DATE: 2/10/10

Donna Rahier, 360-569-2211, x2301

Mount Rainier Acting Superintendent Randy King advises that the Henry M.
Jackson Memorial Visitor Center will be open to the public over the
President’s Day holiday weekend, February 13, 14 and 15. The visitor center
offers exhibits, a park movie, gifts and food service. Visitor Center
hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ranger-led snowshoe walks will be conducted each day at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30
p.m. Walks last for about 2 hours, traverse about 1.2 miles and are
limited to 25 people (eight years or older) on a first-come, first-served
basis. Sign up at the visitor center information desk one hour before each
walk. Snowshoes are provided, but a donation of $4 (per pair) is
suggested. Visitors should wear layers of warm clothes, hats, mittens,
suitable boots, sunglasses and sunscreen.

The snow play area, located immediately north of the upper parking lot at
Paradise, now has two tubing runs in place. This is the only area in the
park where sliding and sledding are permitted. Use only inner tubes,
plastic sleds, saucers, or other soft sledding devices. An air compressor
is available during snow play hours at the upper parking lot restroom.

Paradise currently has 105 inches of snow on the ground which is about 79%
of the average normal amount.

Visitors are reminded that all vehicles should carry tire chains when in
the mountains. Road conditions can deteriorate rapidly and chains may be
required at any time. Changing weather conditions may require that roads
be closed for safety reasons. Check ahead by calling the number below when
coming to the park. Drive cautiously, slow down, and be prepared for snow
removal equipment working.

Road access into the park at this time of year is only through the
Nisqually Entrance (via State Route 706).