1-17-18 by dave

I was another beautiful day as the day dawned cool and clear with the Sun warming the air rapidly. Mineral Basin was offering smooth Groomers top to bottom, and the off trail was becoming increasingly variable as the Sun works the pack. The High North aspects were still holding the softest snow and more terrain opened to access the softness on numerous fronts on the hill. Access to some traverses is difficult at best and I was turned back from one approach as I did not want to trash a new pair of skis. On the front of the hill, smooth vacant lines were served up on the Peruvian side of the hill, with sections of Gun Powder to sample under and beyond the Guns. Again, I lapped the Peruvian side of the hill without encountering one person top to bottom. Traffic was so light that Jeff was able to stretch out and take advantage of the luxurious spacious Tram. The day warmed up nicely and I was able to drive around all afternoon with the top down. Tomorrow, look for some clouds to be moving in ahead of the next system that is slowly moving East. Forecasts look encouraging for some good accumulation in the days ahead. Use this time now to be checking out all the features that will be getting covered with the new snow. Look at those high spots, shrubberies, reefs and snags to have them in the back of your mind moving ahead. It should be another warm day, with stout South winds pushing out head of the Front. They had this very cool cat parked on the peak, so I took this shot of the newest thing in Grooming. The hill will be offering more great machine worked lines on all sides of the hill, and I expect traffic to continue to be light. Speed safely!!

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