This New Year’s Eve, enjoy a day of skiing at Crystal Mountain Resort with your friends and family followed by live music under the umbrella from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. in the base area followed by a party in the Bullwheel from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a DJ for those 21+ only, must have photo I.D.
The Fireside Cafe will be open until 9 p.m. with food and drink options. The Bullwheel will close at 4 p.m. to get ready for the New Year’s Eve party.
What could be better than spending New Years in the mountains with your friends and family? Crystal Mountain Resort is located at 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Crystal Mountain.
Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks At Paradise
The walks cover approximately 1.8 miles in two hours. This is a good opportunity for beginners to try the sport.
Snowshoe walks are limited to 25 people, 8 years old or older, on a first-come, first served basis. A sign-up sheet is available at the Jackson Visitor Center information desk one hour before each walk.
Snowshoes are provided by the park for those attending the ranger-guided snowshoe walks. A $5 donation from each participant helps the park repair and replace snowshoes. Visitors can also use their own snowshoes. Participants also need to bring a hat, mittens or gloves, suitable boots (because you will sink into the snow even wearing snowshoes), sunscreen and sunglasses.
Ranger-guided snowshoe walks at Paradise are scheduled to run through March 2019. The walks will be offered on weekends when the visitor center is open, begin at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and last two hours each. Sign-ups are filled on a first-come, first served basis, and begin one hour in advance of each walk at the Jackson Visitor Center information desk.
Join a park ranger to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals and people adapt to the challenging winter conditions at Mount Rainier. Meet inside the Jackson Visitor Center near the Information Desk. Sign-ups begin one hour in advance of scheduled time; all snowshoe walk participants must be present at sign-up. 2 hours/1.8 miles. Limit 25 people. Pro Tip: show up at the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center 1 hour beforehand to sign up.
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Skiing and Snowboarding
To avoid damaging exposed vegetation, a minimum of 5 feet of snow is strongly advised for skiing and snowboarding. Obtain further information at the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise (weekends and holidays) and the Longmire Information Center (daily).
In the southwest corner of the park, snowmobiles are permitted for 6.5 miles along the Westside Road from its junction with the main park road as far as Round Pass. Beyond Round Pass, the Westside Road is closed to snowmobile use.
Snowmobiles are also permitted on all the road loops of Cougar Rock Campground. The campground is closed to overnight use during winter and the roadway is left unplowed. Contact a park ranger at the Longmire Museum or the Carbon River Ranger Station for maps and additional snowmobile information in the park.
The U.S. Forest Service District Office in Enumclaw provides information and maps for White River, Carbon River and Mowich Lake areas. For more information, call the USFS District Office in Enumclaw at 360.825.6585. Highway 410 is closed near its junction with Crystal Mountain Ski Area road, at the north park boundary.
Snowmobiles are permitted on the 12-mile section of unplowed road from the north park boundary on Highway 410 to the White River Campground. Snowmobiles may not continue on Highway 410 south of the White River Road turnoff. They are also prohibited from proceeding beyond the closure at the White River Campground road junction towards Sunrise. Snowmobiles must stay on the road corridor; they are not allowed to proceed beyond the campground towards Glacier Basin. Be aware of avalanche danger and the weather forecast.
Wilderness permits, required for all backcountry camping, and climbing registration cards are available at the north boundary arch on Highway 410 or by self registration at the Ohanapecosh Ranger Station.
— Source: VisitRainier.com