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3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Three destinations that offer skiers and boarders some seriously unique activities on the side.


For Hippies Who Love To Ski

The town of Mount Shasta sits 10,000 feet below the summit of the Mount Shasta stratovolcano, in California. This ski destination is open almost all year, with thick snowpack adhering into the summer months. In the spring, you can ski off the volcano’s summit for an 8,000-foot descent.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

You can ski and snowboard Mount Shasta for most of the year

It is perfectly made for backcountry skiing because it doesn’t have the dangerous crevasses that typical mountains have. The town has ski shops that rent backcountry gear, and there are guides and other resources to help backcountry skiers.

Mount Shasta is the destination for you if you love backcountry skiing all year round and a bit of mysticism and other-worldly power on your vacations.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

A bunny hill on Mount Shasta

Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park boasts 425 skiable acres, with 32 trails, 1390 vertical feet, 3 triple chairs and one surface lift, a massive bowl, 20% beginner, 55% intermediate, 25% advanced. Night skiing on 14 trails have become a must-do at the ski park, as Mount Shasta is one of the few ski resorts in California with night skiing. Thursdays through Saturdays, skiers and riders can hit the slopes from 3 to 9 pm for $20.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Try night skiing on the lit trails for $20.

This video will give you a taste of what the mountain is like for skiers and boarders:

Rising to a height of 14,179 feet, Mount Shasta dominates the landscape of Northern California. The area has long been a destination resort rejuvenation, with its pristine glacial waters, natural mineral springs, pure mountain air and unsurpassed scenery. Adding to the abundant natural healthful opportunities available here are the large number of alternative health and wellness practitioners who offer a wide variety of healing modalities for mind, body, and spirit health.

This volcanic mountain is also known for its spectacular sunsets and stunning cloud formations.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Winter sunrise on Mount Shasta

If you’re looking for something interesting to do on your rest day, Mount Shasta has a new-age feel, and there’s pretty much always something interesting going on. It is known for its crystal spinning, UFO sightings, meditation and chant groups and rumors about a spiritually advanced race living inside the mountain. In fact, there are over 100 New-Age religious groups and sects that have come to the mountain.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Harness the energy of this spiritual mountain using crystals

Some locals believe that this volcanic mountain holds a sacred source of mystical power. The mountain is considered to be one of the seven sacred mountains of the world, and draws hundreds of spiritual tourists yearly on sacred journeys, pilgrimages, vision quests, healing retreats.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Mount Shasta is known for incredible cloud formations, including circular ringed clouds over the summit

Tip: Find entertainment via live music at Slider’s Bar (in the ski park) and a couple other venues in town.

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 232 Comments

  1. All of them are just fantastic ! Thanks for sharing .. have a nice day ,..

  2. Karen Perry

    Is skiing that fun? Im afraid I will slip. Never tried that in my entire life.

    • Bonnie Wood

      Yes its undeniably fun! Try taking lesson to lessen your fear! Conquer that girl!

  3. Michelle Edwards

    Can’t think of a place for our family get away. Thank god I found Urbanette. I think we can enjoy skiing at Mt. Shasta its nearer to our place us also.

  4. Jessica Garcia

    Never been to these three Destinations that you featured. I miss skiing and snowboarding but can’t do that as of now because I’m pregnant I’ll try to go to one of these place next year together with my family…

  5. Norma Ward

    Winter or Summer Red River is still the best hang out plce for me and my cousins. Many activities to choose from.

    • Paula Smith

      Yah been last week miss RED RIVER already…☹️

  6. Lori Long

    GIVE ME A BREAK! It’s freaking cold! I don’t enjoy skiing that much. Maybe it’s better to just enjoy the view have a spa and eat good food. Thanks anyway.

    • Marilyn Taylor

      It’s totally fun! You are missing a one of a kind experience.

  7. Amy Simmons

    You gave me an option for our wedding anniversary. We both love skiing and I think our kids will enjoy ice skating. It’s gonna be exciting!

  8. Ruby Collins

    Snow boarding in RED RIVER are the best for me. Gonna visit this weekend again.

  9. Mildred Davis

    It’s hard to choose! I want to visit all of them!?

    • Deborah Hughes

      Choose Heber Valley you will enjoy there! I promise! Been there last month. I just can’t believe how accommodating the people are and such a perfect place for relaxation.

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