Skiing the week of 1-16-12/1-20-12

January 20, 2012 at 17:13 | Posted in Backcountry skiing the Bitterroots, Skiing at Downing Mountain Lodge | Leave a comment

What a mixed bag of conditions this week with boot top cold dry powder on Monday with a few inches of fresh and finishing today with well over thirty inches of fresh since Tuesday’s storm. Wednesday was the best day of skiing with a full reset at Downing Mountain and twenty inches of light density, blower powder. Trail breaking was difficult and I did not get out until afternoon and plowing duties were over. Face shots and deep unconsolidated snow was the rule on Wednesday. But the hero snow was short lived as by Thursday there was another foot on top of the blower powder, but this was heavier snow and more consolidated. There was some wind at elevation yesterday as well making some dangerous slabs out there. What had not filled in yet though is certainly looking good after this storm. With a cold front projected to pass through Saturday afternoon the surface conditions will improve again with its coming. Sunday will likely be the best day in the backcountry this weekend. Be careful, ski fat skis on terrain under 30 degrees and there should be good times and safe skiing.

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