Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Opportunity Knocks

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Despite Skiing at Downing Mountain for a dozen years, I have still not skied every line.

Opportunity is the left most ridge to gully descent, a clean 2,000
  • John Lehrman
  • Opportunity is the left most ridge to gully descent, a clean 2,000'

At this point I try to knock off a couple more substantial south facing lines each year, in powder if lucky enough.So with snow showers on the northwest flow having persisted for weeks and decent cloud cover and cold weather throughout, I headed out passed great powder skiing on the north faces to take a try at Opportunity. Its not a hard line to find once you know where it is. After traversing the ridge about a mile passed the Crown to the prominent point we call Poster Point the line requires skiing the subridge south and then finding and dropping into the southeast facing gully run. It was as good as it had always looked and lasted the full 2,200' feet passed ice falls and massive gendarme cliffs to a junction of gullies where we skinned out and back up to the east popping out atop the Fallen Jewels Bowl right at the crown. An excellent tour for the day and another Opportunity found.

The top of the gully, Opportunity

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