If you go to Mt. Shasta on a day where it has just snowed at least a foot the night before and it's empty of people, it is heaven. Sometimes you can make first tracks on an area out in the trees in the afternoon. Unfortunately those days are few and far between. If it hasn't snowed recently or it's crowded it's terrible. It gets chopped up in a couple hours and then it's like you're skiing or boarding on a washboard. I will say that they have great staff in the learning center. The guy who taught me to snowboard remembered me and checked up on my progress. Also, I'm not sure if the lodge has been redone since it opened in the 80's.