Big Jay

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Big Jay

Submitted By: backcountry skier on April 16, 2010

Administrator: backcountry skier

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Route Type:
  • Ski Touring
Descent Difficulty:
  • Winter
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack:
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 1,650 ft.
Elevation Gain: 2,136 ft.
High Point: 3,786 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 42 degrees°


There are two ways to access this route, one is off of the back side of Jay Peak Ski Area, and the other is off of route 242.  From the resort it is a pretty easy skin, but there is no longer access to to an illegal trail that was cut in 2007.  The only access at this time is from the bottom, off of route 242.  it is a very steep approach, through a lot of thicket.

Equipment Needs

A GPS is a good idea, and if you don't have that, you will want to have a good idea of how to use a compass and map.


It is a steep face with lots of big trees up top.  Down towards the bottom, there are some drainages and a lot of thicket that you will have to battle through.  Just remember that just because there are tracks, they are not necessarily going the right way.

Due to the illegal cutting of trees, there is a large scar that looks like it would be perfect to ski, but is off-limits to skiers.

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