Alpenglow Ski Mountaineering History Project
Olympic National Park, Superintendent's Monthly Reports, 1940-41
These reports were reviewed on microfilm at the Olympic National
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"The only area receiving much travel was the Deer Park ski
grounds. The ski lodge concession is being conducted this season
by Jim Lucas, professional ski instructor from Seattle. Hot
lunches are served and limited accommodations for overnight
guests are offered."
"The mild character of the weather during the month was reflected
in the snow depth at Deer Park which was reduced from 36 inches
to 18 inches during the period. The mean temperature was a full
six degrees above normal and precipitation was 1.6 inches below
average. These factors contributed to the lack of normal travel
at the Deer Park Ski Area. Nearly half the month's rainfall fell
on one day, the 17th."
"An event which was expected to bring several hundred visitors to
the Deer Park ski area during the month was the Pacific Northwest
Ski Association meet planned for February 22. This meet had to
be cancelled because of lack of snow--an instance where the
exeptionally beautiful weather which prevailed throughout the
month did not prove a boon to tourist activities on the
"March proved to be another month of exceptionally fine weather...
Travel to Deer Park decreased noticeably with vanishing snow...
The ski lodge operator at Deer Park closed the lodge on March 5."
"A high temperature of 67 degrees and rainfall of only .93 inch
indicate the mildness of the month's weather."
"The 41st Division Ski Patrol of the U.S. Army under the
direction of Lt. Phelps utilized the park as a training ground
during the month. Starting at Deer Park on April 8, the patrol
came out at Elwha on the 13th and reentered at Soleduck on the
same day. The patrol reached Seven Lakes Basin by way of Deer
Lake and spent a few days in maneuvers there, coming out by way
of Soleduck Park. Lt. Phelps was enthusiastic about the fine
skiing terrain which was observed in the park."
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