Alpenglow Ski Mountaineering History Project
Mt Rainier National Park, Superintendent's Monthly Reports
These reports were reviewed on microfilm at the National Park Service
Columbia Cascade Library
"It is expected that the road will be open to Narada Falls about
July 15th. Automobiles will probably not reach Paradise Valley
before August 15th. The Glacier Camp, at the snout of Nisqually
Glacier, and Paradise Inn, in Paradise Valley, were opened July
1st. Visitors to Paradise Valley travel on foot from the Glacier
via the Glacier Trail. The Rainier National Park Co. operates a
pack, saddle pony and sled service to Paradise Valley."
"During the entire month the weather conditions were fine. The
road was opened for automobile travel to Narada Falls on July 12,
only 14 days later than to Nisqually Glacier. It is expected
that the road will be open to Paradise Valley by August 10."
"The road was opened for automobiles to Paradise Valley on July
6. The automobile road is now in fine condition all the way
through... A Ski Tournament was held in Paradise Valley July 7."
"At the first of the month the road was open to Nisqually Glacier
Station. On June 9 work was started on opening the road to Narada
Falls. A maximum of 20 mean and four teams were employed."
The heaviest snow drifts were plowed repeatedly. Scrapers
were used but this was discontinued as being too slow. A snow
drag or plow was constructed for side hill work and was pulled by
two or four horses. A truck reached Narada Falls with the help
of a team of horses on June 14. The road was opened for daily
use on June 26. On June 16 work was started on the road above
Narada Falls. The work included plowing, dragging and blasting
snow drifts with dynamite.
"The Northwestern Ski Club held their annual tournament at
Paradise Valley on Sunday, June 29, which was attended by several
From July 1 to 16 two teams and a number of men worked at plowing
and dragging the road and blasting drifts with dynamite and T.N.T.
On Saturday, July 19, the road was opened to public travel. The
dates of opening the road to Paradise Valley for the last five
1915, June 15
A winter trip was made by 125 Mountaineers to the Pardise Inn,
starting December 28. Their time was occupied by trips to
Sluiskin Falls, the saddle of Pinnacle Peak, McClure Rock, and
with snowshoeing, skiing and toboganning. On December 31, a
party of four men, including the park superintendent, made the
trip to Camp Muir, partly on snowshoes. The Mountaineers left
the park on January 1, most of them walking from Paradise Inn to
Ashford, a distance of 18 miles.
"The road to Narada Falls was opened to public travel on Sunday,
June 20th... The annual tournament of the Northwest Ski Club was
held at Paradise Valley on Sunday, June 27th. There were
thirteen contestants. The longest standing jump was 95 feet.
The snow was somewhat soft for long jumping. A large audience
attended the tournament. 928 visitors entered the park on that
day and 822 on the preceeding day, many of whom stayed over for
"On July 4 the first government truck came through to Paradise and
on July 10 the road was open to general traffic... The annual ski
tournament held on Alta Vista in Paradise Valley on July 4 was the
principal event of interest this month. The record jump of 240 feet
was made by Nels Nelson, amateur ski champion of the world. The
road was open only to Narada and over a thousand visitors hiked over
the snow to Paradise to see the tournament."
1916, August 24
1917, August 9
1918, July 6
1919, July 19
Copyright © 2002 Lowell Skoog. All Rights Reserved.
Wed Dec 30 17:11:00 PST 2009