12-14-14 by dave

The medium density fresh Essence that covered the dance floor today felt like silky frosting under foot.  The consistency felt luxurious indeed, though that underlying hard pack was in play, but the new snow started to stick to the old layer.   Low angle aspects seemed to feel the best, where the float factor kept you from hitting the hard pack too much.   Reports from my friends, who were going further afield, said that the coverage was much improved.  I will wait just one more storm to get too excited about getting to far out, but then I am way out there to start with.  The traffic was brisk, but the lifts made short work of any lines and a quick pace was easy to keep.  It felt great to feel like the turns were getting real.   I still did not fully trust the consistency, so I was still averaging the turns to avoid the surprise slick spot sneaking up on me.  Here is a shot of the trees flocked with the freshness, making it look more like Winter. DSC02347 It has been quite a while since we have seen them looking so frosty.  The Valley still has a lot of overcast moving through out of the North West, so, perhaps, we will see some additional Lake Effect put down some of the ultra light.  Tomorrow, look for the Groomers to be a real treat with the new product getting worked into the mat.  The off trail will be interesting to check out to see how it is shaking out, but there is no doubt that it will be much more realistic going off the beaten path.  Temps will be colder now that the front has moved though, so be sure to dress for the changes.  I have been spoiled wearing only a light shell this past while.  See you for the morning fun fest.  Stay Frosty!!

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