Mount Rainier's Paradise snow play area closes Sunday evening

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 26, 2014 

Lindsey Abair and her 9-year-old daughter Ella Garrison (right) of Bremerton slide down the sledding hill at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park, January 26, 2012.

PETER HALEY

Sunday will be the last day of the sledding season at Mount Rainier National Park, the park announced Wednesday.

The groomed sledding area at Paradise is the only place where sledding is permitted in the park.

While there is still plenty of snow at Paradise (165 inches at 1 p.m. Wednesday) the snow play grooming equipment is needed to begin snow removal operations in other parts of the park.

The park remains open for other winter activities but park officials recommend visitors check weather, avalanche and road conditions and then plan accordingly before heading to the park.

Ranger-led snowshoe walks continue through March 30. The walks leave from the Jackson Visitor Center at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and are first-come, first-served with a room for 25 people 8 and older. A $5 donation is recommended to use the park’s snowshoe rentals.

 

Chains are required in the park through May 1. The visitor center is open weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paradise inn is scheduled to open May 21.

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