Colorado Snow Conditions: Winter Park/Mary Jane

Mary Jane Pow

Yesterday I decided to take the day off after watching this storm on the front range. Watching it all day it didn't really look like it was going to pan out and most of the weather reports had it breaking up and heading south. Up at 5:30am Wednesday I was hitting refresh over and over waiting for the snow report website to update. WP/MJ was reporting 14" at the base at 6am, and it was snowing hard. I got in the truck and went toward the pow, upon arrival at MJ I was pretty much the first car in the lot. Got my gear ready and started boot packing up under the Challenger lift. The pow was super deep, the kind where you forget what board your riding cause you don't see it much of the day. After hiking til 8:45, I dropped into Sleeper to completely untracked powder, made my way back down to Challenger lift and got second chair. Rode the front side of MJ most of the day, knee deep most of the day everywhere. It was snowing very hard all day and by 2pm we had another 6" fresh snow. After a quick lunch break I was over at Timberline doing laps in the trees, the snow here was even deeper. So deep sometimes you'd choke on that shit. Loveland Pass Saturday.