Winter’s coming to Mt. Shasta

It’s snowing on the mountain! Temps are falling, the wind is blowing, and some much anticipated flakes are falling from the sky. Sure, we’ll be measuring in inches and not in feet, however any precipitation is a welcome sight. And we can get a season’s worth of snow in one storm cycle so we’re keeping our eyes on the horizon. It’s not uncommon with this northerly flow that we see both low snow levels and accumulation. It’s also not uncommon that a cold, fierce north wind will follow up, so at least it will feel like winter and maybe some of that elusive Siskiyou County ice will appear.

Mt. Shasta in Winter

Mt. Shasta in Winter

We are super eager to see what the upcoming season will bring. While (im)patiently waiting for the start of the Shasta backcountry ski season, our guides are no less active in the fall and have literally been to the ends of the earth pursuing their dreams.

Rich Meyer’s passport has been getting some serious mileage lately. His latest adventure/trip that we’re super jealous about, took him to Antarctica as part of the Ice Axe Expedition’s ski cruise.

Antarctic Ski Cruise

Antarctic Ski Cruise

After crossing the Drake Passage the boatload (hah!) of skiers would disembark via Zodiacs to glacial landings which accessed untravelled terrain. All this under the careful watch of penguins, sea lions, and Antarctic landscapes. Rich was part of an elite guide team that explored and safely led folks on the trip of a lifetime. Wow! Awesome Rich!


Ski with penguins

Dave Miller has been covering some ground as well. Classic climbs of the Alps in September, guiding the Mexico volcano trilogy in October, and enjoying the abundant rock beauty of the desert southwest, Dave continually applies his trade with skill and passion. We’ll see Dave back leading SMG’s guide training, or perhaps for an Alps ski tour this year…

Dave Miller on the summit of the Grepon

Dave Miller on the summit of the Grepon

Andrew Dickie and Patrick Chu finished their last trip on Mt. Shasta and drove straight to the Bugaboos for some inspiring alpine climbing. In case you needed another objective on your tick list, there are some stunning routes to be done up north.

AD and PC high in BC

British Columbia alpine rock

Our entire staff has been hard not at work. From the Tetons to Tahoe, Bugaboos to Baja, all of us enjoying some personal time and new challenges. We are all looking forward to the upcoming Mt. Shasta season with new stories and adventures to share.

Coming this winter:

Rich will be back in Mt. Shasta January 18th for our first AIARE Avalanche Level I Course. This is mandatory for back country skiers and climbers. SMG is the only guide service offering an AIARE certified course on Mt. Shasta. We have 5 spaces remaining, you can register here: SMG AIARE Level I. We have dates in February and March as well with space available.

We will be scheduling custom trips on Mt. Shasta. Day ski tours, skills clinics, and winter summit climbs are just a few of the winter options found on Mt. Shasta. Please call or email for details. Winter trips are primarily custom based, we can accommodate most any request.

See you when the snow flies!