If you’re not ready to let go of winter fun, you’ll want to make plans to head to Paradise this week. The snow play area there will close April 1st. This is the only area in Mt.Rainier National Park where sledding is permitted. You will need to purchase a pass at the park. You can purchase a one day pass, or get the annual pass if you plan on heading up this spring or summer anyway.
The Summit at Snoqualmie is another option for area tubing, and has a hotline you can check for days and hours. It operates on weekends only. Tickets are 17.00/19.00 for two hour sessions, and you’ll want to buy your tickets online.
If you just wanted to let the kids throw a snowball or two, you could also drive towards Crystal and pull off on one of the forest service roads before the turn off to the ski area. I haven’t been up there in several weeks, but I’m guessing with all the snow fall, you’ll find plenty. Do note that sledding/tubing are not allowed anywhere here. As fun as those activities are, they just aren’t safe in ungroomed areas, so please don’t try to do-it-yourself.
If you want to ski or snowboard, area resorts will be open well into the spring. This is by no means a frugal activity, but it would certainly kick off your spring break! Another option is to ride the gondola at Crystal. You can purchase tickets just for the gondola, and again, while not exactly budget friendly (20.00 for adults; 15.00 youth; 5.00 kids), it’s beautiful. It might be an outing to consider if you have in laws in town.
Although it’s (sort of) spring, you should use all the precautions you would during the winter for any of these outings. Stuck cars and cold kids make for very crabby days!
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