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Shasta Mountain Guides

Mount Shasta Ski & Board Descent
Mt Shasta (14,162 ft)- 3 days

Mount Shasta is considered by many to be North America's premier ski mountaineering peak, and for good reason. It provides up to 7,000 feet of skiing in one run and from early May to mid June you can find great spring corn conditions. Join us on a three-day backcountry ski mountaineering adventure on California's spectacular 14,000 ft volcano.

We meet in the town of Mount Shasta the first day and then travel to a basecamp in the beautiful Hidden Valley on Shasta's west side where we we will establish a comfotable spring ski camp. On day two we will set off from our camp and ski shots around Shasta's sub-peak Shastina and practise ice ax and cramponing techniques in preparation for the the big summit day.

On day three, we have a very early alpine start and attempt the summit of Shasta using ice ax and crampons for our ascent. Then it's time for the reward, six thousand feet of turns high above Northern California. Our preferred descent route is the incredible West face, a consistent 38 degree slope with five thousand feet of turns all the way back to camp and another 1500 feet back to the trail head.

Join us on the ski descent of a lifetime this spring!.

For other backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering tours check out our main ski touring page.

For area information view our Mount Shasta Travel Page

Location: Mount Shasta, California. Only 5 hours from the SF Bay Area and 3 1/2 hours from Sacramento.

Prerequisites: Advanced level skiers and snow boarders comfortable skiing black diamond runs at a resort in any conditions. Very good physical condition. No previous mountaineering experience required. Previous backcountry ski experience is helpful but not required.

Dates 2014: May 2-4

Cost: $650


  • All group camping equipment and avalanche safety equipment (backcountry ski rentals available).
  • Professional ski mountaineering guide
  • Breakfast & dinner while in the backcountry.
  • Shasta summit pass

This trip is operated by Shasta Mountain Guides, a company permitted by the Shasta/Trinity National Forest.

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