Mt. Shasta Ski Park might be one of California’s lesser-known ski areas, but it appears that ownership is trying to change that. The ski area just announced plans to add a significant new chairlift and terrain expansion.
Mt. Shasta plans on installing a fixed-grip quad that they’ve named the Gray Butte Lift. The lift will start near the Coyote Butte terrain, and run 1,154 vertical feet up above.
Here’s the stats according to Mt. Shasta Ski Park:
-This will be our longest lift with 14 towers- a 9.5-minute ride.
-New Longest run a little over 3 miles
-All intermediate terrain
-Base terminal elevation 6400’, top terminal elevation 7500’.
-Fixed quad lift
-It opens 88 acres of skiable terrain
-1154’ vertical rise
-Adds 5 new runs
^Current Mt. Shasta Ski Park trail map
Siskiyou County is requesting public input on the project before the proper permits are issued to Mt. Shasta to begin installation of the lift.
Here’s more details from Mt. Shasta on how you can help with the project:
“Please email email@example.com your support for the project by April 14th at 5 pm. For your convenience, the button above is a preformatted email in support of the project. You can also show support by attending our Siskiyou County Planning Commission meeting on April 20th at 9 am. This meeting will take place at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 311 Fourth St., Yreka, CA. 96097”
It sounds like the Gray Butte Lift won’t add any challenging terrain to Mt. Shasta’s repertoire, and that’s okay. The added elevation, expanded intermediate terrain, and publicity around the project should give Shasta a nice boost.
I love to see the “little guys” taking big steps forward like this. Especially when they’re part of the Indy Pass! 😉
Mt. Shasta Ski Park Stats (before expansion):
Average Snowfall: 275″
Skiable Acreage: 425 ac.
Lifts: 3 triple chairs, 2 carpets