5-03-16 by dave

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!!

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