5-08-15 by dave

It was much like a Winter morning with cold temps., marginal visibility, and a light dusting of new snow that had fallen overnight.   With the cold temps. and slight accumulation, the off trail was very difficult as it had frozen up, and the machine worked runs were firm, though they did offer sufficient traction.  The visibility was the main issue, as the fog was dense and the details were quite hard to discern.  I did a Mark Malu and a Regulator to assess the situation, and decided to hit the Forklift Chair to see if there might be a break as the Valley was sunny and clear.  Here is a shot of the last day of Mineral Basin  looking toward Pagan Bowl with the melted off terrain as a contrast.  The front of DSC02875the hill has much more snow and the cover remains good overall.  Tomorrow, look for a weather day, so dress for the conditions and anticipate some terrain limitations.  The prediction is for snow throughout the day so there may be a bit more traffic on the hill to take advantage of the last blast of the season.  I will be there for an unusual Saturday occasion to soak in the vibe of these last two days.  See you there for the morning session.  IBBY!!

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