Shasta Summit & Ski 1 Day

A single push ski mountaineering trip to the top of the largest volcano in the Cascade Range. We climb to the summit and descend on skis. You should have solid skills with ice axes and crampons. Ascent and descent options include: Avalanche Gulch, West Face, Brewer Creek, Clear Creek.
Skier hiking on Mt Shasta during a Blackbird Guides Summit & Ski 2 Day trip
Skier making a turn on Mt Shasta in California
Skier making a turn on Mt Shasta in California
Skier making a turn on Mt Shasta in California
Sunset on Mt Shasta in California
Skier in a tent at Helen Lake on Mt Shasta in California
Skier hiking towards the summit of Mt Shasta
Skier hiking with crampons and skis on backpack on Mt Shasta
Skier hiking with ice ax on the summit of Mt Shasta
Two skiers hiking near the summit of Mt Shasta
Skier hiking near the summit of Mt Shasta
Skier arcing a turn on Mt Shasta
Skier making a turn on Mt Shasta in California
Skier making a turn on corn snow on Mt Shasta
Two skiers hiking towards the summit of Mt Shasta
Skier camping at Helen Lake on Mt Shasta in California

This single push summit of Mount Shasta is a massive undertaking. We'll climb and ski 7,000 vertical feet in a continuous push to get up and back to the trailhead without camping or taking breaks longer than 15 minutes, with an exception for a longer stop on the summit.  This day is not for the unfit or the weak of heart: it will test your limits as a ski mountaineer.  This climb requires superb fitness, a solid understanding and proficiency with ski mountaineering efficiency and safety skills and a fast and light equipment kit.  Your guide will set a minimum reasonable pace to complete the climb in a single push, but going slow is not an option on this climb.  Going too slow will necessitate turning the around.  This program is offered exclusively as a private program with a maximum skier to guide ratio of 2:1.

Ascent and descent options include: Avalanche Gulch, West Face, Brewer Creek, Clear Creek. 

 

    Skier hiking on Mt Shasta during a Blackbird Guides Summit & Ski 2 Day trip
    Skier making a turn on Mt Shasta in California
    Skier making a turn on Mt Shasta in California
    Skier making a turn on Mt Shasta in California
    Sunset on Mt Shasta in California
    Skier in a tent at Helen Lake on Mt Shasta in California
    Skier hiking towards the summit of Mt Shasta
    Skier hiking with crampons and skis on backpack on Mt Shasta
    Skier hiking with ice ax on the summit of Mt Shasta
    Two skiers hiking near the summit of Mt Shasta
    Skier hiking near the summit of Mt Shasta
    Skier arcing a turn on Mt Shasta
    Skier making a turn on Mt Shasta in California
    Skier making a turn on corn snow on Mt Shasta
    Two skiers hiking towards the summit of Mt Shasta
    Skier camping at Helen Lake on Mt Shasta in California
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    Dates

    Available Dates

    April 2 / 2:1
    April 2 / 1:1
    April 9 / 2:1
    April 9 / 1:1
    April 17 / 2:1
    April 17 / 1:1
    April 24 / 2:1
    April 24 / 1:1
    May 1 / 2:1
    May 1 / 1:1
    May 7 / 2:1
    May 7 / 1:1
    May 14 / 2:1
    May 14 / 1:1
    May 21 / 2:1
    May 21 / 1:1
    May 28 / 2:1
    May 28 / 1:1

    Prices

    Mt Shasta Skiing Price List
    Ski Touring & Ski Mountaineering Private
    Private RatesPer Person
    1:1$990
    2:1$590
    3:1$470

    Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Equipment

    Ski Mountaineering Gear Guide

    Gear Guide / Packing List


     

    Backcountry Touring Gear

    • Alpine Touring Skis or Splitboard - Light to Midweight Setup with “Tech Bindings”
    • Alpine Touring Boots or Splitboard Compatible Boots; Scarpa F1
    • Ski Poles - Lightweight, Adjustable Poles with Baskets; BD Expedition 3 Poles
    • Climbing Skins - Mohair Mix is Best; Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix,
    • Ski Crampons - Specific to your Skis/Board; 
    • Ski Strap - Voile Ski Strap or Similar


     

    Avalanche Gear

    • Avalanche Beacon - Digital Avalanche Transceiver; Black Diamond Guide Recon BT
    • Avalanche Shovel - Collapsible, Aluminum Shovel; Backcountry Access BT2 Shovel
    • Avalanche Probe - Quickdraw Style Probe; Backcountry Access Stealth 300


     

    Technical Gear

    • Climbing/Ski Helmet - Dual Rated Helmet; Petzl Sirocco or Black Diamond Vision
    • Headlamp - LED headlamp with fresh batteries; Petzl Actik Core
    • Climbing Harness -  Light Alpine Harness; Petzl Altitude, Mammut Zephyr Altitude
    • Two Locking Carabiners - Petzl Attache, etc
    • Triple Action Locking Carabiner - Edelrid HMS Strike Triple FG Locking Carabiner
    • Double Length Sling - Sewn Runner; Black Diamond 10mm Dynex Runner
    • Belay Device - Tube Style Belay Device; BD ATC Guide, Petzl Reverso
    • Crampons, Steel - Steel Crampons Compatible with Your Boots; Petzl Vasak

    OR Crampons, Aluminum - Aluminum Crampons, Compatible with Your Boots

    Please ask your guide which is appropriate for your objective

    • Lightweight Ice Axe - An ultralight Axe for Steep Terrain; Petzl Ride, BD Raven Ultra


     

    Head and Neck Layers

    • Sun Hat - A Baseball Hat; Blackbird Mountain Guides Logo Hat
    • Sunglasses - Dark Lens Glasses with Side Coverage; Julbo Shield
    • Goggles - Ski Goggles with a Storm Lens; Julbo Aerospace Reactive
    • Warm Hat - Lightweight Warm Hat that Fits Under Your Helmet; 
    • Neck Gaiter - Light to Midweight Neck Gaiters; Buff or your favorite Face Masks 

    ***These Are Required as Covid-19 Face Coverings

     



     

    Upper Body and Hand Layers

    • Long Sleeve Base Layer - Lightweight, Synthetic/Wool; Patagonia SunHoody
    • 2 Insulating Top Layers - Light to Midweight Insulation Layers; Patagonia R1 & NanoAir
    • Puffy - Midweight Down or Synthetic with Hood; Patagonia Fitzroy or similar
    • Hardshell Jacket, Hooded - Waterproof, Light, Gore-Tex, NOT insulated; Arc’Teryx Alpha FL
    • Light Gloves - Light to Mid Weight for Warm Temps; Flylow John Henry Gloves, BD Tour
    • Midweight Gloves - Mid to Heavy Weight for Cold Conditions; BD Legend
    • Sports Bra - Wool/Synthetic


     

    Lower Body and Foot Layers

    • Socks - Midweight Wool/Synthetic; Darn Tough Via Ferrata
    • Underwear - Wool/Synthetic
    • Long Underwear - Wool/Synthetic “Long Johns”;  Patagonia Capilene Air
    • Softshell Ski Pants - Breathable, Weather Resistant Pants; OR Trailbreaker II
    • Vented Hardshell Ski Pants - (Conditions dependent) Waterproof Pants for Extreme Weather

    Camping & Backpacking Gear

    • Sleeping Bag - Down or Synthetic Rated to 0F-20F; Feathered Friends Egret UL 20
    • Sleeping Pad - Insulated Inflatable Air Mattress; Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm, X-Lite
    • Compression Stuff Sack -  To Pack Sleeping Bag; Ultralight Compression Stuffsack 10L
    • Backpack - Lightweight, Simple 50 Liter Pack; Patagonia Alpinist 50, BD Speed 50 - MUST FIT ALL OF YOUR GEAR AND FOOD


     

    Food and Water

    • Dinner - Your Favorite Freeze Dried or “Just-Add-Hot-Water” Meal for Each Night in the Field.
    • Breakfast - Your Favorite Freeze Dried or “Just-Add-Hot-Water” Meal for Each Morning in the Field
    • Hot Drinks - For After Dinner and During Breakfast; Instant Coffee, Decaffeinated Tea, Hot Cocoa, Tang, Whatever You Prefer
    • Half Liter Nalgene Bottle - A Hard Sided Water Bottled that Can Act as your Mug For Hot Drinks and WAter Bottle Dutring the Climb; Nalgene 16oz Wide Mouth Bottle
    • Soft Water Bottle 1.5L - Flexible Water Bladder; Hydrapak Flux 1.5L

    ***Please bring at least one hard sided water bottle.

    • Water Treatment or Filtration - Katadyn BeFree Filter Connects to Hydrapak Flux Bottles 
    • Bowl - Reuse your Freeze Dried Dinner Bag as Your Bowl, or Bring Another;
    • Spoon - 9” Long Handled Spoon (For Eating Food in a Bag); GSI Essential Spoon Long
    • Snacks - Snacks and Lunch food  for each day of the trip


     

    Other Essentials

    • Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)
    • Lip Balm (with SPF)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Toilet Paper


     

    Optional

    • First Aid/blister Kit
    • Chemical Hand Warmers
    • Hydration System - Flexible Water Bladder with Hose; Hydrapak, Camelback, Platypus


     

    Group Gear

    Blackbird Mountain Guides will supply all of the group gear for the trip, including:

    • Slingfin Tents (Designed and Headquartered in Berkeley, CA)
    • Stoves
    • Fuel for Stoves
    • Ropes
    • Snow Pickets (if required)
    • Rock Protection (if required)
    • Guide’s First Aid Kits
    • Wag Bags (Solid Human Waste Disposal Bags)

     

    Know Before You Go

    Location

    Mount Shasta, CA

    Elevation

    7,000-14,179'

    Technical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪

    Ice axe and crampon skills are a prerequisite for participation in this program.

    Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫

    Mount Shasta is a strenuous physical challenge and doing it in a single, continuous push is reserved for skiers and riders with the ability to move quickly for thousands of feet and many hours.  Skiers and riders who want to attempt this program need to be confident in their ability to climb over 7,000 feet continuously at a faster pace than skiers who attempt the summit over multiple days.  Upon reaching the summit, skiers must still be able to descend in good style. 

    Trip Length

    1 long day (Should be around 12 hours round trip).

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