12-10-12 Snow and Ski Report

On December 7th the finishing storm produced 8″ of snow at the Downing Mountain Lodge. This will form our base at the lodge elevation. On the mid mountain at 6,500″ there is a two foot base, a foot of settled crusts and the fresh foot atop. On the upper mountain between 7,500′ and 8,500′ the storm raged for close to a week and during the mad rain event of two weeks ago, it snowed at this elevation as well. There is a total snow depth at the 7,700′ Bench of 4-5 feet (1.5 meter) and total new snow up to fifteen inches in favored locations. We noted no significant reactive slopes on east aspects and 30 degrees slope angle. We skied an old line and a new line in the left bowl through the burnt trees and it was amazing. Good surface conditions for fat skis; however slabs were present of varying densities. Old misery sticks would have struggled in the deep snow. Below 5,800 feet in the gully there was no base and variable snow depth to 15 inches. Sledding on the access road was slow and powdery.

About JohnLehrman

I graduated from UM in 1995 with a degree in Wildlife Biology and a minor degree in Wilderness studies. After years of chasing data and wildlife, I settled into a job as trip leader and a director of Keewaydin Wilderness camp a canoe trips program in Northern Ontario. My wife, Jenny, and I started operating the Downing Mountain Lodge in 2008-2009 and purchased the facility and 60 acres in July, 2012. Operating as the premier Montana backcountry ski lodge in the winter and a holiday retreat the rest of the year, the Downing Mountain Lodge is located west of Hamilton Montana in the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains. With incredible skiing in the winter and exceptionally private but accessible lodging year round, the Downing Mountain Lodge, built in 1976, is the iconic mountain lodge in the Bitterroot Valley, available to the public for enjoyment and pleasurable stays.
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