Avalanche Gulch featuring great corn skiing last weekend. Photo: Jason Smith.
Mount Shasta is in the best shape it's been in years. The trailhead at Bunny Flat still has 10'+ of standing snow and won't be melting out anytime soon.
Conditions last weekend were great corn skiing on Avalanche Gulch and West Faces, with some funky snow and thin cover above the Red Banks. Low and mid elevations are incredibly stuffed with snow, but up high, cold winter snow has had a hard time sticking with high winds and cold temps. We're hoping this week's storms and the ones hitting this weekend will add some sticky snow that improve the base up high.
Avalanche Gulch has plenty of snow this year as well. Photo taken before the storm (2023-05-02). Photo: Jason Smith.
Conditions are changing fast. With new storms blowing in, there was a foot of new snow at the Red Banks on 5/3 and has been more since. There's another 15" on the way throughout today and tonight, which could usher in some incredible powder skiing with the low winds expected. This new snow load will most likely also be accompanied by a spike in avalanche hazard. Be on the lookout for Wind Slabs, Storm Slabs, and Wet Loose Avalanches.
Check the Mt Shasta Avalanche Center for conditions updates and make conservative calls! The Mt Shasta Avalanche Center has stopped issuing daily forecasts for the season, but the site still offers good information on climbing and skiing conditions on Mount Shasta, so take a look before you go!
Excellent skiing in Avalanche Gulch on 2023-05-02! Mt Shasta conditions are firing! Photo: Jason Smith.
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