1-22-18 by dave

Morning Sun shined brightly, illuminating Mineral Basin, making it the go to line for the warm up run. The off trail that was available was a tad variable, but the smooth Groomers were fast and fun. I went over to check out a Lewis and Clark line, finding untracked corduroy that felt smooth and velvety, which produced full traction that made each turn feel magical. On the front side of the hill, Peruvian Gulch offered some amazingly Groomed lines, with perfect Gun Powder accumulations that were exquisite and demanded a slow down, dial in appreciation. It may get deeper, but it does not get better. Dr. Pepper made his annual return to the Bird and was stoked to have fresh snow on the hill and untracked waiting in the wings. While out on the Lewis and Clark lap, Wynonna pointed out this wind affected section out on the Chamonix Chutes. This will give you an idea of the variability of some of the aspects. Powder Paradise opened, offering the big drops and the wrap around the bowl. The High North aspects were much softer and consistent, with the South facing aspects offering some breakable that required your full attention, but was easily dialable. Traffic was light and back to back Trams were easy to make. Here is a shot of an interesting wind formation that was out on the Lewis and Clark lap. Tomorrow, look for clearing skies and cold temps to start the day. Mineral Basin will be offering the sunny, bright, high definition lines for the opening bell. I expect continued snow making on the front side of the hill. Look for those nice accumulations of Gun Powder, as they are just high points of each run and last all day. The off trail is improving, but there are wide spread interference patterns that have built up with the recent high traffic. Speed Safely!!

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