12-21-12 Solstice Snow and Ski Report

During the past week, we have received 6-8 inches at the lodge and 2 feet on the upper mountain above 6,500′ elevation. The runout gully is filling in nicely and the skiing was superb on tuesday and wednesday. Thursday brought some more showers and some southwest wind developing some cornices and drifts in isolated locations. The burned glades are coming into their own with many new lines and options for returning to the lower elevations both skiers left and right of the main exit gully.

Will makes tracks uphill on the last 100' vertical

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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