4-25-16 by dave

A few inches of fresh frosting coated the hill today, as snow fell from the low clouds.  Visibility was variable and the snow density was high, with the top of the hill shrouded in clouds.  The new snow was good as long as it was untracked, and we got some nice lines on the fringes of the Groomers that had escaped detection in the clouds.  The snow from yesterday had frozen tightly, and the Groomers were firm underneath the new product.  Staying with the prepared lines was the call, as off trail was difficult and needed your full attention.  Light traffic on the hill, made for ski on lifts, which kept the pace going.   I took an early breakfast break after the first few runs to assess the options.   Here is a shot of the fresh cut flower that graced the breakfast table. DSC03281Snow squalls moved  through with some very high intensity at times, which added to the pack.  Later, a break in the clouds let some light shine on the hill, but it was short lived as more impulses moved in.  There is access to the hill only from the Gad parking area, and is not available from the Plaza, so the shuttles are lapping from the Plaza to the Lower Lot.  Keep that in mind when you are planning your day.  Tomorrow, look for some overnight accumulation if the forecast holds up.  There will be more precipitation again tomorrow, so dress for storm riding.  Depending on the depth of the new product, stick with the known smooth lines, but if there is more significant accumulation, you can try a bit off trail.  There is still plenty of cover top to bottom, and there are no rocks to deal with anywhere.  See you there for the morning session.  Stay Frosty!!

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