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Backcountry Skiing

Adventure lies beyond the boundaries. In the world of skiing and riding, there is no exception. The backcountry offers an alternative ski experience to the monotony of crowded lift lines, groomers and lapping park features. It’s the fastest growing segment of the sport. Perhaps it’s the promise of fresh tracks, the allure of pristine solitude and the possibilities of unthinkable ski descents that inspire the backcountry skier and rider. Regardless of your motives however, the real rewards lie in the journey, and the journey begins with Beyond the Boundaries. Beyond the Boundaries is a new backcountry program offered by the Shasta Ski Park and Shasta Mountain Guides. Whether you’re an avid off-piste adventurer or new to backcountry travel, Beyond the Boundaries offers a wide range of touring and skill-based course options.

Beyond the Boundaries delivers an ideal introduction to the risks and rewards of backcountry skiing. Our guides familiarize you with proper backcountry touring equipment and the knowledge and skills to safely travel off-piste. Additionally, a quaint “warming hut” cabin on Grey Butte, accessed off the backside of the Ski Park, provides a base of entry to old growth forest runs, open glades, and secret powder stashes. Beyond the Boundaries is also offering a new “Beacon Basin,” sponsored by BackCountry Access and the Forest Service, where guests of any ability level can freely practice and hone their avalanche and tree well rescue skills.

Whether you want to experience the basics of backcountry travel or learn avalanche avoidance and rescue techniques, Beyond the Boundaries is your ticket to some of Northern California’s most spectacular ski and snowboard adventures.

All day excursions are $129 and include a gourmet lunch from the Ski Park’s Mud Creek Cafe’ and hot drinks at the remote warming hut cabin.

To book a day of backcountry touring or to arrange a beacon basin basic orientation contact the Mount Shasta Ski Park @ 530.926.8619 or lessons@skipark.com. More information is available at http://skipark.com/the-mountain/beyond-the-boundaries

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[Calendar of Events]


In Addition to the scheduled events above, private trips may be booked with prior reservations (2 or more participants please).

[ FAQs]
How good of a skier do I need to be to ski the backcountry?
We can cater to many different ability levels. You don’t need to ski like a pro, but you must be a strong intermediate skier in steep and natural terrain and variable snow conditions. You must also be comfortable skiing trees, traversing, and side-stepping. Please call with any concerns or questions.

Do I have to be in good shape?
The more physically fit you are the more terrain you’ll be able to access. With that said, our guides can accommodate guests of almost any level of fitness and physical ability as long as you don’t have a condition that would prevent you from safely traveling in the backcountry.

How do I register?
All of the registrations are made through the Mt Shasta Ski Park’s Learning Center. Simply call the office at 530-926-8619 to sign up. You can also email us at lessons@skipark.com. A $50 deposit is required to secure your spot at the time of registration. The balance is due the morning of the tour. We will refund your deposit up to 48 hours before your tour. We rarely cancel a tour, but in the event of a cancellation from our end due to weather, conditions, or scheduling we will refund your total deposit.

Where can I get all the equipment needed?
As of now, backcountry ski gear including avalanche gear is not available at the Ski Park. However our friends at The Fifth Season and Shasta Base Camp, both located in the town of Mount Shasta, have everything you need to get you into the backcountry. www.shastabasecamp.com  www.thefifthseason.com

Should I tip my guides?
Our guides are trained mountain professionals who work hard to provide safe and fun adventures for our guests. They come to us from our backcountry partners at Shasta Mountain Guides. Tips are not expected, but are always appreciated.

Is lunch provided?
Yes, all of our guests are provided a gourmet lunch including a sandwich, salad, and fruit. We will also provide snacks and hot drinks at our backcountry warming cabin.

What if I’m a snowboarder?
No problem! With the use of snowshoes or a split-board, guests who choose to snowboard will have access to same great terrain as the skiers.

Please call us at 530-926-8619 or email at lessons@skipark.com if you have any other questions.

8:00 am
Guests check-in at the Learning Center and meet the guides. The guides will then run through a brief gear check; including a demonstration of the avalanche beacon and how it works. Guests are briefed on the weather conditions and forecast, the snow conditions which may be encountered during the tour, plus what to do in case of emergency.

9:00 am
Ski Check is performed to evaluate guests skiing ability.

9:30 am
Beyond the Boundaries tour group enters the backcountry from the Coyote Butte/Grey Butte Saddle, or other designated tour route.

10:00am – 12:00 pm
The group will tour up(hike, snowshoe, or skin) Grey Butte and the excitement begins with the first few turns in the backcountry. Your guides will do everything possible to find the best stashes of snow and terrain that accommodates the group. The fun meter should be high!

The group heads to the backcountry warming cabin at 7,500ft to enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch provided by the Mt Shasta Ski Park’s Mud Creek Cafe’. Once at the cabin you’ll enjoy astounding views of the Ski Park and surrounding Siskiyou Mountains. Your guide will start a fire in the woodstove if needed so the group can warm up, dry out, and have a hot drink.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
After lunch and a little rest it’s time to get busy and maximize your vertical for the day. It’ll be fairly obvious from the morning runs where the best snow is. At 3:00pm the group will make its final drop-in of the day for what will potentially be 2,600ft run back to the base of the ski park.

3:30 pm
Beyond the Boundaries tour ends and group returns to the upper lodge where the guides answer any questions from tour group, share photos and stories of the day, and tie up any loose ends.

Please call us at 530-926-8619 or email at lessons@skipark.com if you have any other questions.

[DDET Equipment]

We will provide:

  • Guide from our partners at Shasta Mountain Guides
  • Gourmet lunch from the Mud Creek Cafe’
  • Additional snacks and hot drinks at the warming cabin
  • Mt Shasta Ski Park Lift ticket
  • Beacon Basin Training Facility provided by The Friends of the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center (for rescue clinics)

You will need to provide:

  • Boots; alpine touring, telemark, or snowboard (if you’ve got a comfortable pair of alpine boots with a good walk mode they’ll work)
  • Alpine touring or telemark skis with skins (snowboard with snowshoes or split-board with skins for the boarders)
  • Avalanche shovel, probe, and beacon
  • Daypack
  • 1-2 one liter water bottles
  • Non-cotton wicking long underwear top and bottoms
  • Fleece top or sweater
  • Waterproof/breathable ski jacket and pants
  • Ski gloves
  • Ball cap or visor for sun
  • Warm winter hat or helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Ski poles (recommended for everyone for climbing)
  • Additional warm clothing

Please call us at 530-926-8619 or email at lesssons@skipark.com if you have any other questions.

[DDET Guides]

Our guides are among the elite mountaineering group from Shasta Mountain Guides. They are highly experienced in mountain guiding, backcountry skiing, and ski mountaineering. They also are experienced in mountain rescue and are qualified Wilderness First Responders trained by the Wilderness Medical Institute.

[DDET Partners]


In Partnership with Shasta Mountain Guides and the Friends of the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center

Mt. Shasta Ski & Snowboard Team National Ski Areas Association