Mt. Shasta Nordic Center will open Sat, Dec 18th!

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The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center Opens December 18th

The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center will open Saturday, December 18th. The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center will be open every day through the New Year, and open every day except Tuesdays after the New Year. Operating hours are 9am until 4pm.

The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center offers rentals, lessons, a warming hut, and 20km of groomed winter trails. At the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center, skiers can enjoy groomed trails for both types of Nordic skiing: skate skiing and classic skiing. Snowshoes are permitted to share the groomed trails, snowshoers are asked to stay to the edge of the trail. The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center trails offer a variety of terrain suitable for skiers of all ages and abilities. “A limited number of trails will be groomed for the opening, while we wait for better snow coverage to open the remainder of the trails,” states Laurel Harkness of Mt. Shasta Nordic. For current trail conditions and the latest grooming report, check the website at www.mtshastanordic.org or call (530)926-2142.

The community trails are open to all, however trail users are asked become members of Mt. Shasta Nordic or make a daily trail use donation of $10 per adult or $5 per youth/senior. Donations are needed and much appreciated, as all costs of operation and improvements are made possible by donations from members and users of the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center.

Nordic ski equipment, both skate and classic, is available for rental in all sizes. Snowshoes are also available for rental, including a higher performance “trail running” type. Pulk sleds for small children are available for use. Members receive a 20% discount on all rentals.

The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center now offers the option of an “Unlimited Use, Season Rental Pass”. For one fee, renters can have access to all equipment at the Nordic Center whenever they visit the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center. Equipment includes skate skis, classic skis, or snowshoes. Equipment must stay on-site, and is first-come first-serve.

The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center offers lessons for both classic and skate skiing.  Group lessons are scheduled as follows: Beginning Classic at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, Beginning Skate at 11:30 am. Lessons are offered on weekends and holidays, and on weekdays as staff availability allows. Private lessons are also available.

The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center will host several events and programs this season, including:

January 7  – Intermediate Skate Ski Clinic

January 30 – Mt. Shasta Snowshoe Race and Demo Day

February 5 –Shasta Disabled Sports,  Adaptive Nordic Day

February 19 – Full Moon Ski / Snowshoe

March 13 – “Chicks On Sticks” – womens-only ski and snowshoe event

March 19 – Full Moon Ski / Snowshoe

Updated event and program information can be found at the Mt. Shasta Nordic website.

The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center is operated by Mt. Shasta Nordic under a special use permit from the USFS. Mt. Shasta Nordic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2006, with the intent to create, enhance, and preserve Nordic skiing opportunities for all ages and abilities.

The Mount Shasta Nordic Center is located approximately 10 miles off of Interstate 5 near Mount Shasta City. From Interstate 5, exit onto Highway 89 South which is marked as the exit to McCloud. After 6.5 miles on Highway 89, turn left (north) on Ski Park Hwy. After 3.5 miles look for the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center parking lot on the left (one mile before the Mt. Shasta Ski Park).

For more information about the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center or to become a member of Mt. Shasta Nordic, visit www.mtshastanordic.org or call (530)926-3935.

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