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An Insider's Guide to Mt. Shasta Ski Park

By Redding CVB | 12/28/2020 | Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, Skiing/Snowboarding, Snow Play, Snowmobiling, Trails, Winter Activities, X-Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing

Since 1985, Mt. Shasta Ski Park has distinguished itself with more of a local feel, bypassing the gaudy corporate features at nearby resorts for a more comfortable, down-home vibe that caters to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. In all, it offers 425 acres of skiable terrain and 32 trails that drop 1,435 vertical feet, with the longest run clocking in at 1.75 miles. Best of all, it’s only about an hour north of Redding via Interstate 5 and State Route 89—making it an easy trip when Redding is your home base.

As you make plans to hit the slopes this season, let this guide help you make the most of your time on the mountain—when to go, which runs to hit, how to have fun away from the main trails, and, naturally, how to stay safe this winter.

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Know When to Go

Mt. Shasta Ski Park
Mt. Shasta Ski Park. (Photo by Cameron Lievense)

Skiers and snowboarders routinely boast about the fast-moving lines and lack of overpowering crowds at Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Even so, you’ll want to keep a few tips in mind for knowing when to go to enjoy a quieter experience—no small consideration in this era of social distancing.

For starters, school holidays—winter break, spring break, Presidents Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in particular—bring families to the mountain in droves. As do weekends, especially the midday hours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

If you’re looking for a quieter mountain experience, aim for a midweek trip—and start earlier in the morning (by 9 a.m.) or later in the afternoon (after 3 p.m.). The resort has twilight skiing on Fridays and Saturdays if you’d like a longer day on the slopes.

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Find Your Favorite Trail

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There are nearly three dozen trails to choose from on Mount Shasta. Maarten Duineveld

Nearly three dozen trails descend the slopes of Mt. Shasta, and it can be tough to know where to start. Here’s a quick guide to making the most of your time on the mountain.

Departing from the 6,150-foot Marmot Ridge, the groomed Blue Grouse is great for beginners—descending nearly 700 feet and offering a fine introduction to Shasta’s gentle terrain. For a slightly bumpier ride, descend the intermediate Telemark trail. More experienced skiers love the Eagle's Flight trail, which leaves from Coyote Butte and offers wide-open views, as well as a moderately steep descent. And the black-diamond West Face challenges skiers with bowl skiing that boasts open terrain, bumps, drops, and other fun challenges.

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Find Fun Away From the Trails

Tubing at Mt. Shasta Ski Park
Tubing at Mt. Shasta Ski Park. (Photo by Dan Shepler)

The runs at Mt. Shasta Ski Park are long and varied enough to keep you all busy all weekend, but other attractions offer a little something for everyone in your family.

The resort hosts a pair of terrain parks, for instance. Silvertip Terrain Park boasts a series of small rails, boxes, tabletop jumps, roller hits, and other fun features—perfect for beginner and intermediate riders. More advanced riders, meanwhile, flock to Revolution Terrain Park, which begins at the top of Coyote Lift. Revolution offers a rail garden dotted with rails, boxes, gaps, spines, and other exciting features.

For something far gentler, check out the resort’s celebrated Mt. Shasta Tubing Hill. The gently sloped hill offers a 300-foot-descent with side-by-side lanes and impressive views of the wider mountainside.

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Know What’s New This Year

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Mt. Shasta Ski Park is the perfect spot to go when you have skiers and riders of all levels in your group. Eleonora Patricola

There's no getting around it: COVID-19 will drastically alter operations at Mt. Shasta Ski Park this winter. Here's how you can prepare for possible changes in 2020-21.

First and foremost, you’ll want to plan ahead. Mt. Shasta Ski Park is encouraging skiers and snowboarders to purchase lift tickets, lessons, and rentals online to minimize touchpoints at the resort. Visitors should also check in with the resort's website and social media channels to stay updated on any changes, closures, or service reductions.

You also shouldn’t count on the classic “lodge” experience in 2020-21. Visitors may encounter limited lodge services, and certain services may be outright unavailable—so plan to gear up (and warm up) in your vehicle. That said, portable (sanitized) restrooms and outdoor food stands will be available.

Finally, you’ll want to mask up and keep your distance whenever possible. Guests must wear masks (and socially distance) in the lodge's base area, indoors, at the lifts, while tubing, and during lessons. Families and friends may share lifts, but unaffiliated groups will not be seated together on lift chairs. Visitors should also expect limited capacity in the retail shop and lodge, as well.

Written by Matt Wastradowski for Matcha in partnership with Redding CVB.

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