Best run of the year

South Columbia

andysadamson , Thursday 25th March, 2021 8:30PM

Naumalten Lodge: Wx: Light winds overnight, High -5 during day, light westerlies all day. 3 cms on the HN24 and another 5 through the day kept the skiing buttery smooth. Dropped into the ping pong ball down Sunset to start the day in very obscured conditions. We love skiing into each other and face-planting wind scoops. Followed that up with 4 steep and sick laps of LookOut Trees North. Amazing steep pillow lines and cliffs down 2250-2000 meters, we racked four laps the met for a safety meeting and ground home. Wanted to punch for summit ridge and stopped to dig before crux pitch but group was keen to keep dropping in. One stoked skier amped on 'run of the year'. Thanks Valkyr Adventures. Heard on radio of Na sz 3 East aspect 1800 m below Cornice, from the crew at the LQ Outpost. Scrubbed to ground? Gnarly. 200 m wide 400 m long, wiped out entire path into the trees. TP 2195 m NW aspect slope 39 degrees. HS 225 CTM17 (BKN) dn 37 on graupel sz 3 and decomposed needle SH sz 2 (March 18th/19th interface) 4f above this layer and 1F below, felt very solid and right side up down the mid-pack.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder, Powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Cold, Foggy. We rode: Dense trees, Open trees, Steep slopes. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was amazing.