Shasta Ski Park

Think Shasta Ski Park for an Affordable Family Adventure


Skiing Mt. Shasta

Itching to take the family skiing but can’t swing the Tahoe prices? Look no further than Mt. Shasta Ski Park, Northern California’s answer to the budget-minded skiing or snowboarding family’s prayers.

Located on the eastern flank of the 14,162-foot volcano that is Mt. Shasta, Mt. Shasta Ski Park is easy to get to, offers a full range of services, is relatively uncrowded, and is staffed with some of the friendliest, most professional folks you’ll ever meet. And get this — the price of a lift ticket at Shasta Ski Park is about half of what you’d pay at a Tahoe resort ($44 for a full-day adult ticket last time we checked).

What else is cool about Shasta Ski Park? We rate night skiing high on the list. And then there are the guarantees, which you don’t find everywhere. For instance, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. If for any reason you’re not satisfied with your experience at Shasta Ski Park, you can return your lift ticket within the first hour after purchase and get a full refund. Those taking lessons can participate in the “Guaranteed to Learn” introductory package program, which does exactly as the name suggests.

As long as we’re talking “cool,” we can’t forget to mention the amazing views, which can hold their own against any Tahoe resort. Skiers and snowboarders at Shasta Ski Park are treated to a panorama of peaks including not only mist-shrouded Mt. Shasta itself, but also the Warners, Mt. Lassen, Castle Crags, Trinity Alps, and Mt. Eddy.

Small in comparison to Tahoe’s megaresorts, Shasta Ski Park is perfect for beginners. The majority of runs are classified as easy or intermediate and the atmosphere is laid-back. Black-diamond daredevils might yawn at the limited number of offerings, but there’s a good chance they’ll have the few advanced runs all to themselves!

Another unique feature of Shasta Ski Park is its “Beyond the Boundaries” program, an alternative ski experience offered in the backcountry by Shasta Ski Park and the Shasta Mountain Guides. Here you can learn to travel safely off-piste under the tutelage of an expert, discovering forest runs, open glades, and secret powder stashes.

“Beyond the Boundaries” also is offering a new “Beacon Basin” program sponsored by Backcountry Access and the Forest Service. Guests of any ability are invited to practice and hone their avalanche and tree well rescue skills.

Want to get a better feel for Shasta Ski Park? Let’s let some numbers do the talking.

Shasta Ski Park By The Numbers

Base elevation: 5,500 feet

Summit elevation: 6,890 feet

Skiable terrain: 425 acres

Vertical feet: 1,435

Trails: 32

Longest run: 1.75 miles

Lifts: 3 triple chairs, 1 rope tow, 1 conveyor lift

Parks and pipes: 2 terrain parks, 1 superpipe

Food and libations:

  • Coyote Grill
  • BC’s, Powder Hound Grill
  • Black Diamond Grill
  • Sliders Bar (tasty warm cocktails and musical entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays)

OK, so you want to plan your winter-break getaway to Shasta Ski Park. (Did you know it’s also a summertime playground for mountain bikers? Check out the Volcano Mud Run, one of Shasta Ski Park’s premier events.) Here are some other things you need to know.

SeasonDecember through mid-April

Hours9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday

Address4500 Ski Park Highway, Mt. Shasta Ski Park, McCloud, CA 96057

Phone: (530) 926-8610

DirectionsTraveling north or south on Interstate 5, take exit 736 onto Highway 89. On Highway 89 drive 4 miles east; turn left onto Ski Park Highway and drive 4.5 miles to the resort.

Lodging: Now, a word about lodging near Shasta Ski Park. Also very affordable in comparison to Tahoe, especially when lodging establishments offer two- or three-day Shasta Ski Park lift ticket packages. Here’s a list of those that do:

In Mt. Shasta:

  • Alpine Lodge
  • Best Western Plus Tree House
  • Bodhana, Cold Creek Inn
  • Gilden Lodge
  • Finlander’s Motel & Lodge
  • KOA Lodges and Cabins
  • Mt. Shasta Inn & Suites
  • Mt. Shasta Resort
  • Rainbow Ranch
  • Strawberry Valley Inn
  • Swiss Holiday Lodge (closest to Shasta Ski Park)
  • The Woodsman Hotel & Lodge

In McCloud:

  • McCloud Guest House
  • McCloud Mercantile Hotel
  • McCloud River Inn bed and breakfast
  • McCloud River Lodge
  • McCloud B&B Hotel

In Dunsmuir:

  • Butterfly House on the River
  • Cave Springs
  • Dunsmuir Lodge

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