A year ago today, we reported from Mt. Rainier after several inches of early fall snow. What a difference a year makes – this summer, Washington state had more consecutive 80+ degree days than we can all remember and it sure took a toll on the Muir Snowfield. Below is how the Snowfield looked last Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, starting from about 9400ft. Muir has melted down to a mix of thin patches of snow, skeletal glacier ice and rock -water was running everywhere.
Compare these two photos of Mt. Rainier this past Sunday and a year ago today in 2013 (check the video from 2013 here):
TNT’s working on a video report of some skiing from about 8900′ and down. However, even at lower elevations, there were some firm and icy spots. As the sign above says, be prepared and extra careful if you’re headed up that high. Live to ski another day!