4-17-14 by dave

The air was a bit warmer this morning, but I dressed for the cold and was comfortable in the still cool air.  The Sun was bright and clear, making Mineral Basin prime for the First Tram explorations.   Lewis and Clark offered some very velvety lines, and when Ski Patrol Gulley opened it really hit the high point, with soft corn perfection after the area having been closed for days.  On the Front Side of the hill, the Primrose Trifecta had been prepared, and was good to go from the First Tram, as tenderizing efforts had left that section a treat top to bottom.  It held up all day long, only getting sticky at the very bottom of the hill later in the day.  The High North has still been dodging the ambient warmth, so that was the go to exposure when you needed to stay up high to avoid the goop.  Tomorrow, the Groomers can be counted on to offer the goods in the AM, and Mineral Basin will be offering the softest lines to start the day.  Coverage remains very good with only a couple of rock outcroppings showing up.  All this is quite obvious, so no surprises.  The breaking times will be similar to today, so plan on following the Sun for fun.   Here is a shot of Mother Karen on the right, with Becky Britches and Jones Malone who were with me on that corn extravaganza when they opened the gate.  Another great day is on tap, so be there early and get in on the morning fun.  IBBY!!DSC02053

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