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Mt. Shasta July 6, 2012

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For my first summer ski ever, I headed up Mt. Shasta in norcal via the Wintun-Hotlum route with my best skiing buddy.  It was a pretty big challenge for us but we did it!  Other than a bunch of stuff going wrong (don't put a water pouch next to crampons!), I think this is the longest and most awesome thing I've ever skied.  5000+ feet of vertical, hike across 2 days, ~ 24 hours from trailhead to trailhead.  A huge shoutout to The Fifth Season in the town of Mt. Shasta for the priceless beta, advice and gear we were missing!  If you have the means to get up there in the summer, the rewards are epic.

 

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Those look like nice turns for July in Northern California.  

Thanks for sharing!

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Nice trip, nice video and nice music (I once had a  Merle Travis version of the song).

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Gotta luv me sum Shasta!

 

Look familiar?

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(Northside of Shasta early 80's)

 

Thanks for the non POV video,

JF

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I think this is the longest and most awesome thing I've ever skied.

That was my feeling last year.   Well, it's not as long as what you can get to by lifts in the Alps, but the altitude attained with skis, 13,200 feet, was a personal record.  And doing that much by earned turns was unique in my experience.  I was with a group of 5 guided by Ben Mitchell of American Alpine Skills International http://alpineskills.com/ and would not have considered such an undertaking on my own.

TR and pics: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9716


Edited by Tony Crocker - 7/27/12 at 8:38pm
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Great stoke. Especially after a not-so-great snow year. Thanks for sharing!

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not-so-great snow year.

I read somewhere that Shasta's snowpack in 2012 was 98% of normal, which  makes sense since Tahoe was about 70% and central Oregon about 130%.

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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

I read somewhere that Shasta's snowpack in 2012 was 98% of normal, which  makes sense since Tahoe was about 70% and central Oregon about 130%.


Good point. That makes sense.

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Thanks for the ski vid.  It proves that post season and pre-season are a personal point of view.  We camp at Lake Sis at the base pretty often.  We've never had the guts to hike Shasta and ski it in July.  Kudos!

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