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Mount Shasta Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding

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Bunny Flat Trailhead
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Mount Shasta mountaineering

Embark on an unforgettable ski and splitboard mountaineering adventure at Mount Shasta, led by professionally trained AMGA Guides. Experience one of the Cascades' iconic volcanoes.Choose from 2 or 3-day programs to savor the thrill of this formidable mountain in California.


Cascade Range

+1 Days

Apr - Jun




* Ski or snowboard in one of the most iconic volcanoes in the Cascades.

* Learn from professionally trained AMGA Guides.

* Choose from a 2- or 3-day program to fit your needs and interests.


Ski and Splitboard Mountaineering Adventure in Mount Shasta

Experience the thrill of skiing or splitboarding over 4,000 feet on one of the most iconic volcanoes in the Cascades: Mount Shasta. Standing at 14,179 feet, Mount Shasta is the fifth-tallest peak in California and one of twelve coveted 14ers with a prominence over 300 feet.

Located at the southern terminus of the volcanic Cascade Range, Mount Shasta is in a league of its own and offers some of the finest ski and splitboard mountaineering in the state, including the classic ski descent of Avalanche Gulch (one of the 50 classic ski descents) and the West Face.

Challenge your physical and mental capabilities on this perfect opportunity for aspiring ski and splitboard mountaineers looking to up their game and learn from professionally trained AMGA Guides.

The best way to experience Mount Shasta for the first time on skis or a splitboard is through our 2 or 3-day programs. Whether you're looking for a quick sample of fresh, springtime volcanic corn runs with a single overnight at Horse Camp, or a 3-day program to ensure you get multiple runs.

Ready to take on this thrilling skiing/splitboarding adventure? Wait no longer, contact us today!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Harness

- Helmet

- Ice axe

- Avalanche equipment


Day 1: Approach Horse Camp

  • 8:00 AM: Meet at the Bunny Flat Trailhead (6,950') for introductions, gear check, and distribution of any climbing gear provided by GSG.

  • 9:00 AM: Hit the trail to Horse Camp (7,900').

  • Afternoon: Arrive at camp, take a break to refuel and set up camp. Enjoy the views and go for a quick ski tour up towards Avalanche Gulch (gaining and descending 1,000' vertical feet). Participate in an Intro to Mountaineering Course, covering snow travel, self-arrest techniques, fundamental rope systems, and snow anchors and belay systems.

  • After the course, discuss the game plan for your summit bid or day of skiing/riding in Avalanche Gulch, eat dinner, hydrate, pack your bag for the following day, and enjoy the sunset and company of your fellow skiers and splitboarders. Get a good night's sleep because you'll be waking up early the following morning!

Day 2: Summit Bid/ Ski day

  • 3:00 AM: Alpine start! If attempting the summit, rise no later than 3:00 AM and head into Avalanche Gulch by 4:00 AM. If skiing or splitboarding below the Red Banks, sleep in a bit longer.

  • 4:00 AM: Ascend Avalanche Gulch for a couple hours until you reach the Red Banks (12,800’). Take a short break, refuel, hydrate, and continue on towards Misery Hill.

  • Late morning: Misery Hill is a slow and arduous climb due to the high altitude (13,000’), but the views are incredible and the nearby summit keeps you motivated.

  • Early afternoon: Once atop Misery Hill, the true Mount Shasta Summit is within sight and resides just across the flat Football Field. As you near the summit, you will notice a peculiar smell of sulfuric acid, as Shasta is a relatively young volcano.

Note: conditions vary above the Red Banks. There is a high probability you will stash your skis or splitboard above the Red Banks if going for the summit.

  • Summit time! Congratulations, you’ve just summitted one of the classic volcanoes in North America and are standing proud and tall at 14,179’ feet! Enjoy the views on the summit, take summit photos and selfies, refuel and hydrate, then eventually make your way back down to camp, descending the same path you climbed. Please keep in mind you’re only halfway there and more accidents occur on the descent, so take your time, watch your steps, and enjoy the views.

  • Late afternoon: Once back to camp, fire up the stove, feed your calorie-depleted body, and reminisce on the incredible day you just had with a great group of people!

Day 3: Return to Bunny Flats Trailhead

  • 7:00 AM: For those interested, we can do one more lap up Avalanche Gulch if you have the energy! If not, we'll have a leisurely morning where you will cook breakfast, pack up your bags, and begin the descent towards the Bunny Flat Trailhead where you began your adventure.

  • Early afternoon: Upon your arrival back to the Bunny Flat Trailhead, you will return any climbing equipment that was provided by GSG, kick off those ski/ splitboard boots and slip into some comfy clothes, and debrief with your Guide(s).

Note: our 2-day ski and splitboard ascent of Avalanche Gulch is the same as the 3-day itinerary, except that you will pack up camp on the second day and return to the Bunny Flat Trailhead.


About the guide

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Single Pitch Instructor

I am the founder of Golden State Guiding and an AMGA Apprentice Alpine and Splitboard Guide, a certified Single Pitch Instructor, and certified Wilderness First Responder and also hold an AIARE Pro 1 certificate.

At Golden State Guiding we hold a valid permit to guide you legally in California's Eastern Sierra mountains including Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia/ Kings National Park, Mount Shasta in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park, Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, and Red Rock Canyon just outside of Las Vegas Nevada. All Golden State Guiding guides are professionally trained by the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and are some of the best Guides in the industry. Our professional Guides know exactly where to take you for your day out of rock, ice, or alpine climbing, backcountry skiing or splitboarding, and mountaineering in California or Nevada.

These are some of the spots where we can take you:

- Joshua Tree National Park

- San Diego (Mission Gorge or Mount Woodson)

- Eastern Sierra (Lone Pine Peak, Mt Emerson, Mount Sill and the entire Palisade Range, Bear Creek Spire, Temple Crag, Crystal Crag, Cardinal Pinnacle, Iris Slab, Mammoth Lakes Basin, Clark Canyon)

- Mount Shasta in Shasta-Trinity National Forest in the Southern Cascades

- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area



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What people are saying about Ryan



Weather changed the event from 3 to 1 day and I was unable to summit in one day. Suggest the trip be delayed instead of trying to get it done in one day.



Patrick took me out to the Indian Cove! Loved the short approach and couldn’t asked for better weather. Patrick recommended great pitches where I could try new stuff like chimneying. Would definitely book again if I go back to JTree!



We had an excellent time with Chad on our multi -pitch day in Joshua Tree. My partner and I have some experience climbing sport routes, but had no experience with trad climbing or multi-pitch routes. Chad is a great instructor and led our routes with ease. We felt confident in his abilities to keep us safe and have fun. Will definitely book again with him.



Super easy to work with. Great communication. Great guide. Will definitely use again.



We booked through Ryan, and Daniel was our guide - absolutely brilliant, very down to earth and knowledgeable. The climbs themselves were awesome, with insane views. My partner is an experienced indoor climber, and I have close to no experience, especially outdoors, but still felt safe and in good hands. We did a half day, which was 5hrs, and got 4 climbs in, then stayed after the tour to walk around a bit more and have some snacks with a view (make sure you take food/water as there aren’t any shops inside the park). Definitely recommend.

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