Mt. Shasta Ski Park full opening delayed

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A photo from the 2016-2017 opening day at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. After a long delay due to lack of snow, the Ski Park has now scheduled this season's full opening day for Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at 8 a.m.

Updated Jan. 23, 2018

The Mt. Shasta Ski Park announced Tuesday morning that they are delaying their full opening until Friday, Jan. 26, because they did not get the anticipated snowfall forecasted, and last night’s plan to make snow was compromised by warmer temperatures. 

The Ski Park does plan to have food and retail services open Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Based on the most current weather updates, they are now planning their full opening for Friday, and suggest monitoring social media and skipark.com for updates. 

The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy wet snow below 3500 feet in the Mt. Shasta area from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 10 p.m. Wednesday that will make travel “very difficult to impossible,” according to a Winter Storm Warning. The heaviest snowfall rates are predicted for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Above 3500 feet, the forecast calls for snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with some areas above 12 inches at higher elevations.

The forecast calls for 1 to 4 inches of wet snow below 3500 feet. Areas in the Warning include the cities of Mount Shasta, Dunsmuir and McCloud, Snowman Summit and Dead Horse Summit.

The Ski Park previously announced it would begin full operations on Wednesday.

Ski Park Marketing Director Michael Smith announced Monday morning that they were expecting to have three lifts operating by Wednesday, along with all the accessories. Lifts were scheduled to operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the park opening at 8 a.m.

The Park was having some trouble getting the word out on its own web page after Sunday’s snow storm. Smith said the web cams at www.skipark.com were getting bombarded by hits when the site went down Monday.

In its first winter season under new ownership, the Ski Park briefly opened for limited activity earlier this month on snow it had made. But that didn’t last long.

Smith said the Park will have its food courts open – with a new deck around Slider’s Bar – and will be offering rentals and lessons.

They have new ski gear in their rental department and more gear than ever in their Mountain Shop, according to Smith.