Downing Mountain Lodge- Backcountry Skiing Jan 6, 2014January 7, 2014 at 11:09 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
After a couple weeks absence, we returned to ski Downing Mountain and found it as inspiring as ever. With lots of fresh snow and decent stability on the upper bowls, we were able to ski the Crown Bowl in perfect conditions on the final day of long lived high pressure. It was great surface snow, fast and cool with a hot sun at midday. I’m looking forward to more storms, but the blue skies were intoxicating this day. We took a number of laps and then headed out to the front face where we joined guests tracks and made out way down the rock garden into the home runout. It was great skiing to 5,800′ where the snowpack became quite thin at numerous old rainlines and we traversed out Cliffside to the north face back to the lodge. This weeks string of storms will help the snowpack and hopefully help get the canyon tours into shape. I’m getting ready to head to the Mission Mountains where there is more snow at lower elevations or maybe even the Swans.