3-10-10 Downing Mountain

March 11, 2010 at 09:13 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I headed up to the lodge with Matt to plow the road and take a ski run. With about 8 inches of snow on the upper road it took about an hour to clear the road to the lodge. With bright sunny skies and cool temps, we headed up the mountain from there, enjoying the fresh blanket of the deepest snow we have had at Downing in months. There was about 8-10 inches of fresh on the whole mountain which totally changed the character of the skiing. With no wind affect the powder was dry and sublime. While not enough snow to end our drought (currently we are at just over 50% in the Bitterroot Basin), it did make for some great surface conditions and a really fun ski day. Bonding between the new snow and the crust and soft snow base was good and we observed only Moderate signs of instability.

Matt McKean at windy ridge

Skiing the runout below the headwall of Avy Bowl

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