12-09-13 by dave

Another very cold morning greeted the faithful who showed up to get the freshies on the opening of the Peruvian Gulch. For the most part the new snow had been heavily wind affected, leaving the consistency very slabby and stiff.  Some of the more sheltered sections were a bit more fresh and buoyant, however, the new installment is a welcome addition.  The Snow Guns were working on the hill, and with the ultra cold temps. they were pumping out the goods as well as significant Gun Smoke which began to gather obscuring the visibility on the lower mountain around the Noon hour.  Here is a shot of the Gad Valley I took as I was heading for the home 10-20 after having dealt stearnly with the cold air.  Tomorrow, look for another cold day on tap with a luxurious cushion on the groomers and improving off trail cover.  There was a rebuild up of interference patterns on the heavily visited off trail sections, but that is to be expected given the limited terrain.  The snow pack is quite unstable and the patrol is working hard to get things open.  Patience is a virtue when waiting for the goods.  I have been taking this opportunity to work on stamina and quickness in anticipation of full off trail access.  The traffic was light today, and I expect tomorrow will be good to go for maximum vertical accumulation.  Dress for the cold and enjoy the goodness.  These early days of the season featureDSC01669 snow that stays good all day and is not affected by the Sun and warming afternoon temps that are an issue later in the season.  Be there for the morning fun and stay for the afternoon Sun.  Stay Frosty!!

One Response to “GUN SMOKE”

  1. J says:

    Hi Dave,

    I so appreciate your daily post being 2000 miles away for most of the year.

    Your writing and pictures keep me yearning to be at one of my favorite places on the planet!

    Thank you my Friend!!

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