2-18-2011 Downing Mountain

February 21, 2011 at 17:12 | Posted in Skiing at Downing Mountain Lodge | Leave a comment

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Colin and I skied another day at Downing as the snow quality and exploration has been good this time of year due to a deep snowpack and low wind affect. We skied a direct line from the top of the Crown down into Bear Bowl, via the Keyhole line,  as there was no wind affect on this commonly winded aspect. We were also able to find a new route out and up to the Larch Glades Ridge and then ski a couple of new lines down into the bottom of Bear Bowl. The view of Bear Bowl from the skin trail illuminated some details of the Wolf Glades that I had not been able to see before and the ski off the ridge incorporated some advanced cliff band route finding and gully routes. Overall another great day adding up to 7000′ vertical. The snow was well settled and bonded to itself with slow speed sluffing all to worry about on steeper terrain.

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