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MOUNT RAINIER CASCADES (CENTRAL) | WASHINGTON | UNITED STATES

Summary | Elevation: 14,411 ft

MOUNT RAINIER
MOUNT RAINIER
Its Big. The tallest of the entire Cascade Range. Mount Rainier looms over its surroundings like a ginormous snow monkey that just by looking at it makes you realize how insignificant your life really is. Mount Rainier offers skiing year round. It is a rare and true test of endurance to ski it from the summit.
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ImageNameSteepest SectionAspectSkiable VertAVG Ascent Time
MUIR SNOWFIELD MUIR SNOWFIELD 15-25 Degrees Southwest 4700 ft. 4-5 hours
  PANORAMA POINT This Route is not officially added
  PARADISE GLACIER This Route is not officially added
  SUNRISE This Route is not officially added


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August 28, 2009
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Seattleslider: September 25, 2013 Uphill: 4,680 ft. | Downhill: 3,300 ft.

Snow to 6000' covered the icy remains of the year and allowed easy smooth skiing from 10100' to 6800', then an hour walk back to the car....[view]
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Seattleslider: August 6, 2013 Uphill: 4,000 ft. | Downhill: 2,800 ft.

We had to walk about an hour, gaining 900'. Then we skinned from 6200' to 8400'. The day was warm but with a cool breeze to keep the sweat and bugs off. Suncups were small and soft up high, harder ...[view]
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Seattleslider: July 6, 2013 Uphill: 5,300 ft. | Downhill: 5,300 ft.

Nice line off NE side of Cowlitz Rock, then big gathering at 8400', soft cupless corn, skiing to the car....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 5, 2013 Uphill: 3,850 ft. | Downhill: 3,850 ft.

In and out clouds below 8000', TNT filming, several delays, nice soft corn again....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 4, 2013 Uphill: 5,600 ft. | Downhill: 5,600 ft.

Some clouds below 7000', great smooth soft corn....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 3, 2013 Uphill: 4,650 ft. | Downhill: 4,650 ft.

Met a gal from Bishop CA in the parking lot, then Frank showed up, and we skied a little with Tom (month 406 of skiing at least one day!)...[view]
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Seattleslider: July 2, 2013 Uphill: 4,000 ft. | Downhill: 4,000 ft.

Solo trip....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 1, 2013 Uphill: 4,800 ft. | Downhill: 4,800 ft.

Helicopter at fourth crossing so we had to skin from Paradise to McClure rock, then down into Paradise River valley and up again....[view]
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Seattleslider: June 30, 2013 Uphill: 4,900 ft. | Downhill: 4,900 ft.

Smooth soft corn slush, great weather with some cool breeze....[view]
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Seattleslider: June 29, 2013 Uphill: 2,000 ft. | Downhill: 2,000 ft.

Two laps off the summit of Dege, quite sun cuppy....[view]
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Seattleslider: June 28, 2013 Uphill: 4,150 ft. | Downhill: 4,150 ft.

Nice smooth gullies on each of the three Burroughs for opening day at Sunrise. Fresh snow earlier in the week had smoothed the suncups....[view]
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Seattleslider: May 9, 2013 Uphill: 4,120 ft. | Downhill: 4,120 ft.

Very warm day, some breeze, Paradise temperature around 70. Slushy snow most of the way down from Anvil Rock....[view]
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Seattleslider: November 26, 2012 Uphill: 4,000 ft. | Downhill: 4,000 ft.

Bulletproof with raised skin tracks from yesterday, then awesome two runs 1000' each on east facing 4" powder to save the day....[view]
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Seattleslider: October 31, 2012 Uphill: 2,000 ft. | Downhill: 1,000 ft.

Skied last week's leftovers in warm but not wet conditions....[view]
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Seattleslider: September 5, 2012 Uphill: 3,800 ft. | Downhill: 1,900 ft.

Dirty and wavy snow, too much dust blowing off Nisqually cliffs....[view]
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Seattleslider: August 1, 2012 Uphill: 3,800 ft. | Downhill: 3,600 ft.

Clear and calm weather for corn skiing on Cowlitz and Paradise Glaciers....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 31, 2012 Uphill: 4,900 ft. | Downhill: 4,600 ft.

Clear, calm day for corn skiing below 8400' on Cowlitz and Paradise Glaciers....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 30, 2012 Uphill: 4,000 ft. | Downhill: 3,700 ft.

Foggy to 7000' then fine corn skiing in light wind and clear skies....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 29, 2012 Uphill: 3,750 ft. | Downhill: 3,650 ft.

Clear day, great corn below 9000' on Paradise Glacier....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 28, 2012 Uphill: 4,800 ft. | Downhill: 4,700 ft.

More fine corn on a clear calm day below 8400' on Paradise and Cowlitz Glaciers....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 27, 2012 Uphill: 3,800 ft. | Downhill: 3,700 ft.

Nice corn snow on east and southeast slopes below 8400'....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 26, 2012 Uphill: 3,800 ft. | Downhill: 3,700 ft.

Beautiful afternoon corn snow on east facing slope 8400-6400'. Skiable after five minute walk from the road....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 22, 2012 Uphill: 3,600 ft. | Downhill: 3,600 ft.

Breezy day, tricky descent in foggy whiteout....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 21, 2012 Uphill: 5,600 ft. | Downhill: 5,600 ft.

Excellent buttery snow between 8000' and 6600'. Blue skies and light winds for summer laps!...[view]
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Seattleslider: July 19, 2012 Uphill: 5,500 ft. | Downhill: 5,500 ft.

Nice buttery corn, so good that we reran 1200' of it. Skiable to the cars....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 14, 2012 Uphill: 1,600 ft. | Downhill: 1,100 ft.

Foggy at Sunrise, smooth snow. Then sunny at Chinook Pass, cuppy snow. Geoff's 12th month!...[view]
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Seattleslider: July 4, 2012 Uphill: 4,700 ft. | Downhill: 4,800 ft.

Up the Muir Snowfield on a dusting of fresh over a crust with 2-3" soft snow under. Down the Paradise Glacier 3-5" soft butter in clear skies and light winds....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 2, 2012 Uphill: 3,500 ft. | Downhill: 3,500 ft.

Clouds and fog coming in as the day progressed, nice corn skiing after a short dirt road walk from the car. Four short (800') runs on North and east facing slopes between 6200' and 7200'....[view]
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Seattleslider: April 23, 2012 Uphill: 3,000 ft. | Downhill: 3,000 ft.

Sloppy snow, some grabbiness on flatter terrain. Good company and weather tho. :)...[view]
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Seattleslider: November 10, 2011 Uphill: 2,800 ft. | Downhill: 2,800 ft.

Wind and trap crust. Character builder....[view]
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Seattleslider: November 8, 2011 Uphill: 4,800 ft. | Downhill: 4,800 ft.

Day started out beautiful and calm but got breezy and cloudy by noon. 6" settled powder without wind affect on the PG....[view]
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Seattleslider: November 1, 2011 Uphill: 3,600 ft. | Downhill: 2,400 ft.

2-4" fresh powder 6000-8000', an inch in the parking lot, and glistening ice above 9000'. Time for powder please....[view]
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Seattleslider: October 27, 2011 Uphill: 4,200 ft. | Downhill: 2,500 ft.

Blue sky and calm winds. But yesterday winds blew off the fresh snow that fell Monday. Lots of icy patches not warm enough to soften. Also some chalky powder....[view]
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Seattleslider: October 25, 2011 Uphill: 6,300 ft. | Downhill: 6,300 ft.

Beautiful winter day! Cold, sunny, no wind. 2-3" fresh dry powder. Skied my age! 63 hundred feet....[view]
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Seattleslider: October 18, 2011 Uphill: 5,800 ft. | Downhill: 4,700 ft.

Summerlike day at the end of October! Blue sky, low wind, temperature over 60 at Paradise. Mushy first run, corny second one....[view]
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Seattleslider: October 15, 2011 Uphill: 5,200 ft. | Downhill: 4,400 ft.

Blue skies, warm temperatures, and light wind turned the packed powder to nice soft bitter. Nice....[view]
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Seattleslider: October 13, 2011 Uphill: 4,800 ft. | Downhill: 4,000 ft.

An inch of packed powder over frozen corn from last year made for smooth pleasant turns....[view]
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Seattleslider: October 6, 2011 Uphill: 4,300 ft. | Downhill: 3,100 ft.

Powder season began today on Mount Rainier above 6000'. No wind, blue sky, 4" fluff on top of smooth old corn, worth the hike up out of the fog....[view]
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Seattleslider: September 29, 2011 Uphill: 4,700 ft. | Downhill: 3,500 ft.

Rain over the weekend made for some fresh corn above 8000' and very smooth skiing everywhere....[view]
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Seattleslider: September 23, 2011 Uphill: 3,400 ft. | Downhill: 2,300 ft.

Super smooth snow, better than three weeks ago! Must have been the rain over the weekend? Wildflowers are still in bloom and beautiful. Very warm day with a nice breeze to keep us cool....[view]
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Seattleslider: September 2, 2011 Uphill: 2,700 ft. | Downhill: 2,700 ft.

Not able to ski from the car anymore, but only hiked up 750' in half an hour, then snow all the way to our turn around in dusty snow and raised ski tracks. The ski down was soft and smooth, almost no...[view]
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Seattleslider: August 16, 2011 Uphill: 5,100 ft. | Downhill: 5,100 ft.

Perfect weather and pretty darn good snow, especially for August! 2"corn, buttery on steep slopes, so good we did a second lap on the glacier itself....[view]
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Seattleslider: August 14, 2011 Uphill: 3,500 ft. | Downhill: 3,500 ft.

Another day on the outdoor treadmill, awesome weather, soft snow, some cool breeze and the fog chased us up the hill. 600' sunny skiing, 2000' through the fog, 900' buttery to the car. Gotta love it...[view]
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Seattleslider: August 12, 2011 Uphill: 3,500 ft. | Downhill: 3,500 ft.

Cornier than Wednesday thanks to cooler, breezier weather. What an August!...[view]
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Seattleslider: August 10, 2011 Uphill: 3,500 ft. | Downhill: 3,500 ft.

Nice 1" corn on steep slopes below 8800', too much dust higher. Flatter sections were 2" slush with small soft suncups....[view]
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Seattleslider: August 8, 2011 Uphill: 5,200 ft. | Downhill: 5,200 ft.

Two laps in Nisqually Chute and then a ski out to the car in the overnight lot, wow what an August. Above 8500' is too dusty from the rockfall in June. The chute was nice and smooth from sluffing at...[view]
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Seattleslider: August 6, 2011 Uphill: 3,200 ft. | Downhill: 3,200 ft.

Surprisingly minimal suncupping from Paradise to the Nisqually Chute. Two inches of slushy corn. Clear weather above the foggy clouds at 6800' and below....[view]
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Seattleslider: July 15, 2011 Uphill: 3,800 ft. | Downhill: 3,800 ft.

Nice short weather window to get out and ski 2-3" corn in Nisqually Chute. Many classic ski routes on the mountain still seem to be in great condition, lots of snow!...[view]
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Kajebobaje: December 31, 2010 Uphill: 1,400 ft. | Downhill: 1,400 ft.

Blue skies quick afternoon jaunt up to Panorama Point, Rainier. Snow stable and deep. Good fun!...[view]
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Mickscott: December 30, 2010 Uphill: 1,500 ft. | Downhill: 1,500 ft.

happy bday to me...[view]
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Seattleslider: November 10, 2010 Uphill: 4,600 ft. | Downhill: 4,600 ft.

Once in a decade tour, calm weather all the way up to Camp Muir, 8" fresh powder, clouds to keep the snow pristine until we started skiing down. As good as it gets here in the PNW. ...[view]
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Seattleslider: November 2, 2010 Uphill: 4,600 ft. | Downhill: 4,600 ft.

Another day in Paradise (the real one!) Blue skies, no wind, good friends, corn snow for 2000', challenging sastrugi and mashed potatos elsewhere. Skin right from the car, fun....[view]
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Seattleslider: October 27, 2010 Uphill: 2,800 ft. | Downhill: 2,800 ft.

Breezy, sunny day above Paradise, some crusting of the snow as a result. Great start to the season....[view]
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Seattleslider: October 14, 2010 Uphill: 1,400 ft. | Downhill: 1,400 ft.

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Seattleslider: October 1, 2010 Uphill: 1,900 ft. | Downhill: 1,900 ft.

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Seattleslider: September 22, 2010 Uphill: 2,600 ft. | Downhill: 2,600 ft.

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Seattleslider: September 13, 2010 Uphill: 2,900 ft. | Downhill: 2,900 ft.

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Seattleslider: September 2, 2010 Uphill: 2,000 ft. | Downhill: 2,000 ft.

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Powderjunky: September 10, 2009 Uphill: 4,500 ft. | Downhill: 3,000 ft.

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Skiprince: May 17, 2009 Uphill: 700 ft. | Downhill: 700 ft.

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