May, 2002 is also now available.

Meetings: Nov 8, Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar14, Apr 11, and May 9 at Clairemont Community Room.

Nov 10-11: Kelso dunes sand skiing, car pool, car camp, free,, 858-566-3851.

Nov 22-25: Thanksgiving at Mammoth, car pool, condos+food $185 Barbara Domurad, 858-271-0696.

Dec 2: Norpine Demo Day, Lift ticket and demo gear at Snow Summit, $45, call 619-276-1577 or

Dec 13 Program: "Wool knickers and skinny skis". Jim Crouch will dip into his collection of slides and show some Sierra ski tours, including, a 9 day ski expedition along the John Muir Trail from Onion Valley to Bishop Pass.

Dec-May: Where the Snow is (WSI), free, One or two day local trips. Send your email address to Mike Fry.

Dec 28-Jan 1: New Years at Elk Meadows Utah, bus, condos $325, Alice Fichandler, 619-226-6083.

Jan 10 Program: Craig Denson and Kent Reed will present avalanche safety and rescue. We will practice with real avalanche beacons, but without the avalanche. Come and learn this important backcountry skill.

Jan 13: Tele clinic, Expert instruction at a local resort, car pool, $45, Alvin Walter, 858-586-1982.

Jan 19: Leader Training, how to lead ski trips and how to teach skiing. Mike Fry, 858-566-3851.

Jan 20: Ski lessons for beginners, $15 plus car pool and ski rental, Craig Denson, 858-270-3828. We postponed the beginner class to February 24 or March 10 due to lack of local snow.

Jan 26-27: SMS Freeheel clinic, tele-lessons at a local resort. Keith Martin, 310-316-7617.

Feb 3-6: Ostrander Hut, car pool, ski in with packs, $65, Jim Crouch, 619-223-9084.
Trip report from Mike Fry: A great success. 8 of us skied the 10 miles in with beautiful weather and abundant new soft snow. The hut was just as charming as promised, and the other guests were fine company. We felt like pioneers as we hauled buckets of water from a chopped hole in the lake ice. The ridge lines and nearby peak gave magnificent views. Jim has been taking us to a different hut each year, but this one deserves another visit.

Feb 9-10: Blue Ridge traverse, car pool, snow camp, free, Alvin Walter, 858-586-1982.

Feb 14-18: Yosemite, bus, Yos. Lodge $425 (2/rm) $345 (3/rm) $330 (4/rm) Afra Roet, 619-296-3459. Trip report from Mike Fry: The Yosemite ski trip is over, and what a fine trip it was. Saturday night and Sunday morning it snowed about 18 inches, so the last two days were wonderful. 7 of us (including 3 beginners) skied the Rail Creek run: 2070 feet drop in 1.8 miles. What a difference new snow makes. More than a dozen skied down the Chinquapin trail. A group of 6 rented snow shoes Monday morning, and most of us visited the Ahwahnee Hotel sometime during the weekend.

(Notes for next year: We will offer the same package, but we will include some less expensive lodging at Curry Village. Sharing one of the tent cabins will save about $130 (each) over the double rooms at the Lodge. The tent cabins are now heated with propane, but you must still use the central bathroom building. The valley shuttle now starts at 7 AM, and the Curry cafeteria is operating during the Presidents Weekend. This makes Curry much more practical than before. Don't forget to sign up before November 15, as their deposit and cancellation policy is still quite early.)

Feb 23-24: SMS Freeheel clinic, tele-lessons at a local resort. Keith Martin 310-316-7617. This is sponsored by the SMS section of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Contact Keith if you want to stay at their Keller Hut Friday and Saturday night. They charge $95 for the lodging, lift ticket & lesson (one day only), and a spaghetti dinner. The lessons by themselves are both Saturday and Sunday and $65 (including lift ticket) for each day. Bear Mtn. discounts their tele rentals for this weekend, $12 for plastic tele boots (T3's), Fischer tele skis and poles for the day. Their instructors are very good, and the package is quite reasonable. The best way to learn how to turn on your lightweight skis is to take lessons on real telemark gear. Then you can transfer your new skills to your old skis.

Mar 2-4: Montecito-Sequoia, car pool, lodge, fine meals, groomed trails, $340 (optionally add Friday and Monday nights for $100 more, i.e. an additional $50 per night, per person), Jackie Gray, 858-270-3828.

Mar 14 Program: Dan Anderson will show slides from his book "Ski Tours in Southern California". Many of his trips were Sierra Club trips, so come and look for yourself in the pictures!

Mar 28-31: Tioga Pass Resort, car pool, ski in, cabins, fine meals, $450, Rhea Leptich, 858-277-8123. Trip limited to 12. The Tioga Trip only had one sign-up, so Rhea canceled the chapter outing.

Apr 6-7: San Gorgonio snow camp, car pool, free, Alvin Walter, 858-586-1982.

Apr 11-15: Claire Tappaan Sierra Club Lodge, fly, rental cars, lodge, meals, groomed trails, about $250, Sue Pease, 858-566-2339.

May 2-5+: Oregon Tele Volcano Trip: Crater Lake, Pelican Butte, Mt McLoughlin, Lassen. fly, rent cars, about $400, Craig Denson, 858-270-3828.

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

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