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The beginning of 2015 has felt more like spring than winter.
It’s actually pretty normal for these warm conditions before the real storm hits!
Corn like conditions on the south aspects and variable everywhere else. Hopefully with the new snow, all the rain runnels and wind scoured areas will get filled in.
This snowboarder was getting the goods lower down in the gulch.
Weather is changing with clouds moving in. Forecast for 8,500 ft.~
Have a great weekend!
We have Sunshine for the New Year’s week!
Mt. Shasta is looking brighter than ever!
Come on up and have some fun on a Snowshoe or Ski Tour on Mt. Shasta!
Give me a call at 530-926-3250
It’s been a couple years since we’ve been able to ski at Castle Lake with the lack of snow last season. We decided to check it out and found some SNOW! It’s enough to make for an excellent base but we need more coverage for the good skiing. The lake is not completely frozen yet making for beautiful photograph. If you happen to hear an eerie echo sound, it’s the ice moving. The Native Americans thought the sound was evil spirits.
My ski partner and good friend.
See ya on the slopes and have a fun and safe beginnings into the new year of 2015!
This week we’ve had warmer temperatures and rain.
It rained up to 10,000 ft. or so creating these rain runnels.
There has been lots of debris and broken tree limbs from the high winds this week.
Please take note of the recent weather and avalanche activity. For more information on avalanches~ http://shastaavalanche.org/#null
Looks like we are going to be having some white stuff here in Mt. Shasta~
Everyone have a safe and fun Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happiness!
We are getting our winter a little early!
We have a solid base snow pack and nice coverage out of the last storm with a good 3-4 feet plus.
There was a natural avalanche that occurred with all the new snow we received.
The last time there was an avalanche like this was 1996~Very Impressive!
More information about avalanches~Check out http://shastaavalanche.org/#null
With winter conditions, it’s important to always be prepared!
Here’s what is happening with the weather this week on the mountain~
Have a great week!
This past week we’ve received a good foot of snow and lots of rain!
Good snow up high!
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Nice base so far with colder storms on the way!
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We are getting what we’ve been hoping for~SNOW!
We’ve received a few inches so far and more to come!
Enough snow to skin up the road to the Old Ski Bowl.
Looks like more snow is on its way~
I’ll post updates as the snow falls!
Have a great weekend!
The gate is now closed at Bunny Flat.
I was hoping to ski up the road this morning. We still need a bit more snow.
It’s a good start~Keep it coming!
Looks like cooler temperatures next week.
Time to start doing the “SNOW DANCE”!
This past weekend I took the Amtrak train up to visit my sister and family.
They live in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver Canada.
It is a very pretty and clean city. The public transit is excellent!
We went to this incredible cool place filled with lots of nature!
This suspension bridge is 450 ft. long and 230 ft. high. Reassuringly wobbly since 1889!
West Coast Rainforest Ecosystem.
We walked through 1300 Year-Old Growth Douglas Fir.
We checked out Stanley Park known as Vancouver’s urban oasis and one of the top city parks in North America. It is a 1,001-acre public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Thank you Patti, Chris, Adam, Ryan and Lucas oh yeah…and Taki for a great trip!
and what’s happening on Mt. Shasta…
We’ve received snow on the higher elevations of Mt. Shasta and more to come!
Enjoy the weather!
Before the gate closes on Everitt Memorial Highway at Bunny Flat (Nov. 1), Gerald and I decided to go check out Mud Creek Canyon from Southgate Trail.
We started early morning from the Southgate trail head.
We started scrambling up the rocks for these views!
We hiked or should I say rock scrambled up to Mud Creek Canyon Rim.
These falls are runoff from the upper snowfield.
Looks like we are going to be getting cooler weather and SNOW (on the mountain) this week~http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.38814294931545&lon=-122.21809387207031&site=mfr&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text#.VDvv9VeYWuk
Have a good one!
This has been a great weekend showing around the Chinese Group brought here by M & M Tours, Inc.
This group is from Malan, China. I’ve learned a few interesting things about their culture. How to say “Hello and Good Night” and that their country has over 2,000 dialects. They are very friendly, kind, polite and love MT. SHASTA.
We had spectacular weather Saturday morning at Castle Lake.
This group did silent meditations throughout the tour and was led by this man.
Listening to the music of the flow.
What a great group!
Hope to see you back here again and save travels!
This weekend we’ve had some interested activity on Mt. Shasta. With the warm temperatures we had on Saturday and the drought conditons, the lower part of the Konwakiton Glacier blew out and created this mudflow.
It’s a pretty muddy mess. This is along Forest Service Rd 31. This is the location were the Mud Creek Diversion Structure is located.
This dam was built back in the twenties to divert the water. It’s gushing!
It’s filled with glacier silt, debris and large rocks.
We decided to cross the mudflow and let me just say, “it’s muddy”!
And this is where it all started…the Konwakiton Glacier. Konwakiton means Muddy. Very appropriate.
My friend Steve Lewis went up on Saturday afternoon when it started and got some video~
Photo by Steve Lewis
This area east of Mt. Shasta is one of the most diverse and least visited volcanoes in California. It is actually the largest volcano (in total area) within California known as a Hawaiian Type Shield Volcano.
This cinder cone is composed of pumice and red and black cinders. These type of cones were formed by gaseous, explosive eruptions in chich cinders piled up around the opening.
Nice views of Pumice Stone Mountain, a cinder cone with a deep layer of pumice. This seasonal pond is often a favorite hangout for wildlife.
This cinder cone volcano offers incredible views of the entire Medicine Lake Highlands area. Interested in renting this for the night~http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm9_008296.pdf
A Medicine Circle on Little Mt. Hoffman.
This is lovely little lake is adjacent to Medicine Lake. The lake partially fills the caldera which was formed when the Medicine Lake Volcano Collapsed. There’s a nice picnic area, boat launch and campgrounds. Check out my book, “Mount Shasta Guide to Fun” for more…
Just like a painting.
This is the youngest volcanic flow in the area. It is known to many Native American tribes for its obsidian, a volcanic black glass which was used for spear and arrow points.
I love this area. It’s so mystical! Wanna go on a tour~give me a call!
Have a great week!
The past couple weeks it’s been on and off smokey from the surrounding fires. Fortunately, there are no fires very close.
and on the mountain…
Lately we’ve had a nice cloud cover keeping the temperatures cool. Looks like temps will warm up and Sunny!
You can see these lupines along the Everitt Memorial Highway between Panther Meadows and the Old Ski Bowl.
There’s a lot of interesting hidden places on the mountain. Wanna learn more…Come on a tour! Give me a call at 530-926-3250.
Have a great weekend!