Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing from MMSA Main Lodge to Minaret Vista

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  • The ski from Main Lodge to Minaret Vista is a classic cross-country ski experience with a gentle but sustained climb, extraordinary views of the Ritter Range and the Ansel Adams Wilderness at the midpoint, and an easy downhill glide on the return. This is a terrific high-altitude adventure for beginners and families. Stay to the far right to avoid downhill skiers on Sesame Street as you head up from the ski area and into the solitude of a forest of mountain hemlock. The trail is wide and flat-groomed with no set track. On a warm day bring a picnic to enjoy at the vista point.

  • The ski from Main Lodge to Minaret Vista is a classic cross-country ski experience with a gentle but sustained climb, extraordinary views of the Ritter Range and the Ansel Adams Wilderness at the midpoint, and an easy downhill glide on the return. This is a terrific high-altitude adventure for beginners and families. Stay to the far right to avoid downhill skiers on Sesame Street as you head up from the ski area and into the solitude of a forest of mountain hemlock. The trail is wide and flat-groomed with no set track. On a warm day bring a picnic to enjoy at the vista point.

Avalanche Forecast for 03/25/2017

  • With up to a foot+ of new snow in some areas since yesterday and moderate SW winds, small to large wind slabs will be the greatest avalanche concern for today, followed by loose wet snow in the afternoon as skies clear and temperatures rise.  Natural avalanches will be possible, and human triggered avalanches likely.  Careful snow pack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making will be essential Find out More
  • Experience Checklist

    • Beanie
    • Camera
    • Cross-country ski boots
    • Cross-country skis
    • Day pack
    • Energy bars/electrolyte replacement
    • Knowledge and understanding of local conditions
    • Lenses
    • Ski goggles or sunglasses
    • Ski pants & jacket
    • Ski poles
    • Smartphone
    • Sunscreen/lip protector
    • Warm clothing
    • Water
    • Waxless Skis
    • Windbreaker/shell
    • Winter gloves

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    Experience Information

    Trail Length
    2.5 miles
    Trail Surface
    Snow
    Duration
    Less than 4 hours

Reviews

Aug. 10, 2015

“I skiied this tour this pas Monday and Tuesday with my golden retriever, Bailey. The snow was good and the temps were warm! ”

Bruce Fisher, Woodland Hills, CA

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