Stay away from the top of the Ariel lift...I've had a lifty yell at me when I got too close.
Since you are skinning up next to a resort make sure you abide by their uphill policy. The main thing being that you can't skin up and then ski down any of the runs. mtashland.com/uphill-use-po…
The most mellow way to access the summit of Mt. Ashland.
Easy wayfinding, you just follow the Forestry road that leads you up to summit. There is some sort of plowing/ snow cat use on road so it always seems to be packed down unless you're hitting it right on new snow.
The top bit can be icy as the wind normally comes from the south so the freeze thaw cycle is real when it's warm. No need for ski crampons since it's a moderate slope. That wind though can deposit decent amounts snow on the more W/NW aspects of the climb/ road so as always be aware of snow/ avy conditions even though it's low angle.
Then ski down any of the NE/E/SE/S/SW/W facing slopes as long as it's outside of the ski area. For all the W/SW/S/SE facing slopes you'll hit the Forestry road that you took up that leads back to the parking lot.
Great views of the slopes that are to the W of Mt Ashland that look to hold some rad skiing. And on clear days great views of Shasta.