On the south slope of Mt Shasta, off Hwy 89 heading toward McCloud, this winter skiing and snowboarding park opens depending on snowfall. The park has a 1435ft vertical drop, 32 alpine runs and 18 miles of cross-country trails. These are all good for beginner and intermediate skiers, and are a less crowded alternative to the slopes around Lake Tahoe.

Rentals, instruction and weekly specials are available; lift tickets are cheapest on weekdays. It’s Northern California’s largest night-skiing operation. There are lots of inexpensive options for skiing half a day or just at night, when hitting the slopes and taking in a full moon can be enchanting.

In summer the park occasionally hosts mountain-biking events.