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Vital Stats: Mount Shasta

Vital Stats: Mount Shasta

By Ken Castle
posted: 12/14/2001


  • Contact 800-754-7427; 530-926-8610;
  • Ticket Price
  • $33 adult, $17 for ages 8-12, $5 for 7 and under
  • Skiable Terrain
  • 425 acres; 31 trails
  • Lifts
  • 3 triple chairs and 1 surface tow
  • Base Elevation
  • 5,500 feet
  • Summit Elevation
  • 6,890 feet
  • Vertical Drop
  • 1,390 feet
  • Annual Snowfall
  • 275 inches
  • When To Go
  • January through March
  • Length of Season
  • Mid-November through mid-April
  • Getting There
  • From Sacramento (245 miles), take Hwy. 5 to Mount Shasta City, then take Hwy. 89 (McCloud exit) 10 miles to Ski Park Road. From San Francisco (295 miles), take Hwy. 80 east to the 505 cutoff (Redding exit); then proceed north on Hwy. 5.
  • Lodging
  • Mount Shasta Resort (800-958-3363), a new, upscale golf retreat two miles west of Mount Shasta City, has 65 family-size chalets and other units, and a restaurant and bar in the clubhouse. Other options include the 38-room Mountain Air Lodge (800-727-3704) and the historic McCloud Hotel (800-964-2823) in McCloud.
  • Eats
  • For breakfast, Lily's (530-926-3372) has great omelets and scrambles. For dinner, Mike & Tony's (530-926-4792), a fixture since 1945, is a favorite for steak and pasta; Serge's (530-926-1276) for casual French and Continental cuisine; and Raymond's in McCloud (530-964-2099) for Italian (homemade pastas, seafood and chicken).
  • Drinks
  • Casa Ramos in Mount Shasta City and the lounge at the Mount Shasta Resort are great spots.
  • Après-Ski
  • Historic Stewart Mineral Springs, with its therapeutic hot mineral baths, is well worth the 20-minute drive north of town. Open year-round, it also offers spa treatments (530-938-4283).
  • Java Joints
  • Has Beans is the hands-down favorite.
  • Locals' Tip
  • Make a reservation for the Shasta Sunset Dinner Train (800-733-2141 or 530-964-2142), and enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner in an elegant, fully restored 1916 rail car.

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