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Winter returning to Mt. Shasta!

It’s the eve of our latest Winter Storm Warning

...HEAVY SNOW IN SISKIYOU COUNTY THIS AFTERNOON INTO WEDNESDAY
MORNING...

Thanks NOAA, there is nothing we like better than to see snowfall totals measured in FEET. After the last 6 weeks of mild weather we’re ready to enjoy winter’s wrath once again. Although Mt. Shasta has been shining bright this winter as impressive as ever.

Mt. Shasta East Side

Mt. Shasta East Side

We were fortunate to have such a big November and December to get us through some of the driest January and February months recorded. Our snowpack is  still pretty respectable at about 75% of normal and with the March Miracle about to start, I expect we’ll be back to 100% pretty quickly. A big relief not just for the skiers, but spring and summer climbers will benefit greatly from a deep snow pack.

Skiing upper Avalanche Gulch

Skiing upper Avalanche Gulch

At least with this spectacular weather we’ve had it’s been easy to get out and enjoy the backcountry skiing. We’ve had little concern for avalanches with relatively good stability and have found a variety of wickedly fun snow sliding. Winter corn can taste pretty sweet and with small fronts dropping 6-10″ of cold snow, we’ve had just enough precipitation to keep things fresh and frosty.

Backcountry skiing Mt. Shasta

Backcountry skiing Mt. Shasta

This is all about to change radically. For the optimists out there, snowfall forecasts are topping out close to 3 feet of snow above 6,000′. We’re looking at potential for 15″ plus in town at 3,600′. Hallelujah, Amen, and a big F. Yeah! Wax the big boards it’s going to be powder skiing this week!

With all that in mind, it’s a good thing to consider attending our AIARE Avalanche Level I Seminar March 15-17. This will be our last Avalanche course this season and with the upcoming change in weather, it will provide excellent and timely conditions for the training.

Surface hoar

Surface hoar

Please use caution this week with all the anticipated precip, both on the roads and on the skis and boards. I-5, local roads, and highways will be impacted with winter driving conditions. The snow stability in the backcountry will certainly be effected with the rapid snow accumulation, expect avalanche hazard to increase and plan accordingly. Be safe, have fun, get out and enjoy the backcountry. Call or email for details as the storm progresses.



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