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The north western face relates to its position in comparison to the peak, as the face itself actually faces towards the north east.
This area provides similar terrain to the west face, in a good year, you can choose any line and ski down until the snow runs out.
Yet the downside to this area, is that the snow does and will run out quicker than other areas on the range.
As a result of the lower altitude and the north-easterly aspect, this area is extremely sun affected, to the point that wet slides do happen on the slope in spring.
Personally, the western face is a better option, with more snow and better terrain, but if you are wanting to tick the boxes, this is another area with great potential for some really good lines, just make sure the snow conditions are in your favour.
I wouldn't waste your time if you have any doubts, there are far more snow-sure areas on offer, but this is also a great area when conditions are icy elsewhere in deep winter.
The more favourable return route is to head back up the face or following the creek up to the North Eastern Face of Carruthers and up.