@PJ - I've been living here since April and loving every second of it!
@Drempow - Yeah mate, I was starting to feel pretty hardcore by the end of the trip
It was freezing in the tent, literally, the air temp inside must've been around -2 or -3C because my main gloves had frozen solid and so had the ice on my boots. I'll admit I was thinking about how awesome it would be to be in a king size bed with the women's Swedish volleyball team, but I had an awesome time camping out there.... I'm thinking about joining the boys for a 3 day trek next month.
Yes, the pow was epic... and at least 1.5m deep, my board was about 40-50cm deep the whole time down the hill. After seeing how well Travis Rice can flog that board I was confident it could handle pow that deep, I was just hoping that my skills would be up to it. So long as a kept the pressure back my 157 floated pretty well in the stuff, and I haven't even setback my bindings aft of the centre. I'm pretty sure it helped that the pow was super dry and super light, so very little stuck to my board.
With regards to the incline, I'd say it was usually in the 18 to 26 degree range, occasionally hitting 40s or as low as 13 or something.
What I did get caught on numerous times, though, were the tops of submerged trees. The ones where the entire tree is below the surface of the snow, but the top few branches are less than 20cm. Digging myself out was a c**t of a job! Damn those stealth trees
Here's a couple of pics of what our tents looked like in the morning.