5-13-17 by dave

After all the precipitation of the last while and the cold days early last week, the melt off has begun big time as the snow pack enters the Big Return to the global cycle.  The creek was raging, even though the morning was cold.  Up on the hill, the Sun was out, but there was a very stiff wind blowing out of the Northwest, making it feel much colder than it was.  Mineral Basin was offering the first softened lines, with White Diamonds – Lower Silver Dipper and Lone Star going off for the first runs of the day.  A short sorbet window was going off quickly, morphing into  the snow cone phase that felt luxurious and dialable.  On the front of the hill, the Peruvian Gulch was breaking slowly, but offered some excellent lines that made it feel like big back country quality that made back to back laps fun and fast to take advantage of the breaking surfaces.  Here is a shot of the Fins in the mouth of the Canyon, which are now getting some Sun shining on them to illuminate the relief of these massive rock features.  Tomorrow, look for more great sliding with very nice corn goodness on all sides of the hill.  Follow the Sun for the breaking surfaces, but expect the Gad Valley to break last as it did today.  Traffic was quite light and back to back Trams were easy to make and you can get as much of the smooth lines as you desire.  The cover continues to be excellent top to bottom with only the high points on the lower mountain showing the underbrush, but the main lines are fat and good to go.  Be sure to stay for the great music provides on the Plaza.  See you there for the smooth sorbet lines in the AM.  IBBY!!

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