Mt. Shasta Announces Gray Butte Expansion

Rumors of a major expansion and new lift coming to Mt. Shasta Ski Park were spot on. The Northern California mountain plans to build a Doppelmayr fixed grip quad on Gray Butte, significantly extending the skiable vertical drop with five new intermediate runs. The new lift will rise 1,154 vertical feet along an approximately 4,300 foot run, topping out at 7,500 feet in elevation.

“We are so excited to announce the Gray Butte Lift, which has been a long time in the making,” says a new project webpage. “The new lift will service much higher elevation, epic terrain, and access to our backcountry area.” Gray Butte will be the longest chairlift at Mt. Shasta with 14 towers and a 9.5 minute ride time.

Although the lift line has already been cut, the project has not yet received final approval and the ski area is asking the public to contact the Siskiyou County Planning Commission with support. Planning documents state construction is expected to take place in the fall of 2022 into early 2023. More information on the timeline will be shared at an April 20th public meeting.

3 thoughts on “Mt. Shasta Announces Gray Butte Expansion

  1. Kirk April 6, 2022 / 5:22 pm

    Have skied that before with a snow cat ride to the top. All south face, super cool view and pretty good terrain.
    Couldn’t tell from the map where the access back to the existing area is. The two sections outlined, the existing ski area and expansion are all on private land. At one time they were talking about using a little strip of USFS land to get back into the upper section of the existing ski area??

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    • Mike B April 6, 2022 / 6:32 pm

      From the looks of it, they intend for people to egress via the saddle between Coyote and Douglas, but I’ll be shocked if a large portion of skiers don’t endeavor to cut skier’s right off the top and ski to the bottom of the Coyote pod with a more consistent fall line.

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