Skiers, snowboarders rejoice! Ski Park extends season

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
With over 260 inches of snow, blue skies finally broke through making for great views off the top of the Coyote lift on March 28, 2011.

After recent storms dumped what Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s public relations manager Jim Mullins called “more snow than I’ve seen in my five years here,” the Ski Park announced it will extend its season by one weekend.

The mountain currently has about 22 feet of snow at the top and 10 feet at the base area, Mullins said.

Some inclement weather throughout the season prevented skiers and snowboarders from making runs at the mountain, so the administration decided to open for a “customer appreciation” weekend beyond its planned April 17 closing date.

One of those inclement weather weekends was last weekend, when the Night Rail Jam was scheduled to be held. The Ski Park staff had to cancel the event, and it has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 2, offering one more night of night skiing, Mullins said.

The Ski Park will close April 17 as usual. It will remain closed Monday through Thursday, but it will open for the extended weekend over Easter, April 22 through 24. The park will run its normal operating hours that weekend, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other events scheduled before the close of the season include the Coyote Classic on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10; the Over the Hill Alpine Races on Saturday, April 9; The Gene Landsmann Alpine Races on Sunday, April 10; The Pond Skim Party on Saturday, April 16; and the Ski, Bike, Run and Paddle on Sunday, April 17.

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A mysterious group at the Mount Shasta Ski Park on March 29, 2011 turned out to be photographers for Google maps.