12-28-15 by dave

The Sun was shining for the morning session, before a high cloud deck moved in later in the day.  Continued cold temps. were still on hand with the North Westerly flow.  Mineral Basin was a treat with all that good grooming and Gun Powder that was falling below the Guns.  The off trail was very stiff and variable, making the corduroy the place to be.  Later in the day, Powder Paradise opened, but I was going to let the traffic tenderize that wind slab that is living out there.  Both sides of the front of the hill was offering dry chalk on the surface of the groomed lines that made the traction consistent, though there were some very greasy spots here and there.  I stopped by the Forklift Chair for the usual break and found Kayla bringing the Sunshine  to theDSC03328day as the clouds in the sky began to obscure the Big Light!  Thanks for shining Kayla.   The heavily used lines on the upper mountain are building interference patterns in the guts, but smooth lines can still be found with a bit of looking.  The dry chalky feel is a nice touch after those weeks of high glaze.  Those days are over after all the accumulation.  Here is a shot of the Snowbird Big Mountain Kids Camp staged up for the afternoon session.  They were looking to find some secret stashes, and with Hanna and Erica leading the charge, they were in good hands.  DSC03327Tomorrow, look for continued firm  but consistent conditions on the Groomers on all sides of the mountain.  Temps will continue to be a bit brisk, so check the report and dress accordingly.  The Patrol is trying to get The Road To Provo opened ASAP, so look for that to perhaps be opening very soon.  Traffic is busy, but the uphill capacity is keeping up with the pressure.  Watch for Black Ice in the lower Canyon as we enter this inversion for the next day or so.  It is really fun now we have the snow.   A moment to remember Stein.  RIP.   Don’t forget to SIZZLE!!

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