Mt. Shasta, CA Conditions Report: 3,500-Vertical-Foot Powder Runs on 5-7 FEET of Snow

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Mt. Shasta Avalanche Gulch 8,000′. photo: mt. shasta guides
Mt. Shasta Avalanche Gulch 8,000′. photo: mt. shasta guides

How much snow did Mt. Shasta receive?

With confidence in the snow pack and ideal structure (dense to light) the skin up and the ski down were excellent with no concern of hitting obstacles and buried boulders, amazing for mid October!

Mt. Shasta Avalanche Gulch 10.18.16
Mt. Shasta Avalanche Gulch 10.18.16. photo: mt. shasta guides

My highpoint was Lake Helen 10,400′ and snow depths measured between 5-7′ with an uneven distribution. There were plenty of wide open slopes that offered full coverage and a supportive base (ski pen was only 5-15cm) but also areas that were scoured by the ever present winds. Snow coverage below treeline was significantly less and may not last through the upcoming warm temps (70ºF by Friday).

Ski Avalanche Gulch Mt. Shasta 10.18.16. photo: mt. shasta guides.
Ski Avalanche Gulch Mt. Shasta 10.18.16. photo: mt. shasta guides.

I was actually quite shocked at the depth and quality of the snow. This was the earliest I’ve ever skied with such excelllent conditions but I’m not making any predictions on what the rest of the winter will bring. We’ll just take it day by day and enjoy the rare early season powder introduction and hope the winter continues with this trend.

Stay tuned for more updates and details from us here at SMG. We are thrilled at the prospect of early season skiing and buliding our snowpack and filling our reservoirs with an abundant winter! Be safe and enjoy the backcountry, Happy Halloween!


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