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Visitor reviews for Mt Shasta Ski Resort
November 29, 2008
Tomek from United States
Mt Shasta, what a lovely place.
Living in The Bay area, we've always gone up to Mt Rose, or other resorts in the Lake Tahoe area. Mt Shasta seems farther away, but actually you're always on the freeway, so time-wise it's the same.
Now for the mountain. The mountain obviously isn't large, but there's something about the atmosphere. Mt Rose had many more runs, but it was hard to find that "fun one," but at Mt Shasta, all the runs are excellent even though they aren't super long. The only drawback is slow lifts, but the runs are totally worth it. The snow park isn't huge, but it seems like people enjoy it anyways. From what I remember, you're allowed to go back-country skiing wherever, but then getting back is a problem. The runs are open from 9 am to 9 pm, The lines have never been long, because they go quickly. Only two of the three lifts start up at the lodge, so you need to take either one to get to the third lift (the line is generally very short here). The third lift also happens to be the lift that stops running at around 4pm, so use this one during the day, and then pop over to the other ones for night skiing. The night skiing at Mt Shasta is key to it's holidayish atmosphere. Not only are the people very nice and helpful, but the night lights are yellow tinted, not the white that most places have, so when you're going up on the lift, everything looks beautiful and warm, not that cold white. The night skiing at Mt Shasta is by far the best. Day skiing ends at around 4:30, and so most of the people are done by then, and then you start really hitting the runs. No lines.. ever, the snow somehow gets a lot better, and you have the time of your life!
The lodge isn't enormous, and the 2 or 3 food places usually have long lines at lunch time.. so just avoid it and you have good food quickly.
I wholeheartedly recommend this mountain.
(I also hear they're trying to buy another mountain to expand, so it'll be even bigger and better in the future)
Mt Shasta Ratings
Overall: 1.7. Based on 1 vote and 1 review. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Mt Shasta.
Public Transport: 3.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Mt Shasta, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Mt Shasta, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 1.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 1.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mt Shasta.
Ski in/Ski out: 1.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Mt Shasta, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Mt Shasta is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Mt Shasta relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Mt Shasta, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mt Shasta are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mt Shasta is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Mt Shasta, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 1.0
(1) Mt Shasta usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 1.0
(1) The staff at Mt Shasta are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mt Shasta are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 2.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mt Shasta has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Mt Shasta, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 1.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Mt Shasta, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mt Shasta, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mt Shasta has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 1.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.