The City of Redding is the county seat of Shasta County. If you’re not from the area but recognize that name, you have one landmark to thank: Mt. Shasta. Though this destination provides unmatched mountain biking and summer activities, it is—first and foremost—a ski destination.
Located just east of Interstate 5 along SR 89, the Mount Shasta Ski Park is just a short drive north of Redding. It is the second highest volcano in the Cascade Range, straddling several small volcanic buttes on the lower and southern flanks. Chairlifts run to the top of the 6,567-foot-tall Douglas Butte and the 6,150-foot-tall Marmot Ridge. With a total skiable vertical of 1,390 feet, the mountain has terrain for every ski ability: around 20% of the terrain is rated as beginner, 55% is intermediate, and 25% is advanced.
Mount Shasta Ski Park is also surprisingly accessible. It features four chairlifts—3 triple chairs and 1 surface lift, totaling a capacity of 6,200 passengers per hour. Additionally, with 32 total runs and an annual snowfall of 280 inches, this winter retreat is a perfect way to spend time outside when you can’t hop on the bike. The ski area is located entirely on a 1 square mile single section within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Mount Shasta is also an incredibly popular backcountry destination for skiers, hikers, and climbers. With few crevasse hazards on most summit routes and amazing springtime weather make Shasta one of the best west coast springtime skiing and mountaineering destinations. Avalanche Gulch on the mountain’s south side is the most classic and popular trail, but the Hotlum-Wintun Ridge on the northeast side is a favorite among locals. Most approaches and descents are documented on local climbing sites.
So, you want to visit Redding during the mountain biking off-season, but you don’t own your own gear. Renting is a popular option for those visiting Shasta County in the summer months, and there are plenty of local ski and equipment shops to help you find the perfect fit. Lift ticket deals are also available so you don’t have to take out a second mortgage to take up a second hobby. Redding is an excellent destination and home for outdoor adventurers—anything related to outdoor recreation, no matter the season, is within reach.