snow in October! Woohoo! Lets go to Mount Rainier! Quite a change from
October 2006 when I skied on a few inches of new on top of the permanent
Muir Snowfield on a crisp sunny fall day. The word was 14 inches of new over
night, and still falling. This was not the first snow of the season, as that
happened in September.
The normal parking lot was closed, and everyone had to park at the old visitor center. The conditions warranted skins right from the cars. When I left, solo, there were perhaps 5 parties of tele skiers. During the day I saw a few AT, some boarders with snowshoes, a few snowshoers, and and one party booting it.
Views? Only what you see in these images. The fun was in the turns, and waking up the dormant tele muscles.
The snow was in excellent condition! Wonderful dreamy powder!
Mount Rainier is probably my favorite place to ski. There is so much terrain to ski and the high elevation ensures good snow for most of the year.
This year, on the Muir Snowfield I experienced icy and sun cupped conditions in August, and a few inches of new in September.
Mount Rainier is the most hazardous volcano in the Cascades in terms of its potential for magma water interaction and sector collapse, and major eruptions or debris flows even without eruption. The last eruption was about 150 years ago.
Fay Fuller was the first woman to climb Mount Rainier, in 1890.
In March 1899, President McKinley signed the act establishment of Mount Rainier National Park, the nation's fifth national park. The Washington Alpine Club was active in the park's creation.
In spite of the poor visibility the amount of new snow made everyone really happy.
I had three hours of touring, 3 miles, and 1,200' of skiing.
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