Downing Mountain 12-27-12

December 30, 2012 at 17:48 | Posted in Backcountry skiing the Bitterroots, Skiing at Downing Mountain Lodge | 1 Comment

With the best base on the upper mountain for this time of year, we have been enjoying some really good powder skiing and burned tree glade skiing with guests at the lodge. There is about 5 feet of snow on the upper mountain and over the passed week about 6-8 inches of flurries have accumulated on top of last weeks wind consolidated snow. The skiing has been fast and supportive with easy trail breaking and good stability. In the burned trees, we have been discovering hidden ridges and bowls and skiing in the glades all the way back to the lodge elevation. With the run out entirely burned over there is an open slope at the bottom adjacent to the glades, vastly improving the skiing from the passed. Watch out for wearing light colors as they pick up the charcoal as you pass!

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