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Cross-country Ski Section
San Diego Chapter, Sierra Club

2000-2001 Newsletter [Cross-country Skier]
  • Introduction & Definitions
  • Schedule
  • Policies & Opportunities

    Here is our X-C Ski program for 2000-2001. We have 28 trips listed and we'll add more if snow lasts. This winter is forecast to be more "normal", no ninas this time. Even though Southern California was much drier than normal, we had a fine snow pack in the higher mountains (San Gorgornio and San Jacinto). Mt. Shasta was 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 Acapulco's across the parking lot for food and drink. 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.

    Beginners are welcome on most winter trips and lessons are provided until spring. Jan 28 is a beginner class in our local mountains. Jan 21 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.

    We have two new trips this season. Jackie's March trip to Washington's Methow Valley, east of the Cascades involves skiing from one resort to another. Jackie's trips always include fine food, warm ambiance, and easy skiing. Craig will insure that challenging skiing is also available. Craig is taking us back to Mt. Shasta again in the late spring. The lateness is to give the Park Service time to plow the roads to Mt. Lassen. Lassen is surprisingly easy to climb when you can drive to it.

    The Mammoth, Bear Valley, 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.

    TRIP DESCRIPTION FORMAT: Trip format includes date & days of trip; trip name; pricing information, including deposit, full payment date and items included in price; skier level(s); trip description and coordinator name and contact information. Prices are estimates based on the best information at the time of publication and are subject to change.

    Ski Levels:

    RESERVATIONS: Make check(s) payable to the Sierra Club and send with a note including your name, address, phone number, ski experience and the name of the trip. Include two 4"x9" Self-Addressed Stamped Envelopes (SASE). Deposits are non-refundable. Priorities, such as bus seating and room assignments, are based on the date your full payment is received. When calling a trip coordinator, please remember they are volunteers. Call between 6 PM and 9 PM, unless otherwise stated. Please sign-up early if you can. We have to make large deposits many months in advance for these trips. To avoid loss, we usually cancel unreserved lodging 30 days before the trip.

    WSI - "Where the Snow Is" - TRIPS. We go to the closest skiable snow. These trips are usually just for one day but occasionally we offer optional overnight stays. The leader usually knows if they have Sat. or Sun. free before we know what the snow conditions are. Transportation is usually by car. The only costs are car pool, ski rental, food or lodging. As a courtesy to WSI coordinators, please do not call more than 5 days in advance of the trip and call only between 6 PM and 9 PM. This season we will trial e-mail notification of WSI trips. If you wish an e-mail notice, forward your e-mail address to

    Newsletter updates are in red; recaps are in green.

    Nov 9, Thur, 6 PM - 8:30 PM, SKI SECTION MEETING at Clairemont Community Room, 4731 Clairemont Dr. on Lakehurst Lane, Clairemont Town Square, between Vons and Pick-n-Save. 6 PM beginner instruction in the community room, or dinner at Acapulco's across the parking lot. At 7 PM (back in the community room) we will describe our trips of the coming season. At 7:30 PM Kent Reed will present an equipment and slide show on Citizen Racing. Kent is a highly competitive senior athlete. He races in x-c ski events throughout the west.

    Nov 11-12, Sat-Sun, "PRE-SEASON" KELSO DUNES-MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE: Beginner - advanced. Sand skiing is fun and the dunes are beautiful. Car camp and day tour. Sand skis and boots provided. No fee. Leader: Mike Fry, 858-566-3851 or email 20 people enjoyed the dunes.  The weather was cool during the day, and cold at night.  The booming sand noise was great!

    Nov 23-26, Thur.-Sun., MAMMOTH THANKSGIVING SKI WEEKEND: Beginner/ advanced. Stay in condominiums in Mammoth Lakes with access to the downhill and cross-country ski slopes. Daily outings will be planned based on snow conditions/interest of the group. Snow (or no), join us in Mammoth for Thanksgiving. Cost $166. Car-pool extra. For reservation send $25 non-refundable deposit to Coordinator: Barbara Domurad: 10846 Parkdale Ave. S.D. 92126 or call 858-271-0696 or Chapter fund raiser. 19 skiers enjoyed an incredible Thanksgiving dinner and 2 to 3 feet of still soft snow. We skied to the Red Cones, Mammoth Crest, Minaret Vista, the Tamarack groomed trails, and a few telemarked on Mammoth Mtn. This was the best Mammoth trip yet!

    Dec 10, Sun, NORPINE DEMO DAYS. Snow Summit, $40 includes lift ticket and demo skis and boots. This is a comercial event, not a Sierra Club Outing. You must call 619-276-1577. Look for other nordic events on their website

    Dec 9, 16/17, 23/24, Sat &/or Sun. WSI-Where the Snow is, Coordinator Jim Crouch 619-223-9084. No WSI trips this month. December is normally too early for local snow.

    Dec 14, Thur night, 6 PM - 8:30 PM, SKI SECTION MEETING (See Nov 9 for time and location). Program: Kent Reed will present a slide show of the Sierra High Route. Kent has made numerous trans-sierra ski expeditions with the legendary ski guide Dave Beck. Beck's route starts on the eastside at the Shepherd Pass trailhead and finishes at Giant Forest in Sequoia about a week later. Don't forget the dinner (at Acapulco's) or beginner instruction (in the community room) at 6 PM, before the program.

    Dec 16 &/or 17. Sat or Sun, DEMO DAYS, BIG BEAR MTN RESORT, 909-585-2519 x348. This is a commercial event with lift ticket, demo gear and lessons. The Angeles Chapter's SMS group Keller Hut is available for Fri and Sat nights. Call Keith Martin 310-316-7617. Their price of $95 includes lodging, 1 dinner and the demo days package. Car pool is extra. Many of us have improved our skills at these events.

    Dec 28-Jan 1, Thur-Mon. NEW YEAR'S BEAR VALLEY X-C SKI BUS TRIP. Come join us to bring in the New Year on the slopes at Bear Valley (25 miles north of Yosemite). We will be skiing tracks, groomed slopes and in the backcountry. Price includes four nights in cabins in the Arnold area, bus transportation, and ski instruction. Ideal for skiers of all levels. Cost $275. To register, please send $25 non-refundable deposit plus 3 SASE to: Coordinator: Alice Fichandler, 4520 Greene St., San Diego, CA 92107 or call 619-226-6083. Chapter fund raiser. 26 happy, friendly skiers enjoyed 2-3 feet of good snow and excellent lodging. We need more skiers to continue offering this trip. If you would like to go to Bear Valley next season, call Alice now. We will research other locations, and we need your input on that as well.

    Jan 11, Thur, 6 PM - 8:30 PM, SKI SECTION MEETING. (See Nov 9 for time and location). Program: Alvin Walter will present a slide show of his ski expedition to the North Pole. Alvin joined a European group that used Russian military support. They were flown from Siberia to a base on the ice, then skied north to reach the pole.

    Jan 6/7, 13/14, 20, Sat &/or Sun WSI, Coordinator: Craig Denson 858-270-3828.

    Jan 21, Sat, TELEMARK CLASS. Interm.-Advanced. Improve your turning skills. Est. cost $45 for lessons and lift ticket. Car-pool extra. Leader: Alvin Walter: 8435 Jade Coast Road, S. D. 92126, 858-586-1982.

    Jan 27, Sat. LEADER TRAINING, WSI: Class includes ski instruction techniques, avalanche awareness, and equipment repair. No fee. Leader: Mike Fry, 858-566-3851 or

    Jan 28, Sun: BEGINNER CLASS, WSI: Ski lessons for beginners. Cost $15 plus car pool costs and ski rental. For information on location contact Leader: Craig Denson, send a SASE to 4259 Feather Ave., S.D. 92117 or call 858-270-3828 or

    Jan 27-28, Sat-Sun, SMS FREEHEEL CLINIC. Lift ticket, lessons and rental discounts at Big Bear Mountain. Call Keith Martin 310-316-7617 for Keller Hut lodging. See Dec 16-17.

    Feb 3/4, 10/11. Sat &/or Sun. WSI. Coordinator: Mark Vogt, 858-831-0067.

    Feb 8, Thur, 6 PM - 8:30 PM, SKI SECTION MEETING (See Nov 9 for time and location). Program: Alvin Walter will present a slide show of his trip to the Canadian Rockies. Selkirk Mtn Experience is a hut and guide service reached by helicopter. The skiing is done by human power, about 5000 vertical feet each day.

    Feb 15-19. Thur-Mon. YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: Beginner-Advanced. Spend Presidents' day in Yosemite. Price includes 4 nights lodging (three at Yosemite Lodge) and bus transportation. Prices are $295 quadruple occupancy (shared beds), $325 triple occupancy (one shared and one separate bed), $380 double occupancy (two beds). Add $25 for non-Sierra Club members. Bus space is limited to 47.Send $25 non-refundable deposit and 3 SASE to Coordinator: Chuck Hansen, 4574 Adair Street, S.D. 92107 or call 619-224-3086. Chapter fund raiser.

    Feb 24-25. Sat-Sun. MT. BALDY TO WRIGHTWOOD TRAVERSE. Ambitious weekend of climbing and skiing rarely skied slopes. Leader: Alvin Walter, 858-586-1982.

    Mar 3-11, Sat-Sun. METHOW VALLEY, WA. Intermediate-Advanced. The Methow Valley is one of the nation's premier X/C ski areas with a community trail linking three separate trail systems, to equal over 200km of groomed trails. Located on the Eastern side of the ridge, the combination of dry snow and abundant sunshine make this valley a desirable destination for winter play. Cost: $615 includes; 8 nights lodging (six in lodges and two in trail huts) transportation to/from airport at Wenatchee. Does not include airfare (approx. $350), food, trail passes or transportation within valley. Coordinator: Jackie Gray 858-270-3828. To reserve your space, send 2 SASEs (legal size), address, phone number, ski experience and $100 non-refundable deposit to Jackie Gray, 4259 Feather Ave., S.D. 92117. Deposit is refundable until Jan 3, 2001. For information only, send 1 SASE.

    Mar 8, Thur, 6 PM - 8:30 PM, SKI SECTION MEETING (See Nov 9 for time and location). Program: Reiner Stenzel shows slides of outings of the Ski Mountaineering Section (SMS)/Angeles Chapter/Sierra Club. The SMS was formed in 1938. They ski the steepest slopes around and are responsible for the Keller and Baldy huts.

    Mar 18-21. PEAR LAKE SKI HUT. Great backcountry skiing in classic setting. We'll (again) enter Sequoia NP lottery for three nights at Pear Lake Ski Hut. Intermediate backcountry skiers, limited to 10. Pack-in six mile with food, fuel, sleeping bag. Estimated hut cost $50, paid in advance. Carpool, Saturday night lodging extra. Contact leader by Oct. 15 for details and sign-up. Leader: Jim Crouch. 619-223-9084.

    Mar 24-25. Sat & Sun. WBC SNOW CAMP, There may be space on the busses for non-WBC students. Call Starla Rivers 858-673-0886 for information.

    Mar 29-Apr 1, Thur-Sun. TIOGA PASS WINTER RESORT. Intermediate-advanced. Join us for some of the best x-c skiing in Yosemite's high country. Ski into a snowed in lodge 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. Trip is limited to 12. Send non-refundable, $40 deposit with 2 SASE to Coordinator: Rhea Leptich, 4017 Mt. Blackburn Ave. S.D. 92111-2828. or call 858-277-8123. Chapter fund raiser.

    Apr 8-9, Sat-Sun. SAN GORGONIO SNOW CAMP. Strong intermediate - advanced. Hike and ski with packs to the southernmost glacier cirques in the US This is the premier southern California backcountry ski area. Car-pool. Leader: Alvin Walter 858-586-1982.

    Apr 12, Thur 7:30 PM SKI SECTION MEETING (See Nov 9 for time and location) Program: We hope to have Suniva Sorby report on her Antarctic expedition. No beginner instruction this time. Meet for dinner at Acapulco's at 6 PM if you wish.

    Apr 20-23, Fri-Mon. SIERRA NEVADA SKI CAMP. Intermediate-Advanced. Annual ski camp, car camp or motel camp to the best snow in the Sierra. Previous trips have been to Piute Pass, Tuolomne Ski Hut, and Virginia Lakes. Leader: Mike Fry 858-566-3851 or

    May 10. Thur. 7 PM. SKI SECTION PLANNING MEETING. Clairemont Community Room. Plan next seasons trips. Dinner at Acapulco at 6 PM. No beginner instruction.

    May 17-21. Thur-Mon, MT. SHASTA AND MT. LASSEN. Motel and/or ski backpack to our own cascade delight. Shasta was so much fun last season that we have lengthened the trip and included Mt. Lassen. Fly to Sacramento, rent cars and drive to the snow. Finish the season in Chico at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Leader: Craig Denson 858-270-3828 or

    Refund Policy
    Note that sickness or injury does not play a part in refunds. See "Trip Insurance".
    Full Refund: 1. We cancel the trip. 2. The leader determines you shouldn't be on the trip or 3. You find your own replacement and they reimburse you.
    Partial Refund: 1. We find your replacement and keep only your deposit. 2. We can't replace you, but we get a refund (or are not charged) by our providers because of your absence. You get back whatever we get back.
    Trip Insurance: You may purchase trip insurance from any travel agent. They usually cover sickness, injury, family emergencies, lost luggage etc.

    SKI SECTION MAILING LIST: Though all our trips are advertised in the HiSierran, mailing list members receive a complete listing in advance of publication. To receive a copy of the newsletter, send your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and ski level to Barbara Domurad, 10846 Parkdale Ave. S.D. 92126 or via e-mail at Ski section members may opt to receive the newsletter via regular mail, e-mail or both. Please indicate your preference. This newsletter is on our Web page:

    TRIP COORDINATORS & COL volunteers are needed. Discounts are available based on the number of participants and length of the trip. If you are interested in becoming an outing leader for ski trips our January 27th training outing augments the chapter's leader training program. For more information contact Mike Fry at 858-566-3851 or email

    SUGGESTIONS: Help us make the Ski Section better. Call Mike Fry, Chairperson, at 858-566-3851 or email

    NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE: 1999-2000, 1998-1999, 1997-1998.

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