Peak:  Pettingell Peak (13er)
 Route:  Jones Pass
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  COBuckeye
 Date of Info:  12/17/2011
 Date Posted:  12/19/2011

Sorry nothing here for Pettingell Pk, just Jones Pass, but I had to put something in the "Peak" catagory...

Jones Pass Conditions as of 12/17/11:
Main snowmobile/snowcat road is continuous snow from parking area to upper drainage, able to skin the entire way. Very thin, but packed by sleds, so we did not hit any rocks. Most of the slopes in the upper drainage have 12"-18" of snow, most of it wind affected. Wind slabs range in thickness and are sitting on a bed of facets at the ground surface. As a result we stayed on lower angle slopes (less than 32deg), but I cannot comment on the reactivity of the windslabs on the weak layer. There are isolated pockets of recycled powder (see picture of some of our tracks), but these are few and far between. There may be better powder/thicker coverage in the trees, but we did not explore those areas.

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