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5 Top Distinctive Snow Excursions near Redding, CA
Night Ski, Snowshoe Volcanoes, Ice Skating, Race Snow Mobiles and Go Nordic in the Back Country 

Redding, CA – November 29, 2016 – Redding, CA is a perfect base camp for northern CA winter expeditions offering snow-covered fun in every direction, so bundle up, head outside and prepare to be captivated! Take the night by storm and ski Mt. Shasta under the stars, snow shoe with rangers and learn about northern California's volcanic landscape, hit the rink or get in the Nordic spirit. These are just a few of the distinctive snow activities visitors enjoy in the northern reaches of California during the winter months. 

“Redding is so close to so many unique snow escapades, it’s hard to decide what to do first,” explains Kallie Markle, Communications Coordinator for Visit Redding. “It’s only an hour’s drive from Redding to either Lassen Park or Mt. Shasta, and we don’t have the crowds or high prices that resorts impose, so it’s easy to get away as a family or a group. We already have snow on the peaks, too, so visitors can already enjoy some of the best winter experiences found in Northern California.” 

Here are 5 top distinctive snow excursions near Redding CA:

1) Night Ski at Mt. Shasta Ski Park
Voted in the 10 Best in the U.S. 2015 by Lonely Planet, Mt. Shasta is more than a mountain: it’s an experience. Mt. Shasta is part of the vast volcanic Cascade chain that includes Lassen Peak to the southeast and Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier to the north. Mt. Shasta Ski Park has 425 acres of skiable terrain (20% beginner, 55% intermediate, 25% advanced), 32 trails, 3 triple chairs, and 2 moving carpet lifts. Night skiing is from 3 – 8 pm Thursday through Saturday evenings and until 9 pm during the Christmas holiday period and other holiday weekend nights. The ski lifts usually open in mid-December and remain open until mid-April, offering everything from downhill and backcountry skiing and snowboarding to tubing and competitions. The Ski Park hosts exciting events for all ages, as well as ski and snowboard lessons and equipment rentals. 

2) Snowshoe across Volcanos at Lassen Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park makes walking on water easy in the winter snow, with ranger-led snowshoe tours every Saturday and Sunday from January - April 2017. The rangers will rent you snowshoes for $1, teach you how to use them, and take you on an exploration through Lassen's beautiful, snow-blanketed southern corner. If you already know what you’re doing, skip the tour and bring your own shoes, or rent some in Redding at Sports LTD or Action Sports Rentals, and check out several great snowshoeing trails throughout Lassen Volcanic Park, including around the picture-perfect Manzanita Lake. The park is close enough to Redding that you can do a half day excursion, or go for the whole day and pack your sled, cocoa, and snowman-making-kit.

3) Race a Snowmobile across the Mountains
Enjoy Northern California snowmobiling at its best on Mt. Shasta! Mt Shasta stands 14,162' high and the snow is already flying at 8,500 feet. You’ll have access to over 300 miles of beautiful groomed snowmobile trails, thousands of acres of valleys, vistas, volcanoes and more in the Tri Forest Snowmobile Trail System. Plan your 70-mile round trip ride to Pilgrim Creek Snowmobile Park, ride around and into Ash Creek Crater, drag race at Jack Rabbit Flat, get an up-close view of Mt Shasta from the Whaleback Mountain ride. If you don’t have all day, just stay close and play on the fun and fabulous Long Loop and Short Loop trails, the twisty turns of Shingle Springs Loop, or ride to Butte Creek river crossing for beautiful frozen river formations and spring bear watching. From beginner to advanced, guided, unguided and to-go, a snowy winter wonderland adventure awaits you on the trails of Mt Shasta in the Klamath, Modoc and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. The Fun Factory, in Mt. Shasta, offers rentals, tours and equipment.

4) Skate Your Cares Away
If your ideal winter isn’t complete until you strap on some blades and cut around the ice, the Siskiyou Ice Rink is an open-air thrill AND the only National Hockey League regulation-sized outdoor rink in California. Skate with the grandkids, your favorite hockey mates, or just your secret dreams of triple-axel perfection, all with views of nearby Mt. Shasta. The rink offers open skating sessions, lessons, competitions and shows, so you can find the perfect way to skate into the new year. 

5) Go Nordic in the Back Country
Shasta Cascade offers an abundance of un-groomed, backcountry winter trails, suitable for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. The Mt. Shasta Nordic Center grooms miles of trails throughout the winter snow season, and offers rentals, lessons and a warming hut at the trailhead. Mt. Shasta Nordic is a community-based non-profit organization that strives to inspire a passion for Nordic skiing in a broad range of skiers in the Northern California region. The trailhead is approximately 10 miles off Interstate 5 near Mount Shasta City and is open 7 days a week over the Christmas holidays, and Thursday – Sunday starting in January. For more information call the Nordic Center Direct Line at 530-925-3495. 

Winter Hotel Specials
Several Redding hotels and bed and breakfasts are offering winter fun packages for travelers coming to take advantage of all there is to do during the winter. At Oxford Suites Redding, visitors can call direct and ask for the "Home for the Holidays" special or enter "SHOME2" online, and receive 20% off a suite until Jan 30th. Redding Travelodge is offering 15% off any room when you call directly and ask for the "Winter Special", or call Best Western Plus Hilltop and ask for the "Winter Special": a 1 night stay for $116.99 plus tax and fees, and including a $20 certificate to C.R. Gibbs restaurant. B&B’s more your style? Tiffany House is offering 10% off when booked direct via phone, just be sure to mention "Winter Special", or call Bridgehouse Bed and Breakfast for their “Winter Special Luxury Package,” $299 plus tax for a 2-night stay, king room, full breakfast each morning, and bottle of wine with your dinner at Gironda's Italian Restaurant. Whatever your winter fun, you’ll have a cozy bed waiting for you at the end of the day!

This list only scratches the surface of all there is to do in Redding and Shasta Cascade in the winter! It’s easy to book reservations at a downtown Redding hotel located just steps from great shopping, restaurants and nightlife, or a quiet bed and breakfast on the outskirts of town, if that’s more your style. To discover all the adventures and attractions Redding has to offer and additional information about the many things to do in Redding and Shasta Cascade, visit www.visitredding.com and book your hotel, B&B or RV site today. 

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About Shasta Cascade
Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, the Shasta Cascade region is the perfect place to get back to nature, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Comprised of eight rural counties historically known for being part of the pioneer gold rush in the mid-1800s, this majestic region of northern California is abundantly scattered with lakes, rivers, mountains and historic mining towns, and includes Lassen Volcanic National Park, two national monuments, six national forests and seven California state parks offering unforgettable fun and adventure. This area offers boundless outdoor recreation with magnificent landscapes and breathtaking vistas: from towering volcanoes, alpine ranges, and glaciers, to waterfalls, lush forests, pristine lakes, and roaring rivers; this travel destination is one of a kind. Shasta Cascade is easy to get to by auto, air, or Amtrak, and offers an off-the-beaten-path experience where people discover the abundance of nature in one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in California. For more information or to request a visitor’s guide, visit www.shastacascade.com, like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ShastaCascade, or find us on twitter www.twitter.com/ShastaCascade. 

About Redding, CA
Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding is the hub city in Shasta Cascade and is located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco. Boasting 300+ days of beautiful weather a year, Redding offers outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with great wine, food, sporting and cultural events, dining, lodging and entertainment. The great Sacramento River runs through the center of town, helping earn Redding the fame of being America’s “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking” according to Time Magazine. Nearby scenic lakes, rivers, state and national parks, including Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park, make Redding a fantastic base-camp for exploration in Shasta Cascade, offering Any Adventure, Any Day. Redding is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-5 and California state routes 299 and 44, and is accessible by daily flights from San Francisco and Portland. For more information or to order a visitor’s guide, visit www.visitredding.com, like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/VisitReddingCA or find us on twitter at www.twitter.com/visitreddingca. 

Media Contacts:

Susan Hartzler

Mental Marketing

818-585-8641

shartzler@mentalmarketing.com

www.mentalmarketing.com

 

Lisa May

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

530-365-7504

lisa@shastacascade.org

www.shastacascade.com 

 



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