Mt. Rainier snowplay area opening delayed - December 24th, 2011

posted Dec 24, 2011, 7:22 PM by Luke Hizer
The low snowpack means a delay to the scheduled opening of the Mt Rainier snowplay area. From their announcement:

The Paradise area is a designated are for sliding using plastic sleds or inner tubes. Due to a lack of adequate snow depth, opening of the Paradise snowplay are will be delayed. Currently there is only 50" of snow on the ground in the area. A minimum of 60" is needed to allow snow grooming equipment to access the area to create the tubing runs, without causing considerable damage to vegetation. Sledding and sliding can be dangerous because of safety hazards beneath the snow if there is insufficient snow depth. In addition, with the recent low temperatures and no new snow, snow that is on the ground has consolidated and is hard and icy. Until additional snowfall occurs snowplay will be delayed.