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Over the years many people have been the source of invaluable information that has contributed to this guide. They include United States Forest Service personnel, California Department of Parks and Recreation personnel, the owners and operators of Nordic centers, lodges and mountain shops, friends and acquaintances.

A special thanks goes to those who directly contributed to the ever expanding number of tours in this guide. Here are the ones that I can remember and I ask for your apology if I have forgotten to include your name.

Not listed individually, but ever so important in the development of the tours in this guide, are the countless victims friends who joined me in my exploration of the Sierra backcountry. I appreciate their companionship and friendship, and their willingness to explore as opposed to simply returning to the same old backcountry haunt.

Most of all, I am indebted to Clara Yen, my wife, who has put up with my single minded focus on backcountry skiing and protecting opportunities for muscle-powered winter recreation where one can enjoy the quiet and serenity of the winter backcountry and rejuvenate one's soul.


Marcus Libkind

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