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Back Country Skiing and Snowboarding
Experienced back country skiers will find Mt. Shasta an exceptional adventure. Lucky are the backcountry adventurers to have a paved road leading directly to a trailhead at 7,000 foot. The trailhead Bunny Flat offers an easy access to the high backcountry. The thrill is not only climbing Mt. Shasta, but skiing or snowboarding steeply down. Alpinists who used to seek first ascents throughout the world are now seeking first descents as well.
Mt. Shasta is not the only backcountry attraction our area has to offer. Many surrounding mountains afford similar solitary adventures. The Mt. Eddys are a popular place to board or ski as well as Scott Mountain and over towards Cecilville. Backcountry gives you a feeling of isolation you can be off by yourselves and think thoughts without being part of a large group.
There are a multitude of ways to climb into backcountry and ski or snowboard back down.
If you are a snowboarder, you can either put the board on your pack and climb with snowshoes, or you can use a split-board that becomes skis for the climb up, and transforms into a board for the trip down.
Skiers ascend by attaching adhesive climbing skins to the base of their skis, then easily remove them for the ride down.
Typical trip is to arrive at Bunny Flat early in the morning, climb to Lake Helen or Powder Bowl, and dig a pit to check for avalanche danger. If the area is safe then ski or snowboard down. Best time for backcountry skiing and boarding is in the spring, but intrepid adventures manage to access backcountry year-round.
Cross-country skiers will find excellent conditions in the higher elevations throughout Siskiyou County. Mt. Shasta draws many skiers because of the excellent access via Everitt Memorial Highway, which is plowed to Bunny Flat. Two of the most popular areas on Mt. Shasta are the Sand Flat trailhead and Bunny Flat.
The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center was formed in early 2006 by members of the Mt Shasta area Nordic community who recognized that the Nordic skiing infrastructure Northern California could be preserved and enhanced by a community group passionate about cross-country skiing. The Nordic Center has 25 km of groomed trails.
Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park boasts of 425 skiable acres, with 32 trails, 1390 vertical feet, 3 triple chairs and one surface lift, 20% beginner, 55% intermediate, 25% advanced. Night skiing on 14 trails have become a must do at the ski park.
Two locations on Mt. Shasta are great for sledding: Snowman’s Hill at the summit of Hwy 89 between Mt. Shasta and McCloud, and Bunny Flat at the top of Everitt Memorial Hwy on Mt. Shasta. Casual sledding is an important part of winter fun throughout Siskiyou County. Make sure to stay on public land and supervise and instruct children to avoid collisions with people and trees. Sleds are not available for rent, so plan to bring your own.
The Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park is rapidly becoming known as one of the best off-trail riding areas in the West. With miles of great tree and glade riding and buffed out groomed trails the MSSP is the place to be!
All 31 trails, 1390 vertical feet and 425 acres at the Park are open to snow boarders and there is a unique and challenging natural and manmade Terrain Park and half pipe on-site, as well as a beginner Terrain Park on our Marmot Ridge trail.
The Park has the finest in state-of-the-art Half Pipe Grinders! Check out our incredibly long, deep, smooth machine-carved half pipe.
Before heading into the back country check with the Forest Service or local shops for latest avalanche danger.
More than 250 miles of trails make up a network that can be accessed from four different trail parks:
- Deer Mountain off Hwy 97
- Pilgrim Creek off Hwy 89
- Medicine Lake Link
- Doorknob on Forest Rd 49
Warming huts are located at each park, and nearly 130 miles of trails are groomed by the Forest Service. Contact local Ranger Stations for Maps. The Fun Factory has snowmobile rentals, guided tours, and special events including full moon rides, skiing, snowboarding, and overnight excursions with lodging!
Snowshoeing is being rediscovered as an excellent winter sport. New high tech equipment is available for rent or sale in outdoor stores in Mt. Shasta. The best places for snowshoeing are at Bunny Flat on Mt. Shasta, and around Castle Lake in the Eddys west of I-5. Those who prefer a more “civilized” backcountry experience can explore the greatly expanded 12 kilometer network of snowshoe-packed trails at the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center. These trails are open to both snowshoers and skiers… even dogs are allowed!