For the first time since winter operations were started in 1923-24, the snowfall at Longmire Springs has been near the "normal" of the old timers. Beginning with the first big snow a week before Christmas there has been plenty of winter covering for all sport purposes. Temperaturs have been slightly colder preventing much melting. On the ground at Longmire there were 30 inches of snow, while the depth at Paradise Valley was 15 feet.
Ideal winter conditions has brought an increase in the number of park visitors and a very noticeable increase in the number of persons enjoying th skiing and other sports. Two years ago only a few persons brought skiis to the park and those obtaining them at Longmire were counted by the dozens. This winter half of the cars that come in carry from one to three pairs of skiis while the number of persons enjoying this thrilling sport runs into hundreds. Likewise the enjoyment of the toboggan thrill and the Alaska dog sled rides has greatly increased until a times these facilities are taxed to the limit to accommodate the crowds.
Winter sports now are as much a part of the program of the out-door lover in Mount Rainier National Park, as the glaciers wild flower fields or the magnificient virgin forests, and there's more real old fashioned fun in winter play.
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