While many of us bemoan the wet and cold of winter, there are many reasons to love the season when you live in the Northwest. Just check out our Best of the Northwest photo of the week, featuring a fiery sunset across the spectacular snow-covered landscape of Mount Rainier.
The mountain’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation this time of year, with the colorful sub-alpine meadows and lush old growth forests blanketed with snow. There are lots of activities available in Mount Rainier National Park as well, include ranger-led snowshoe walks where you can learn about the mountain’s winter ecology and then warm up in the visitor center. The snow play area is open for sledding when enough snow is on the ground, and visitors can also enjoy cross-county skiing, winter camping, and snowboarding.