Dean and Heather had spotted some promising ski terrain south of Hebgen Lake, just across the border in southern Montana.
We had entertained the idea of skiing a new line in our own Lemhi Range but my scouting of that area on Wednesday found a lack of snow depth, making such an attempt infeasable at this time. Snow reports from Montana made it a more practical choice!
We parked in a turn-out just east of Hebgen Dam and skinned across the frozen lake, with Heather and I taking turns reassuring Dean that the ice was indeed thick enough to support us!
We worked our way up toward a ridge that lies west of Denny Creek, a drainage that empties into Hebgen Lake.
Skinning across the lake, we were under the clouds. As we wound our way up, we went through and then above the cloud layer, with glorious sunshine spreading out over Idaho to our west and still obscuring Hebgen and Montana to our east!
We worked SW on our ridge, to an east facing bowl and drainage that feed into Denny Creek and started down from about 9300′. We had nearly 2000′ of open glade skiing and then milked the lower drainage and a logging road to ski back down to the frozen shores of Hebgen Lake, at about 6500′.
We found 12 to 30″ of snow,mostly facets with a little newer snow on top and no slab in aspects we traversed. Sunlit aspects were starting to warm as we headed down but shaded snow stayed soft and fluffy.