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Archives: Nov. 2011


New Mount Rainier webcam offers a view of Longmire

A new webcam at Mount Rainier National Park went online Tuesday, showing a view of Longmire.

The camera is mounted in the conference room on the second floor of the Administration Building. It looks toward the Longmire Museum and the road leading up from the Nisqually Entrance, with the National Park Inn hidden behind the trees in the distance.

You can find the new camera by clicking here.

There also are six webcams at Paradise and one at Camp Muir. You can find all the cameras by clicking here.


Ex-Mount Rainier research takes new post at East Bay parks

Sue Fritzke, a one-time researcher at Mount Rainier National Park, has been named deputy superintendent for the East Bay national parks near San Francisco.

Fritzke will be deputy superintendent for Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, John Muir NHS, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Monument and Rosie the Riveter/World War II National Historic Park. She replaces Tom Leatherman, who was selected as the new superintendent in early January. Her primary duty station will be in Richmond at the Rosie the Riveter office.

Here federal service began in 1982 in the Peace Corps, serving 2.5 years in Ecuador. She began working

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Dosewallips River topic of Nov. 30 meeting

Staffers from Olympic National Forest, along with the Wild Fish Conservancy and the Hood Canal Coordinating Council, will host a public meeting Nov. 30 to discuss a proposal to put engineered logjams in the Dosewallips River.

The meeting will be from 6-7 p.m. at the Brinnon Community Center, located at 306144 U.S. 101 in Brinnon.

Staffers will discuss a proposed series of restoration projects designed to stabilize the river channel, reduce flooding and improve fish habitat in the river. Project proponents will explain the goals and objectives of the proposed project and gather comments from the public.

A pre-meeting site

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White Pass to open on Sunday

After announcing Thursday that it would not open this weekend, officials at White Pass ski area have changed their mind. Or the snow changed it for them.

A short time ago it was announced White Pass will open on Sunday. The area has received more than 10 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.

While details are still being worked out, the plan is to run only the original area only with Quad, Triple, Platter and Carpet lifts. Lift tickets will be discounted, but a price has not yet been decided.

The Nordic Center also will open Sunday.



Snow continues to fall in Cascades as ski areas open

Here is an update on all things snow-sports releated, well almost all things:

Crystal Mountain: The lifts are running, at least the gondola and Green Valley left. The area opened at 9 this morning. The ski area has received 19-21 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Area officials announced Chinook Express, Discovery and Forest Queen lifts will open Saturday. This will allow access to beginner and more intermediate runs.

Paradise: The popular winter fun spot at Mount Rainier National Park has received 19 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Weather station data indicates there

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Most Cascade ski areas to open Friday, Saturday

Thanks to 11 inches of new snow, Crystal Mountain made it official this morning. The ski area will open at 9 a.m. Friday.

The Mount Rainier Gondola and Green Valley chairlift will operate 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lift tickets will be $35 on Friday.

Skiing will be allowed only in the Green Valley area.

Additional terrain will open as the snowpack builds. Ski area officials hope to open Discovery, Chinook Express and Forest Queen Express chairlifts Saturday.

Mount Baker also will open Friday. The area will open both base areas and operate at least six chairlifts.

The Summit at Snoqualmie

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Mount Baker ski area will open Friday

Mount Baker Ski Area announced a short time ago it will begin seven-day-a-week operations on Friday at 9 a.m.

Forecasts for the North Sound are calling for 25-40 inches of new snow at Mount Baker today and Thursday. That is in addition to the existing base of 29 inches. With temperatures expected to remain cold through the weekend, ski area officials moved ahead with plans to open.

At this moment, according to the news release, some of the details are still being worked out. An announcement is expected Thursday afternoon for details such as base area and chairlift operating schedules.


Much anticipated snow starting “to dump” at Crystal Mountain, White Pass

UPDATED: 12:02 P.M.

The snow is falling in the mountains!

A check of webcams shows fresh snow on the ground at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park. Crystal Mountain webcams are harder to read, but consider their Facebook post from a short time ago:

“It officially just started DUMPING!!! If this keeps up all day like it’s supposed to, we’ll be in really good shape for opening on Friday.”

Here is a post from White Pass:”Just started snowing and it’s COMING DOWN!!!”

You have to love their enthusiasm.

The folks at Crystal Mountain announced yesterday they plan to

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