Gearing up for Mt. Shasta Nordic Center season

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization Board President Tim Loughlin is looking forward to a season in the snow.

Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization Board President Tim Loughlin is looking forward to a season in the snow.

"We've developed a new mission, which is to support community health and well-being by providing groomed cross-country ski trails and programs for a diverse population on the slopes of majestic Mt. Shasta," Loughlin said. "Our board and staff are gearing up to provide our community with great services and programs this year."

Located on the Ski Park Highway off Highway 89, the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center provides 25 km of groomed trails for classic cross country skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing adventures.

"The Nordic Center's youth program is a great benefit to my students. I integrate some science curriculum into the day, and I love seeing their pink cheeks and smiles from being active outdoors on cross country skis," said Sisson School teacher Julie May. "With tight budgets at school, the travel reimbursement funds available from the Nordic Center to schools makes this healthy activity available to us."

Grant funding for the Nordic Youth School Program has come from Mountain Wheelers, Rotary, and Dignity Health. In addition, Cross Petroleum donated groomer fuel for the Nordic Youth Program.

"The Nordic Center's Junior Skate Program for kids between 6 to 18 years old is a favorite for my family on Sundays," said Uschi Hill, a parent of two active boys. "The focus is on having fun, getting outside and developing technical skills for classic and skate skiing. I can drop my kids off for lessons, take a ski, and then everyone has lunch together. It is a wonderful family and community feel," she said.

New this year

The Nordic Center has kicked off its annual membership drive. "The sliding scale membership benefits start at $50. Memberships include a season pass, and discounts on rental packages and lessons at the Nordic center," said Nordic Center Executive Director Justi Hansen.

"Membership dollars support Nordic Center operations and grooming expenses, as well as community programs including the Youth School Program, Junior Skate Program, Veterans Ski Week and Senior Ski and Snowshoe days, Shasta Disabled Sports events and races, and ownership of a valuable community resource that benefits the health of the community, attracts visitors and supports our winter tourist economy.

"Updated trail fee, rental and lesson prices as well as our sliding scale memberships can be found at mtshastanordic.org," said Hansen. Applications can be downloaded online, or received by calling 925-2359.

"To build the Nordic Center's operational reserve in case of a low snow year and capital replacement funds for our groomer, yurt and snowmobile, the board decided to implement a trail use fee starting in the 2013-2014-ski season," said board member Dennis Johnson. "We also will have both day use and membership scholarships available so no one is denied access to the Nordic Center."

"We look forward to seeing visitors and our members and at our regular fun events, the Backcountry Film Festival, annual Wine Gala and the second annual Craig Vivas Dart Biathlon," said Hansen.

"We'd like to extend special thanks to all of our business sponsors and supporters. Especially we'd like to acknowledge the Mt. Shasta Ski Park who has plowed our parking lot and donated storage, maintenance and fuel for our groomer. In addition to financial resources, Berryvale Grocery donates food for our events, equipment and office space. Sousa Ready Mix and Timberworks have resurfaced the parking lot every year, and also thanks to The Fifth Season for co-sponsoring our events," Hansen said.

For more information visit mtshastanordic.org or contact Hansen at (530) 925-2359 or Justi@mtshastanordic.org.