Recreational Observation

We climbed to the St. Helens crater rim via the Swift Ski Trail and Worm Flows route.

Jan. 25, 2015, 1 p.m. PST

Weather: Clear and cool on the night of the 24th, followed by a very warm and sunny day on the mountain. Approximately 60 degrees at the base, falling to mid-50s near the summit rim. Moderate winds on the upper mountain. Lenticular clouds were observed several thousand feet above nearby Mt. Adams.

Snowpack: Very little snow coverage overall, we climbed nearly 3000 feet from the trail head before skinning. A thin layer of spring-like corn snow on top of an impenetrable crust characterized essentially the entire route. No active wind transport was observed, though there were some isolated icy and more scoured sections near the rim. Excellent skiing from the rim down the south face. The snow became heavier and wetter as we descended.

Area Description: Mt. St. Helens, south face

Avalanches: No avalanches or debris were observed.

Observation by Andrew Bertino

Latitude: 46.186980

Longitude: -122.193031

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No