4-15-14 by dave

There was a high cloud deck over the hill as the first Tram left the dock, but quickly clearing skies let the Sun bathe the hill in brilliance.   Extensive Grooming had been prepared on all sides of the hill, using the additional accumulation from yesterday, which worked perfectly into the mat, offering very velvety surfaces to work.  The Peruvian Trifecta had been prepared, making a top to bottom, ground pounding, session good to go for the day.   Mineral Basin was also nicely prepared, and the White Diamonds – Lower Silver Dipper section made that line a downhill extravaganza.  Off trail was very tricky, as that old frozen layer was fully in play after being worked over yesterday.  The air was a bit nippy to start things off, but I still was driving with the top down for the day.  Regulator was the only section that needed the extra time to soften, but the slow thaw pushed that break point back until 1:30 PM.  Clouds moved in during the last part of the day and are predicted to stick around tomorrow as well.  Tomorrow, look for the Groomers to be offering the best snow on the hill, but the High North is still worth checking out if you want some off trail fun.  All the entrances are still holding up, but the usual sketchy drops need some careful attention.  We will have to see how the weather shakes out,  but the hill is in great shape and ready to rock.  The PSIA Academy is being conducted on the hill all week,  and they are doing demonstrations, so be sure to give them a lot of room, and perhaps watch some of the demos.  Some very nice turns are being put down.   Lay it down like Ligety!   Here is a shot of the developing wind lines that are waiting for the go sign. See you for the ground pounding, morning fun.  Syrup won’t stop ‘EM!!DSC02047

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