October 23, 2008

Annual SMS Potluck this Sat

The Ski Mountaineer's Section of the Sierra Club's Angeles Chapter is holding its annual potluck get together this Saturday, October 25th at 5 p.m.

If you've never heard of the SMS, it was founded way back in 1934(!) — compelling evidence that Los Angeles and the Southern California mountains have a rich tradition of backcountry sking. The SMS remains active today (though perhaps not so much as in its glory days), organizing regular meetings and ski trips into the local backcountry, as well as throughout the Sierra.

SMS also offers leadership courses, in case you're interested in organizing trips of your own. I've found the group to be informal and friendly—and they do get out there when it comes to skiing. If you're in SoCal and you're interested in finding mentors, or just partners to ski with, this is a great resource (I'd join myself, if I wasn't a reclusive exhausted grinch).

For more information on the potluck and this year's events calendar, see the Ski Mountaineer's Website.

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