Tutus and Lava — Mount St Helens Mother’s Day Ski


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 13, 2019      

This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.

Honoring Ma the PNW way: ski Mt. St. Helens, party frocks required.

In 1987, seven years after the big eruption, Lou and I skied Mount St. Helens. I was 28. Our tracks left white stripes on the ash covered snow. Who would have known that 32 years later I’d have the pleasure of skiing it again, this time with my 28 year old son, on bright white snow, everyone dressed female to honor the X chromosome. The circle of life never ceases to amaze.

Skiing Mt. St. Helens for Mother’s Day is a popular Pacific Northwest tradition, so much so that permits get snapped up minutes after they are posted. Permits to ascent the volcano are required year round now, info here.

Marble Mountain Sno-Park is the starting point for the Worm Flows Climbing Route. Named for the rivers of rocky lava near the trail, the 10.8-mile Worm Flows route ascends 5,700 feet to the summit of Mount St. Helens. Overnight parking was allowed. We left at 4:30 a.m. and hiked 2.5 miles up a well maintained trail to snowline.

View of majestic Mt. Hood.

500 permits are issued for the Mother’s Day climb.

Peeking over the edge, crazy to look down into the heart of a mountain.

Almost there, the climb seemed quite a bit longer than I remembered — aging is a curious thing.

The snow didn’t corn up due to warm weather so it was slushy but thankfully solid.

Before the eruption, Mt. St. Helens was nicknamed the Mt. Fuji of America. Even with a blown topper, the volcano should be on your bucket list.

Mt. Adams over his shoulder and Mom in his eye. Thanks Louie, Yulia and friends for the wonderful Mother’s Day!



IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE VIEWING SITE, TRY WHITELISTING IN YOUR ADBLOCKER, OTHERWISE PLEASE CONTACT US USING MENU ABOVE, OR FACEBOOK.

Comments

9 Responses to “Tutus and Lava — Mount St Helens Mother’s Day Ski”

  1. Scott S Allen May 13th, 2019 2:46 pm

    Gotta love your mother!!
    (in both human and Gaia form)

    Very nice tribute!

  2. Lisa May 13th, 2019 5:11 pm

    Thank you, Scott. I am a lucky mother for sure!

  3. Chris May 13th, 2019 9:46 pm

    Good on you PNW. Beautiful place, good people, great mountains.

  4. bill May 14th, 2019 8:13 am

    Sooooo cool
    That’s the way to tour.

  5. Susan LoAlbo May 15th, 2019 6:53 am

    Lisa Dawson you are AMAZING! Always always have been! You have a heart and soul of pure love and energy! How much fun was that for Mother’s Day! xoxoxo Susan

  6. Peter Spieler May 15th, 2019 4:41 pm

    Wow, What a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Definitely one you will never forget.

  7. Kam DH May 16th, 2019 5:58 pm

    Awesome! Last photo actually shows Mt Adams aka Pahto aka Kilckitat.

  8. Joe John May 17th, 2019 10:43 am

    What a colorful bunch!

  9. Lisa May 17th, 2019 2:40 pm

    Good catch, Kam. My Adams it is. We’ll make the correction. Thank you.





Anti-Spam Quiz:

 

While you can subscribe to comment notification by checking the box above, you must leave a brief comment to do so, which records your email and requires you to use our anti-spam challange. If you don't like leaving substantive comments that's fine, just leave a simple comment that says something like "thanks, subscribed" with a made-up name. Check the comment subscription checkbox BEFORE you submit. NOTE: BY SUBSCRIBING TO COMMENTS YOU GIVE US PERMISSION TO STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS INDEFINITLY. YOU MAY REQUEST REMOVAL AND WE WILL REMOVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITHIN 72 HOURS. To request removal of personal information, please contact us using the comment link in our site menu.
If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.

:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
  
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after approval. Comments with one or more links in the text may be held in moderation, for spam prevention. If you'd like to publish a photo in a comment, contact us. Guidelines: Be civil, no personal attacks, avoid vulgarity and profanity.

  Your Comments


  Recent Posts




Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube

WildSnow Twitter Feed



 



  • Blogroll & Links


  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to WildSnow.com and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version