telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
11/19/17, 12:00 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2015 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  April 2015 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  April 4, 2015, paradise
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: April 4, 2015, paradise  (Read 1476 times)
androolus
Member
Offline

Posts: 220


April 4, 2015, paradise
« on: 04/04/15, 09:22 PM »

After Amar's report from 4/2, I expected a TAY herd munching on the powder on the NE facing slope above the cowlitz. But there was only one other party, who only took one run. Granted the powder didn't extend to the valley floor, but it was good for 500 feet from the col between cowlitz rocks and the paradise glacier. I would imagine that others could find powder there tomorrow. Plenty of fresh lines left....but yo it is a long slog up the paradise valley (edited to clarify, "long flat hell leading from the top of mazama ridge to the bottom of the paradise glacier where once the paradise ice caves existed" ) to get there.
« Last Edit: 04/06/15, 10:16 AM by androolus » Logged
Amar Andalkar
Member
Offline

Posts: 1200


WWW
Re: April 4, 2015, paradise
« Reply #1 on: 04/04/15, 10:17 PM »

After Amar's report from 4/2, I expected a TAY herd munching on the powder on the NE facing slope above the cowlitz.
....but yo it is a long slog up the paradise valley to get there.

That's the main reason I felt OK about posting a glowing TR about skiing powder there. It has a significant barrier to entry that will keep the herds away, especially so on this weekend with both Chinook Pass and North Cascades Highway opening. The promise of easy roadside tracks was sure to lure away the majority of the local backcountry crowd this weekend.

And probably a large fraction of local skiers have already given up on this horrible season which offers no snow anywhere at all, and switched to other much better activities like mountain biking.

Logged

vogtski
Member
Offline

Posts: 708


Re: April 4, 2015, paradise
« Reply #2 on: 04/05/15, 07:07 AM »

Plenty of fresh lines left....but yo it is a long slog up the paradise valley to get there. 

'Paradise Valley' is the historic name of the ice age lakebed below and just east of the hotel, that is traversed by the summer Valley Road past Fourth Crossing.  It seems to me that name should be restricted to the Paradise River drainage.  I've also heard others use this name to refer to the upper Stevens Creek, former 'Ice Caves' area as Paradise Valley and I fear it could sow the seeds of confusion.

There are a couple other glaciers on Rainier that do not feed the stream with the same name.  Tahoma Glacier becomes the South Puyallup River, while Tahoma Creek's source is the disappearing South Tahoma Glacier.
Logged

I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
Andrew Carey
Member
Offline

Posts: 1404


Re: April 4, 2015, paradise
« Reply #3 on: 04/05/15, 08:56 AM »

Gary, I agree we all should be careful about the names up there.  If there is an accident, response effectiveness would be increased if there are common, universally used names.  Unfortunately there do not appear to be many names on topo maps and Mt. Rainier NP officials use names that I can not even begin to imagine where they are talking about; it seems almost everyone that is lost is lost on Stevens Ridge but I doubt that.  I encounter many, many people in the bc in Paradise environs that have no clue about what the name of their geographic location might be.  Too bad; not good.
Logged

... want your own private skintrack? Better move to the yukon dude. (B'ham Allen, 2011).
...USA: government of the people by corporate proxies for business.

Andy Carey, Nisqually Park, 3500 feet below Paradise
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.