San Juans are in spring mode

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San Juans are in spring mode

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For those of you that didnt make it up to the San Juans this week, just wanted to let all know what we found. Seems that the green on CAIC translated to solid spring snowpack even on steep north facing terrain for us (even some pow blew in this week, but will be gone by next weekend). Wind pockets were cardboard, but presented no danger for us. Time to watch closely, but big lines are opening up there both in the Wolf Creek and 550 zones of the San Juans. Lines that are high were better (below 9500' is spotty/bad, even higher on south facing stuff), and south facing was corn/ice. Bring your ski crampons, because there is some consolidation that needs to occur in some places leaving one either booting deeply or skinning without purchase on the cap layer of ice on top of deep pow. Id guess the spring 'release' cycle will begin this week, with some things getting taken out. But spring is in full swing up there from what we experienced.
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Re: San Juans are in spring mode

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Re: San Juans are in spring mode

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I spent a couple days touring in Mineral/Porphery Basin two weekends ago after the smaller storm and before the bigger storm hit that Sunday (3/18). We found S aspects even above 10K rocky/bare and not worth riding. NE/NW aspects held good snow and we scored pow that Friday (3/16).
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On Saturday we toured up the S ridge of Porphery Basin in an attempt to ride a bigger line that we had seen from the N side of the basin on Friday. Unfortunately the winds from Friday night had deposited too much snow in the chute to feel comfortable to ride it. We decided to ride the ridge back down but it sure looked sweet. Main point of this is that there's lots of good coverage up there especially on N aspects. Once these zones get into a good spring cycle as Dan mentioned there will be lots of lines to be had.
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Re: San Juans are in spring mode

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Anybody ridden the san juans recently? Wondering how the coverage is...
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Re: San Juans are in spring mode

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I've seen friends' pics from Silverton, they're riding bikes above treeline and the snowpack looks more like late July than May.
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Jeez sounds rough, thanks J.
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