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Gray Butte

Location Name: 
Mount Shasta
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 01/04/2021 - 1:30pm
Observation made by: 
Red Flags:
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 22' 27.1092" N, 122° 13' 44.5476" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


  • Observation Location: Gray Butte via Ski Park
  • Elevation: 8,200 feet
  • Date: 20210104
  • Time: 1400
  • Observer: Sorenson / Beverly 
  • Sky Conditions: Overcast (OVC) then Broken (BKN) after 1315 hours. 
  • Current Precipitation: S1 with periods of S2. Less than an inch an hour, sometimes more. Very light snowfall S-1 after 1315. 
  • Air Temperature: 27 °F
  • Surface Penetration: Ski penetration (PS) =  8 -10 in / 20 - 25 cm, boot penetration (PF) = 24 in / 60 cm
  • Total Snow Depth (HS): 45 in / 115 cm 
  • 24-hour New Snow Depth (HN24): 8 - 10 in /20-30 cm
  • 24-hour New Snow Water Equivalent (HN24W):  1.1 in/ 2.79 cm
  • Wind Direction: S
  • Wind Speed: Light to Moderate

Snow level was near 5,000 feet, and big wet snowflakes were observed at the bottom of the Grey Butte skin track. Slightly less than an inch per hour was falling from the sky with occasional flurries of heavier snowfall. Moderate southerly winds were loading north and easterly aspects. A total snow depth of 35 inches (90 cm) with 8 inches (20 cm) of new snow was measured at the beacon checker at 6,700 feet.

The new snow was heavy but began to feel lighter as we toured toward higher elevations on the butte. Many bushes protruded from our shallow snowpack and were barely covered by the new snow. Skies cleared briefly after 1 p.m.  We observed minor cracking and blocking on small test slopes along the skin track. An average snow depth of 45 inches (115 cm) with 10 inches (30 cm) of fresh snow was measured along the ridge top of Grey Butte. Drifts up to 2 feet deep have formed along the easterly side of the ridge.  Test slopes were stubborn and generally unreactive to stomping. This may change if we receive more wind. 



  • 35 inches (90 cm) with 8 inches (20 cm) of new snow measured at the beacon checker at 6,700 feet
  • Ski track leading up Grey Butte
  • Breaking trail, Ski penetration (PS) =  8 -10 in
  • Skies cleared after 1 p.m.
  • View of Old Ski Bowl and Mount Shasta
  • Drifts forming over east bowl of Grey Butte. Note: Scoured rocky patches along Sergeants ridge

Weather Observations


Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Accumulation rate: 
Greater than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Speed: 
Wind Direction: