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Mt. Shasta Fall Update and Winter Preview

This post comes on the cusp of the first winter storm of the season. Mt. Shasta should have a nice coating of snow by this weekend; probably not enough for skiing and sliding yet, but it’s a start. We’re eager for the change of season and to get into winter ski tour mode; but it’s been a beautiful October and fall season in far northern California.

Mt. Shasta November 1, 2017

Mt. Shasta November 1, 2017

We enjoyed the last mild weather day to appreciate the completion of the long awaited Bunny Flat Trailhead Project. With partner support from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, The Sierra Club Foundation, and Marrone Construction; Bunny Flat now sports a beautiful new welcome sign fitting to it’s World-class stature.

New Bunny Flat Trail Sign

New Bunny Flat Trail Sign

This project has spanned many years and we extend a great thanks to Chris Marrone for his dedication and volunteering his time and expertise to construct the new sign. Thanks Chris, Clif Bars and beer are on us!

Bunny Flat Trailhead Mt. Shasta

Bunny Flat Trailhead Mt. Shasta

With the new update and sprucing up of the trailhead, I thought it would be fun to mention the history and origin of the name “Bunny Flat”. In the 1940’s a rope tow was set up on the west side of the flats to shuttle skiers up it’s gentle slopes. Much of the terrain below treeline is ideal for new skiers to enjoy the “bunny slopes” and it’s where our daughter enjoyed her first backcountry ski days. The Siskiyou County road crew plows the Everett Highway to the trailhead but may close during periods of heavy snowfall.

Bunny Flat Backcountry Skiing

Bunny Flat Backcountry Skiing

As we patiently wait for the snowpack to fill in, there’s lots to look forward to for the 2017-2018 season. We are happy to host the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center and the monthly FREE Avalanche Awareness Presentations:

Where: SMG Shop 230 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

When: Fridays starting at 7:00pm. 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2. 1.5 hours

If you are a backcountry skier or snowboarder, the education never ends. A Level I Avalanche Course is a prerequisite and necessary to be a prepared partner. This year we are very excited that SMG Guide David Reichel will be the Lead Instructor for our AIARE Level I February 16-18, 2018. David is a long time guide and instructor and self-proclaimed snow nerd. He founded the California Avalanche Workshop and Tahoe Backcountry Alliance, he is clearly a passionate and dedicated professional. We look forward to his teaching on Mt. Shasta this year.

Mt. Shasta has potential for many avalanche problems and has very large avalanche paths. Use caution in winter conditions.

Avalanche Gulch with big avalanche debris

Avalanche Gulch with big avalanche debris

What do we expect for this year? It’s going to be hard to beat last year’s near record snowpack which made for exceptional climbing and skiing almost year round. I’m going with NWS Meteorologist and backcountry enthusiast’s Zach Tolby’s prediction: “We have no idea what the winter in the Sierra will be like”.

Mt. Shasta Giving Tuesday Party

Mt. Shasta Giving Tuesday Party

Our shop will be open Tuesday November 28th to host of  North Sate Giving Tuesday. We will throw a party to support the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center and Mt. Shasta Nordic Center. Come down for some good vibes supporting great local organizations.

We’ll be posting updates and more information as the season progresses. You’ll find current info, dates, and details on our website at www.shastaguides.com.

Here’s looking forward to a bountiful winter season!

Comments

  1. Long standing ovation on the total Bunny Flats project completion.
    Truly a stellar, castle like entry now. And high fives for the monthly avalanche classes.
    And i like the long range total winter forecast for our spot.
    “The 50 year average”. In other words: normal …Wet and cool. ~ Like us 🙂

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