Colorado Snow Conditions: Berthoud Pass/Mary Jane

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For all of you local to Colorado this blog may be of some interest to you. I will make an effort to update my personal blog space with snow reports, avalanche conditions and trip reports from around Colorado. This weekend we are being lazy, decided not to hike in the backcountry due to the considerable avalanche danger from the recent storm/wind on Thursday and Friday. We spent Sunday riding at Mary Jane/Winter Park, I was pretty surprised at how low-key the MJ side was. The place wasn't super crowded and we found some really nice snow in the trees. As of Sunday they are claiming a 37" base, mostly natural snow. After lunch we decided to head over the the WP side and find the park, this sounds much easier than it is. WP has a small pre-season park up and running off of the Prospector Express lift, it's a long adventure of lifts and catwalks to get over to the park from the MJ side. Once there, we found: small box, large up to flat box, flat rail, rainbow, flat to down rail, large flat rail and a med trap rail. The lower half of the terrain park had a couple of medium size tables and 2 large tables. Be sure and start the trek back over the the MJ side around 3pm, you could get stuck on the wrong side when the lifts close. Check back for a report from Breckenridge or Beaver creek later this week.

Avalanche Conditions:
Northern Mountains: considerable (all aspects and elevation)
Central Mountains: considerable w/ pockets of moderate (-TL mod)
Southern Mountains: considerable w/ pockets of moderate (-TL mod)