Turn off the lifts, the skiing’s over

Paul Boerger
A skier contemplates a last run on the Mount Shasta Ski Park’s closing day from the magnificent view at the top of the Saddle run off the Douglas lift. Photo by Paul Boerger

The Mount Shasta Ski Park ended its 2012-2013 season March 30 with a goodbye party that included a smoking rock and roll band, inner tube races and skiing on the surprisingly good snow off the Douglas lift.

“We had a great season given the snow we had. We only had one big storm, but it stayed cold so the snow lasted,” said Park marketing manager Jim Mullins. “Our mountain crew did an incredible job grooming, moving snow where it was needed and making snow. We made a lot of snow this season.”

The tube races offered a season pass as a first place prize, and to start off the festivities Park co-owners Chuck Young and Andy Aguilera rode down the prepared course with big smiles.

The White Water Band rocked the back patio as more and more people showed up as the afternoon wore on.

Given the amount of snow, the mountain crew led by Richard Coots did an amazing job of keeping most of the runs open for a large part of the season.

Their efforts insured that all the scheduled events including a Far West Race, CNISSF high school ski and snowboard state championships, Paul Gianera Memorial, Over the Hill Classic, Gene Landsman Memorial, Coyote Classic and the Mount Shasta Ski Team races went off without delay or cancellation.

The Park also hosted several disabled ski days where volunteers assisted the disabled, including youngsters, to the thrill of skiing in specially designed equipment.

For the last day, Highlands Glide, Haley’s Comet and the Saddle runs off the Douglas lift were in good shape for diehard skiers to get in a few last runs.

During the off season, many of the staff stay busy, clearing brush off runs, performing lift maintenance, mechanical work on the machines and, working on building upkeep and refurbishing.

Summer Events

The Ski Park has a lineup of events for the summer including the following:

• Slush Bike Hike Challenge May 11. From the top of the Marmot lift, participants bike and hike through five miles of varied terrain including tight single tracks, mud, snow patches, freestyle jumps and, creek and log crossings;

• Volcano Dual Slalom Bike Race July 20. Lift access to the start with prizes, BBQ and beer; and

• Volcano 5k Mud Run July 27. Individuals or 4 person teams. Over 10 obstacles with prizes in several categories. Food, beer, booths and entertainment.

For more information, visit the website at www.skipark.com.