High Sierra in the snow

The Smart Traveler

December 04, 2005|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Outdoor enthusiasts can snowshoe and ski cross-country in California's High Sierra with the Sierra Club. A five-day tour of Tahoe National Forest begins Jan. 22.

Participants stay at the club's alpine-style lodge near Donner Pass, take guided outings in the forest and to historic sites in the area on skis or snowshoes, and spend a day cross-country skiing at Royal Gorge.

"What makes skiing and snowshoeing here so special is that you have the trails virtually to yourselves," said Tanya Tschesnok of the Sierra Club. "Most of the time, you are skiing or snowshoeing through fresh snow on deserted wilderness trails."

Skiers can warm themselves by the fire in the lodge's large living room or soak sore muscles in a hot tub under the stars.

Trip participants help with meal preparation in the communal dining hall and furnish their own sleeping bags and towels. Sleeping rooms are mostly small and rustic with bunks or a double bed.

Cost: $745 per person, including accommodations, meals, guides and basic ski and snowshoe instruction. Transportation to the lodge and ski and snowshoe rentals are not included. For more information, contact the Sierra Club, San Francisco: 415-977-5522, sierraclub.org/outings /national.

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