Highlights of the 2015-16 Mt. Shasta Nordic Center season include numerous youth and community programs, as well as hosting the 2016 Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association Nordic State Championships.

With a winter chill in the air and fresh snow on Mt. Shasta, Nordic Ski Organization board president Tim Loughlin says he is looking forward to a new look at the Nordic Center and a busy season in the snow.

Highlights of the 2015-16 Nordic Center season include numerous youth and community programs, as well as hosting the 2016 Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association Nordic State Championships.

“With the USFS Mountain Thin project, the Nordic Center is looking cleaner and healthier than before,” Loughlin sates in a press release. “The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is going to help us with the final trail cleanup, and the trails will be ready to groom as soon as we get enough snow. Our board and staff are gearing up to provide our popular community programs, and we are hoping for a long winter of skiing and snowshoeing at the Nordic Center.”

Located on the Ski Park Highway off of Highway 89, the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center provides 25 km of groomed trails for classic cross country skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing adventures.

Commitment to youth

Rebekah Sluss, a teacher at Weed High School, appreciates the organization’s commitment to providing area youth with access to cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

“I’m looking forward to bringing my students up to the Nordic Center this season and will integrate some science curriculum into our visits,” Sluss states in the release. “With tight school budgets, the travel reimbursement funds available from the Nordic Center for our students makes this valuable program available to us.”

Funding for the Nordic Youth School Program has come from Mountain Wheelers, Mt. Shasta Rotary, and Dignity Health.

“The Nordic Center’s Junior Skate Program is for kids between 6 and 18 years old,” says Mellen Colberg, the junior skate program coordinator. “The focus is on having fun, getting outside and developing technical skills for classic and skate skiing. Parents can drop their kids off for lessons and then take a ski. It’s a favorite for local families and has a nice community feel.”

Members are part of ‘community effort’

Mt. Shasta Nordic is kicking off its annual membership drive. Memberships help support Nordic Center operations and community programs including the Youth School Program, Junior Skate Program, Veteran’s Ski Week, Senior Ski and Snowshoe days, and Shasta Disabled Sports events and races, according to the release.

“As a member you share in the ownership of a valuable community resource that benefits the health of the community, attracts visitors and supports our winter tourist economy,” said Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization Executive Director Justi Hansen.

Membership and event information, as well as rental and lesson prices, can be found at: mtshastanordic.org. Memberships and gift certificates can be purchased online or by calling 530-925-2359.

“We look forward to seeing Nordic members and visitors at our upcoming community events, the Backcountry Film Festival, senior ski and snowshoe days, and Veteran’s ski week, to name a few,” Hansen states in the release. “In addition, Nordic is excited to have been chosen as the host for the 2016 Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association Nordic State Championships.”

Hansen sees supporting the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center as a community effort, saying, “We’d like to extend special thanks to all of our business sponsors and supporters. Especially we’d like to acknowledge the Mt. Shasta Ski Park for their ongoing support. They plow our parking lot, help with trail maintenance and donate storage, maintenance and fuel for our groomer. In addition to financial resources, Berryvale Grocery donates food for our events. Jim Wood of White Mountain Pilates helps with our new database, and Bryce Craig from Pusher helps with website management. Sousa Ready Mix and Timberworks help resurface the parking lot every year as needed, and also thanks to The Fifth Season for co-sponsoring our events,”

About

Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting community health and well-being by providing groomed cross-country ski trails and programs for a diverse population on the slopes of majestic Mt. Shasta. For more information visit mtshastanordic.org or contact Justi Hansen at (530) 925-2359 or Justi@mtshastanordic.org.