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

2002-2003 Introduction


Here is our X-C Ski program for 2002-2003. We have 16 trips listed and we'll add more when we get local snow. This winter is forecast to be an El Nino, with abundant snow at higher elevations. Our last El Ninos in '95 and '98 were outstanding. We had near record snowpacks that were skiable into summer. We had two Yosemite trips in '95, and the snow pack at Badger Pass was over 13 feet! Don't miss this season!

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 19 is a beginner class in the local mountains. Jan 12 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 again to Elk Meadows in southern Utah. Last years trip was outstanding with excellent conditions at a reasonable price We stay 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, but we are offering the tent cabin option to lower the cost. They now provide propane heat. This has been our most popular ski trip, and Yosemite is our crown jewel national park. Please note the early sign-up requirement of Nov 15. That is our last date to cancel unbooked rooms without penalty. Check with Afra after that to see if we still have space.

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.

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