3-28-16 by dave

A new Winter storm was just getting started today, as it is predicted to persist through Wednesday.  With just a trace in the parking lot, and light snow falling, it was a nice surprise to find 4 to 5 inches of fresh up on the higher elevations.  The visibility was very compromised with the fog, snow and blowing wind, so the Morning Crew took the challenge to hit Mineral Basin’s white out conditions just for fun.  There, we found nicely covered lines on the Groomers that felt great underfoot, especially on the low angle aspects.  Over on a Lewis and Clark sojourn, we found variable accumulation that was being affected by the wind.  There were deeper spots, with some stripped areas that made the transitions interesting.  On the front of the hill, the medium density product was not quite sticking to the old layer, but the extra accumulation made the turns more consistent and less wind affected.  Due to the visibility issue, I could not get a good shot of the day, so I took this shot of a beautiful blossom provided by Living Creations and arranged by Julia’s expert hands.   She has such a magical way with flowers.DSC03706Tomorrow, look for significant additional accumulation to have fallen overnight.  It was snowing hard when I left the hill, and it is raining briskly here at the Trailer, so we can look for another storm riding day.  Dress for the weather, as it will be a bit colder than today.  That old layer is still in play over all, but deeper lines are to be found in the guts and tree lines that were catching the wind transported product.  High winds are predicted to be associated with this system, and I expect that there will be interesting variations to the pack, so be prepared for anything.  The hill is in great shape to take this installment, and conditions will become increasingly better as the Essence builds up, just look for the sheltered lines.  Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

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