4-27-15 by dave

Monday was a day of changes on many levels.  The Peruvian gulch was closed for the season, and as the Tram ascended the cables all I could think of is what line I was going to choose.  Out in Mineral Basin, the Groomers were Winter smooth, with dry chalky lines, but the visibility was interesting as clouds moved in and out of the bowl.  On the Front of the hill Regulator was as good as it ever gets, with dry chalky dust  that felt like velvet top to bottom and you could do no wrong.  The Road to Provo was delayed opening, but opened fairly quickly with some dense wind affected lines that made you pay attention.  Here is a shot of the Sunday Cliffs looking smooth and inviting as the clouds revealed the treasure trove of fresh lines.  While it was hard to tear myself away from the smooth carving lines of the Groomers.  I just had to get out on that Traverse to get some of the last deep snow of the season. DSC02831Here is a shot of the line I chose way out under the Altar section of this expanse, where I found consistent high density snow that made me hold tight to the fall line to insure that I did not get caught up by the thickness.  I did, however, have to tell myself to pull out of the line early enough to make the traverse back to the Chair.DSC02832  I did two laps there just to get as much as I could because it was not going to last long with the pressure on the hill.  Tomorrow, look for the off trail to have been worked by the Sun and will be most difficult, though the High North might have a bit of softness left.  The Groomers should be good as well this early in the cycle.  The afternoon was getting very manky with the warming temps.  Traffic on the hill should be much lighter after the push for the last lines was finished.  As a parting shot for today, I leave you with this look over into Mary Ellen Gulch as the North facing lines were peering through the cloud bank. There are some very interesting lines here.  Peace Out!!  DSC02839

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