Departing Ramparts Hostel the temperature was -23 at 8:30 am. 30 mins later as we began are climb up to Wilcox Pass the temperature had risen to -8. It remained a cloudless sky for the full day with temperatures reaching around +5. The snow through the trees was good, but once out of the trees there was little snow and lots of bare areas for a while. We lunched opposite a gently slope which became a ‘play area’ for a few people, the others choosing to languish in the sun. We skied to the far end of the pass and contemplated skiing down Tangle Creek. (Its definately not only women who have difficulty making decisions,it seemed the pros and cons were tossed around for ages by the gentlemen in the group!) We returned the same way and floundered down the trail for a while before finding the good snow in the trees.