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History of Mt. Shasta, California

The history of lift-serviced downhill skiing on Mt. Shasta began in 1959 with the creation of the old Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl, located at the end of Everitt Memorial Highway. It was situated above treeline and was routinely plagued with white-outs, avalanches and road closures.

In 1978, the Ski Bowl was struck by a huge avalanche that destroyed it’s main chairlift. From 1978 to 1985 there was no downhill skiing on Mt. Shasta.

In 1985, a group of local businessmen formed Wintun Development Company with the express purpose of re-establishing skiing on Mt. Shasta.

In the summer of 1985 construction began. The Mt. Shasta Ski Park opened on December 14, 1985. The Park has operated 13 seasons and has entertained over 1 million skiers and snowboarders.

Although there are 69 mountains over the14,000 foot mark in the United States, Mt. Shasta is the most massive of all of the mountains boasting 100 cubic miles of mass. Because there is a sulfur steam vent near the summit of Mt. Shasta, the mountain is considered a dormant as opposed to a dead volcano.

A Shasta Trinity Forest wilderness ranger and Ski Park employee, Dan Towner, has the record for the most ascents of Mt. Shasta -- he has climbed the mountain well over 120 times! The youngest person to successfully climb Mt. Shasta was a 5 year old girl in the 1960s and an 86 year old man in the 1980s.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mount Shasta received the most snowfall ever in a single snowstorm -- 189 inches (15 3/4 feet) from February 13 to 19, 1959.

Built in 1985, Mt. Shasta Ski Park is the newest winter resort in California and one of the newest in the entire United States. The Mt. Shasta Ski Park has continually added improvements to the resort over the past 13 seasons. Below is a list of the major upgrades, additions and improvements since 1985.

1986 2.2 million dollar paving of Ski Park Highway 1986 Mulching of ski trails with cedar bark.
Construction of a new lodge containing rental shop, ski schools and  lunch room. Three new runs were created. First phase of night lighting on Marmot Ridge was finished. Introduction of Educational Ski Program (ESP).
1988 New Sun Patio constructed.
1989 Summer Operations begin.
1991 First Phase of snowmaking system installed on Marmot Ridge.
1992 15 Kilometer Nordic Center opened.
1993 An additional 10 kilometers of trails added to Nordic Center.
1994 Second Phase of snowmaking on Douglas Butte constructed.
1995 Additional snowmaking added to Douglas Butte trail system. Second phase of night lights added on Douglas Butte.
1996 New Coyote Butte Lift. Expanded Lodge facilities.
1997 New enlarged Terrain Park. New “Wild Side” Cross Country Trail.
1998 Purchase of 3 new snowcat grooming machines, a Half Pipe Grinder, 5 new snowmaking machines the creation of 2 new alpine runs and the addition of 1 new XC trail.
1999 Creation of 5 new Downhill trails, 3 additional kilometers of XC trails, enlarged parking lot (300 new parking spaces), an enlarged rental shop, a new beginner Terrain Park. 
2000 New fleet of snowboards for our rental shop and a new trail at our Cross Country Center.

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