Skiing and Snowboarding on Mt. Shasta
By Paul Boerger
Mt. Shasta Ski Park would fit into a corner of Aspen or Heavenly Valley resorts and leave a lot of room left over. But where you will find thousands of skiers and harried staff at huge ski areas, the Mt. Shasta Ski Park offers less-crowded runs, helpful staff and lift tickets that won’t break the family budget. A family of four with younger kids could ski all day mid-week for under $100. Ticket options include half day, night skiing, half day with night skiing and more. All this is tucked into a forested area overlooked by majestic 14,179-foot Mt. Shasta.
Located between Mount Shasta and McCloud off Highway 89 with easy access off Interstate 5, the Mt. Shasta Ski Park offers a family-friendly environment for skiing and snowboarding. Three lifts serve three distinct areas with 32 runs and a well-developed terrain park. The park offers beginner to advanced runs. Don’t think of little short chutes when you think of the Mt. Shasta Ski Park, as the longest run is nearly two miles long with a large number of runs offering great slides of good length. Experts can carve through the trees that line many of the runs.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons, the lights come on and night skiing on beginner and advanced terrain is open for those who like to ride by moonlight or the stars. The tubing area for just playing in the snow also opens in the afternoon.
Veteran skiers have noted that the beginner area serviced by the Marmot lift is one of the best they have seen. Beginner runs are often very short, but Marmot offers nearly a mile of continuously gentle terrain with short, moderate intermediate choices off the main run. The award-winning ski school is staffed by well-trained instructors. The kids’ learning area hosts a “magic carpet” that operates like a moving walkway, gliding little ones effortlessly up a short, easy slope. The rope tow in the longer practice area has now been replaced by a magic carpet, making the transition for beginning skiers more pleasant.
Amenities include five food service areas that include everything from pizza to gourmet sandwiches to espresso. A unique outdoor food stop is the Black Diamond Grill at the top of the Douglas lift that offers incredible vistas of the surrounding mountains. The full-service, over-21 lounge is open all day and late into the evening for guests to enjoy libations while listening to local bands.
Services include group and private lessons, full board and ski rentals, repairs and a sport shop. The park has extensive snowmaking abilities that keep the runs covered well past the winter storms. Events include the Slopestyle Competition, Big-Air Competition, Night Rail Jam and a New Year’s Eve party with fireworks.
The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is family owned, and you will often see co-owners Chuck Young and Andy Aguilera roaming the park with big smiles, saying hi, riding the runs and making sure their customers’ experience brings them back to the friendliest ski park they can imagine. •
Mt. Shasta Ski Park
Off Highway 89 between Mt. Shasta and McCloud off Interstate 5
Corporate office: (530) 926-8600
Ski resort line: (530) 926-8610
(winter hours only)