I don't know how much today's snow will affect James Peak, but as of Saturday, Oct. 15 it was pretty dry. If we'd have stayed on the true trail we wouldn't have encountered much snow at all. We instead ventured along the Southeast Ridge and negotiated two or three snowfields that were in great condition for snow climbing.
St. Mary's Glacier is also pretty dry. Up high there were even many, many patches of bare grass. Suncups galore. Didn't see any skiers up there, but it's possible on a small section to practice glissading and self-arrest without much danger in the runout.