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CROSS COUNTRY SKI INFORMATION 2016/17

2017 SKI SEASON YOSEMITE WINTER CLUB CROSS COUNTRY SECTION

The Yosemite Winter Club Cross Country Section (YWCXC) arranges hut supported overnight ski trips into the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. These trips are made possible by XC Section members who volunteer their time for trip planning, meal planning, shopping and packing food caches, and placing the caches in the cabins in the fall before the roads close. These are not guided trips, but a trip leader is assigned for the purpose of facilitating decision making and everyone pitches in to cook, clean up after meals, and tidy up the cabins before the group leaves.Skiing Horse Ridge near Ostrander Lake

For all trips, skiers need to carry a pack with storm gear, emergency essentials, extra clothes, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag. Some cabins have bunks, others do not so a sleeping pad is good to carry. Breakfasts and dinners are cached at the cabins; skiers bring their own lunches, daytime trail snacks, and water.  All skiers must be physically fit and able to ski a considerable distance, carrying a pack over varying terrain. All skiers should have knowledge of backcountry travel practices, and carry emergency equipment (the 10 essentials).

TRIP APPLICATION PDF

CROSS COUNTRY SECTION MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

The Yosemite Winter Club Cross Country Section is a subsection within the YWC. Everyone who is a member of YWC is welcome to join the YWCXC Section. Your membership dues required to join the YWC provide for liability insurance for the XC trips. In addition to the YWC main club dues, a separate member participation fee is required for the XC Section. This fee is $25 per adult, $15 for children 13-18, and children 12 and under free. The membership fee applies to all XC section activities; the overnight backcountry trips and First Ski. The fee is paid along with the trip fees when you apply for the trips. This fee assures that we have funds on hand to cover expenses early in the season, such as purchasing new cache containers, food for the trips, water filters, stove pellets, and other equipment needed at the cabins, and to cover expenses related to getting the caches into the cabins and retrieving caches in the spring.

Skier cranking the turns on the slopes near Ostrander Lake Ski HutAll skiers must be physically fit and able to ski a considerable distance, carrying a pack over varying terrain. All skiers should have knowledge of backcountry travel practices, and carry emergency equipment (the 10 essentials). The Glacier Point trips are suitable for intermediate skiers; the terrain is mostly moderate following the Glacier Point Road. The Ostrander Lake Ski Hut, Tuolumne Meadows Turnaround and the Trans Sierra trips are backcountry ski tours suitable for strong intermediate to advanced skiers and not for beginners.

If you have questions or want to be placed on the Section email list to receive the YWCXC Section Newsletter and trip application contact:

Terry and Melinda Rivasplata

Section Leaders

melrivas@earthlink.net

916 454-5937

or

Dave Todd

Membership Chair

davetodd@mac.com 

916 448-1834

 

YWCXC SECTION FIRST SKI: January 27 – January 29, Friday through Sunday.

For our party weekend and annual XC Section meeting, we will meet at the Yosemite Peregrine, a vacation rental owned and operated by Dave Maynard and Vonnie Coombs, located at 7509 Henness Circle in Yosemite West inside Yosemite National Park. We will have potluck dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, with breakfasts provided by the club. Beverages are BYO.Skiing Horse Ridge near Ostrander Lake

 

We will hold our XC Section business meeting on Saturday evening after dinner. At this meeting we will discuss club plans and direction. We will be sending out an agenda shortly before First Ski. If you have thoughts on topics that you would like to see discussed, please let us know and we will put those on the agenda; this is your best chance for providing input. Please plan to stick around Sunday morning for cleanup.  

We usually have between 25 and 40 people show up for First Ski (bring the kids!) and most spend the night, so be prepared to sleep on the floor with your own bags, pillows and pads. There are lots of opportunities for day skiing in the Badger Pass area.

 

2017 SEASON BACKCOUNTRY TRIPS

The XC Section 2017 Trip Application is available at the link on this site.

The 2017 ski season trips are as follows:

Glacier Point I – a one-night trip February 11 & 12

Glacier Point II – a two-night trip March 10 to 12

The Glacier Point Trip starts at Badger Pass and follows the Glacier Point Road to Glacier Point, a distance of about 11 miles one-way. These trips can accommodate 10 skiers.

Ostrander Lake Ski Hut – a two-night trip February 18 to 20 (this trip normally requires pre-registration, but two spaces are currently open).

This challenging backcountry tour starts at the Badger Pass parking lot. We ski along the Glacier Point Road for about 5 miles, then turn off and follow a marked cross-country trail for 5 miles and about 1,500 feet of elevation gain to the Ostrander Lake Ski Hut. This trip requires pre-registration in the early fall and can take as many as 15 skiers.

Tuolumne Meadows Turnaround – a four-night trip March 9 to 13

This is a 4-night/5-day tour for eight skiers. The Turnaround is a hike/ski starting at the gate on Tioga Pass Road, over Tioga Pass and into Tuolumne Meadows, and then a ski back out the same way. Total distance is approximately 40 miles. Overnight stays are at the Tioga Pass entrance station cabin on the way in and out, and two nights at the Travelers Hut in Tuolumne Meadows. This trip is good for those who want to see the grandeur of the Meadows in winter, but without the Trans Sierra’s knee ache of 126 switchbacks down the Snow Creek Trail into Yosemite Valley.

Trans Sierra – a four-night trip March 16 to 20

This is a 4-night/5-day tour for eight skiers. The first day involves a flight from Pine Mountain Airport to Lee Vining Airport, a shuttle up to the gate on Tioga Road (SR 120), and then hiking and skiing to Tioga Pass. Overnight stays are at the entrance station cabin on Tioga Pass, Tuolumne Meadows Traveler’s Hut, and the snow survey cabin at Snow Flat. The last day involves skiing and hiking out to Yosemite Valley via the Snow Creek trail (12 miles)      . We ski down to the Valley rim (Snow Creek Trail), hike the 126 switchbacks down to the Valley floor, then hike to the cars. Conditions are variable and can include powder, crust, and corn on the same trip. Skiers must be prepared to ski in stormy weather (although we will not fly to Lee Vining if the weather is bad).

Level of Difficulty

All skiers must be physically fit and able to ski a considerable distance, carrying a pack over varying terrain. All skiers should have knowledge of backcountry travel practices, and carry emergency equipment (the 10 essentials). The Glacier Point trips are suitable for intermediate skiers; the terrain is mostly moderate following the Glacier Point Road. The Ostrander Lake Ski Hut, Tuolumne Meadows Turnaround and the Trans Sierra trips are backcountry ski tours suitable for strong intermediate to advanced skiers and not for beginners.

Application and Refund Policy

The XC Section 2017 Trip Application is available at the link on this site.  The cost of each trip is shown on the application; no adjustments to costs will be made. A list of alternates will be developed for each trip that fills. If there are cancellations, alternates move up to the active list. If you are on the active list and subsequently cancel, you can get a full refund only if an alternate takes your place. If you are on the active list and cancel but no alternate fills your spot, then only a partial refund, if any, is possible taking into account expenses that the club incurs. If you are an alternate and never are placed on the active list, you will be assured a full refund. Refunds are sent out in the spring or early summer after all the trips have gone and club expenses are taken into account.