Ultimate Snow Adventures in Siskiyou

Who says Californians can’t enjoy a snowy winter? Here in California’s real North, we see all four seasons — in the spring, we get foliage bursting to life under sunny skies; in summer, we get weather perfect for lake days; in the fall, the landscape is painted vivid oranges and reds; and in the winter, Siskiyou transforms into a snow-blanketed winter wonderland, like something out of a fairytale. This time of year is excellent for curling up in front of a fire with a good book, sure, but it’s also a great time to experience Siskiyou’s outdoor wonders from a completely new angle. Whether you’re an expert shredder on a snowboard or you’re just looking for some breathtaking views to remember your trip by, we’ve got you covered.

Hit the Slopes

Mt. Shasta is often referred to as Siskiyou’s crown jewel, and for good reason. This majestic giant surveys nearly all of Siskiyou County. In the winter months, it becomes one of the best spots to get some great skiing or snowboarding runs in, regardless of skill level. Head to Mt. Shasta Ski Park to traverse the park’s over 400 acres of skiable terrain. You can take lessons from the experts before zipping down the mountain, and all ages are welcome, so it’s a great stop for anyone traveling with the family. Or, head to the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center, where you’ll find access to over a dozen ski trails and a cozy base area for unwinding afterward.







If you’re feeling a little more adventurous — and you’re confident on a pair of skis — you can also venture further into Siskiyou’s beautiful natural landscape and try your hand at backcountry skiing. While we don’t recommend this for beginners, it can be a great way to explore Mt. Shasta, provided you follow all safety precautions. Bunny Flat Trail provides backcountry adventurers a chance to forge out into the surrounding wilderness of the mountain, where you’re sure to find breathtaking views and a truly unforgettable experience. For a gentler ski experience that still allows you to escape into nature, you can also head to Sand Flat Trail for prime cross-country skiing trails.

Totally Tubular! Snow Tubing & Sledding Opportunities

If you’re a little intimidated by the prospect of tackling the mountain slopes, no problem! There are plenty of places to get the same thrilling rush of flying down a snowy hill without having to strap into a board. In addition to its numerous skiing and snowboarding slopes, Mt. Shasta Ski Park boasts a large snow tubing hill, perfect for kids, adults and everyone in between. Or, for a BYOS (bring your own sled, of course!) experience, head to Snowman’s Hill, a designated sledding hill that offers sledders 300 feet of fast-paced downhill thrills.


Another great way to experience Siskiyou’s wild backcountry is atop a snowmobile. Snowmobilers can choose from one of three interconnected snowmobiling parks, each with warming huts, restrooms, designated parking areas and both groomed and ungroomed snowmobiling trails. At Deer Mountain Snowmobiling Park you’ll find everything you need for your snowmobiling adventure, including rentals, guided lessons and more, courtesy of Fun Factory Snowmobiling. Pilgrim Creek Snowmobiling Park and Doorknob Warming Hut Snow Park both offer hundreds of miles of adventurous trails to embark on as well.

‘Tis the Season

You can’t help but fall a little in love with the holidays if you’re spending them in Siskiyou. Get into the holiday spirit with some festive activities, like ice skating at Shastice Park. Take in the winter scenery at this fully outdoor ice rink, which welcomes skaters of all ages and experience levels.

Instead of buying a Christmas tree, start a new holiday tradition this year and head out into the snow-covered forests of Siskiyou to find your tree. Christmas tree cutting permits are available all December, and an afternoon spent searching for your perfect tree will be sure to make this holiday a standout. For our guide on how to find and cut your Christmas tree, check out this blog.

Even if you aren’t planning to take a Christmas tree home, it’s worth putting on your warmest winter boots and hiking some of Siskiyou’s best trails. In the winter, Lake Siskiyou might be too cold to swim in — but the views you’ll find along the trail loop make it a must-stop. Hedge Creek Falls or the McCloud Falls, both beginner-friendly waterfall hikes, are also excellent (and Instagrammable!) trails to wander in the colder months.

Plan Your Getaway

Whether you’re needing a cozy escape in the winter months or you’re planning your travel adventures for the new year, California’s real North is waiting for you. Plan your escape today and see what epic adventures could be in store.


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