2-05-15 by dave

Sweet velvet lines greeted the morning crew, with some of the big drops in Mineral Basin offering a fresh till and perfect corduroy.  The full Super G line was prepared, which let you dig it as deep as you could get it.  A Lewis and Clark lap offered sweet carvalicious lines as well, where you could do no wrong.  Real hero snow.  On the front of the hill, there were nice lines as well, though after yesterday’s warmth on the lower elevations, there was a bit of crunch in the mat.  No problems though, and a full on line was no problem.   Soft snow was still wide spread, and with the wind working the hill, those wind lines were still the place to find the goods.  Some of the out of mind, out of sight lines were being ignored and they were worth continued laps to get as much of the wind deposited goodness while it was fresh.   Here is a shot of another aspect out in Mary Ellen Gulch, which you can use your imagination on.  I have skied those lines and I can tell you they are exquisite.  The Sun became obscured after 1:00PM, preserving the cold in the snow and shielding the rays from baking those very exposed aspects.   Tomorrow, look for the High North to still be holding DSC02537the best lines on the hill, however, there are numerous exceptions to that base line, so be sure to follow your nose and find those gems that are all about waiting for you to find them.  Super high winds came up in the afternoon, so I expect some very nice wind work to be found on the hill in the AM.  Be sure to look around  on the way up to see what was graced.  Conditions continue to be very good despite the low snow fall of late, and there is much excitement about the quality on the hill.  See you there for the early fun, and rockin’ laps.  IBBY!!

4 Responses to “SWEET VELVET”

  1. MD says:

    What about Boundary Bowl, Tiger Tail, and the rest of the Gad 2 goodies?

  2. Pat says:

    Hi Dave, When you refer to the ‘High North’ on the hill, are you referring to a specific area, or several areas on the mountain? Can you locate them by name or lift for those of us who aren’t familiar with the definition? Thanks!

  3. dave says:

    As regards these areas, which I collectively call the Exotic Trees, I prefer not to reference areas that are less than great. I am not a fan of Bumps, AKA Interference Patterns, so I just do not address this area if is not, in my opinion, worth a visit. I do often ski these areas to check things out, and I do reference them when I can recommend taking the time to visit these lines. This is not to say that others will have another view, and the terrain is stellar without doubt, but you will forgive me if I don’t send folks where I would rather not go myself.

  4. dave says:

    HIGH NORTH is a collective reference to all of the higher elevation aspects on the entire hill. The Upper Cirque, High Baldy, Bookends and Sunday Cliffs, Road to Provo all come under this umbrella. While I am at this, Exotic Trees is the area West of the Gad 2 chair, and Lewis and Clark is a reference to the Baldy Express Chair, as it is always an adventure to explore the far reaches. IBBY stands for I’ll Be Blasting You, which is a very obscure reference to my childhood in Boston and the space race.

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