I disagree with sleake and Neil. I can't understand what they are saying. The OP's partner hasn't even been on snow. When I climbed up and down the Ramp last November coming DOWN we wailed in top clips and at times were on the front four points. That is it was WAY firmer on the way down than up. This isn't normal (a brutal unforecast cold front came through just after we got to the top of the Ramp) but you could easily get caught out by the conditions. Saying "you'll be fine" is crazy. Being prepared is much better.