Hello all backcountry/crosscountry ski enthusiasts.
Per our new policy we are soliciting pre-registrations for the Ostrander Ski Hut trip. The spaces reserved for the trip will be restricted to the number of advanced sign ups. Deadline for submittal is September 17, 2016. We will be purchasing food and assembling the caches on September 24. We will only cache in enough food to feed those pre-registered for the trip.
As explained in our January members’ meeting and subsequent minutes, we are using a pre-registration process for the Ostrander trip because the Yosemite Conservancy, the hut stewards, require payment for reserved spaces up front in the fall. Therefore, if you want to go on the YWCXC Ostrander trip this coming season you will need to reply to this email to that effect AND you must send us a check for $110.00 to cover your hut fee for the 2 nights PLUS your $25.00 membership fee. The hut fee is based on last season’s hut fee ($55.00/night), and trip participants may be required to pay an additional amount if YC increases this next season’s hut fee. The fee cannot be refunded if you don’t go, unless some one else takes your place. This fee only covers the hut fee and your membership dues, you will need to give us another check to cover food costs, and the cost of transportation for the caches up to the hut. The additional amount will be noted in the trip application that will go out in November. This coming season’s trip will cost less than the last trip because we are reducing the length of stay to two nights and we are cutting back on alcohol in order to minimize the cost of the mules and wranglers. You are free to bring in your own alcohol.
The usual conditions regarding physical ability, ski equipment, and backcountry ski experience are required to sign up for this trip.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. The Ostrander trip is for up to 15 members. Confident downhill skills (while carrying a pack) are a must. Conditions are variable and this trip can involve miles of breaking trail through deep snow, skiing in stormy weather, and skiing on ice and/or crust, as well as bluebird powder days.
We are looking at two possible dates. The Yosemite Conservancy has generally given us the dates we request, but in case the first choice is not available we are including a second date. You would need to be able to go on either date - i.e. you need to hold open both dates. We will let you know which date we get as soon as we get confirmation from YC - in October probably.
1st Choice - February 18-20 - Saturday to Monday -
2nd Choice - February 24-26 - Friday to Sunday -
PLEASE PRINT OUT YOUR REPLY TO THIS EMAIL AND SEND IT WITH YOUR CHECK. PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECK AND PRE-REGISTRATION TO US NO LATER THANSEPTEMBER 17, 2016.
ENCLOSED IS A CHECK FOR $135.00 TO COVER YWCXC MEMBERSHIP AND TO RESERVE A SPACE ON THE OSTRANDER SKI TRIP. _________
YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION CHECK IS NONREFUNDABLE IF YOU CHOOSE TO NOT GO ON THE TRIP.
YOU MAY BE ASKED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDS IF THE HUT RESERVATION FEE IS INCREASED OVER LAST YEAR’S RATE.
THIS FEE ONLY COVERS THE HUT FEE AND MEMBERSHIP DUES. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR FOOD AND OTHER EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRIP WHEN YOU SUBMIT THE TRIP APPLICATION.
If you have any questions you email or call us.
Melinda and Terry Rivasplata
Yosemite Winter Club XC