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Mount Rainier might open Paradise snowplay area this weekend

There is a good chance the snowplay area at Paradise will open this weekend.

In the last 24 hours, more than a foot of snow has fallen at the popular winter play area at Mount Rainier National Park. The forecast calls for another eight-15 inches of snow.

How soon the area can open depends on just how much snow falls, said Chuck Young, the park’s chief ranger.

Crews will not start grooming the snowplay area runs Saturday until they have cleared the road from Longmire to Paradise. That didn’t happen until about noon today. Once the road is open, they

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Mount Rainier snowplay area opening delayed

The word is official, the opening of the snowplay area at Mount Rainier National Park has been delayed. There just isn’t enough snow on the ground to allow the area to open Saturday as planned.

While the Paradise area has received some new snow in the last two days, it’s not enough to allow the area to open.

Park officials like to have a minimum base of 60 inches before they groom the runs. That is for visitor safety and to protect the subalpine vegetation underneath the play area.

As of this morning, there are 56 inches of snow

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