01/21/2017

  

The 4th Annual Shasta Ascension Backcountry Race will be held at the Mount Shasta Ski Park. Climb up the mountain then ski back down. Splitboards, Randonee, Telemark welcome. Costumes encouraged!! Great prizes will be given for best costumes, fastest time in each age category and overall. Events to support the Mt Shasta Avalanche Center will be going on all day long, with free backcountry ski demos, hosted by the Fifth Season; free intro to backcountry ski instruction by Shasta Mountain Guides; and the 15th Anniversary Snow Ball with live music and lots of prizes in the evening.

Course:

The race follows a traditional randonee (ski mountaineering) format with “... a timed event that follows an established trail through challenging winter alpine terrain while passing through a series of checkpoints.  Racers climb and descend under their own power using backcountry skiing equipment and techniques” (USSMA).

 

UPDATED: New course variation planned for this year! The course will begin and end at the base area of the Mount Shasta Ski Park.  It will have FOUR checkpoints, where racers will transition from skinning to skiing/boarding or vice versa.  The approximate route will take the racers from the base area to the top of Douglas Butte, then down North Saddle, out the Cat Track to Coyote Gully, and up Grey Butte to the Beyond the Boundaries Cabin.  From the Cabin, the racer will descend Grey Butte, to Coyote Gully, THEN climb up a set Bootpack to the top of Coyote Butte, and then finally descend to the finish line at the base area.  The course will be marked with wands and flags.

 

The course is over 5 miles long and gains 2,633 vertical feet.

 

Racers will stay in control at all times.  Be aware that the general public will be on the runs as the racers descend. The course route is dependent on weather and snow conditions.

 

Registration:

  • Open 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM the day of the event.  

  • Located in the Upper Lodge at the Mount Shasta Ski Park

  • Entrance fee is $20.  

  • Divisions for men and women:  

    • 18 years and under

    • 19-59 years

    • 60 years and older

    • Splitboards all ages

Mandatory gear:  Racers must carry the following equipment throughout the race.

  • Randonee, telemark, or splitboard

  • Climbing skins

  • Avalanche beacon

  • Avalanche probe

  • Snow shovel

  • Backpack

 

Recommended gear:

  • Water/food

  • Wind-proof jacket or shell

 

Race Rules

  • Registration is between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM

  • Waivers must be signed by all racers at registration

  • Race starts at 9:30 AM

  • Participants should follow the course as close as possible

  • The participants must use climbing skins for ascending, except if there is a designated boot pack section.

  • Passing is allowed in all areas, safety first.

  • Any competitor who is caught up to must immediately yield the trail to the faster participant.

  • All racers are obligated to come to the aid of a person in danger.

  • Check Points (transitions to or from skinning or skiing) will be marked with flags or banners, and will have a course marshal present.

  • At each checkpoint, participants must shout their bib number to the Course Marshal and confirm that Course Marshal replies with your correct number.

  • The Race Director reserves the right to modify the event and race course at any time for safety reasons.

  • In case of withdrawal during the event, the competitor must notify a Race Marshal (via the closest checkpoint) by any means and in the shortest time possible.

  • The Organizers reserve the right to force a competitor to withdraw for health or safety reasons.

  • Awards will be presented approximately 30 minutes after the last competitor crosses the finish line.

 

 

$20
01/21/2017

Mt. Shasta City Park (1315 Nixon Rd, Mt Shasta, CA) ~ all ages welcome! ~ Tickets are available at the Fifth Season, Shasta Base Camp, and at the door. This event sells out, so get your tickets early.

  • Doors open at 6:30PM
  • Live music featuring Royal Jelly Jive ~ www.royaljellyjive.com  
  • Beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert
  • Raffle and Silent Auction with great prizes, including Black Crow skis donated by the Shasta Base Camp, a beacon, shovel and probe donated by The Fifth Season for our annual membership raffle, Kegerator donated by Solano's, and an InReach donated by Delorme, just to name a few...

A community tradition and celebration of the winter backcountry recreation season, it is also one of our biggest fundraising events.  Come support the Mt Shasta Avalanche Center!

 

 

$25
01/06/2017, 02/03/2017, 03/03/2017

Join us at 7 pm at Shasta Mountain Guides Storefront, 230 N Mt Shasta Blvd in Mt Shasta, for a 1.5 hour presentation of the key factors leading to avalanche formation and avalanche accidents.

Learn how to recognize the clues to avalanche danger along with some basics on safe travel in the backcountry.

Also, a National Weather Service Meteorologist will present a short half hour presentation on the weather and climate outlook for this year. Call (530) 926-4511 for more information.

$0
01/07/2017, 02/04/2017, 03/04/2017

Meet at The Fifth Season, Mt Shasta, CA - 9am

Carpool to Bunny Flat for half day training.

Avalanche transcievers, or beacons, are the best tools we have to find someone buried in an avalanche. Join us and learn how to use one and effectively carry out a companion rescue. It is also a great chance to brush up on your skills. Demos of several different types (BCA, Ortovox, Pieps, Mammut/Barryvox) will be available. Dress to be outside on the snow.

$0
02/18/2017

The Mt Shasta Avalanche Center is proud to announce an avalanche awareness and companion rescue class specifically for SNOWMOBILERS!

Spend the day with MSAC professionals as we provide you with avalanche and rescue information specifically catered toward the snowmobiler’s mind. The day will start at 9 am at the US Forest Service conference room (204 West Alma, Mount Shasta, CA 96067). We'll 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 and spend the rest of the day practicing beacon, shovel and probe skills, terrain identification and management, and scenarios. If you don't have a beacon, shovel and probe, no problem! We will have some for you to use. Demos of several different types of beacons (BCA, Ortovox, Pieps, Mammut/Barryvox) will be available.This course is not to be missed!

For more information, call 530-926-4511 or email nimeyers@fs.fed.us

$0
01/06/2017, 02/03/2017, 03/03/2017

Join us at 7 pm at Shasta Mountain Guides Storefront, 230 N Mt Shasta Blvd in Mt Shasta, for a 1.5 hour presentation of the key factors leading to avalanche formation and avalanche accidents.

Learn how to recognize the clues to avalanche danger along with some basics on safe travel in the backcountry.

Also, a National Weather Service Meteorologist will present a short half hour presentation on the weather and climate outlook for this year. Call (530) 926-4511 for more information.

$0
01/07/2017, 02/04/2017, 03/04/2017

Meet at The Fifth Season, Mt Shasta, CA - 9am

Carpool to Bunny Flat for half day training.

Avalanche transcievers, or beacons, are the best tools we have to find someone buried in an avalanche. Join us and learn how to use one and effectively carry out a companion rescue. It is also a great chance to brush up on your skills. Demos of several different types (BCA, Ortovox, Pieps, Mammut/Barryvox) will be available. Dress to be outside on the snow.

$0
03/21/2017, 03/22/2017, 03/23/2017

The U.S. Forest Service's Mount Shasta Ranger District speaks about the ever-changing climbing conditions on Mt. Shasta. In this presentation, experts will help you prepare for a safe and successful climb of this majestic peak via the Avalanche Gulch route, and will discuss some of the more popular routes on the north side of the mountain. Find out about gear, clothing, permits, low impact camping, climbing protocol, route specifics, and the most current weather and safety hazards. Regardless of your skill level, you will get the tips to help enhance your next Shasta adventure!

These presentations are held at regional REI stores.

$0
03/21/2017, 03/22/2017, 03/23/2017

The U.S. Forest Service's Mount Shasta Ranger District speaks about the ever-changing climbing conditions on Mt. Shasta. In this presentation, experts will help you prepare for a safe and successful climb of this majestic peak via the Avalanche Gulch route, and will discuss some of the more popular routes on the north side of the mountain. Find out about gear, clothing, permits, low impact camping, climbing protocol, route specifics, and the most current weather and safety hazards. Regardless of your skill level, you will get the tips to help enhance your next Shasta adventure!

These presentations are held at regional REI stores.

$0
03/21/2017, 03/22/2017, 03/23/2017

The U.S. Forest Service's Mount Shasta Ranger District speaks about the ever-changing climbing conditions on Mt. Shasta. In this presentation, experts will help you prepare for a safe and successful climb of this majestic peak via the Avalanche Gulch route, and will discuss some of the more popular routes on the north side of the mountain. Find out about gear, clothing, permits, low impact camping, climbing protocol, route specifics, and the most current weather and safety hazards. Regardless of your skill level, you will get the tips to help enhance your next Shasta adventure!

These presentations are held at regional REI stores.

$0
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