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Westwide Avalanche Network Education Page

Mount Shasta Information

Avalanche Statistics/

The USDA Forest Service Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center and Wilderness department makes a commitment to providing avalanche and climbing

education to the public for safe recreation in the mountains!!

Winter 2016/2017 Avalanche Awareness & Nat'l Weather Service "Weather & Climate Outlook"

These 1.5 hour FREE 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. No need to sign up. Location in Mt Shasta at the Shasta Mountain Guides storefront, 230 N Mt Shasta Blvd, Mt Shasta City, California 96067

December 9th, 2016

January - 6th, 2017

February - 3rd, 2017

March - 3rd, 2017


Winter 2016/2017 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. This FREE course is for beginners to expert, so don't hesitate to come and train with us. You can never have enough practice saving someones life!  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. For more information contact Nick Meyers at 530-926-9617 or email at

December - 10th, 2016

January - 7th, 2017

February - 4th, 2017

March - 4th, 2017


SNOWMOBILERS: Introduction to Avalanches with Field Course 2017

The Mt Shasta Avalanche Center continues its avalanche awareness and companion rescue workshops specifically for snowmobilers! Snowmobile avalanche fatalities have been on the rise in the last decade. As owners of snowmobiles and riders ourselves, we look forward to putting on this class for you. We've got our sleds tuned and ready to ride.


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 9am at the US Forest Service conference room (204 West Alma, Mount Shasta, CA). 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!

or more information call 530-926-9617 or email:

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.

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

Northern California Area Avalanche Courses 2016/17

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 as well as other providers.  Shasta Mountain Guides and Sierra Wilderness Seminars offer these on Mt. Shasta, while Alpine Skills International offers these in the Tahoe area. Other providers are also listed. Ski/climb/board/ride SAFE - get educated! Check out the list below for courses in our area!

Shasta Mountain Guides: AIARE Avalanche Courses on Mt Shasta - Visit this link for details on each course, registration and other information!:

Sierra Wilderness Seminars (SWS Mountain Guides): AAA certified Level 1 and Level 2 - Visit for all the details.

Outdoor Adventure Club: AIARE Avalanche Courses in Lassen National Park Visit this link for details on each course, registration and other information! 

College of the Siskiyous* - Level 1 and Level 2 Courses

Dates: TBA

*Contact the college for enrollment information...

Spring 2017 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 2017:

Dates and Locations TBA!
Sign up through REI, click here >

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.