What is the weather like today Heinz? Forecast looked a bit mild and wet
Monday August 7 - End peak, Mototapu ridge
A slight break in the weather so a fly day. Met up with friends Stewart & Josef again with Rich taking a turn a lead guiding and Roger along as well. Headed out to Mototapu station and flew up to End Peak for first run. Was quite reasonable up top, but then it transitioned lower down into some pretty crappy breakable crust - not much fun - I struggled with that. This was pretty much the trend for the day. Try and land high, ski the good stuff until we hit the crust then picked up, so short runs. This is what we did for several runs from Mototopu ridge including Margnificance, Tuis, Arrowhead and other variations. Took it pretty cautiously. Had a few more from End peak on the way back which were the best / most consistent of the day.
The freezing levels look great again so there will be plenty of good snow up there now once you get a window with the clouds. Monday will be a cracker! Enjoy!
No unfortunately our trip is done, we extracted out late Thursday just had a few days touring. Great spot though, the avi danger was quite high we had quite a few natural slides occurring given the saturation of the snow pack and a nasty little facet layer down about 50cm. snow pack up there was around a good 2.5m in places. Plenty of fun to be had as long as you made conservative decisions.You still up there?
I noticed on the webcam that it looked like Marty Myer's crew had lunch up there on Friday. Recognised a couple of the guides.