Matt Shortland, Matt^2, Sheila, Hans and myself set out on the last forecasted bluebird day to ski Piggtinden’s south face couloir.
The guidebook said a great day out in solitude in a remote location, well Saturday in the Lyngen Alps had other ideas as shortly after arriving at the trailhead, three other groups showed up to ski the same objective.
The skiing on the south face was mostly an enjoyable spring slush ski, nice edge-able turns down a moderately steep (up to 40 degree) face. A nice change from the more closed couloirs that we have been skiing the last week.
After skiing the south face of Piggtinden, Matt, Hans and myself attempted to go off and ski the south face of Durmalstinden. But first, a resupply was required, 1.5l of water is not enough in the brutal south-facing springtime mountains.
However, the sunshine had been hard at work creating a convection oven in the lower bowl and we turned around half way up with punchy boot-pack conditions.