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Ski mountaineers often head to Mt. Shasta in June and July for great weather and long ski descents. After this season’s far below average snowfall and early onset of warm weather, there is no better time to head up to Mt. Shasta than right now. We visited Shasta the weekend of April 12 and were not disappointed. It’s easy to see how many consider Mt. Shasta a spiritual epicenter of the planet. With it’s massive vertical relief and limitless ski lines, Mt. Shasta may just be the epicenter of the backcountry ski world as well.
Today was the third great ski day in a row. Sunday’s bluebird pow day was followed by an incoming storm on Monday. Tuesday was a mix of more snow with intermittent bursts of sunshine. Higher elevations along the Sierra Crest have received nearly six feet of snow in the last week. It may be April fools but the ski conditions are no joke.
We should have known that all you need to do to make it snow is schedule a Pain McShlonkey Classic. Winter finally showed up in full force this weekend along with festivities for the 4th annual Shane McConkey tribute.
If you are wondering what the weather has been doing at Mt. Shasta check out this report courtesy of Shasta Mountain Guides. Looks like prime spring conditions shaping up in Northern California.
Mt. Shasta conditions on March 4, 2014
We can’t seem to get a storm to stay snow this year. Heavy snow Friday morning felt like winter but turned to rain by mid day. Squaw and Alpine had great conditions and huge crowds on Saturday. Sunday was heavy, wet and rainy again. The region continued to get much needed precipitation in the form of more rain this week. Higher elevations have been getting some creamy snow.
Skiers enjoyed sunny skies and spring conditions at Squaw and Alpine last weekend. Conditions should change as a series of storms is expected for the region beginning today.
Dr. Robb Gaffney speaks about his Sportgevity movement which promotes longevity in the sports we love and the goal of enjoying them for many decades. Check it out here courtesy of Last Chair:
What is Sportgevity?
The upper portion of Squaw got plastered with five feet of snow from the weekend’s storm. The upside down snowpack ripped out some large avalanches throughout the Tahoe Basin.
Last week’s storm had the potential to drop three feet of snow on the crest, starting with a wet layer and drying out toward the finish. Unfortunately we have to keep imagining what that would have felt like because the final pulse missed us completely and we only received about a foot of snow. The good news is we received a ton of much needed moisture and the portion that fell as snow is bonding well with the rain crust layer. Beyond that, conditions are still extremely lean. The start to this season is now one of the driest in history along with 1977 and 1991. It’s time to ramp up the sacrificial offerings to ensure the next system delivers in a way this one did not.