National Ski Patrol
San Francisco Bay Backcountry Skiing Section
SF Bay Chapter, Sierra Club
Skiing Mount Shasta
If you love winter outdoors, skiing Tahoe, Yosemite,
Sequoia, Shasta, Lassen, and the Eastside of the Sierra, come with our group and
explore the mountains.
Where We Ski
Ski Touring members organize numerous trips each year into the
Sierra Nevada, Mt. Shasta, and Mt. Lassen. Typical trips include:
Adv. Beginner and Intermediate tours (Backcountry Huts, Castle Peak)
Adv. Intermediate and Advanced tours (Freel Peak, Mt. Tallac,
North Tahoe Traverse, Sierra Buttes)
Eastside Sierra Nevada
Mammoth Crest, Virginia Lakes, Matterhorn Peak, Dana
Couloir, Mt Tom
- Northern Volcanoes
Mt. Shasta, Lassen Peak
The High Route, Kearsarge Pass to Pear Lake, Mammoth to
of this season's Ski Touring schedule
What to Expect
Backcountry trips vary in duration and difficulty from
introductory day trips to multi-day backcountry expeditions. Many
trips involve climbing 2000 to 4000 feet per day and then skiing
the return route to the starting point or to camp.
Are You Qualified?
The trip leader determines who is qualified for each trip.
Call the leader for advice if you are not sure.
- ADV. BEGINNER skiers with several days of both downhill and
cross-country experience should be able to enjoy our
- INTERMEDIATE skiers should be able to ski moderately
hilly terrain, use climbing skins, and descend moderate
slopes with Telemark or Christie turns.
- ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED skiers capable of linked Telemark
or parallel turns in a variety of snow conditions should be able to
handle tours in steeper terrain. Make sure you have
practiced in ungroomed snow. Telemarkers and Randonee skiers are welcome.