Wednesday, May 02, 2012

May Days

So if you are a Northwest resident it is no secret that we have had our fair share of dreary weather this spring, but that hasn't stopped a lot of motivated people from coming up and having some rather fantastic days playing in the park... I know I've gotten a face tan so the sun has definitely been out. The thing with partly cloudy, partly rainy, partly whatever forecasts is that a lot of the time the sun does in fact shine through. So I guess the take home here is to not let some drizzle get you down, come on out and see what's happening for yourself.

Most of the roads in the park are still being plowed out from under feet of snow and the Paradise road is still under winter management which means it does close every night, but since the weather is staying a little warmer, skiers and climbers can count on access to Paradise being more consistent until the switch to summer management. We will continue to keep our Road and Access page as up to date as we can as roads get plowed and opened.

The Climbing Information Center located at Paradise is going to be opening for weekend operation starting this Saturday at 8:00!  For the next two weekends rangers will be staffing the CIC from 8am-3pm, and then by May 12th the CIC should be open full time 7 days a week 6am - 3pm. Stop by to register for a climb, get some up to date info for your ski tours, or just to sit on our couches and read from our library.

Check out some recent photos and conditions reports from the Muir Snowfield, Gib Ledges, and the Fuhrer Finger. We also welcome reports and photos from climbers, since we can't be everywhere we really enjoy hearing how peoples trips went, especially on the more remote routes.

The Weather, Snow and Avalanche page has been recently updated and includes some new links to weather sites to help with your trip planning.