Our friends over at Shasta Mountain Guides were out yesterday making the most of the fresh snow that hit California this week.
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If there’s snow, we will ski it!
The above photo shows them making turns on the old Ski Bowl. Gotta love the dedication, getting after the first turns of the 2019/20 season in mid-September. Nice!
The area is the site of Mount Shasta’s first ski resort of which little remains, and is now a hiking trail. The trail is almost entirely above treeline and passes through hidden valleys high on the mountain’s flanks.
The old Mount Shasta Ski Bowl was built in 1958 in a huge open cirque high up on the southern flank of the volcano, with a lodge at 7,800ft and lifts topping out above timberline at 9,200ft. However, the ski area struggled with financial troubles over the next two decades, and a massive avalanche in January 1978 destroyed the main chairlift, adding the finishing blow.