5-02-16 by dave

A slight nip was still in the air this morning, as the Sun was shining and the very small turn out for the first chairs anticipated the first of the last week of the season.  Up on the hill, very nice Grooming had been done on the big drops.  Regulator and Mark Malu off the Road to Provo were calling with light dust that covered the dance floor from the overnight wind that transported the snow.  Here is a shot of Mark Malu calling the Morning Crew to hit the smooth lines that were waiting for the first run of the day.  Light traffic was a nice feature of the early morningDSC03826session.  Over on Gad 2, middle and lower Gadzooks had been prepared and had been softened by the Sun that left it sorbet sweet and also begging for numerous laps. We were putting together a top to bottom, round to Gad 2 to pack in all the exposure elements that had to be sampled as quickly as possible.  The break would have to wait until around 11:30AM. for all the North facing aspects, but whatever you hit had plenty of traction to make each turn easy and predictable.  Clouds moved in around 11:00AM., which put out the lights a bit, but visibility remained good as the cloud cover was way up high.  Tomorrow, look for another cold morning, with a freeze on the pack.  There will be plenty of Groomed lines to ply for the opening bell, so you do not have to wait for softening.  The off trail is quite stiff, difficult, and variable, so tread lightly.  Clouds may build in once again as the heating of the day rises.  Coverage is excellent, with no thin spots at all top to bottom.  The pack is as deep as it has been all season, and it is great to have this quality this late in the season.  See you for the morning session.  IBBY!!



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