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2004-2005 Ski Section Schedule

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Meetings: Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, and Apr 14 at the Clairemont Community Room. <location info>

These are the multiday trips for the 2004-2005 season. We also email notices of local trips when there is enough snow. Send me an email to get on our skier list. We will not send out a flyer this year. Phone me if you need a paper copy. Mike Fry, Ski Section Chair, 858-566-3851.

Nov 13-14, SAND DUNE SKIING, North Algodones Dunes Wilderness
All levels
Mike Fry, 858-566-3851
Old skis and boots provided; car pool; free. See two photos.

Nov 25-28, THANKSGIVING SKI IN MAMMOTH
All levels
Barbara Domurad
Homey condo accommodations, a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner and (with help from mother nature) great skiing. Price is $210 for 4 nights lodging and two dinners. Carpooling is encouraged. To register, please send your fees (payable to "Sierra Club") to Ski Section, 4017 Mt Blackburn Ave, San Diego, CA 92111-3818. Chapter fundraiser. See the report.

Dec 29-Jan 2, NEW YEARS BEAR VALLEY CROSS-COUNTRY SKI BUS TRIP
All levels
Alice Fichandler, 619-226-6083
Come join us to bring in the new year at Bear Valley where we will be staying in condos at the ski area and enjoying 3 full days of both cross-country and downhill ski options. Bear Valley is located in the Sierras between Yosemite and Tahoe in Alpine County. The area has an extensive cross-country track system, a downhill resort, miles of backcountry skiing, and telemark opportunities. We will bring in the New Year with a progressive dinner which has been a success in previous years. Beginners are welcome. Cost is $360, which includes transportation, lodging and instruction. To reserve a place on the trip, send a $35 non-refundable deposit and 3 SASEs or your e-mail address to Alice Fichandler, 4520 Greene St., San Diego, CA, 92107. Chapter fundraiser.
See the post-trip review and photo page!

Jan 14-18, TIOGA PASS WINTER RESORT
Intermediate to advanced skiers
Rhea Leptich
Ski to a snowed-in lodge on the east side of Yosemite with heated cabins, shower, etc. The food is outstanding, lodge is cozy and company great! Cost is $400 per person. Includes 6 delicious meals and lodging. Carpool and 1st night motel is not included. Trip is limited to 12. Send non-refundable, $40 deposit with 2 SASE or email to Coordinator: Rhea Leptich, 4017 Mt. Blackburn Ave. S.D. 92111-3818. Chapter fund raiser.

Jan 23 SUN/M1B, TELECLINIC AT WRIGHTWOOD RESORT
new!Ldr: Alvin Walter 858-586-1982, awalter@pacbell.net; asst: Ellen Feeney 858-586-1982.
For first timers or those who want to upgrade their current Teleskiing skills.

Feb 4-7, OSTRANDER SKI HUT, Yosemite National Park
Strong, experienced skiers
Fred Gabbard, 619-297-6471 (email preferred)
The ski to the hut is approximately 10 miles, and requires stamina and cross-country skiing experience; not for novices. Day tours around Horse Ridge and the Buena Vista Crest. You must pack in your food, fuel, water filter, sleeping bag and personal gear. Final dates will be determined by lottery in early November. Contact Fred by Oct 10. Limited to 15. Hut fees $60 + carpool and motel.

Feb 5 SAT/V8E, SAN GABRIEL PEAKS--THUNDER,TELEGRAPH,TIMBER
new!Ldr: Alvin Walter 858-586-1982, awalter@pacbell.net; asst: John Meager (Provisional SMS Leader).
This is a combined San Diego and LA--SMS Skimountaineering outing. Experience and all necessary skimountaineering equipment required.

Feb 17-21, 21ST ANNUAL YOSEMITE BUS TRIP
SIGN UP SOON - THE DEADLINE IS NOV. 15!!
Monique Alkemade, 858-509-9203
This trip is fun for families and beginners. You don't even have to ski to enjoy Yosemite! Cost: $450 (two/room), $370(3/room), or $355 (4/room), two beds per room. Includes all bus transportation, 1st night motel, 3 nights at Yosemite Lodge, and instruction. All prices are per-person (based on the 2003 rates). Meals are not included. Ski and snowshoe rentals available. Reserve a space by mailing your $40 non-refundable deposit by to Nov. 15 to: Monique Alkemade, 11309 Carmel Creek Road, San Diego, CA, 92130. Please include your full address, email and phone number on the check or in a note! Chapter fundraiser.

Feb 19-23 SAT-WED/V10E, SILLMAN, TABLELANDS, ALTA TRAVERSE
new!Ldr: Alvin Walter 858-586-1982, awalter@pacbell.net; asst: Reiner Stenzel (Chair of L.A.'s SMS-Ski Mountaineer's Section).
This is a combined San Diego and LA--SMS Skimountaineering outing. Experience and all necessary skimountaineering equipment required for this Winter Snowcamping Traverse.

Feb 27-Mar 6, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Advanced beginner to expert
Jackie Gray, 858-270-3828 (email preferred)
Leader: Craig Denson. Assistant: Nelson Copp.
Estimated cost: $1725 - $2085 depending on room choice and exchange rate. 4 nights in Whistler, followed by 3 nights at backcountry Callaghan lodge. More snow than you can shake ski at. There was room for 4 more skiers at publishing deadline. See the detailed description. Chapter fundraiser.

Mar 5-6 SAT-SUN/V8E, SAN GORGONIO/MT JEPSON SNOWCAMP
new!Ldr: Alvin Walter 858-586-1982, awalter@pacbell.net; asst: Reiner Stenzel (Chair of L.A.'s SMS-Ski Mountaineer's Section).
Ski Mountaineering Snowcamp to Ski the Chutes of Mt Gorgonio and Mt Jepson. This is a combined San Diego and LA--SMS Skimountaineering outing. Experience and all necessary skimountaineering equipment required.

Mar 19-22, ROCK CREEK LODGE
Advanced beginner to expert
Rob Baum, 619-460-0551
Snowed-in lodge at 9500' in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Wonderful backcountry touring in and around the Little Lakes Valley, surrounded by 13,000' peaks. Excellent meals. Rustic dorm accomodations are about $240 for 3 nights, including breakfasts, and dinners. Carpool and first night motel not included. Cabins with bath may be available; book directly with the Lodge. Deadline for signup is 1/12/05.

Mar 28-Apr 10, NORWAY HUT-TO-HUT
Advanced intermediate or better
Fred Gabbard, 619-297-6471 (email preferred)
Hut-to-hut ski touring in Jotunheimen, the highest mountain area of Norway. You’ll need to carry your food, sleeping bag and personal gear. Long climbs and steep descents are likely. Avalanche gear and climbing skins are required. Costs include airfare, lodging in Oslo, transportation within Norway, food, and hut fees, very roughly $1500.

April 8-11, CLAIR TAPPAAN LODGE
All levels
Mark Eckel, 858-509-9203
About $350 (airfare, shuttle, lodging, all meals). CTL is home base for Sierra Club skiers. Located in the North Lake Tahoe area by Donner Pass, CTL is surrounded by downhill and cross-country resorts, back country huts, and wilderness areas. Rentals and lessons available.

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