Skiing At Downing Mountain Lodge
Downing Mountain Lodge rests on a ridge 2000 feet above the Bitterroot Valley west of Hamilton, Montana. Rising directly behind the lodge on neighboring Forest Service property is another 3000 feet of northeast facing terrain and numerous backside south facing bowls. With backcountry ski runs from beginner to expert and simple access on a snow covered road, the lodge has appeal to all winter, backcountry snow enthusiasts.
Downing Mountain Lodge, view from town and location of lodge
Catching air into the Crown Jewel
Skiing into the lodge breezeway at the end of a powder day.
A skier finds their line from the summit of the Crown Jewel
Stacking tracks at the Crown Jewel
The big bedroom at the lodge has two twin over full bunks...space for six.
Skiing the runout below the big bowl, March 17, 2009...two feet of fresh powder.
Downing Mountain Lodge rests on a ridge 2000 feet above the Bitterrot Valley and 3000 feet below the summit of the Crown Jewel.
Skiing the northeast facing glades at 8000'
The central fireplace and woodstove in addition to a propane backup ensure the lodge's warmth, to say nothing of your warmth sitting in the hot tub on the southside deck.
A splitboarder drops into the back bowl
Skiing the upper part of the Big Bowl requires due diligence in avalanche forecasting
The initial backside of Downing Mountain, backcountry ski runs into Sawtooth Canyon
Heading out from the lodge for a day on the Mountain
Aerial view of Downing Mountain
Skiing the Big Bowl
Fracture line and skier triggered avalanche in the Big Bowl, good avalanche assessment skills are necessary for safe travel in all backcountry ski situations.
Skinning through the subalpine larch glades towards the high point.
North facing terrain on the way to Downing Mountain Summit 8760'
South facing terrain on the way to Downing Mountain Summit
Skiing the backside south facing terrain
Lance Reik from Backcountry Magazine hiking into his powder daze, enroute back to the lodge
Behind the Crown Jewel, south side
Approaching the ridge, the Wave and Crown in the background
Lounging and relaxing back at the lodge
Full Service Catering available
Smile when you ski!
That was fun, should we go for a few more...