OUTDOORS

Mt. Shasta Ski Park preparing for Dec. 17 opening day

Paul Boerger
Snowcats and snow guns at Mt. Shasta Ski Park get ready for the Dec. 17 opening day. Recent storms have resulted in a good base with more snow expected before opening day.

Recent storms have blanketed the Mt. Shasta Ski Park, which is planning an early Christmas present for skiers and snowboarders with its opening Thursday morning.

Park marketing manager Michael Smith said all the facilities will be open including food venues, Sliders Bar, learning center, tubing area, rental shop and sports shop.

Night skiing will not open yet.

“Twelve runs are groomed and many other ungroomed runs will be open,” Smith said.

The groomed runs include Highlands Glide off the Douglas lift, Silvertip off Marmot lift, the terrain park and several off the Coyote chair.

Smith said a unique feature of the Park is the variety of snow sports available within a ten minute radius including alpine skiing, backcountry, dog sleds, nordic, tubing and snow mobiling.

“One vehicle could bring up many different enthusiasts,” Smith said. “Come up and have fun.”

The Park has 18 inches of snow at the base, 30 inches at the top and a new storm is expected before opening day. Snow guns are adding to the footage.

The Mount Shasta Ski Park is located off Hwy. 89 between Mount Shasta and McCloud. For snow conditions, lift prices and information, visit www.skipark.com or call 1-800-SKI-SHASTA. The snow phone is 530-926-8686.