XEROX MOUNTAINEERING AND BACKPACKING CLUB

MOUNT PINOS CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, Saturday, Jan 30, 1993

MEET AT THE END-OF-THE-ROAD PARKING LOT - 8:30 AM

or as an alternate

MOUNT SAN JACINTO CROSS-COUNTRY SKIIING, Sat, Jan 30, 1993

MEET AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TRAM AT 8:00 AM

TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHERE WE WILL BE SKIING, CALL A LEADER DURING THE WEEK OF JAN 24th - WE WILL SKI WHERE THE CONDITIONS ARE THE BEST.

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MOUNT PINOS:

The Mt. Pinos area is open to the public and no permits are required for entry. Many people use this area for day-only skiing, tobogganing, etc., and the parking lot fills up fast - hence the early start time. Late comers may have to park miles down the road, where other trails may be taken. This outing will take the trail from the dead-end parking lot to the Bowl Area. Mt. Pinos is 8826 feet in elevation; most of the skiing is done above 8000 feet.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive approx 80 miles north from the South Bay Area along highway 5 towards Bakersfield. Pass Gorman, and in a few miles take the Frazier Park turn-off and head west. From here it's approx. 15 miles to the road end. Total driving time approx 2 hours.

SKI RENTALS: Skis, boots, and poles, all cross-country type, can be rented at some places in the South Bay. They can also be rented at Frazier Ski and Pack for about $10.00 a set, which I find most convenient. They are located just west of the Frazier Park turnoff at 355 Frazier Mt. Park Road (805-248-6014). Allow an extra half hour if you are getting your equipment here.

DRIVING: The road to the parking lot should be quite clear unless there has been a recent storm. CHAINS ARE REQUIRED!!

CHP/Caltrans Road Conditions: 800-427-7623

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MOUNT SAN JACINTO:

San Jacinto has the advantage of parking in the desert at 2500 feet (no snow!!), and taking the Aerial Tramway to the ski area at 8500 feet elevation (lots of snow!!!). The cost of the tram is approx $15.00. Check with XES for Alpine Club discount cards. No permits are required if you ski in the bowl area near the Tram.

HOW TO GET THERE: From the South Bay head east on highways 91, 60, and 10, passing Banning and Cabazon, take 111 toward Palm Springs. Approx. 11 miles along 111 is the right turn to the Tram. Total distance around 130 miles, total driving time 2.5 to 3 hours.

SKI RENTALS: I recomend renting skis, boots, and poles from your home areas, but they can be rented at the Nordic Center at the top of the TRAM.

San Jacinto Tram Info 619-325-1391

San Jacinto Rangers (Recording) 619-327-0222

Nordic Center 619-327-6002

San Jacinto Ranger Sta. 714-659-2607

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WEATHER: The trip will BE CANCELLED IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER, call if in doubt. The daytime temperature should be around 40 deg F., and it can seem quite warm if the sun is out and there is no wind. HOWEVER, it can get cold fast without the sun, so be prepared for winter conditions. (Remember last year's trip; it got well below freezing in the PM)

RESERVATIONS & CARPOOLS: Call a leader if you plan on attending. There are no restrictions on number of participants. The leaders will coordinate carpools -contact one if you need a ride or can drive someone.

OTHER EQUIPMENT: Required are: Winter clothing such as parka, sweater, gloves, warm hat, heavy socks, etc. Also required are sun glasses or goggles, sunscreen, quart of water minimum, lunch, and the remainder of the 10 essentials. Recommended are: gaiters, tissue paper, camera.

CONTACT: Ed Keller wk: 310-524-7067 hm: 310-542-2044

or Jack Cook wk: 310-333-5214 hm: 310-371-2706