Our section (SMS) welcomes all who enjoy skiing the mountain wilderness with the comradeship and safety of a group. We offer a varied schedule of mountaineering ski tours, including day tours, overnight hut and snowcamping trips, and peak climbs, as well as ski training clinics at resorts and in the backcountry. Some of us also do summer hiking and mountaineering trips. Look at the pictures below, the Trip Reports page and the Slide Show to see what we are doing. SMS tours and events are open to those using either alpine-touring (randonnée) or free-heel (telemark) gear or occasionally split boards. Qualification for membership is based on skiing ability, including the ability to ski uphill in the backcountry. Most ski tours require metal-edged telemark or alpine skis with touring bindings and climbing skins. Contact the leader to sign up for a trip. You need not be a member of the SMS or the Sierra Club to ski with us except for advanced mountaineering trips restricted to members for insurance reasons.
SMS emblem and ski tour sketch by Sierra Club artist and SMS co-founder Leland Curtis (1935). Cartoons by Milton Hildebrand, from Ski Heil!, by Joel Hildebrand, SCB Vol XX, No I, p 1 (Feb 1935). Other cartoons by Mugelnoos authors and editors.
The Mugelnoos: Ski Mountaineers' newssheet. Send check for $15 annual subscription, payable to Ski Mountaineers, to the Mugelnoos Mailer.
Membership: Open to any Sierra Club member who subscribes to the Mugelnoos, is a 4th Class skier or equivalent, and who has participated in an SMS ski tour.
Updated Nov 18, 2013:
Kurt Wedberg has graciously agreed to present his mountaineering program: "The Seven Summits" at the REI in Arcadia at: 214 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, Ca. 91006 at 6:30pm on November 21 (Thursday), 2013.
You are all invited to hear and see the talented mountaineering guide in person as he tells fascinating stories along with spectacular photography of some of the most remote places on earth including Mount Everest.
Check his website for a more complete list of his many accomplishments and guided trips, www.sierramountaineering.com
See you there!