The storms have started and the snow is piling up on Mt. Shasta. Temperatures are dropping as well and the snow level is lowering to near town. The timing couldn’t be better with the upcoming activities. This is one of the highlights of the winter and we’re looking forward to a festive and stoke filled weekend!
Saturday is the 5th annual Mt. Shasta Ascension Race. This is a “skimo” uphill/downhill race with categories for male and female backcountry skiers and snowboarders. If you’re not the competitive type or are new to backcountry skiing, we’re offering a free intro ski tour as well. This will be a 2-3 hour activity starting from the Bunny Flat Trailhead at 11:00 Saturday 1/20. Please contact us to pre-register as space is limited. The Fifth Season, DPS Skis, and Dynafit will all be on hand as well offering the latest gear to try and demo for free.
After a full day of racing, skiing, and recreating on Mt. Shasta plan for an evening of socializing and supporting our local avalanche center at the 16th annual SnowBall. This party is one of the primary fundraisers hosted by the Friends of the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center. The money raised helps pay for and maintain the remote weather stations on Mt. Shasta and staffing a seasonal forecaster.
It’s been a slow start so far but we are feeling optimistic and we’re looking at a potentially wet month ahead. The skiing has been pretty good above 8,000′. With the upcoming storms we’re hoping to see lower snow levels and building base on the lower mountain. Anything is possible and a couple atmospheric rivers will give us good climbing and ski seasons this year on Mt. Shasta.
With more storms on tap next week, we’ll post more updates as conditions change. See you this weekend on Mt. Shasta!