4-22-12 by dave

It was quite warm this morning with the Sun working the East facing early, making Mineral Basin the call, where there were nicely prepared steep sections that had that big back country feel.  It was quite soft right out of the chute, but it was going to take a while for the front side to begin softening. I could not get over how warm it was on the peak.   I took a couple of laps down the front side, where I found variable textures depending on aspect and elevation.  Some tenderization had been done to give some edge, but it needed time.  10:330 AM saw the beginning of the thaw pattern, but it was a very quick window, turning quite sticky down on the lower elevations of the hill.   Laps up high bought you a bit more time, but by 1:00 PM the saturation point had been reached.  Tomorrow, look for another similar situation, and come a bit later if you want to avoid the hard front side, but the back really offers some very nice turns early on.   This unseasonable warm pattern is sure to break, and with that I am betting on some more of the goods to come in to balance it out. Keep you fingers crossed.   Over all the hill still has good cover, though there are a couple of rocks beginning to show up in sparse places.  See you for the early runs.   Peace Out!!

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