The "Donut Season" is in full effect at Red Lodge Mountain Resort. Sure you can eat donuts from the City Bakery all year long, but you won't always get the opportunity to burn them off by skinning 10,000 feet worth of vertical up at the hill. The shoulder seasons (the Donut before which the hill is open and after it closes) inconsistently consistently produces some of the best powder turns off Grizzley Peak...or at least some of the least populated ones.
It was under this thought process that I am proud (and mortified) to admit that I opened up "the drain" for the first time this season. One word to describe the experience... "interesting". Or "scary", "spicy", "sketchy", "foolish" and "terrifying." That being said I dropped three laps into it, slicing and dicing my way down the "Main Drain" twice, and "Westside Nosedive" once. Tracks wern't just laid out in the snow, my skis took a fair number of hits as well. The drain was littered with granite shark fins and bulges in the snow that could have been rocks, stumps, snow piles or other various detritus.