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Snow still falling at Paradise but snowplay area still closed

While Paradise did not receive as much snow as expected, the area popular winter play area at Mount Rainier National Park has been receiving fresh snow.

The current snowpack level is 64 inches, according to weather telemetry this morning.

The park announced a short time ago that the snowplay area has not opened yet.

I’m awaiting word from the park’s chief ranger on whether a target date has been set.


No change in Paradise snowplay area status, yet

Thanks to new snow overnight, there is now 62 inches of snow on the ground at Paradise.

Mount Rainier National Park officials said this morning, however, that the snowplay area at Paradise remains closed. The area was scheduled to open Dec. 17 but there was not enough snow.

They like to have a minimum of 60 inches on the ground so they can create safe sledding runs, and also to protect the vegetation beneath the snowplay area.

If the forecast holds true, the area could open soon. The National Weather Service is calling for 7-15 inches of new snow

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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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Mount Rainier snowplay area opening may be delayed

Earlier this afternoon, officials at Mount Rainier National Park said the opening of the snowplay area at Paradise likely will be delayed.

Unless the mountain receives significant amounts of snow before Dec. 16, the snow play will not open as scheduled on Dec. 17, a park announcement said.

This afternoon, the snowpack at Paradise was measuring 51 inches deep. Park officials like to have a minimum of 60 inches before opening the area.

When the snow really began to fall before Thanksgiving, snow depths at Paradise topped the 60-inch mark. But little new snow has fallen since, plus warm temperatures

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Paradise snowplay will open Saturday

As expected, Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga this afternoon announced the Paradise snowplay area will open for the season on Saturday.

Here is the rest of the news release:

The snowplay area is immediately north of the upper parking lot at Paradise. Sliding and sledding in the park is permitted ONLY in this designated area. Snowplay runs are supervised daily by Park Rangers from December 18 through January 2, then on weekends and holidays from January 8 through March 27.

Visitors may use the sled runs when the area is not staffed, but the runs are not groomed

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Lots of snow at Paradise for skiers, boarders and snowshoers

If the road is open, there should be some good snow for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing at Paradise this weekend.

Uwe Nehring, acting chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, said crews worked hard to plow the snow so they could get the road from Longmire to Paradise open earlier today.

With nearly 50 inches of snow on the ground, Nehring said “skiing and snowshoeing activities should be good when we get the road open.”

The groomed snowplay area at Paradise is not expected to open until Dec. 19. Park officials do now want to open the area until there

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