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Winter Park: How close are Jane Chutes, the Cirque to opening?

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So, this is my first season skiing Winter Park, and while I have fallen--hard--for the Jane, one thing I'm missing is some really serious steeps. The snow has been good so far this year, and the slopes are filling in pretty nicely. But the runs like Awe Chute, Jeff's and Baldy's and the Cirque haven't been open yet, at least when I've been there. They are reporting I think 45" base, so my question is, how much snow does it typically take to get these runs open?

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There are 3 storms incoming to CO as we speak through Sunday. Sounds like some strong totals.

It could be feasible for them to open the Headwall area by early next week. MJ chutes? Not yet…

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Thanks COBillsFan! I've got my hopes up for a snowy next few days.

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Don't get your hopes up for skiing the chutes at MJ much.  Even when the base get to 60" they are still likely to be closed more than open.  They are narrow and get skied off pretty quickly, plus they face east and get baked in the sun then refrozen.  The combo results in them not being safe a big chunk of the time.  When they are closed, trust you don't want to be back there (sometimes even when they are open too!).

 

Ski the right fork of Runaway to get a look up at the chutes.  Runaway right is a fairly steep rocky pitch on a similar exposure that will give you a little taste of the Chutes.    When you see the gate to the chutes open, just go and ask questions later.

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Thanks tball. Yeah I was skiing Runaway on Tuesday and got a look at them. I'm kind of getting the sense that it's more of a rare thing, only when the conditions are right, kind of like some of the hike-to lines on A-Basin's East Wall. That's a good point about the eastern exposure-it probably wouldn't be too much fun with frozen death cookies. Well, thanks for the info and yeah, I'll keep my eyes peeled for that gate to open!

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Chutes have been opened last two days. did you get some CG?
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Chutes have been opened last two days. did you get some CG?

 

Nice! Stupid M-F gig. Sometimes I can swing a weekday off, but I'm mostly a weekend warrior. Maybe soon....

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Tomorrow would be a heck of a word to substitute for soon =)
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If the pass is open I will be there!
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Have fun!   So much for trying to arrange my life to ski on weekdays.   Two powder weekends in a row, arg :)  You all enjoy it, and get some pics of the chutes if they are open!

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CG, did you make it up yesterday? Chutes were open pretty much all day. I never made it to the top so I'm not sure about the cirque.

It looks like a killer storm day on tap. Get it if you can!
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I did make it up Saturday. I had an event on the WP side in the morning, so I only made it to Mary Jane in the afternoon. I got in three runs on the chutes before they closed the gates. I have to say: they were everything I was hoping for! It was already getting a little scraped off, though. I see it's hard to keep snow on them. From the web cam it looks like a killer day today; too bad I'm here.

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Glad you got some!

 

My take on the chutes is that it has to be a pretty big day for the third skier down to have sweet turns.  If you see that the signs are green at the top of the lift, it's most likely too late.

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My take on the chutes is that it has to be a pretty big day for the third skier down to have sweet turns.

I was second skier down Jeff's today (until the first one biffed).  It was good =)

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My take on the chutes is that it has to be a pretty big day for the third skier down to have sweet turns.  

 

That's what I've typically found, but this year is different!   I skied four laps through the chutes on Saturday and a fifth would have been fun too.  I think having a 70" base in early February makes all the difference in the world.  They also have been getting at least a few inches just about every night since a huge dump 10 days ago.   That's perfect for getting all the rocks covered.

 

Since nobody else has posted pics or vid I though I'd get some for this very important thread :)    Here's my third run of the day through Hole-in-the-wall:

 

 

In a typical February, you'd be hearing my edges being removed from my skis on that line.  Then by the time the base is up to 70" in March/April it would be nasty scrapy icy since the chutes face east, unless it was just after a huge dump.

 

And a pic of Hole-in-the-wall looking up at from a little lower:

 

 

The next few weeks should be fantastic in the chutes until it really warms up.  


Edited by tball - 2/10/14 at 8:20am
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That's what I've typically found, but this year is different!   I skied four laps through the chutes on Saturday and a fifth would have been fun too.  I think having a 70" base in early February makes all the difference in the world.  They also have been getting at least a few inches just about every night since a huge dump 10 days ago.   That's perfect for getting all the rocks covered.

 

 

I think so too tball. I was thinking of that quote Saturday as I took my 5th lap down Jeff's and it was still soft and coverage was great. But then I decided to cut my day short due to outrageous lift lines. I learned that MJ can get annoying when high winds close half the mountain on the WP side. I wish I were up there today. More snow and I heard they shut Berthoud Pass. Oh, well, back to work!

 

Thanks for posting the vid- that was pretty sweet!

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