12-28-17 by dave

Light traffic and balmy temps. greeted the morning crew. Peruvian Gulch was open again with freshly tilled groomers top to bottom, and full on snow making efforts in full effect. Some of the Gun Powder lines were feeling very sweet and the over all consistency was excellent. The off trail sections of the upper mountain were developing the interference patterns with all the traffic going after the deeper off trail sections. The Gad side of the hill was good as well, with light traffic all morning. Later, traffic did increase a bit on both sides of the hill. After Noon, the Cirque Traverse opened quietly. The traverse it self was very interesting and some sections of the traverse required a very careful step by step approach to get across a couple of the thin sections. On the open bowl, there was some very nice soft snow. I chose the section that I knew had the most grass in the Summer. That worked out well, as I got the first real powder turns of the season that felt smooth and sweet. Here is a shot of Mineral Basin looking inviting in the morning Sun. Tomorrow, look for another day of freshly groomed lines on both sides of the hill. Look for the sides of the prepared areas to be providing the most traction as things get skied off a bit as the day moves along. There should be fresh Gun Powder on both sides of the hill and light traffic should be happening for the first hour or so. I got to meet Team Bosspack this morning. They were experiencing the Bird for the very first time and were stoked to have the Peruvian side of the hill open and offering a more mellow path down the Hill. I talked to them later in the day and they had a day that will bring them back again when we get more snow. See you there for the morning warm up laps. Speed safely!!

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