Ski resorts in the Shasta Cascade range from a large-scale Alpine ski resort to a small community ski area. Many California ski resorts also offer groomed cross-country trails and most provide ski rental, food services and ski lessons where you can learn how to ski or snowboard. Whether downhill skiing the slopes of Mt. Shasta or cross-country skiing an active volcano on Mt. Lassen, California resorts are full of thrilling entertainment. Be sure to check the resort websites for a snow report and winter vacation packages.
Mt. Shasta is located off Highway 89 just east of Interstate 5. This is a moderate-size Alpine ski resort with 32 runs accessed by 5 lifts. Skiers and snowboarders can test their skills at a terrain park and families will enjoy a snow tubing hill. Guided backcountry skiing is available for expert skiers. Sign up for ski lessons to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available.
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Cedar Pass Snow Park is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Alturas off Highway 299. The northeastern corner of California is probably the least visited region of the state. This is a small-scale ski area with 1 T-bar and 1 rope-tow accessing 6 runs.
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Cedar Pass Snow Park
Alturas, CA 96101
Coppervale ski area is located off Highway 36 between Westwood and Susanville. This ski area is run by Lassen Community College. Coppervale is a small-scale resort with 1 lift and 1 rope-tow. NO SKI RENTAL FACILITIES - bring your own.
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Coppervale Ski Area
Westwood, California 96137
Mt. Shasta Nordic Center offers 25 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails managed by the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. They are located one mile south of the downhill ski park off Highway 89. Cross-country ski rental and ski lessons are available. Website
Lassen National Park offers several options for Nordic cross-country skiing including Colby Meadows, McGowan Lake, Bizz Johnson Recreational Trail and Lake Almanor. Website
Lassen National Forest offers a 29-mile snow covered road that has two branching backcountry skiing trails to Forest Lake or Manzanita Lake. Cross-country ski trails begin at the Loomis Museum at the southwest entrance of the park, off Highway 89. Website
Weaverville offers hundreds of miles of trails through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Snow-covered roads follow creeks and lead to meadows, up ridges and to the tops of mountains. Website
Fun Factory offers snowmobile rentals and over 250 miles of groomed trails through the Klamath, Modoc and Shasta-Trinity Forests. Snowmobile rentals include helmets, instruction and guides are available. They are located at the Deer Mountain Snowmobile Park, north of Weed off Highway 97. Website
Siskiyou Skate Rink offers the largest ice skating rink from Portland to Sacramento. They are located in the town of Mt. Shasta off Interstate 5 at the Lake Street exit. Siskiyou Skate Rink is situated at the base of Mt. Shasta. Website
Shasta Cascade Weather
Weather at all the Shasta Cascade ski areas including Mt. Shasta, Lassen Volcanic NP, Coppervale and Cedar Pass.
Caltrans provides current road conditions for the Shasta Cascade and all of California.
Snow Chains should be carried in your vehicle when traveling in the Sierras during winter, whether you need them or not.
Anticipate being stuck at a road closure - carry water, snacks, warm clothing and blankets to make it through a winter night in your vehicle. Four-wheel drive is not always a guarantee of passage.
Drive safe and slow to your comfort level in snow conditions. Don't let other drivers dictate your speed.