Cousin Kristy and I just had to visit Rainier while she was in town from Boston! Early May, lots of snow, 100″+ of base snow at the Paradise Visitors Center. Snowshoes. Buttsleds. Warnings of avalanche danger. Sunshine, warmth, lots of tourists. Skiiers, mountaineers, folks in bluejeans. Amazing views of glaciers. Horizon views of St Helens and Adams and more. Parking lot snacks. Sunburns. Amazing.