1-17-17 by dave

Ripping lines were offered on all sides of the hill, with Mineral Basin offering sunlit corduroy carpets that let you explore your inner Ligety.  On the front side of the hill, Anderson’s Hill and Lower Primrose Path were smooth, dry and chalky, with the shaved chalk building up in the gut that made the ride butter smooth.  Between the lines in Mineral and the front side extravaganza, I just had to do round the world like laps.    While out on a Lewis and Clark exploration, I came across Walter Mc Connell MD., who is still ripping the hill.  He has had the locker next to mine for over 30 years.  It is always a treat to visit with Walter and share his joy and dream.   Off trail, the interference patterns are becoming more widespread as the hill gets worked, with low amplitude rumble making the ride a bit challenging.  The snow quality is stiffening up, but the High North aspect are still holding the cold dry feel and are well worth exploring.  Look for the lines that stay shaded for softness and avoid those due South aspects as they are getting some surface crust.  I got this shot of the moon framed by the old dead wood tree.  Tomorrow, look for increasing clouds as a new cycle begins to move into the Front.  The Groomers will be offering consistently smooth Hydro Velvet carpets that are well worth being there early to experience.  Be sure to look for those additional machine worked lines that have been holding the smooth and are a real rarity, so get them while they are buffed.  As a  parting shot, here is Brian Beck getting the real deal out in the Exotic Trees.  There are still lines to be had with a bit of vision.  See The Line, BE The Line!!!

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