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1999-2000 Cross-country Ski Trips [Cross-country Skier]

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Cross-country Ski Section, San Diego Chapter, Sierra Club


Here is our X/C Ski program for 1999-2000. We have 30 trips listed and we'll add more if the snow lasts. We have 2 meetings at Callahan's 8280 Mira Mesa Blvd. Tuesday nights Nov 9 and Dec 14, come for dinner at 6:30 PM or 7:30 PM for the meeting. In January, we switch to Thursday nights at A-16, 4620 Alvarado Canyon Road Jan 6, Feb 10 and Mar 9 at 7:00 PM.

Last season's La Nina was disappointing locally and record breaking in the northwest. Our only successful WSI was the leader training and beginner class in January. We had 6" of snow in the Laguna Mountains. None of the higher southern California mountains developed a snow pack. This coming season is predicted to be another La Nina, so try not to miss any of our local "WSI" trips, if there is snow.

Our trips further north were fine. In April, we stayed in a motel in Bridgeport and skied great corn snow in the Virginia Lakes area. It is definitely one of our choices for Easter week. We will try to offer two trips, a ski backpack tour and a motel trip with day tours.

Beginners are welcome on most winter trips and lessons are provided until spring. Jan 30th is a "Beginner-only" instructional trip. For those interested in becoming ski leaders, Jan 29th is a Ski Leader training outing. Jan.16 is a Telemark class for those who want to learn how to carve graceful turns.

Our Thanksgiving trip to Mammoth will use condos. The snow pack is usually modest, but the trip is inexpensive and the mountains are wonderful any time of year. Join us for all or part of the holiday.

Our New Year's trip is again to Bear Valley, one hour north of Yosemite. Beginners liked the extensive groomed tracks. Intermediate skiers enjoyed the back country. Advanced skiers tele'd the downhill resort and steep slopes. Everyone enjoyed the modern vacation homes (we've added two more this year) and the bargain prices.

We have added a midweek Mammoth trip in January to Tamarack Lodge. Two new trips added this year are Yosemite-Glacier Point Lodge and Lake Tahoe.

The Yosemite trip is ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers. The gentle terrain around Badger Pass is ideal and you also spend time in Yosemite Valley. We stay in motel units at Yosemite Lodge.

Jim Crouch has entered the Sequoia National Park Pear Lake Hut lottery again, before and after the Montecito Sequoia trip. Alvin Walter has scheduled two snow camps in February and April.

In March we go back to Montecito Lodge with tracks and back country skiing out the back door. They offer ski lesson for both cross country and Telemark skiing. Gourmet meals are offered family style and there is an active lodge program at night. Disco anyone?

Tioga Pass Winter Resort is our favorite "snowed-in" lodge. It combines the magic of winter isolation with full amenities (great food)! Outstanding Sierra Crest skiing is right out the door. This is not a trip for beginners. Usually we ski in 3-6 miles with daypacks and a snow cats haul in our gear - weather permitting.

The Shasta trip is a first for the ski section. The mountain has gentle lower slopes for intermediate skiers and much steeper slopes higher up. The motels in Shasta City are 14 miles from the snow.

I hope you will join us. Winter passes quickly and we love to share its treasures with you.

Mike Fry, X-C Ski Section Chair

[bus] 1999-2000 Schedule



Newsletter corrections are shown in RED.

[bus] Information

The Ski Trip schedule is above. Most of the trips accept beginners and ski lessons are provided.

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 29th training outing augments the chapter's leader training program. For more information contact Mike Fry, (858) 566-3851.

WWW: We are on the World-Wide Web at: http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/sandiego/xcski.html.

DISCLAIMER: Skiing is an inherently dangerous activity. Although we attempt to minimize your risk, all our trips carry the risk of death or serious injury. Our leaders are experienced and trained volunteers. if you wish a higher level of safety, please employ a professional mountain guide or ski in a developed downhill or cross country resort.

We employ the services of transportation, lodging, food and ski resort providers. If any of these providers fails to meet our expectations, we will be just as disappointed as you are. We usually make the best of difficult situations, but failed services are the responsibility of the provider.

[bus] 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.

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.

Ski Levels:

[bus] 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.

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.

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We look forward to sharing the ski season with you.

[bus] Ski Section Mailing List

If you would like to be on our mailing list (free), please send your name, address, phone number, and ski level to Barbara Domurad, 10846 Parkdale Ave, San Diego, CA 92126, (858) 271-0696 or E-mail to domurad@msn.com. Also let us know about name and address corrections.

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http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/sandiego/xcski9900.html; last updated February 25, 2001 by Brad Buffett (link corrections).