Nordic Skis Save the Day After an Epic Rainier Dump

The SkiZer found himself in “save” mode during Day 2 of the season.

SkiZer makes the best of it at Longmire.

With heavy snow falling at Paradise on Mount Rainier, the SkiZer had high hopes for a backcountry powder day. That fantasy was quickly erased when a ranger at Longmire delivered the news that the road to Paradise wouldn’t be opening — too much snow.

Two feet of powder had fallen overnight at Paradise, and crews couldn’t keep up with the dump.

Oh well. Longmire would have to do, and it wasn’t bad. About eight inches new covered the National Park tourist complex, and the SkiZer quickly threw on the Nordic skis for a sojourn on some back roads.

It wasn’t a powder day at  Paradise, but it would do for a workout.

Day 2: Longmire Nordic

  • Distance skied: 12K
  • Season total: 12K
Skiers trek through the woods near Longmire in Mount Rainier National Park.
Headwaters of the Nisqually River are covered with fresh snow.
The gate to Paradise is closed at Longmire after heavy snow.



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