Fun For All Ages at Mt. Shasta Ski Park
By Brandi Barnett
Park and RideJanuary 2007
By Melissa Gulden
Photo by Chad Thomas
How lucky we are to live in the beautiful North State, with resplendent recreation only a short drive away. The Mt. Shasta Ski Park has been providing enjoyable entertainment for many years. Last season marked the park’s busiest season yet, boasting more than 170,000 visitors.
According to Marketing Manager Jason Young, there is plenty to celebrate this year at the park. “With another stellar Christmas, we’re on track for this season as well,” he said. In the past few years, the park has put 1.3 million dollars back in for improvements, such as a new snow cat, making the conditions more ideal for morning and night skiing.The park is also introducing several new programs this year. A women’s clinic offers a focus on equipment fit and function, health and fitness, and a video analysis for women.The four-week clinic includes four classes and the chance for women to improve their performance on the slopes.The new freestyle orientation is geared toward the intermediate to advanced boarder, and includes ways to maximize the halfpipe safely, as well as terrain park features.
Now, imagine a hundred-foot moving “sidewalk” through the middle of the powdery snow,
carrying both beginner and instructor up the white slopes.The instructor is able to get to his
student with ease, creating a lesson that is smooth and efficient, as well as enjoyable. Just one
of the numerous improvements to the park,The Magic Carpet Lift is now a reality. LED
screens provide accessible information at each chair lift, giving skiers and boarders the
chance to read conditions before they get on the lift. “We’ve put all this money in to create
the best possible experience for each person,” said Young.
Family-owned, the park is one of only a few resorts that are privately owned, giving visitors the distinct impression that they are truly cared about. “The best thing about this park is we’re a family park,” Young added. “A lot of the other resorts cater to the advanced, but we want every member of the family to have an enjoyable time.”With 424 acres of skiable terrain, accessible by three lifts, 1,300 vertical feet, the runs are 20 percent beginner, 55 percent intermediate, and 25 percent advanced, meaning that mom, dad, and every child can all have fun. “If you’re a beginner or intermediate skier, 75 percent of this park is for you,” said Young, adding that there are two terrain parks and a super halfpipe. And the park keeps on getting better.
This year,Mt. Shasta has the distinguished honor of hosting the high school Division 1 championships. The top skiers from California will battle it out March 5-9 to see who the best is. Also new this year is the North State Snowboard Camp. This week-long camp teaches rails and boxes, and features sponsored boarders. The camp will be held March 25-31 and April 1-7.
The park still offers the Seniors and Telemark Clinics, and now offers a freestyle clinic as well. “We’re really trying to target as many demographics as possible,” said Young.
Many will enjoy the Shasta Trilogy, a three-part snowboarding competition which includes slope-style, rail jam, and half pipe individual competitions. For first-time skiers, the 1,2,3 Program is an all-inclusive package that covers appropriate tickets, rentals, and lessons (two per day). If the program is completed before February 28, the recipient will receive a free spring season pass, good from March 1, to the end of the season—all for only $180.
It’s the personal touches that give Mt. Shasta Ski Park its well-deserved reputation. So don’t just sit and wish for something to do – drive to one of the most beautiful settings around and take advantage of a fabulous ski resort just minutes from home.