Skiing St. Mary’s Peak, Bitterroots

June 1, 2009 at 15:03 | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
The view south at sunset from St Mary's Peak

The view south at sunset from St Mary's Peak

St. Mary's Lookout

St. Mary's Lookout

Skiing after sunset with a sleeping bag in the pack makes for a cozy feeling!

Skiing after sunset with a sleeping bag in the pack makes for a cozy feeling!

5-31-09 It has taken awhile to get back to skiing, but with a weeklong kayaking trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, a week of wetlands restoration work, my brother’s wedding, as well as a sore heel, time has a way of slipping by quickly. I received an excellent report from Brian Story of ten days of epic skiing in the Missions, Crazies and Gallatin ranges of Montana around Memorial Day. On saturday I dropped my daughter off at a friends for the night and left for St. Mary’s Peak, Bitterroots, at 6:30p.m. Skiing up the trail and summit dome at sunset was beautiful and walking the alpine tundra below the lookout there were a multitude of flowers already in full bloom. I arrived at the summit about half an hour after sunset and with the wind and clouds to the south, I decided to ski the summit run down the main bowl in the fading twilight. The snow was pretty good corn and the line is a nice one, rolling over and through the steeper chute to the cliffs below. There was plenty of snow still in the bypass and I headed south to the exit ridge back towards the trail. It got dark around 10:00 p.m. and I found a dry bivy site under some trees where I rolled out for the night. The wind blew hard occasionally that night, and sunrise was spectacular at 5:30 a.m. I packed up and skied out to the trailhead by 9:00 and made it to Hamilton to pick up my daughter early. What a great day in the mountains warm, sunny and fast travelling. I love spring, but I do miss winter


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  1. Learning a ton from these neat arisclet.

  2. John – Nice job with the new format – it looks great.

  3. it is about time you enabled visitors to the website to comment!

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