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Mount Shasta Ski

Two ski mountaineers climbing up Mount Shasta during a guided ski trip with Alpenglow Expeditions
An early morning photo of mount Shasta covered in snow with a blue sky above.

Mount Shasta Ski: 3-Day West Face Ski Trip

$1,595per person
Intermediate 3 Days Mount Shasta, CA
Climb and Ski Mount Shasta.  Experience 4,000+ feet of incredible climbing and skiing on the massive West Face. This 3-day Shasta climb and ski mountaineering trip is the perfect opportunity for advanced backcountry skiers to take their ski mountaineering skills to the next level and gain confidence to ski bigger, more technical lines. Don’t forget the fantastic views stretching as far as you can see atop this 14,169 ft volcano.
June 21-23, 2024
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This 3-day ski mountaineering trip on Mount Shasta is the perfect opportunity to take your backcountry skiing to the next level.

Mount Shasta is one of the most iconic ski mountaineering peaks in North America, and a prime location to break into some big backcountry skiing terrain. You’ll learn advanced backcountry skills on how to safely approach steep lines, summit using those skills, and enjoy some epic spring corn when you join us on this West Face ski Shasta trip.

MOUNT SHASTA SKI – WEST FACE:

On day one you’ll ascend to Hidden Valley, where you will set up camp, go over basic snow climbing and ski mountaineering techniques, and discuss the next day. With an early alpine start on day 2, you will summit Mt Shasta by late morning/early afternoon and then make long ski descent down the wide-open terrain of the West Face, all the way back to camp. Day 3, you’ll have breakfast at camp, while enjoying the awe-inspiring views from Hidden Valley and ski down to the trailhead.

For especially motivated groups, it is possible to also summit Shastina on day 3 before heading down, an incredible ski experience in its own right. The West Face is our first choice for this itinerary. However, depending on conditions, our guides will occasionally select a different route to accomplish the same goals.

SKI MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS COVERED ON SHASTA SKI TRIP:

– Basic snow climbing, using ice axe and crampons
– Basic rope techniques for steep ground and glacial travel
– Use of ski crampons

WHO CAN SKI MOUNT SHASTA?

The West Face of Mt Shasta will be an extremely fun ski descent for both experienced “big mountain” skiers and those looking to move into bigger terrain from their local mountains. Advanced level skiers and riders with 25+days of touring experience are welcome.

WHAT’S INCLUDED ON OUR MOUNT SHASTA SKI TRIP:

  • Food on Mount Shasta
  • Group Gear: Tents, Camp Kitchen, etc. (Does not include bowl, fork, spoon, sleeping bag, or sleeping pad)
  • Ropes and other Technical Equipment (Does not include ski boots, skis, skins, or avalanche safety equipment)
  • Wilderness Permits
  • Guide Fees
Technical
Skiers and splitboarders must be experienced backcountry riders, with 25+ days of touring experience. Advanced level skiing and riding is required. This is comparable to confidently skiing off-piste black diamond terrain in a variety of snow conditions.
Fitness
Excellent physical fitness is required. Climbers must be able to hike for many hours at a time while carrying a pack.
Day 1
Ascend to Hidden Valley

8:00am: Meet and Greet in Town, briefing
9:30am: Depart for Bunny Flat 6,880 ft
11:00am-12:00pm: Lunch break at Horse Camp 7,880
3:00pm: Arrive Hidden Valley (9200′) and set up camp
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Climbing training
5:30pm-7:30pm: Dinner, Climb briefing, packing
8:00pm: Bed

Day 2
Summit Attempt

Alpine start (1:00am-3:00am, conditions dependent)
Turnaround time (11:00am-2:00pm, conditions dependent) Ski back to camp
Back at Hidden Valley camp by mid-afternoon

Day 3
Descent

7:30am: Breakfast
9:00am: Depart Hidden Valley and ski to Trailhead
12:00pm-1:00pm: Arrive at Trailhead
(option to make ski attempt on Shastina before heading down)

Our Mount Shasta Ski Guides.

Meet who will join you on this Mt Shasta Ski trip.

Mount Shasta Ski Mountaineering Questions

The answers to our most commonly asked questions about skiing Mount Shasta.
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