RECREATION

Ski Park to celebrate 30th anniversary Saturday

Paul Boerger
The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a Jan. 30 celebration including live music and fireworks. Riders contemplate the scenery from the top of the North Saddle before heading down a run.

The Mt. Shasta Ski Park turns 30 this year and a celebration is planned for Saturday, Jan. 30 beginning at noon. It includes live music and a DJ in the Sliders lounge, a photo booth, and fireworks at 8:30 p.m. at the base area. Night skiing is open for $20 and runs to 9 p.m.

“This celebration is for all the patrons, communities and employees that have supported the Park over the last 30 years,” the Park says.

The Fifth Season store manager Jacques Bleisae says the importance of the Park to the community cannot be overestimated.

“It’s huge,” Bleisae said. “Not just for us, but the hotels, restaurants and shops. I would estimate the Ski Park contributes 25 percent of the city’s income from December 20 to January 1.”

At full operation, the Park employs upwards of 300 people and the Park’s impact from shops to restaurants to hotels is felt throughout the city of Mount Shasta.

“Compared to last year it’s been much better,” said Swiss Holiday Inn manager Abel Luquis. “Last year we were dead. This year we were full the entire Christmas vacation.”

Dos Geckos employee Ryder Emerson said the Park being open has definitely made a difference.

“Absolutely,” Emerson said. “We get skiers coming down mid-day for lunch and a lot of out of towners.”

Likewise, Sportsmen’s Den, said manager Shelly Kortesmaki.

“We are seeing a lot of people from out of town,” Kortesmaki said. “Even the locals are getting new gear and work done on their boards and skis.”

She said with a smile that “Everybody is happy about the snow.”

The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is a full service ski and snowboard operation with three triple chairs servicing 32 runs, lodge, outside deck, locker room, several food venues, Sliders Lounge and bar, sports shop, learning center with a Magic Carpet, rental shop, terrain park, tubing area and backcountry program.

Special events take place at various dates during the season. For more information, visit www.skipark.com/guest-services/events.

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