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  • #670149
    rky mtn srfr
    152 Posts

    Took the splitboard for a hike in James Peak Wilderness yesterday, and we need more snow. Trees are completely too thin and impossible to ride. Looks like there may be a few small slopes above treeline holding enough snow for a few turns if you put the work in though.

    #670150
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    It says something that you didn’t go out and wear the hardboots right off the bat…. I’ve gotten some tours in up north, and there is some bomb snow out there, last weeks storm around Jones pass was deep, I’d say 15+ inches near the top. Lots of wind loading obviously(that’s what makes it rideable) but solid and soft. Snow showed minimal signs of sketch. Pretty much skate skied to the car. Another foot or two and maybe I will venture into the trees. :mrgreen:

    cant wait for some big snow to try out the new decks!

    #670151
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    @cometogether wrote:

    It says something that you didn’t go out and wear the hardboots right off the bat….

    Sure does, that I don’t have the bindings yet… 😉

    Another few inches came into Silverton yesterday. Looks like I’m going to try again Saturday.

    #670152
    davidr
    102 Posts

    anyone want to hike/ride a 14er tomorrow? considering antero (i think this ice will be melted – http://14ers.com/php14ers/threport.php?recnum=3444 ), democrat, sherman, evans (skin up road?)

    #670153
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    Id be interested in trying to get some 14er action but cant go till this weekend, have both saturday and sunday open, was thinking tunning fork but open to ideas for sure, haven’t had time to scout much, but we are getting more and more snow up in the hills.

    yeah SG I forgot your on that new new alpha shit, cant wait to hear your reviews. those binders look bomb, I’m trying to demo rent a hardboot setup soon, I need to give it a try. The slop in my tour brackets has me frustrated.

    #670154
    trailridge127
    2 Posts

    New to splitboard.com. In the longs peak cirque, rode lamb slide couloir on 10-26 and was real good, stopped about 200 feet short from the top due to water ice. Went back yesterday 11-17. Made it to the top sticking to climbers left to avoid the ice (thin but ride-able). The snow was hard pack with some wind crust. But lower down in the couloir made for real good turns. About 9 hours car to car. Flying Dutchman is not in and looked wind blasted. It’s always a long hike but worth it.
    The Big D if full glory

    10-26

    11-17

    #670155
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

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    #670157
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    Read a few forecasts for Colorado, this weekend could potentially be good!

    Seems like the San Juans are expected to be good, and the rest of Colorado should do well too. Reading 12-18″ forecasts as well.
    http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado
    http://powderchasers.com/powder-alert/heavy-powder-still-on-track-for-the-west

    We’ll have to see. I’ll be heading out tomorrow to do some first hand looks :D. Probably going to have to stick to non-avalanche alpine zones because of our current tree base. Either way, it will be fun to be out again!

    #670158
    davidr
    102 Posts

    mt cb got about 4″ last night. snowing lightly now

    #670159
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    super stoked over the weekend!!! got some waist deep shots locally :thatrocks: base is building and covering all those angry sharks!!

    lets talk Colorado, who has the snow? I heard down south got some goods!!

    Its almost time to leave the early season spots and go explore, maybe one more good storm.

    so who has snow? I mean a base… :nononno:

    #670160
    Matt Wood
    328 Posts

    I’m still in full blown work mode but winding down and will probably start my seasonal retirement by the end of the week. Only one season in the last 15 have been this good this early up here. Flatboat rarely opens top to bottom. Patrol has been called in early and are setting up on upper mtn! :headbang:

    #670161
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    About 12″ new snow Friday into Sunday last week in the San Juans. The red mountain snotel is around 26″, and 5.3 SWE. That is the same as Christmas last year. Hopefully it keeps up through the year. Most of the alpine didn’t hold that snow though due to the high winds, and I found very wind buff conditions. Might be some harder slabs up there. But it did bring some base to the trees which were very good snow (but no base). Another storm looks to be lining up for this weekend too, and long range is saying another storm for Thanksgiving. At that point, the trees are probably ridable, which is good because conditions are touchy. I’ll take storms every 4 days or so though, that’s good things.

    #670162
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    rumor has it some Colorado kids are heading to that red mountain to get some turns in, I still think its a tad early to go after that, thanks for the confirmation! similar conditions up here, the wind has kept it interesting crushing stuff up high and loading it down lower. I’ve seen a lot change in just the last month! Finally starting to fill in around this area so we are getting there…

    matt- hows the terrain look up there? would it be worth it to come do a Sunday Monday birthday tour?

    im looking for some birthday :rock:

    #670163
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    Just saw a picture of this remotely triggered avalanche on Wolf Creek Pass on Sunday. I probably won’t be anywhere near alpine this weekend when I tour. I think the trees picked up enough base last weekend to stick in there. They also stated that 5 people have been caught in the N San Juans. Be safe out there folks.

    That’s a lot of large blocks… E Face, not exactly sure where that is.

    And CT, if you mean skiing Red Mountain 1,2 or 3, I would say that would be pretty “progressive”. I was on McMillian W face last weekend which is approx 20-25 degrees top to bottom. It was completely scoured, and I expect there are some large persistent slabs lurking on the Reds, with a massive start zone.

    #670164
    PedroDelfuego
    758 Posts

    Please be safe and smart out there, it’s pretty unstable in Colorado right now. :thumbsdown:

    “If it’s deep enough to ride it’s deep enough to slide”

    Berthoud

    Aspen

    #670165
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    Wow, those are massive. Those remote or naturally triggered? Anyone hurt?

    #670166
    PedroDelfuego
    758 Posts

    All were “skier assisted” nobody hurt so far, but looks like this was a close call at Commodore Basin.

    You San Juanitos’ have more snow so your slides have been larger.

    #670168
    rky mtn srfr
    152 Posts

    Got up into James Peak Wilderness yesterday, and it’s gotten much better since my last trip a few weeks ago. Was able to skin from the parking lot thanks to the new foot of snow from this last system. Tree’s down low are still too thin, but near treeline provided some great powder turns. Didn’t see any avy activity, but visibility above treeline was mostly zero. Didn’t get any noticable whumpfs or shooting fractures either. Stuck to lower angle terrain so didn’t bother with any snow pits either. Photo is from a northern aspect where it was staying plenty cold.

    Photos here since I’m always incapable of posting photos in this forum. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rky_mtn_srfr/

    #670169
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    2 days this past weekend, one Wolf Creek, and second day at Chatanooga on 550 near Silverton. Surprisingly, we got first tracks for 2 laps. In the past 5 days, Red Mountain has picked up 2.3 snow water equivalent, and snotels reading around 14″ more. Felt like a lot more yesterday though, feeling like we picked up 2-3 more feet. Its the same as late January last year, and felt like it. It’s seriously GOOD. Snowpack overall below treeline felt pretty stable. The storm came in wet and finished cold, so it’s a sign of good things to come, but we’ll see. At and above treeline is still pretty touchy, and there were lots of avalanches set off, but below treeline now has the base and protection that it is really good.

    Wolf Creek did a little better with the storm, as the storm went more south. They are sitting at a 53″ base on snotel, and 10.1 SWE compared to Red which is 41″ and 7.6SWE.

    Chatanooga E face

    #670170
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    SG! you definitely got the goods out of this storm. What day did you go to wolf? I called them on Saturday and they said the 11am tally was 1,653 tickets sold. so I figured sunday and monday would be a shit show. Glad they got some good snow.

    So instead I toured around locally, finding that snow depths and consistencies where fairly similar in the 4 different spots I toured. Snow is getting more stable and seems to consistently be in the 14-25″ range in the non wind loaded spots. Still plenty shallow if your not paying attention. Another good storm or two and we should be able to explore a bit more around here. Despite the early season snow in most areas the number of people I have seen out so far this year is staggering! That’s totally ok with me, it just makes me have to be more creative in my location selection. :drool:

    anyone poked around the indian peaks or estes area? there snow numbers looked strong from these last couple of storms.

    travis- whats up in the gores?

    matt- and your corner?

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