Mission, Vision, History, and Guiding Principles



Mt Shasta Nordic Ski Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting community health and well-being by providing groomed cross country ski trails and programs for a diverse population on the slopes of majestic Mount Shasta.


Mt Shasta Nordic was formed in early 2006 by members of the Mt Shasta area Nordic community who recognized that the Nordic skiing infrastructure Northern California could be preserved and enhanced by a community group passionate about cross-country skiing. With the intention of benefiting generations to come, we set our scope of influence to encompass those who have yet to discover the joys and benefits of Nordic skiing. Our intention is to create, enhance, and preserve Nordic skiing opportunities for all ages and abilities. By facilitating participation in education programs, competitive events, and Nordic skiing as a fun, health-beneficial, aerobic activity, we aim to enhance the legacy of Nordic Skiing in our community.

Guiding Principles

Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization intends & strives to:

  • We enable people to participate in the sport of Nordic skiing by providing well-groomed trails, marked backcountry trails, a full-service facility, quality instruction, and appropriate equipment.
  • We ensure access and opportunity to all Nordic skiers by offering public access to cross-country ski trails on a sliding scale basis.
  • We encourage and support skiers of all ages, skill levels, disabilities, and incomes.
  • We inspire and engender an active winter lifestyle in both enthusiasts and the general public.
  • We promote Nordic skiing as an environmentally-friendly activity, beneficial to mental and physical health.
  • We facilitate a variety of health, youth, competitive, and educational ski programs/events.
  • We represent and respond to the wishes of our membership and needs of our community with consideration for environmental responsibility, fiscal prudence, and operational sustainability.

Business Objectives:

  • Build a solid foundation for the auxiliary programs to grow by:
    1. Ensuring the efficient operations of the Nordic Center (i.e. protect against unexpected loss of grooming services, and provide consistent grooming)
    2. Reducing the risk of volunteer burnout, by hiring staff for key duties and improving volunteer recruitment
    3. Improving our marketing message and communication
    4. Enhancing fundraising such that it becomes a significant and steady source of additional revenue
  • The auxiliary programs will evolve by:
    1. Constructing the appropriate facilities to shelter grooming equipment and skiers at the trailhead
    2. Building and growing a self sustaining youth development and junior race program, and creating opportunities to race in the CNISF sponsored events.
    3. Continuing to sponsor and to grow three annual races – Junior Festival, Mt Shasta Pursuit, and Ernie’s.

Contact Us

Email: info@mtshastanordic.org

Nordic Center Direct Line (call to speak with a Nordic Center employee): 530-925-3495

Grooming report & recorded information (we do not answer this line): 530-925-3494

Mailing address:

Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization

PO Box 765

Mt. Shasta, CA 96067


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