Jan 10, 2012 Ski report

January 11, 2012 at 08:53 | Posted in Backcountry skiing the Bitterroots, Skiing at Downing Mountain Lodge | Leave a comment

Kevin and I skied up at Downing Mountain today with the storm. We made it to the top before there had been more than 4-5 inches of new snow and decided to try the Wave Bowl. With the additional loading and the soft surface conditions it was a perfect day to test out some steeper terrain. The bonding between old and new snow was decent with minimal sluffing. There were only small windloads at 10 a.m. and they were not sensitive yet. We skied the 40 degree entrance and subsequent 35 degree run with no instability noticed other than sluffing that could be outskied at moderate speeds. It was an excellent day for backcountry skiing with nice soft surface conditions and only a moderate hazard. The storm total may have reached 6 inches by the end of the day above 7500′ elevation. From the looks of the radar we may see another band of accumulating moisture later this evening. With the forecasters starting to hint at a winter trending weather change by next week, the snowy months still have good legs to them. With some weekday space available at the lodge this month and next, I sure wish folks would start booking a few more nights. For the cost of a lift ticket and lunch anyone can feel like king-o-the-hill at Downing Mountain Lodge, and sharing it only with your friends.

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