JONES PASS, CO – With snow on the ground in Boulder, I knew it was time to take a drive to the mountains and search for fresh pow. My goal was to head up to Jones Pass for some splitboarding.
Jones Pass Colorado
Colorado is blessed with many high mountain passes and areas with lots of wind loading creating deep pockets of snow and instability. If you have some AVI training a bit of common sense the backcountry can be a great playground.
Over 50″ of wind loaded fresh snow – that’s some pit data I didn’t think I would ever see in October! With that much fresh snow and wind loading, we decided to listen to the mountains and ride in safer terrain.
Our first run was about 1200 vertical feet the snow conditions changed a bit from top to bottom but great pow turns were had the first 2/3 the way down. At the bottom of the first run, we found a little chute that was holding great snow so we hiked back up and dropped into a playful little zone.
We climbed up from the bottom, pulled out the slope meeter and it read 43 degrees, only about 600 feet but man did it work me for the first hike of the season. Wonder if this is how Jeremy and Travis get there first turns of the season??