Mt. Shasta, CA Conditions Report: Fresh Snow and Plenty of Fun

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Mt. Shasta West Face January 2017. PC: Mount Shasta Guides
Mt. Shasta West Face January 2017. PC: Mount Shasta Guides

To say that we have received a lot of snow this season is a vast understatement. January alone is 197% of normal so far. California has been absolutely clobbered; Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth all received epic amounts of snow which has guaranteed a great ski season and full reservoirs. The snowpack on Mt. Shasta at 7,600′ is measuring close to 10′ and yes, another storm is headed our way this week.

A series of potent and wet storms came in with fluctuating snow levels. Fortunately, it all fell as snow above 7,500′ and it’s safe to assume that the upper slopes of Mt. Shasta received over 8′ of snowfall this week. After the warm system on Wednesday, the temps dropped and we received another 2 feet of colder snow to deliver excellent powder skiing conditions.

Mt. Shasta backcountry skiing. PC: Mount Shasta Guides
Mt. Shasta backcountry skiing. PC: Mount Shasta Guides

We finally had a break in the weather and fantastic high pressure sunny skies for the weekend as Mt. Shasta is holding excellent skiing from the chairlifts at The Mt. Shasta Ski Park to the earned turns in the Mt. Shasta Backcountry. It has been beautiful with all the winter weather and sky-high ski stoke here in far northern California.

Mt. Shasta backcountry skiers. PC: Mount Shasta Guides
Mt. Shasta backcountry skiers. PC: Mount Shasta Guides

A deep winter snowpack and regular storms not only benefit the powder skier, but these storms will ensure that the climbing, ski mountaineering, and backpacking trips will have excellent conditions. Without question, Mt. Shasta will be primed for outdoor recreation all year long.

Mt. Shasta West Face and Casaval Ridge 2017. PC: Mount Shasta Guides
Mt. Shasta West Face and Casaval Ridge 2017. PC: Mount Shasta Guides

With the abundant snow conditions and growing interest in backcountry skiing; Shasta guides have been busy teaching Avalanche Courses and leading ski tours this winter.

Earning a long run on Mt. Shasta. PC: Mount Shasta Guides
Earning a long run on Mt. Shasta. PC: Mount Shasta Guides
Backcountry Skiing Mt. Shasta, CA. PC: Mount Shasta Guides
Backcountry Skiing Mt. Shasta, CA. PC: Mount Shasta Guides

Shasta Guides have been working in partnership with our local Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center this season and are hosting the free monthly Avalanche Awareness presentations at our downtown shop. It’s been a full turnout this year and it’s great to see so many enthusiastic for learning. February 3rd is the next date. Nick Meyers is the Lead Avalanche Forecaster and Climbing Ranger on Mt. Shasta and works tirelessly to educate the public, thanks Nick! Not a bad office:

Nick Meyers Lead Avalanche Forecaster. PC: Mount Shasta Guides
Nick Meyers Lead Avalanche Forecaster. PC: Mount Shasta Guides

We are entering into one of the most exciting weeks of our winter season. Not only is there another storm coming with 1-2′ of snow expected, but there is a great weekend of activities planned for the backcountry enthusiast.

Mt. Shasta Ascension Race. PC: Mount Shasta Guides
Mt. Shasta Ascension Race. PC: Mount Shasta Guides

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