Montecito-Sequoia Resort Cross-Country Ski and Winter Sports Area

Pinehurst, California 93641

Montecito-Sequoia Resort Cross-Country Ski and Winter Sports Area

Montecito-Sequoia Resort Cross-Country Ski and Winter Sports Area Professional Review and Guide

"Cross a destination mountain resort with a scout camp, add a generous dash of church social, and you’ll have an idea of what Montecito-Sequoia Resort is all about. If you’ve ever wanted the chance to be a kid again or to introduce your own children to how great camps and lodges can be, spend some time at Montecito-Sequoia. Accommodations are simple, outside influences have been removed, rules are loose, and the cross-country trails, even in lean California snow years, are as diverse and challenging as you make them. Virginia Barnes, septuagenarian and iron hand behind the resort, assumed management in 1946 of the summer girl’s camp her parents began in Montecito near Santa Barbara. In 1950, her parents started the Sierra Boy’s Camp in Sequoia National Forest, where the current Montecito-Sequoia facility exists. By 1963, the Boy’s Camp was replaced when the Girl’s Camp moved up to the hills, and so it was dubbed Montecito-Sequoia. It operated as a summer camp until, during a record-breaking year of snowfall in 1969, 19 of the camp’s buildings were destroyed from the snow crush. What was left standing of the current lodge and buildings was rebuilt, and although it took 8 years to complete, Montecito-Sequoia Resort reopened as a year-round facility for girls in 1977. The resort’s ongoing mission is to keep guests fully entertained with as many family oriented winter sports activities as they can, including sledding, snow tubing, snowboarding, ice skating, and cross-country skiing. Toss in cookie baking for the kids, after-hours Ping-Pong in the bar, ski football, and probably even permission to short sheet your neighbor’s bed; just remember to laugh at everything. One of only two cross-country areas in California sporting a tow, Montecito-Sequoia Resort strives to make your stay all play and no work, and it doesn’t matter if you’re 8 years old or 80. This eTrail contains a thorough description of the resort including driving directions, mountain statistics, trail profiles, extensive lodging & dining information, travel tips, and much more."

Montecito-Sequoia Resort Cross-Country Ski and Winter Sports Area Reviews

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What a wonderful place for families. We (parents plus two pre-teen kids) arrived to find a nice base of snow, groomed trails for cross country, and a really REALLY great hill for sledding. To top it off, we found out that our meals were included in the price (we didn't know that when we booked!) and that the kids could go off with counselors for 4 hours each day to learn how to cross country ski or just have fun sledding. My kids said it was better than Disneyland, and want to go back next vacation! I took advantage of the great XC ski trails, which were kept groomed. I tried snow shoeing for the first time--loved it. Made it up to the ridge overlooking the central valley. Food was great, hot tub was perfect. They said ice skating would open up on the lake when it was frozen to a certain thickness. Just a really wonderful trip.

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Trail Information

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Vertical Drop
Mid-November to May, though the resort is open year-round
7,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,500 feet
Top Elevation
Ice Skating, Sledding, Snowboarding
Additional Use
All contact information for the resort, services, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
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