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 Mar 8, 2015: