If weather, snow, and/or visibility are not near perfect, this trip will be rescheduled in April or May.
Who: Intermediate Backcountry skiers who are in excellent cardio condition.
Sno-Park Permit required until 4/1/13.
Climbing Permit: not required before 4/1/13. $22/skier. Each skier is responsible for purchasing their own permit.
3/29, Fri afternoon: drive to Marble Mountain Sno-Park and setup car camp
3/30, Sat: Ski (to or near) Mt St Helens' crater rim
3/30, Sat: drive home
Ski and avalanche safety gear: Alpine Touring or Telemark skiing equipment, avalanche safety gear (beacon, probe, and shovel) and avy safety training and experience.
Recommended mountaineering gear: Ski crampons and/or boot crampons. Ice ax or Black Diamond Whippet.
Navigation gear: I am bringing map, compass, altimeter, navigation wands, and GPS. Ideally, at least one other skier will be equipped with a GPS.
Camping gear: Three season tents and three season sleeping bags/pads (and other gear) suffice.
Distance: 10.75 miles roundtrip.
Elevation gain: 5,700 feet.
Pace: Moderate (~800 ft of elevation gain per hour).
Duration: ~7 hour ascent and ~3 hour descent.
Difficulty: Extremely strenuous.
Drive duration from park-n-ride to trailhead: 4 hours.
Carpooling and fuel reimbursement: Riders please bring cash to compensate your driver.
2011 Trip Report