Paradise off to a snowy start
With more than 40 inches of snow on the ground, Paradise is off to a good start for winter activities.
People have been heading to Mount Rainier National Park’s most visited location to go skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
Sledders still need to wait, however. Park officials like to have at least 5 feet of snow on the ground at the Paradise play area before grooming it for sledders. They like to be sure the wildflowers, bushes and trees in the area are protected by a solid blanket of snow.
Pass closures: If you haven’t heard already, the state and the park have closed two passes in the park’s northeast corner.
Cayuse Pass on Highway 123 is closed for the season from Stevens Canyon Road to the summit at Highway 410.
Chinook Pass on Highway 410 is closed for the season at Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit, and at Crystal Mountain Boulevard, eight miles west of the summit.
Jeffrey P. Mayor, The News Tribune