The massive snowfall back East --- even as recently as a few weeks ago --- augur a spectacular run-off in the rivers around the region and a very long, prosperous river rafting season for commercial outfitters. However, inexpensive trips coupled with rivers exploding out of their banks may also lead to numerous white water safety scenarios if thousands of newcomers jump on the deals and go rafting while the rivers are flooding and frigid.
Eastern outfitters should provide wetsuits for the icebreaker Weekend, but private boaters should definitely wear neoprene in the sort of hypothermic conditions they are certain to encounter. Washington State outfitters have been providing and requiring neoprene on their river trips ever since a company called Whitewater Tuxedo was established in the early 1980s. Whitewater Tuxedo rented wetsuits and boots to the guests of every rafting company operating out of Seattle.
"Prices for this weekend's day trips are discounted"
- Eastern Blizzards Bring Spectacular Spring Whitewater Rafting Trips (view on Google Sidewiki)