The Mount Shasta winter came back this 2016/2017 season in force. Just in the last week, we have received over 40 inches of new snow above 6000′. Over the last 3 months, nearly 240 inches of snow has fallen. Since October 1st, which is considered the beginning of the wet season, our precipitation amounts are 150% of normal. For the year 2017, we are 160% of normal. And for the month of April, we are at 421% of normal!
The skiing has been epic all winter and with this amount of snow, the spring skiing season will likely extend into July.
If you are a boater, this amount of snow, particularly at lower elevations, means the spring run of the Upper Sacramento should extend into at least June. The Upper Sacramento is one of our favorite spring runs. It has over 50 rapids and is probably the best class III river in Northern California. Its clear waters flow through a steep, lush canyon with cascading side streams and majestic views of Castle Crags and Mt Shasta.
River Dancers will be offering daily trips on this run during May and early June, or as long as the flows allow safe passage. We will also be conducting our whitewater school on May 6-8. Whitewater school allows you to experience the excitement of river rafting at a whole new level – as the guide of your own boat! Check out the links below for more information.
The Trinity River will slamming this spring and early summer as well. Although we can raft this river all summer, some of the most fun times to experience this run is at high flows. If you are traveling near Redding, CA, the Trinity is a must see. Big waves and clear waters make for a memorable day on the Trinity River.
We look forward to the coming season. Hope to see you out there on the slopes or on the river. Whatever you are into, be sure to get out there and enjoy the water!