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Mount Shasta, Whitney Glacier Professional Review and Guide
"The Whitney Glacier is the longest glacier in California. It is an active glacier with séracs, crevasses, and an icefall. The crevasses open up in April and May, so it is advisable to make this ski descent earlier than the other routes on Mount Shasta. I have experienced good skiing on the Whitney Glacier in March. March and April are perhaps the best time to ski this route. Since this is an active glacier with an icefall and many large crevasses, the ascent and descent should be roped. Descending roped is a bit tricky, and it is important to ski with a partner who has skiing skills similar to yours. Early in the season it may be safe to travel on the glacier without being roped, but you take a considerable risk. Carry a rope and crevasse rescue equipment in the event of a crevasse fall."
--Paul Richins, 50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California (The Mountaineers Books).
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