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Casaval Ridge/S/SW Side Conditions

Climbing Route(s): Avalanche Gulch, Casaval Ridge, West Face
Trailhead(s): Bunny Flat
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Monday, January 24, 2022 - 12:30pm

General Conditions

Firm snow in the morning and on any aspect not receiving direct sunlight. Lots of texture, sastrugi, boot and ski tracks - it kinda resembles a frozen ocean out there! Ski crampons are mandatory. Smooth snow is hard to find. The mountaineering is probably better than the skiing at this point. The pictures tell the story.


  • Upper Giddy Giddy.
  • Looking down Giddy Giddy.
  • Looking up Casaval Ridge and upper Avalanche Gulch.
  • West Face, Casaval, Avalanche Gulch.
  • Shastina and West Face.
  • Shastina.
  • Some smooth and soft skiing.
  • More smooth and soft skiing.
  • Casaval Ridge.
  • Avalanche Gulch.
  • Looking down Avalanche Gulch.
  • Looking down Avalanche Gulch.