It’s 7.49 pm, and my legs feel like they’ve been smacked by the tail of a beaver, numerous times. I’ve had a glorious day.
As I wrote yesterday, I was kind of nervous of how the day would turn out. Of course, I shouldn’t have worried. My company was fantastic, the snow was cold and soft, the sun chose to sprinkle quite a lot of its finest rays on us and the wind was unusually quiet. There was no colouir riding this time, but we got two awesome runs down the south-east facing bowl of the Nokhu Crags ridge, and one down “the longest run”, about 1300-1500 vertical meters all in all.
So, we chose not to ski the colouirs of the Nokhu Crags today. Although CAIC was reporting low avalanche risk, new snow and wind had made the north-east facing aspects in higher terrain unstable. As we approached the Nokhu Crags and the Grand Central Colouir, cracks started shooting under our skiis, and our ECT produced a sudden and clean collaps 40 cm down on the third tap. The collaps propagated all through the column and rutsched off the underlying layer at a quite scary speed. Probably nothing that would have killed us, but we were quite sure it would slide, and that being caught in such a slide would hurt, so we decided to change our plans.
Admittedly, it felt a bit hard to turn back, the snow was really good and the Grand Central looked like just the coluoir I need to improve my skills in steep skiing, but I know that it will be there waiting for me when conditions are more stable. And to be honest, it didn’t feel that bad at all after we had those two fantastic runs down the south-east facing bowl. I am really glad I had the chance to tag along. Once again, this part of America seem to host an overrepresentation of great people. Thanks a million Maciej for a totally awesome day!