12-14-19 by dave

Another installment of Essence was delivered overnight as the storm cycle continues. The rain was pelting the skin of The Trailer all night, which lulled me back into a deep sleep. The temps. dropped and the wind was nuking, making the high elevations a difficult place to be and a quick exit of the ridge lines was required. Snow quality was excellent, with the more sheltered lines offering creamy and dreamy consistency and the pack is very smooth with all the wind. Here is a shot of that Sun Dog that was so bright the other day. Tram Rat took this of us looking into Mineral Basin that morning.

A cosmic portal opened as we looked into the future, when Mineral Basin opens. This Sun Dog really did not lie!!

Tomorrow, look for areas that had remained closed today to, perhaps, be opening as mitigation efforts are completed. The temps dropped markedly, so dress for cold and stay covered up. All the old chop has been covered and the wind will have kept what was worked today smoothed out for the morning session. The hill is in amazing shape and I haven’t hit any rocks at all since we opened. I expect solid traffic for the day, so get up early, but check the road report for up to date access info. IBBY!!

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