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STILL SNOWING

5-22-16

After a long week of dealing with the Dark Matter Wars that are continually on going, I was finally able to get up on the hill to make a few turns.  The snow was falling briskly as the first chairs were loading, and the visibility was not too bad to with some promising breaks in the clouds.   I went to the top of the Little Cloud chair, where I found the Groomers to be smooth and dialable, though the off trail was looking very difficult with the old frozen layer lying underneath the new accumulation.   Here is a shot of the snow falling as I made my way to the lifts. DSC03848 Over on Gad 2, the lines were much softer, with the lower elevations offering silky smooth sugar that felt sumptuous.  I was dialing in as many turns as possible to extract as much of the deluxe feel as I could get. The melt off has been significant during the last week despite the overcast that has hung on the hill every day.  Still, there was plenty of snow to ski right on the lift at the bottom.  There is still plenty of cover on the upper elevations, but we will have to wait and see what the week brings as far as melt off on the bottom.  I return to further missions in the Dark Matter Wars this week, where I will deal sternly with the encroaching Archonic forces that have been relentless in creating havoc in and around this Solar System.  No worries, as we are invincible and it is only a matter of TIME after all.  Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

WARM TEMPS.

5-14-16

Very warm temps. and bright Sun opened the day, with a full break on the pack, and the high West facing aspects still crispy to start.  Tenderizing effort had been employed on Regulator, but it still needed some time to soften up.  Gad 2 offered a fresh till on Gadzooks, that felt smooth and corny, with very well developed corn down lower on Lower Bassakwards that felt delightful on those first two runs.  Light traffic was happening for the first hour, but a lot of folks were showing up in droves after 10:00AM.  Here is a great shot of two folks who were styling some serious flair for the Spring conditions.  DSC03847Offerings off the Road to Provo were excellent, with the Rasta Chutes soft and playable, though they did get a bit worked yesterday, so the smoothness factor was missing.  When Regulator broke, the consistency was smooth and tasty, making numerous laps there the call before it went too far to the soft side.  On the lower mountain, the sticky factor was an issue, so staying up high was the call.  A couple of dry spots cropped up on the very lowest line on the hill, but there is plenty of room to bypass that small bit of melt off.  Still, coverage remains excellent top to bottom.  Tomorrow, look for some weather to be moving in as the High slides off and a Low approaches.  I hope to see the Sun for the morning session before the clouds build in, so we’ll see.  Warm temps. will be still in effect, so the pack will be soft to begin and not last long down low. See you there for the Spring turns.  See the Line, Be the Line!!

SORBET MORNING

5-13-16

Perfect sorbet was the feature of today’s offerings up on the hill, as the overnight temps only firmed up the pack instead of a full freeze.  Only the due West facing aspects were full on crispy, but the rest of the hill was perfect right to the top.  Here is a shot of Regulator taken from the top of the Gad 2 Chair where we found excellent turns down a freshly buffed Zooks.  DSC03844Warm morning temps. guaranteed that the goods were not going to last long, but that hard freeze on the high West facing aspects extended the quality past Noon.  Here is a shot of Zooks DSC03842which was as good as it gets, I don’t care what other kinds of perfect there are.  This offering, and the rest of the morning session, was as good as a powder day in terms of exquisite quality.  I was dialing back the roll to dial in maximum turns from each run, which I was pretending was hard earned back country corn.  Here is a  great shot of Jones Malone, who was digging theDSC03843goodness with me all morning long.  I have been skiing with him for 40 years now, and he skis better today than when he was a kid;  A full on ripper.  Mark Malu and the entire area accessed from the Road to Provo was also just off the charts great, with the off trail offering perfect consistency, which I found surprising.  I kept lapping those line combinations out there for the second part of the morning.  Regulator was the last to break which offered more perfect consistency for the early partakers.    Here is a shot of TEAM BEER, who were sampling the sorbet and champagne that was being served up today. DSC03846Tomorrow, look for another excellent morning of sorbet goodness, as the warming air temps. will not provide a hard freeze overnight.  Opening turns will be good to go and will offer the great conditions of today tomorrow.  Be there early to get the goods, as the lower elevations do not last long and get sticky around 10:30AM.  Coverage is excellent top to bottom, with no bare spots to be seen.  There is plenty of cover at the base elevation as well with no issues getting to the chair.  See you there early for the morning laps.  Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

STORMY DAY

5-08-16

A snowy day was on tap for the last day of the regular season.  Rain was pattering on the skin of the Trailer all night, and when I got up and looked at the Snow Cams on the Bird site I decided to pass on the day.  FB posts of the day looked very snowy and foggy, but spirits were high and the folks who were in attendance looked like they were having a good time.   Cold temps. made dressing for storm riding a must.  Yesterday, I was very under dressed, so I appreciated that a return to a Winter condition was in effect.  Here is a great shot of Dave and Ed sporting the image1spirit of the King on such a snowy day.  Great to see you rocking the snow in full regalia.  Thanks for such a great Crusty Fest last night.  I would give a word on tomorrow, but that will not happen as there is no lift service until  next Friday.  I will post going into the Weekend, but I have been called back into service fighting the Dark Matter Wars, which is ongoing, and which I had hoped not to be redeployed, but someone has to do it, so I will soldier on.   Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

SPRING SHOWERS

5-07-16

Temps. were fairly brisk as the early chairs were filled with the assembled early risers.  The pack was fairly crispy, especially above the mid mountain elevations.  Clouds were hugging the Twins, but the visibility was good, however there was a cold wind blowing that left me under dressed for sure.  I found a bit of a break below the Mid Mountain restaurant, and followed that line to the bottom, taking advantage of the low angle lines that had been ignored.  As the morning progressed, the festive feel began to arrive on the hill as well as more softening of the pack.  DSC03841Since the Tram was  not running, Lexi was on hand with here Red Tram cohort to keep the vibe alive.  I had made the morning laps and was waiting for the Skiing Elvi who were on the way.  DSC02889Here they are in full regalia, ready to take on the corn goodness that was waiting for them on the hill.  They are a great group of folks, who really get into the spirit of the season.  I forget how many seasons they have celebrated this tradition, but I always look forward to their arrival on the hill.  Rock On gang!!   Tomorrow, look for more unsettled weather.  The temps. have fallen in general in the past day, so I expect the pack to be fairly crispy to start off the day.  The pack is still holding up, with only the fringes becoming a bit thin, but the main runs are full on good to go.  I will have to look at the weather and decide about weather to make it up in the AM.  Stay Frosty!!

WEEKEND WEATHER

5-06-16

Thunder and lightning were resounding early this morning, with some serious showers pounding the Trailer.  The temps. were still quite warm in the Valley, so there was not going to be much of a freeze up on the hill with all that cloud cover.  The showers moved off as the lifts opened, and the pack was already for a sorbet delight right out of the Chute.  The Sun would make an appearance from time to time, but clouds would fill in and keep moving through throughout the day, until around 2:00PM. when the rain began to fall.  Traffic was very light, and I was one of the folks who did not make an appearance today due to the looks of the sky. DSC03838I took the opportunity to clear some of the broken and dead fronds of this Bamboo patch that grows here next to the Trailer along the corral fence.  The heavy snow of the Winter put the hurt on some of the fronds, but as you can see this grove is looking quite luxurious.   Tomorrow, look for more showers to be moving in and out during the day, but, like today, some Sun make peak through the clouds now and again.  With the warm Southerly flow, the pack should be ready to go for the opening bell.  Those smooth freshly tilled lines are going to be perfect.  The higher elevations may be a bit more frozen, but lower on the hill should be good to go.  These are the last couple of days of the regular season, so be there for the smooth carving.  Peace Out!!

CORN SENSATION

5-05-16

Clouds threatened to darken the morning, but moved off, letting the Sun shine on the dance floor for the morning session.  With a base temp. of 53 Degrees, it was slightly warmer than yesterday, and the freeze was not nearly as deep.  Sorbet goodness was going off on the lower elevations of the hill, so the Morning Crew stuck with the Zoom, Gad 2 laps while the higher elevations began to break.  Once again,  Gadzooks had been given a fresh till, which felt great for those early turns before the warming made it all too soft.  Later, around 11:30 AM., the upper elevations began to break, with some nicely tilled lines offering smooth sorbet goodness.  Here is a shot of Regulator from the top of Mark Malu, which still had not quite broken and a DSC03837solitary snowboarder, who we saw having a tough time on the Cat Track, is seen here doing a slide for life on the yet unbroken line.  Not to worry, he got up and shook off the dust and kept going.  After Noon, staying up high was the call to avoid the sticky factor going on down low.   Tomorrow, look for another day of corn goodness, though the sky may be a bit more overcast as a weather system is moving in.   There will be stout South winds associated with the approach, and there may be some snow in the mix.  We will just have to see how it all shakes out.  Coverage remains excellent top to bottom with no thin spots anywhere.   IBBY!!!!

LIGHT TRAFFIC

5-04-16

Early morning clouds moved off just in time of the opening bell, with just 12 of the faithful waiting for the lift to open.  With a base temp. of 50Degrees one would think the pack would already have broken, but the pack was fairly crispy top to bottom.  Stout South winds were making the ride up the lift interesting, which persuaded the Morning Crew to forego a trip to the top to get a look at Gad 2.  There, we found Gadzooks to have been retilled, offering a Winter dry chalk that made the turns a bit more realistic relative to the more frozen lines.  The Sun would make short work of the freeze, and by 10:30 AM. the sorbet goodness was really happening,  though the upper elevations would have to wait for another hour or so.  Here is a great shot sent by IMG_0657 - Version 2Jake, which shows 3 Marmots basking in the morning Sun after a Winter of deep sleep.  The way they were playing was fun to watch.   After the lower elevations began to get soft, the Morning Crew headed to the top to get those wide open lines that had been prepared.  Here is a long shot of Regulator taken from the top of Mark Malu, which had just broken on the far left side. DSC03836We followed the Sun, but kept going back to get that Zooks section that is such a rarity to see buffed out like that.  Steep, consistent, and buttery were the turns that were offered there, making the detour there well worth dialing in.  Here is a great shot of Jake and I standing at the top of Regulator, which still had not quite broken, so it was a lesson in shmooze and slide to get down the break over until the break made it a carving sensation.  P1050676Tomorrow, look for another corn fest during the morning session.  There may be some overcast skies, but they might move off like they did today.  We will just have to wait and see.  Look for more retilled lines to be happening, and look for the aspects that have had the Sun playing on them for the best early softness.  That Lower Bassakward line has been stellar from the very first chair, so don’t miss that piece of delicious.  See you there for the corn festival.  Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

BLUEBIRD DAY

5-03-16

It was a bluebird day all day long today, with no clouds building to shade the Sun.  The pack had the full freeze top to bottom and was very crispy, but had a crystal texture that gave a bit of tooth.  Regulator, however, was really firm and it was going to need quite a while to break. Over on Gad 2, Gadzooks had been retilled top to bottom, with lower Bassakwards offering the first break.  It would take until 11:00AM for any real significant break to begin on the entire hill.   While driving up this morning I stopped and got this shot of the fins at the mouth of theDSC03831Canyon, with the Sun lighting up the mouth with a golden light.  Such an impressive wall of stone walled up there like a big breaking wave.   The Road to Provo was offering some very nice lines later in the day as the warmth began to break that North facing section.   The off trail was still a no go for most of the day with very tough sledding through the  short rumble.  I stopped on top of the ridge to get this shot of Lewis and Clark looking lonely.  We had some great times out there this season on those wide open lines that feel so good in the morning.  DSC03834Tomorrow, look for another overnight freeze, with warmer daytime temps.  The break will be happening as it will, so follow the Sun for the first breaks.  That East facing aspect of Lower Bassakwards was going off first and was really a delight.  Of course, the entire hill is great when it goes off, but those early treats are worth getting there for the opening bell.  See you there for the morning laps.  Straight Ahead!!

SUNNY MORNING

5-02-16

A slight nip was still in the air this morning, as the Sun was shining and the very small turn out for the first chairs anticipated the first of the last week of the season.  Up on the hill, very nice Grooming had been done on the big drops.  Regulator and Mark Malu off the Road to Provo were calling with light dust that covered the dance floor from the overnight wind that transported the snow.  Here is a shot of Mark Malu calling the Morning Crew to hit the smooth lines that were waiting for the first run of the day.  Light traffic was a nice feature of the early morningDSC03826session.  Over on Gad 2, middle and lower Gadzooks had been prepared and had been softened by the Sun that left it sorbet sweet and also begging for numerous laps. We were putting together a top to bottom, round to Gad 2 to pack in all the exposure elements that had to be sampled as quickly as possible.  The break would have to wait until around 11:30AM. for all the North facing aspects, but whatever you hit had plenty of traction to make each turn easy and predictable.  Clouds moved in around 11:00AM., which put out the lights a bit, but visibility remained good as the cloud cover was way up high.  Tomorrow, look for another cold morning, with a freeze on the pack.  There will be plenty of Groomed lines to ply for the opening bell, so you do not have to wait for softening.  The off trail is quite stiff, difficult, and variable, so tread lightly.  Clouds may build in once again as the heating of the day rises.  Coverage is excellent, with no thin spots at all top to bottom.  The pack is as deep as it has been all season, and it is great to have this quality this late in the season.  See you for the morning session.  IBBY!!