While the Downing Mountain Lodge has officially closed for the season, skiing remains good this year throughout the Bitterroot and Montana mountain ranges. With adventures I have heard about from Glacier park’s second highest peak to further descents on the east face of Sky Pilot, the mountains have held their snow deep this year. I am hoping to head out to some distant peaks in the Pintlars, Beaverheads, Missions, and Glacier Park, with maybe a trip to the Cabinet Range. Also Idaho and the desert ranges will call as well. So starting this week I hope that the research will pick up again.