This past week we have been living with fire like never before. With the fire burning right up to the south side of the Downing Mountain Lodge greenspace, we have been fortunate so far to still have the water running and the property beautifully intact.
The other boon to us powder hounds is the full opening of another 2 distinct zones for skiing: the east face of the east ridge between the forks of Owings creek and the north facing zones dropping in a direct 2000' falline from ridge to the North Fork through what was a thick green stand of timber, but is now completely burned from 4,500' to the summit of Downing Mountain at 8,700'. While the fire burned hot, a few trees survived on the south facing slopes and on the east facing lower slopes the approach to the lodge is virtually unchanged with only crown fire at Switchbacks 10 and 12. For a full gallery of photos please visit the facebook page for Downing Mountain Lodge or Backcountryfocus.com.
We will host an openhouse this fall to celebrate our continued and hopeful survival of this historic event for Hamilton Montana's viewshed and local mountain.