Skiing on Mount Shasta
The history of lift-serviced downhill skiing on Mt. Shasta began in 1959 with the creation of the old Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl, located at the end of Everitt Memorial Highway. It was situated above treeline and was routinely plagued with white-outs, avalanches and road closures. In 1978, the Ski Bowl was struck by a huge avalanche that destroyed its main chairlift. From 1978 to 1985 there was no downhill skiing on Mt. Shasta.
In 1985, a group of local businessmen formed Wintun Development Company with the express purpose of re-establishing skiing on Mt. Shasta. In the summer of 1985 construction began. The Mt. Shasta Ski Park opened on December 14, 1985. The base lodge is at 5500', and the summit is at 6890'. Located on over 400 acres, and blessed with an average annual snowfall of about 300 inches, most of the Park's groomed trails are wide "cruisers." The terrain is quite mixed, and while 20% of the runs are aimed at the beginner, 55% are designed for the intermediate skier, and 25% of the runs are for the advanced skier. Three triple chairs, snowmaking machines, and extensive night operation have helped make the Park a significant recreational resource. The Park has now operated 15 seasons and entertained over 1.4 million skiers and snowboarders.
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