After a day in bed yesterday coughing rats and green blobs of death we were again back on the horse.
Around 20-30cm of fresh had fallen on the already soft base, so conditions looked good. We opted for 25 short again, since we are by now familiar with that terrain and not feeling entirely sure of our fitness we didn’t want to venture into to big adventures. Besides, that mountain still holds a lot of lines that need exploring.
On the way up we were caught up by the pensioner club or something, a man and two women of respectable age, keeping a more than respectable pace. The old man almost killed me when I tried to stay on his tail, but eventually I actually got to break some trail too in front of him. Good to see that there are still many years of touring to be had.
Since the seniors were so quick going up, I was dying to see how they would be going down. Because of this, we had to follow them on the east face even though the sun had already started to bake the snow a bit. Probably the NE ridge we did the other day was better snow-wise but 1000m of untracked in a nice mellow slope with the odd wind lip to jump is not too bad either, especially if the snow is really fast as it was today.
It was also nice to see the old guys ride, proper old school one-million-turns powder skiing and happy faces all around, heartwarming to say the least.
I think I need to move here when time for retirement comes, it does seem very healthy.