Did an afternoon tour up Downs Mountain today. I wanted to find out if the snow was still soft in the N facing sheltered trees. It was a very windy day with wind speeds over 100 mph on the summit of Mammoth Mountain and strong winds in any location that was at all exposed. While skinning up the north ridge of Downs Mountain in the old growth trees, we only felt light winds. And I still was able to find soft snow for skiing down.