MOUNT SHASTA SKI & BOARD DESCENT
Mount Shasta, Southern Cascades - 3 days
California Alpine Guides
a division of International Alpine Guides.
MOUNT SHASTA SKI & BOARD DESCENT OVERVIEW
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 comfortable spring ski camp. On day two we will set off from our camp and ski shots around Shasta's sub-peak Shastina and practice ice axe 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 axe 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 this amazing ski and board descent this spring!
Mount Shasta climbs are operated by our partners Shasta Mountain Guides
SKILL & EXPERIENCE LEVEL
No previous climbing or mountaineering experience required. Previous backpacking experience recommended.
Recommended prior courses and trips:
- 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