Mt. Shasta & Mt. Lassen Ski Descents
Mt. Shasta Backcountry & Lassen National Park
3 Days / 2 Nights / $725.00
Run in two different venues our Intro to Ski Mountaineering Course is one of the most popular trips we offer. This three-day course is designed to teach basic skills necessary to climb and ski in more complex terrain. Just as touring offers a good method for getting around on the snow tools such as a rope, ice axe and crampons can really open up a huge variety of ski and snowboard options in the greater mountains.
On day one the group will tour up and establish a high camp in order to provide ample opportunity and terrain to work from. The first days learning focus will be appropriate route finding, efficient track setting as well as deciding how and where to make a winter camp. All of these are fundamental skills for the ski or snowboard mountaineer.
On day two, the focus of the Intro to Ski Mountaineering Course will start with skills for the more technical uphill terrain. These include crampon, ice axe, and basic rope techniques. We then move into the more fun part of the course working on techniques and tactics for skiing steeper terrain safely. All of these skills developed on day one and two will be put to the test on day three with a climb and ski objective.
Lassen National Park: Don’t be fooled by Lassen Peaks lower altitude. Ski Objectives in Lassen are shorter in nature but offer a great variety of terrain and difficulty. The smaller scale allows for more accessibility and more laps. Additionally, Lassen offers the advantage of fewer winter users and one of California’s deepest snow packs.
Mt. Shasta Backcountry: Though Avalanche Gulch is considered a classic it isn’t the only great route that Mt. Shasta has to offer. The West Face, the Hotlum Bolum Ridge, the Wintun Snowfield, and the East Face all offer unique challenges, amazing lines, and their own varying degree challenge.
For private and custom groups taking the Intro to Ski Mountaineering Course a carry over and ski descent of the North-side can be arranged as well. This is for the backcountry adventurers who are in excellent condition and desire an exceptional ski adventure! Give us a call at 888.797.6867 to discuss current conditions and design your own custom ski descent of Mt. Shasta. Or for more information visit www.californiaskiguides.com
Departure: Mt. Shasta, California or Mineral, California
Best Airport: Sacramento, California
Group Size: 6 Clients
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:3
Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced Skiers or Snowboarders