Mt. Shasta

At the base of the mountain, the eclectic mountain town of Mt. Shasta is home to a mix of former Deadheads, new-age spiritual seekers, mountain and river guides, and redneck loggers. (Local folklore says that little people live in the mountain and are descendents of the lost city of Atlantis.) The mountain itself is home to some of the best and most accessible spring and summer ski mountaineering in North America, with a 6,000-foot descent of perfect corn from the summit to your car. In this photo: Skier Hanne Coots on the Hotlum Wintun Glaciers on the east side of Shasta. (Forrest Coots)