Watching the snow fly this last week, I had determined that I HAD to go get out and at least see it, feel it, touch it (yeah, it’s like that). I decided to check out a new area and decided on the Jones Pass/Butler Gulch area. Not knowing how much snow was really out there, I optimistically packed my splitboard in the car hoping against hope that there would be enough to slide on.
Well, pulling up to the trailhead was not promising:
Almost immediately after leaving the trailhead though, things started to gradually improve into a skinable 4-6 inches on the trail.
After climbing to about 11,000′ things got a bit deaper and I actually made a few (very cautious) light turns.
All in all, I was not optimistic that I would even be able to skin up there, but it turns out it was much better than I thought. About 12-18″ more up there and it should open up quite a bit.