|Lines from earlier in the winter|
We pushed on however knowing that just reaching the peak alone would be worth catching the view we were cheated from earlier in the winter. Arriving at the top we were treated to beautiful views and a line that was still in tact. A small down climb and it was decided we would ride it. The snow was soft enough to be edge-able, at the top but the sun cups from last week had made the once smooth surface a bit bumpy. The first few hundred feet were firm, however as we neared half way through the chute the snow softened enough to be a little more enjoyable. The views down in the basin were amazing and it was great to finally descend the run we had stared at on so many tours this winter. Even though the condition of the chute was less than to be desired I still found great enjoyment getting to ride it this season and dream of how great both chutes off that face would be in good snow. Its always nice to be able to ride something you have stared at numerous times weather its in good condition or not, and being able to scout the access an added bonus.
We hiked up and out and hiked all the way back to the truck only to have a rain storm move in just as we shut the doors to the pickup. While on top I wanted to wait longer for the snow to soften but for this day we took advantage of the small window we had and were lucky to time it just right to stay out of the rain. The Swan range is a special place, especially with snow and I will spend the next few months dreaming of the next great ski day in the range.