Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sheepshead Peak, Mission Mountains

Posted By on Sun, May 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Skiing Bluebird Powder
Sheepshead Peak rises in a direct 4,000' from Ashley Lakes to its lofty alpine summit.

Climbing the west face of Sheepshead Peak
Ben and I made plans to ski over Sheepshead Peak to ascend the NW face of MacDonald Peak. However when we arrived along the western ridge of Sheepshead the snow quality was so good, light and loose powder, that we started contemplating skiing the great west face of Sheepshead Peak down to the lake. This 4,000' face is one of the bigger fall line ski runs in Western Montana and not often is it in great shape.
Sheepshead Summit
MacDonald West Face
So after topping out on the summit via one of the northern rock gullies, we decided to take advantage of the conditions and we dropped onto the face. The skiing was exquisite.
The summit run
For two thousand feet the skiing was incredible, winter style snow conditions looking out over the beautiful green Mission Valley. The lower mountain starting having some old debris and the skiing became a bit challenging especially in the lowest section where debris and the tight rocky choke require efficient and careful skiing technique. We popped out of the choke onto the short apron and skied out to the lake which was still nicely frozen and snow covered and allowed easy crossing to the trail on the far side of the second lake.

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