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2011-2012 Ski Section Schedule

Sierra Club San Diego Ski Section Calendar

2011-2012 SCHEDULE

The Cross-country Ski Section of Sierra Club's San Diego Chapter enjoys numerous ski trips each season, including:

  • 4 day weekend trips to XC ski resorts
  • Impromptu local trips where the snow is (WSI)
  • Beginner lessons when local snow conditions allow

Keep reading for this season's program. Select links in the left-hand menu to review past programs or obtain additional information.

Hi Skiers,

We are in another La Niña condition, and they say we will have slightly below average precipitation for southern California, including San Diego and the southern Sierra Nevada Mtns. We should still have a good winter in the Sierra. The Pacific Northwest should have another heavy winter. You can keep track of the prediction through the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center. The upper maps are temperature and the lower set is precipitation. The prediction for last winter was way off. There was much more snow than predicted, and it lasted until Labor Day! Most of our summer backpack trips were canceled or relocated.

I have not planned any monthly meetings. The Sports Chalet meeting room was poorly attended last season, and I don't have any good programs for this year. If a program should appear, or you have one to offer, it is easy to schedule a meeting.

We have no trips planned for December, January, and February. Snow conditions are marginal in December and January, but we will visit local snow if it comes. Sadly, we had our last ski bus trip to Yosemite last February. The attendance was smaller each year, and we barely covered our cost last time. Yosemite has raised their lodging cost each year, and we had to charge $600 per person, double occupancy.

We will plan local ski trips if the weather permits, and notify you via email. La Niña years are usually too warm for San Diego County skiing, but there could be some some cold storms. There are high mountains in Riverside County (Mt. San Jacinto), San Bernardino County (Mt. San Gorgonio), and Los Angeles County (Mt. Baldy), that can accumulate a lot of snow. Keep your skis clean and waxed, and be ready to go. To get on my email list, send me an email at

I will send out more emails as needed.

-Mike Fry

Nov 12-13, Kelso Sand Dunes, Cross country skiing on world class sand dunes in the Mojave Desert. Carpool and car camp. I have a large collection of old skis and boots for this purpose. No charge. Trip limited to 14. Mike Fry

Nov 23-27, Mammoth Thanksgiving, Hiking and/or skiing. Rhea Leptich. 4 nights in condos in Mammoth Lakes. Thanksgiving Dinner included. About $260. Carpool. This is an excellent trip in all conditions. There is a good chance for skiable snow, and many good hiking trails if there isn't. We are using a new condo near the Villiage: Seasons 4. We have one condo reserved at this time, and the limit is 8 persons. We can add a second condo if necessary. Most of us will be driving up Wednesday, Nov. 23. The condo rental is for 4 nights, Wed. to Sat. You can come up anytime, but we have to charge for all 4 nights. We will be driving home Sunday. This trip is a chapter fund raiser.

Mar 2-5, Fri-Mon, Montecito-Sequoia Lodge, Trip begins at the Lodge Friday morning, Mar 2, so allow driving time in your schedule. Most of us will be driving up Thursday evening (carpool) and staying in a motel in Tulare. We will drive to the Lodge Friday morning. Snow chains (or 4WD) may be required. Coordinator: Sharon Rhodes, 619-482-2113 or rhodessl at cox dot net

The spacious Montecito-Sequoia Lodge, based at 7500' elevation, provides a breathtaking view of the snow capped peaks of the Great Western Divide and is set amid large and imposing fir and pine trees. Some of California’s most scenic trails begin at the steps of the lodge.


  • Group lodging in your own bed (double occupancy, lodge room, private bath) Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights and all meals, Friday dinner through Monday breakfast (no discount for missing meals)
  • Back County ski touring for 2 groups of advanced beginners (or better), with experienced Sierra Club leaders and track or backcountry skiing (including lessons). Independent skiing is always available.
  • Cost also includes a profit for the X/C Ski Section making these trips possible.
  • Use of hot tub and groomed ski tracks
  • Gratuity (for lodge staff)


  • Transportation costs (carpools & caravans to be arranged independently - participant list provided)
  • Sequoia National Park entrance fee
  • Ski rentals and lessons at the Lodge.
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Friday, lunch on Monday.
  • Lodging en route (It is recommended that you drive most of the way Thursday so you can join us when the trip begins Friday morning.)


  • $526 the lodge room all to yourself
  • $383 per person for double occupancy
  • $336 per person for triple occupancy
  • $312 per person for four people in a room (two share a king bed).

The rooms have 1 king bed or 1 king and one bunk bed.
Must be paid in full by January 2, 2010.
NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT of $50. will reserve your space now.
Best lodging choices based upon payment in full date.
Send your $50 deposit (payable to Sierra Club), and your name, experience, address, phone and e-mail info (or 3 SASEs) to: Patty Dahl, Treasurer, 1516 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92107.

CANCELLATION POLICY for Montecito Sequoia:
Before January 2, all but $50 will be refunded. After that date, no refunds unless your place is filled from the waiting list. This trip is a chapter fundraiser.

Mar 16-18 Fri-Sun ROCK CREEK LODGE - Intermediate level advised
Coordinator: Alice Fichandler, 619-226-6083
Leader: Mike Fry, Asst. Leader: needed
Come join us for spring skiing in the Sierras! Rock Creek Lodge is a lovely mountain resort located between Bishop and Mammoth off Highway 395. We will have the opportunity to ski 2-3 days in some of the most spectacular scenery in the area. The road is groomed all the way to Mosquito Flat, but primarily we will be doing backcountry skiing. We will be staying in cabins on the premises, some with and some without baths, priced accordingly. Breakfasts and dinners are included in the price. Your cost will be $250, $300 or $350 depending upon the type of cabin you choose. We will be carpooing Thursday night to Bishop or Tom's Place before meeting a snow coach in the morning which will be carrying our gear to the Lodge. We will spend two nights at RCL. Your $50 deposit will reserve a spot on the trip. The balance is due at the end of the trip. For further information about Rock Creek Lodge, you may go to their website at Please send your deposit to: Alice Fichandler, 4520 Greene St., San Diego, CA 92107. This trip is a chapter fundraiser.

Mar 30-Apr 1, WBC Snow Camp. Not part of Ski Section program, but several of our leaders are staff. You can sign up for this course in January. The Wilderness Basics Class is more fun than you can imagine. The classes are held both in Escondido and UTC for 10 weeks beginning in January.

Apr 13-15, Clair Tappaan Lodge (CTL), Patty Dahl This is home base for Sierra Club skiers. Guests can use the groomed ski tracks near the Lodge. Royal Gorge XC is down the road, 3 alpine ski resorts up the road, and there are Sierra Club ski huts to the north and south. This has become one of our regular trips, and it just keeps getting better. Air fare, carpool in rental cars, lodging, and almost all meals will total about $400. Each participant must buy their own airline ticket, or find some other way to get to CTL. CTL is north of Lake Tahoe, 99 miles from Sacramento. We will suggest a meeting time at the Sacramento Airport for those wishing to carpool in a rented car.

Refund Policy: Note that sickness or injury does not play a part in refunds. You may purchase travel insurance from any travel agent. Travel insurance usually covers sickness, injury, family emergencies, lost luggage etc.

The Seasons 4 condos, Sequoia Montecito and Rock Creek each has its own refund policy. In general, the closer it is to the trip, the less refund there will be. If you cancel, we will return whatever is returned to us. We do not charge for the Kelso Dunes trip. The Clair Tappaan Lodge trip doesn't charge a deposit, you pay for room and board at the end of the trip. Your airline may have a very restrictive refund policy.

The Sierra Club is a registered seller of travel: CST 2087766-40. Registration does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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