Peak:  James Peak (13er)
 Route:  St Marys Glacier/SE slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  AlexeyD
 Date of Info:  03/19/2018
 Date Posted:  03/19/2018

Was able to skin up and ski down from base to summit without removing skis except for a few feet near the usual rocky part near the lake. Variable snow conditions, generally wind-packed and supportive on the glacier and deep, dense powder on the upper SE slopes. Snow on the tundra is thin and icy in parts as expected, but I was able to make it across with only a couple of small scrapes. Upper mountain had very fun skiing conditions for the descent. I broke trail for much of the way, but unfortunately the winds on this mountain are so strong that any skin track gets covered up almost immediately, so my efforts won't be of much use to anyone.

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Comments or Questions
Liquid Shadow
03/20/2018 13:37
Wow thanks for this timely beta! Debating where to go this Thursday morning and this is just the info I need. Looking to do a few laps on the glacier. So snow is pretty solid? A lot of breakable crust or no?

03/20/2018 14:52
Nope, no crust at all. Most of the glacier was very firm and smooth, but not icy - almost like a groomed run at the resort. The bottom 200' or so was unconsolidated, but this was right after a recent snowfall, so I'd imagine it would change after a few days of melt-freeze cycles.

Unfortunately, coverage is still pretty thin on the trail up to the lake, so if you plan to ski out, be careful of lurking rocks.

Have fun!

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