Joined: Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:34 pm Posts: 165 Location: Boulder, CO
Took my split for a hike yesterday in James Peak Wilderness to check the situation, go through the motions, and enjoy a nice day and fresh air. It's farlooking right now; looks good from afar, but far from good looking.
If you go, you'll have a 3 mile hike/bootpack in most any direction (from the Moffet Tunnel parking lot) before you can even start skinning, unless you don't care about destroying skins and boards. Once I switched to skins, I still had to be very careful- lots of stepping instead of sliding.
Below treeline didn't look ridable on any aspect because it's still too thin. Near treeline held some thin powdery pockets in the shade, and above treeline all seemed to be pretty wind hammered. South facing aspects looked to be getting royally baked- you could hear a river under the snow in areas.
My consensus; wait for another 2-3 feet of snow before going up there in search of turns unless you want to go for a hike like I did (6 miles hiking, 2 miles skinning, 0 snowboarding).
Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:14 pm Posts: 58 Location: Denver, CO
looks like a nice zone up there when snow is in...haven't been able to get any riding in above treeline yet..went back there once but storm came in too hard and kept us in the trees back there...looks like some fun terrain from the topo maps