Lockdown Mission No. 11
A few days of cold weather with fresh snowfall allowed me to score some of the best turns I had all season, (yes I am counting this as a snowboard season now).
I had to leave Cardross late, around 11.30am, but I was up at Coe for the early afternoon. I made use of the Access Chair that was running. I knew the sun was on its way to make an appearance, but as I hiked across the Plateau the cloud brought snow showers with it.
My first hike to the summit saw a heavy fall of snow come in. I changed out my sweaty top for a fresh dry layer. The visibility improved as I dropped in to Main Basin. There was a ton of fresh snow, so I enjoyed the best turns of the season so far.
I cut into Ski Tow Gulley as soon as possible so I could make my way to the top once again. The sun started to poke out from the clouds as I walked the summit ridge to Spring Run in my snow shoes. Once I transitioned to my board, I took the left side of the run, where wind deposited snow had collected. It was very deep, a bit grippy and great fun to turn in.
I cut across further to the left traversing towards the Rescue Hut at the bottom of Ski Tow Gulley for my third trip to the top.
I selected main basin for the third run down, this time it was in sunshine. I cut left at the bottom to join the lower section of Happy Valley, curving to the right to the top of the Wall. The snow got a bit sticky where the sun had baked it, but the top of the Wall is steep enough to maintain momentum. I rung out as much of this slope as I could before it ran out. I think I was last off the hill as I got the lift down.