4-5-2011 Springtime skiing in the Bitterroots!

April 5, 2011 at 18:18 | Posted in Skiing at Downing Mountain Lodge | Leave a comment

Since my trip to Grey Wolf, I have been skiing Downing Mountain and working at the lodge. The spring has had great powder conditions other than last Thursday through Sunday when rain drenched the Bitterroots from bottom to top. With that crust now firmly buried anywhere from 2 inches at 5500 feet to 2 feet at 8000 feet our spring storm of the passed few days has put down a large quantity of precipitation. Powder conditions this morning were amazing and skiing the fat boards on the 2000 foot fall line run Marios Trees was effortless. I skied the line again and the snow had changed and was heavier but still great. Working onto further north aspects I skied the Long Run out to the lodge and had exceptional powder skiing on the north facing shady side. With our snow pack hovering around 110% average above 6000′ the skiing will last long into the late spring. The passed few days we have hosted students from the University of Montana and they lucked out with the powder conditions during their spring break. Must be they have good karma. Our season at the lodge is fast coming to a close with our last scheduled group arriving tomorrow and departing early next week. What a great season it has been with many happy skiers and quite a few signing up for next year already. I launched the new lodge website a few weeks ago and am quite pleased with it so far. It was fun to build and continue to shape. http://downingmountainlodge.com. Enjoy the best of spring powder and corn snow good through June!

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