Jay Peak Area

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Jay Peak Area

Submitted By: Dobish on March 31, 2010

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The Knuckles

The descent for the Knuckles is extremely dangerous.  Do not go there unless you have experience with rocky terrain, steep runs, and variable snowpacks.  This part of Berthoud is prone to avalnaches and slides due to a rocky bed surface, limited anchors, and the solar activity that this area gets.  The entrance is not visible until you are right on top of the roll over, and very often people end up in the wrong spot.  The knuckles are defined by the steep rollover, above rocky chutes.  There is very little distance between treeline and the start of the rocky area.  Use caution coming out of tree line, and make sure to test the slope for stability.  If the snow slides, you will be dragged over sharp rocks and down a chute, into trees.  Alternative Routes are down the shoulder to the NW or to the South down High Tail Trees or Shop Chutes.  Exits for this descent are either the first turn off, or down the valley further to 7 mile.

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Details

Jay Peak has a cloud where weather does its own thing. There is the Jay Cloud, which dumps snow on Jay Peak when nobody else is getting it. It is blustery, cold, and generally the snow is pretty good. There is access from the mountain, but also from the roads if you are willing to skin for it. As this is New England, there are a lot of trees (except where 2 people decided to clear cut a huge avalanche prone slope) which are pretty tight and steep. Make sure you know where you are going, or it will be a long night out there.

How to Get There

Head north almost to canada. Then go to the "town" of Jay and look for the mountain. Easiest access to the goods is off of the ski resort, but you could go for a tour around that area as well.

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