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.
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