4-13-14 by dave

The residual clouds held on to the peaks after an interesting night of frontal passage, that rocked the Trailer with wind and rain pounding on the skin.  Up on the hill, 2” of medium density product covered the frozen snow that had thawed out yesterday.   It was a wise choice to stay on the prepared runs, that were surprisingly smooth with the additional accumulation.  While the front of the hill was storming, Mineral Basin was offering some Sunshine with flurries filling the sky.   Here is a shot of the Sunday Cliffs looking smooth in the distance.  It was like being in another dimension when you move from the Sun to the Storm with just a crossing of the ridge line.  The front of the hill was crispy wall to wall, but the additional snow cushioned the ride there as well.  As continued flurries kept moving in, a bit of depth began to build up and with it, the harbor chop that crops up this time of year.  Visibility was an issue, but staying near the trees helped keep the references.  Windows of Sun would shine through from time to time and set up the snow that had fallen.  I had to bag it when my knees started to scream.  Tomorrow, look for  the left over product to have been mixed into the machine worked runs, and the off trail to be very tricky until warming occurs.  With the Sun out, the sticky factor will be quick to manifest, so check your wax to keep the glide.  I want to give a shout out to the Cat and Snowmaking crews, who styled me with a very cool hoodie, which I will wear with pride.  The quality on the hill would not be what it is today without their magical efforts.   Thanks for keeping it smooth!!!   See you in the AM.   IBBY!!DSC02044

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