6-25-17 by dave

I surfaced through the Quantum Foam after being held down under a huge long set of Gravity Waves, and only now have I been able to look back on the Season. This was the one that everyone was waiting for for years, and it delivered in many ways. The snow came early and began the stoke factor, and as the pack built up, the energy was telegraphed to the world. I had a great time getting those First Trams with the Morning Crew, finding fresh lines on the Groomers, side pockets, and full on Deep Days. The Grooming Crew did an amazing job working the hill as well as the Snow Makers that built up the base, making those rare steep winch cat lines amazing lap after lap. The Morning Forklift meeting were always a high light and a big thanks to the entire Forklift Crew for taking such good care of us. Here is a shot of a few of the stars. Here is a great shot of Brian Beck getting some of the fresh essence out in the Exotic Trees. These days were as good as it gets and there were plenty. I want to thank all those folks who make The Bird turn on a daily basis, The Patrol, Cat Crew, Snow Makers, and every one who works so hard to make each day special. I met a family on the Tram Deck one morning and spoke to them about where to go and what a great day they had ahead of them. Orest Ciolko enthusiastically read my reports every day and expressed how much they helped him. He passed away recently after a big bike ride and it made me really think about how tenuous our hold on each day really is. I treasure each day and all the folks who I meet and ski with. It is a pleasure to share the dream with so many people and I am always humbled by the outpouring of love I get from each and every person. Thanks for reading my posts and sharing in the experience of The Bird. ” Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!! PS. That is the shot of Brian Beck at the top of the post. OOPS on the publishing page, DOH!!

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