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Schedule of Activities


Trip Reports

SMS List

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Ski Gear

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Backcountry Travel

Avoiding Avalanches

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Newcomer's Info

History with pics

Past Mugelnoos Issues

Ski Huts

Join the SMS

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Angeles Chapter

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Ski Mountaineers Section
Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club

Founded 1934

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. John Muir

Welcome to the Ski Mountaineers!

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.

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.

The Mugelnoos: Ski Mountaineers' newsletter. Send check for $15 annual subscription, payable to Ski Mountaineers, to the Mugelnoos Mailer.

The Website: The SMS website was established about 20 years ago. This year the Sierra Club stopped hosting section websites. We had to find a new website host and pay for it. This is the new domain. Please bookmark to find us.
Updated May 1, 2022:

    Picture of the month:  Our group stands in The Wave. More is in the trip report.