Mt. Shasta Nordic reports details of 'wonderful' 2016-2017 season

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A photo from Mt. Shasta Nordic's 2016-2017 End of Season Report.

Mt. Shasta Nordic distributed the following “2016-2017 End of Season Report” on July 17:

It was a wonderful season. Thank you all for your support of Mount Shasta Nordic!

We set up the Yurt with snow on the ground, December 3rd with 10 excellent volunteers.

With our superb staff of 11 employees we opened for operations on December 17th. We hosted an excellent holiday season with many visitors and 209 members.

We were open a total of 67 days for the 2016/17 Season


A total of 302 hours was spent grooming with our 2000 Prinoth BR180 SnowCat Groomer and 450 miles grooming with our Arctic Cat 7000 XT GS Bear Cat snowmobile and yellowstone attachment. We groomed almost the entire month of March with our Arctic Cat Snowmobile. Due to the heavy snow year and deep snow conditions, we had to groom with the SnowCat more than we anticipated. We used approximately 803 gallons of fuel for the groomer and 72 gallons for the Bear Cat.

Fundraising Events

2016-2017 was a very successful year. We began our season with Giving Tuesday where the community collectively donated to our program to raise $4,339.

We held a successful Backcountry Film Festival Show from Winter Wildland Alliance on a very snowy, January 7th where we raised $3,081

On Feb. 11th we hosted our first Wine and Dine for Valentine’s event with over a hundred in attendance, a local band, over 60 volunteers, donors and sponsors to raise a total of $6,255.


On March 2nd and 3rd MSNSO hosted a two day PSIA clinic on taught by Val LiCon on both Classic and Skate techniques and teaching. We provided this as professional development for our staff as well as being open to the public.

We hosted 25 different school groups with a total of 712 participants and a 100+ volunteers. Our estimations show that we served approximately 390 students who are underprivileged youth and may not have otherwise been able to have the opportunity to explore the wonders of winter on skis.

Teaming with Winter Wildland Alliance we hosted a Teacher professional development course on Snow School Curriculum, led by Kerry McKay on March 15th.

On February 19th, we teamed with Shasta Disabled Sports to host Shasta Disabled Sports Nordic Day.

Our Junior Nordic Ski Program was held for 6 Saturdays from January -February we had 6 participants.

The OISRA Race was held on Feb 4th with 75 participants.

Our board annually serves the community by volunteering and running an aide station for the Rotary Castle Crags Century Ride.


We finalized our $14554 Rac Grant trail sign project this season through the US Forest Service. We replaced all trail signs and added signs to our trail intersections and snowmobile bypass route. We installed a new kiosk and updated our large trail map.

Through a silent donor from Marin Community Foundation we received $18,895 for Gap Funding additional Ski School Program days, employee uniforms, a new boot dryer and generator system, rental gear replacement and repairs and annual maintenance for our Prinoth groomer. We were able to utilize 10 days of our gap funding for the Ski School Program on additional days that would not normally allow for us to be open for the schools. Our employee uniforms have been ordered from Patagonia and we will receive them in the Fall of 2017 after being embroidered by one of our Business Sponsors, Dragon Graphics. We are in the process of ordering the boot dryer and generator system this summer, as conditions didn’t allow for it mid season. Dignity Health awarded $2500 for transportation and lessons for our local Siskiyou County schools to help them participate in our Ski School Program which we were able to distribute fully throughout our schools.

The Mount Shasta Rotary donated $400 for a pulk sled that we provide as a free service for parents with small children.

We received a grant from Mountain Runners for $4508 for rental gear that we were able to utilize in addition to the funding from our silent donor’s to replace and increase our boot and pole rentals to accommodate large school groups and multiple visits in one day.

Business sponsors

Nordic Partners – Mt. Shasta Ski Park, U.S. Forest Service.

11 Paying Sponsors – Mount Shasta Ski Park, International Park Advisors, Saturn Construction, Berryvale, Shasta Mountain Guides, Tri Counties Bank, Quercus, The Fifth Season, Native Grounds, Timberworks, Mount Shasta Integrative Medicine.

14 In-kinds Sponsors – Mount Shasta Ski Park, Cave Springs, Groth, Montanero, Ledger David, AGT, Merlo Family, Klean Kanteen, Sierra Nevada, Caldera, JEDI, Pusher, Guardian Storage, Dragon Graphics and FireWhat.