The snowplay area at Paradise is the only location at the park where sledding and sliding are permitted. For everyone’s safety, visitors must use “soft” sliding devices – flexible sleds, inner tubes and saucers. No hard toboggans or runner sleds are allowed.
The area is scheduled to open Friday, assuming all the snow on the ground doesn’t melt before then. Park officials like to have at least 5 feet of snow on the ground before they open the area, to protect the trees, bushes and other alpine vegetation in the area. As of late last week, there was more than 70 inches on the ground.
There are typically two areas for sledders: longer, groomed runs for the older and braver, and a shorter hill for young children.
Pack a picnic lunch and you can nosh, and warm up, inside the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center after you’ve gone sledding. The visitor center also has a cafe if you don’t bring your own chow.