5-24-13 by dave

Sorry about not posting yesterday, but I was not able to get the information I needed to post an accurate commentary, I found it necessary to wait until I had a first hand look.  I just can’t make it up.   The hill had benefited from last week’s installment, which still covered the hill with a nice corn finish.  With the hard overnight freeze, it needed some time to soften.   Mineral Basin had taken a terminal hit from the Sun, so it is now out of play for the season, leaving The Road to Provo and  the Peruvian Gulch the only open sections of the hill.  You could get to the bottom of both sides of the hill, but it was highly recommended to take the Tram back down after working the upper mountain.  The  lower Mountain is truly a back country experience, requiring extreme care to negotiate the variability and unmarked hazards that are cropping up with the melt off.  As the snow pack softened with warming, the pack developed into a delightful sorbet consistency, making much of the off trail a corn delight.DSC01514 The  low amplitude bumps that cropped up last week were still in play, but the spacing left easy turns.  Tomorrow, look for another overnight freeze, though I think it will break faster in the AM., so push you arrival up a bit to catch the window. Again, the lower mountain will be very tricky, so use care if you go to the bottom.  What grooming there is in these out of bounds areas is minimal at best, and after today’s extra warm afternoon, look for sections to require taking off your skis and walking.  Here is a shot of Etherea the Tram Goddess, who delivered us to the Peak this morning, starting our day out right.  See you in the AM.  Syrup won’t stop ‘EM!!

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