On the other side of Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park, there is another paradise for ski tourers and climbers: Inter Glacier. This is on the way to Camp Shurman, the jumping off point for climbers summiting via the Emmons Glacier. We love this route not only for the grand vistas of the Emmons Glacier -the largest glacier in the lower 48- but also for the wide open and long 5000′+ vert, continuous pitches for skiing down. So, after a week of wild wintry weather in our Cascades and new snow, we spent Father’s Day back in Mt. Rainier NP. TNT and I were joined by Kam Chan, Dave Leffmann (telemarkers), Peggy Vert and Tara Minotti – and a parking lot full of others who had the same idea. We started out from the White River Campground (4400 ft. elevation). The campground is presently closed (no restrooms) so the road ends at the main campground parking lot. From there, we hiked the Glacier Basin trail the entire 3.5 miles. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough continuous snow to skin. From Glacier Basin (patchy snow still), we crossed over to Inter Glacier to begin skinning. With warm temperatures (the forecast high was mid-50s on the lower glacier), several inches of new snow at the base of Inter Glacier (approx. 5600 ft elevation) and reports of 2 ft or more at higher elevations, we saw a lot of sloughing and slides on the sides of Mt. Ruth onto Inter Glacier. We made it up to about 9500 ft. on Steamboat Prow. We decided to skip the last stretch to the top (9702 ft. elevation) given the high sustained winds. As we’ve experienced with past trips, the upper part of Steamboat Prow was crusty. This time, it was 2+ inches of breakable crust over a ft or more of settled new snow – not fun. But once we got down to the upper Wedge, the snow softened and there was a deep enough layer of corn to reward TNT for schlepping the fat boards this time. We also saw some amazing sun halos and sun spikes. With sunset after 9pm, a full moon and no bugs, we maxed out the day – took our time chilling afterwards and didn’t pack up until after 10pm – so stoked to be summer skiing in June.