Mt. Shasta Ski Park limiting indoor activities due to omicron variant

David Benda
Redding Record Searchlight

Concerns over the omicron variant have prompted the Mt. Shasta Ski Park to limit indoor activities.

“There is still much to be learned about the omicron variant and it is important to remain vigilant as this time,” General Manager Jim Mullins said on the resort’s website.

The Coyote Grill on the lower level and Mud Creek Coffee remain open for business, Mullins said.

But capacity is reduced in other indoor areas of the ski park, including the rental department and upstairs food service.

Skiers ride a chairlift at Mt. Shasta Ski Park on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

BC Pizza, Power Hound Food and Black Diamond Grill were closed Thursday, according to the ski park's website.

The ski park is asking its customers to wear a mask when they are indoors.

“We are going to tighten things up a little bit, limit indoor activities and focus everything to our outdoor café and try to do our part to slow the spread,” Mullins told the Record Searchlight, adding that indoor entertainment also has been canceled.

“We’re trying not to be that business; we want to follow the rules here," he said.

Siskiyou County had 141 active COVID-19 cases on Thursday, up from 71 on Dec. 30, public health information officer Angie Cook said. 

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, Siskiyou County has reported 5,201 cases. There have been 81 deaths in the county due to COVID since the start of the pandemic.

“We have had a couple of employees test positive, but they should be coming back shortly,” Mullins said.

Mt. Shasta Ski Park is still short-staffed and is looking for employees.

"Due to Covid-19 protocol and an abundance of caution, we are very short-staffed. Please arrive with extra patience and show kindness to our staff as we navigate these challenges," the ski park posted on its Facebook page on Thursday.

Mullins explained that when somebody tests positive for COVID-19, it could affect other employees.

“We could have one person out with COVID, but they were around five other people, so those five people have to go into COVID protocol,” he said.

Mt. Shasta Ski Park opened its season on Dec. 17.

Mullins said business has been good since opening day and especially strong during the Christmas holiday.

“We couldn’t have asked for any better snow conditions,” he said. “The sustained low temperatures have really kept the snow packed and not wet. Basically, we have had packed powder that has never thawed."

The temperature at the ski park was in the high 30s Thursday afternoon.

The ski park has received more than 6 feet of snow this season. The snow depth at the top of the Douglas chairlift on Thursday was more than 4 feet.

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