Splitboarding Jones Pass Colorado Early Season

Mike Hardaker Snowboarding Jones Pass Colorado

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

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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.

Not a bad view, Jones Pass Backcountry Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Not a bad view, Jones Pass Backcountry Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

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.

Justin McCarty scoping his line on Jones Pass Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Justin McCarty scoping his line on Jones Pass Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

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.

Mike Hardaker Likes to Ride Powder Photo Justin McCarty | Mountain Weekly News

Mike Hardaker Likes to Ride Powder Photo Justin McCarty | Mountain Weekly News

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??

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