April 2009: Subway Snow. This picture was a 2nd place winner in the Zion Staircase Gallery competition, 2009. Applying for a permit for the Subway hike can be a dangerous and uncertain experience. I applied for a permit for the middle of April, expecting the weather to be mild but pleasant. A freak late-spring storm brought snow and chilling winds instead. Although the hiking had cooler weather, the snow and higher water level made the waterfalls profoundly beautiful in a way that I've not ever seen before in pictures.