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St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby Tony1 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:50 pm

Hey all, has anyone been up to St. Mary's recently? I need to get out and practice self arrest this weekend. Always heard about St. Mary's being excellent for that, but I've never been over there before and am not sure how the conditions for practicing self arrest are. Any reports of recent conditions are appreciated, as well as suggestions for other areas to go with good conditions. Thanks! :)

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Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby glacierPaul » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:52 am

Here is a shot of the glacier from Yankee Hill last night at 6pm, as the storm was rolling in.
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There are a couple posts in 13er Information/Conditions for James Peak too. 3/4 mile hike to the glacier, from the $5 pay parking lots. We are forecast for chances of snow into next week, and it is snowing now, albeit very little. Expect windy conditions.

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Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby Tony1 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:49 pm

Thank you very much for the update!

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Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby wtrimble » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:47 pm

I was up on the glacier last Sunday teaching a friend of mine how to self-arrest. It's a decent place to practice. Last Sunday the snow quickly deteriorated due to the super warm temperature. We started out practicing self-arrest around 8:30am and after that we tried to climb up one of the steeper chutes roped up for more practice, but we bailed out about three quarters of the way up because the snow was getting too unstable. We headed down and as we were leaving (noonish) we saw a skier trigger a small soft slab avi. I'm guessing with the lower temps and the current conditions I think you would be fine this weekend.
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Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby Deadshot » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:57 pm

Heading up in two weeks. Thanks for the update as well.
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Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby COBuckeye » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:23 am

Deadshot wrote:Heading up in two weeks. Thanks for the update as well.


DS - the picture that wtrimble posted is from April 27, 2012. I doubt that the picture represents current conditions. I unfortunately do not have any current updates, but from past experience and current snowfall (or lack thereof), I would anticipate little if any snow.
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Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby mtnfiend » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:49 am

Indeed. Time stamp is crucial.

Check these 2 out. It's not much but better than nothing:
http://www.backcountrycoalition.com/forum/viewthread/427/

http://www.backcountrycoalition.com/forum/viewthread/442/
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Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby Deadshot » Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:55 pm

COBuckeye wrote:
Deadshot wrote:Heading up in two weeks. Thanks for the update as well.


DS - the picture that wtrimble posted is from April 27, 2012. I doubt that the picture represents current conditions. I unfortunately do not have any current updates, but from past experience and current snowfall (or lack thereof), I would anticipate little if any snow.


Yeah, I think we are going to hold off a bit longer. Thanks for the heads up. Much appreciated.
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Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby ETA » Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:58 pm

I just saw this post, here's a picture from 10/14/12. It's pretty sad to say the least. It's snowing now, but don't expect much area to play for a while.

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Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby scramble » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:57 pm

Hello,
Has anybody been there in the past few weeks? Possibly enough snow to practice self-arresting on?
Thanks for any info!

Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby bergsteigen » Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:02 pm

scramble wrote:Hello,
Has anybody been there in the past few weeks? Possibly enough snow to practice self-arresting on?
Thanks for any info!


It doesn't matter what has happened in the last few weeks. The ice is virtually gone. And I mean gone! I was last there in early Sept, and there was no ice on the front headwall, an the flatter section had dangerous ice bridges that could collapse at any point. St Mary's will not be viable until much much later in the year, if not next March-spring.

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Re: St. Mary's Glacier Conditions

Postby TCUTED » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:59 pm

We just hiked up the glacier this past weekend on my way to James Peak, the glacier is in pretty sad shape, especially considering the shape it was in last year, but its not as terrible as the previous post mentioned, and after looking at the pictures in that link, I can say that it has improved a lot, especially towards the top. We saw one skier that day, and we managed to get in a few short runs for glissade and self arrest practice. The best practice was the snow in rock outcrops on the left edge of the bottom of the glacier, the whole right side is still all melted out. A little bit of practice higher up, above the ice mountains. That being said, it's not anywhere near the condition it was at this time last winter, there are lots of large ice blocks, and a couple of deep holes that you wouldn't want to fall into. Pretty sad near the bottom, I included an image with a comparison to last year.

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Right = Last November, Left = This Weekend
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I hope these help, not in great shape, but you could squeeze out a little practice if you look hard enough!

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