12-05-16 by dave

A few inches of fresh product had fallen on the hill, with just a trace here at the Trailer.  The stout morning wind, delayed the Tram a bit, and pushed the dense installment into piles stretching across the hill in waves.  With a very firm machine worked surface in between the waves, it made for a very interesting morning dealing with the very variable wind slab.  I started out on the Peruvian side of the hill, then checked the Gad side where I found similar conditions at the higher elevations.  The consistency improved markedly as the cover got worked and broken up, which was good.  Off trail, the existing worked over areas are stiff, with serious rumble to negotiate.  On the lower mountain, wide spread interference patterns are building with short sharp transitions that require a deliberated approach.  I am staying on the machine worked runs to take advantage of the Gun Powder that continues to provide nice consistent velvet.  I am still getting my ski legs back and anything I can do to make it a less painful process will be good. .  Here is a shot of the Lewis and Clark area that is still in need of a bit more snow until we can begin the explorations.   dsc04106Tomorrow, look for a clear cold morning before more flurries move in later in the day.  The Groomers will be offering the best consistency, and don’t underestimate the Gun Powder, as it has been off the charts carvelicious in the past few days.  Dial down the roll and extract as much juice as you can from those velvety smooth turns.  MMMMM good!!    I stopped by the new tribute grove to my good friend FITZ, who left us last year.  He had been here longer that me and was a great guy and is missed.  Here is a shot of his memorial picture.  dsc04109This shot is also a reminder of all the great folks who have gone on to do the recon work in the big Powder Fields in the Sky!!   Rock ON FITZ!!

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