January 6, 2014 Downing Mountain Backcountry


With a foot of fresh on the upper mountain and 2-3″ at the lodge, we skied up Downing Mountain on the beautiful high pressure day of Jan 6, 2014. What a great day of skinning in the sunshine chatting and enjoying the forest, followed by some high quality powder skiing on the Crown Bowl always a highlight to ski. With 3-5 feet of snow on the upper mountain and 1-2 feet in the gully, we are running about an average low year. Snow is in the forecast for the next week, bringing a breakdown to the High Pressure off the west coast and the subsequent westerly zonal flow with abundant moisture both subtropical and north pacific. Looks like were in for another good season.

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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