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Anyone been up to St. Mary's Glacier lately?

Postby Ramfan24 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:34 pm

Wondering if flotation is needed for a hike to James Peak this weekend.

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Re: Anyone been up to St. Mary's Glacier lately?

Postby GregMiller » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:34 am

Also wondering about the conditions, wondering if there's enough snow to ski up and down.
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Re: Anyone been up to St. Mary's Glacier lately?

Postby moneymike » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:38 am

Ramfan24 wrote:Wondering if flotation is needed for a hike to James Peak this weekend.


It's mostly hard wind packed snow and sastrugi above the glacier, and below the glacier the trail is packed. The east side doesn't have nearly as much snow as the west side, but I did it on skis and was able to stay on snow from the trailhead to the summit and back. This was in late December, but I would guess the conditions now are similar.

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Re: Anyone been up to St. Mary's Glacier lately?

Postby TeamDino5280 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:53 am

I was up there a week ago and there is consistent hard wind packed snow going all the way to the snow field in the glacier proper you would need traction more than floatation. We skinned up about half way then crossed over PT 11,716 to the south side and came down the gully just south of the steeper lake face. It was about 28 degrees where we came down and the snow was a 3-4 inch reactive wind slab on top of softer snow. There is a large cross loaded slope to hikers right on the glacier that most people are walking right under, I would avoid that. Also, on the roll over at the bottom of the glacier hikers left there is a large wind load I would avoid that too. here are some pictures

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Crossloaded slope with everyone walking under it
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Mid way up
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South gully looks way better then it was
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Shitty windslab in the trees near anchor gulch
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Re: Anyone been up to St. Mary's Glacier lately?

Postby powhound » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:47 pm

farcedude wrote:Also wondering about the conditions, wondering if there's enough snow to ski up and down.


It can't be any worse than this. :lol: My son and I were jonesing for some turns and went to St.Mary's last summer on July 31. The grungiest skiing I have ever done...it was a blast!
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