By this stage of the "winter", things were looking pretty desperate. I saw enough on a walk up Lochnagar with Helen the previous day to convince me to head back up again with the skis. For all I knew, this could be it for the season! The gully was in quite good shape, although as always, over in no time at all. Despite being on new replacement skis (see previous Portes du Soleil post), I picked my way to the rescue post on ski without doing any damage.