Nick Meyers, Director of the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center, gives instruction to winter recreationalists at one of four of the MSAC's FREE Companion Rescue Clinics held throughout the winter season.

Educational Links:
Westwide Avalanche Network Education Page
Mount Shasta Information
Avalanche Statistics/
One of the goals of the USDA Forest Service Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center and Wilderness department is
to educate the public for safe recreation in the Mountains.



Winter 2013/2014 Avalanche Awareness & Nat'l Weather Service "Weather & Climate Outlook"

These 1.5 hour presentations discuss the key factors leading to avalanche formation and avalanche accidents. Also, we'll have a NWS meteorologist start us off with a short, 1/2 hour presentation on the weather and climate outlook for this year! Join us at 7 pm and learn how to recognize the clues to avalanche danger along with some basics on safe travel in the backcountry. We've changed the location of our presentations this year to Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant at 1136 S Mt Shasta Blvd. This is our first time presenting here and so far it's working out well. Food and drinks are available as well as a full bar. Please help support this business by purchasing a drink aan nd/or appetizer or two!

December 6th, 2013

January - 3rd, 2014

February - 7th, 2014

March - 7th, 2014


Winter 2013/2014 Avalanche Companion Rescue Field Course

Avalanche transceivers, or beacons, are the best tools we have to find someone buried in an avalanche.  Join us and learn how to use one.  Demos of several different types (BCA, Ortovox, Pieps, Mammut/Barryvox) will be available.  Dress to be outside on the snow.  All of these meet at The Fifth Season at 9 am, 300 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd, Mt. Shasta City, then travel to a training site.

December - 7th, 2013

January - 4th, 2014

February - 8th, 2014

March - 8th, 2014

Nick teaches avalanche probing skills to a group at Bunny Flat.


SNOWMOBILE: Introduction to Avalanches with Field Course

The Mt Shasta Avalanche Center is proud to announce avalanche awareness and companion rescue workshops specifically for snowmobilers! Snowmobile avalanche fatalities have been on the rise in the last decade. We are making the effort to reach out to sledders this year and years to come! As riders ourselves, we look forward to putting on these day long, free classes for you. The MSAC received a state grant this year providing two new sleds, trailer and education materials. We are stoked and ready to ride!

Come spend the day with the MSAC professionals as we provide you with avalanche and rescue information specifically catered toward the snomobilers mind. The day will start at 9am at the US Forest Service conference room (204 W Alma Street). We will provide a multimedia presentation with industry leading information that will get your juices flowing. Following, all riders will meet up in the Old Ski Bowl on the south side of Mt Shasta. The rest of the day will be spent practicing beacon, shovel and probe skills, terrain identification, and management and scenarios. Last year we had 30 riders join the class and had a great day of learning. This course is not to be missed! No enrollment necessary. Just show up at 9am at the Forest Service with your sled and be ready to go!

We will host four of these days this season:

December 28th, 2013

January 18th, 2014 - CANCELLED due to lack of snow...See you in February hopefully!

February 15th, 2014

March 15th, 2014

You must have a beacon, shovel and probe to participate. (The MSAC has a few extra on a first come, first serve basis) You will also need a snowmobile (or ride double) with a helmet on all riders.

Don't miss out! For more information call 530-926-9617 or email: nimeyers@fs.fed.us

 Snowmobilers enjoy a beautiful day of companion rescue skills training, terrain navigation, and scenario's up in the Old Ski Bowl on Mt. Shasta!

Mt. Shasta Beacon Basin  

This 3-way partnership between BackCountry Access, the US Forest Service, and the Mt. Shasta Ski Park provides an on hill avalanche transceiver (beacon) training site.  Bring your transceiver and check in with the Ski Patrol get oriented with the training area. In the past, Beacon Basin has been located up near the top of the Douglas lift...the location of beacon basin this year is TBA.  Additionally, the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center and Mt. Shasta ski park will collaborate and provide a few days of instruction and demos.  Beacon Basin is currently CLOSED as is the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Stay tuned!

Mt. Shasta Beacon BasinPatroller training at the Mt. Shasta Beacon BasinTransceiver training - the pin point search

Level I & II Avalanche Courses

These 3-day courses get into the details of avalanches, snow science, safe travel and rescue.  The 3 permitted outfitters on Mt. Shasta offer these courses.  Shasta Mountain Guidesand Sierra Wilderness Seminars offer these on Mt. Shasta, while Alpine Skills International offers these in the Tahoe area.  Similar courses are offered by some Universities, Colleges and outfitters elsewhere. Ski/climb/board/ride SAFE - get educated!


College of the Siskiyous* will offer two avalanche courses this winter season!!

Avalanche Level I - February 7-9, 2014
Avalanche Level II - March 7-9, 2014

*Contact the college for enrollment information...http://www.siskiyous.edu/

Spring 2014 Mt Shasta Climbing Presentations at REI:
These 1.5 hours presentations discuss some of the history and background on Mt. Shasta, then focus on the weather, skills and equipment, for all ability levels, that one will need to safely climb Mt. Shasta

Climber ascending the Wine Glass chute on Casaval Ridge, Mt. Shasta.  Photo by Brent McGregorClimbing Ranger ascends the Lightning Bolt, ShastinaClimbers rest at the bottom of Misery Hill, 13,200 ft. Mt. ShastaClimbing Ranger, Mt. Shasta Summit
Join us at the following locations in 2014:
REI Roseville - March 18th, 2014
REI Sacramento - March 19th, 2014
REI Stockton - March 20th, 2014
REI Saratoga - April 15th, 2014 www.rei.com/saratoga
REI San Francisco - April 16th, 2014 www.rei.com/san-francisco
REI Berkeley- April 17th, 2014 www.rei.com/berkeley

Mountaineering Courses

The 3 permitted outfitters on Mt. Shasta offer 2-4 day guided climbs, 4 day glacier workshops, and 1 day ice axe/crampon clinics.  For inexperienced climbers, either a guided climb or an ice axe clinic is the best way to start.   Learn how to use these mountaineering tools from the experts and prevent injuries!  Contact Alpine Skills InternationalShasta Mountain GuidesSierra Wilderness Seminars for details.