The storms over the past two days had left 50-100cm of snow covering the mountains. The sun was out and the mountains beckoned. I took a few hours off from work in the middle of the day and drove to the Smiggins Holes car park where I geared up for a short trip up to Mt Piper.
Within minutes it was so hot that I had to remove hat, gloves and jacket. I broke trail zigzagging to the top of Mt Piper, eyeing the untracked gentle slopes that I would be telemarking down on my return. The snow was soft and had become a little heavy with all the sunshine. However, the enjoyment was not diminished as the environment was magic. The water crystals sparkled on the trees and the surrounding mountains were beautiful. I look forward to my next two days off with anticipation. I will definitely be skiing more of the back-country.