4-05-13 by dave


It was a long rainy drive up the Canyon this morning, and it was still raining in the parking lot as I walked to the center.  By the time I got on first Tram it was full on dumping, quickly covering the hill with a thick, high density, frosting.  On top there was fully 4 ” of accumulation that skied like butter in it’s untracked state.  Off trail was cushioned, but was still feeling the bottom in a big way.  Even the bottom of the hill was offering sweet turns on the groomers.  I did not go into Mineral Basin due to the visibility issues, but reports were encouraging as there was very little traffic back there and the DSC01426 lines held up for quite a while.  The Junior Freeride Championships are being held this weekend, so sections of the upper mountain are cordoned off for the the event.  There is still plenty of  terrain to be explored and when the Sun started to break out around Noon, the visibility got much better.  Tomorrow, look for more clouds to move in during the day, but precipitation should hold off until later in the weekend.  The Groomers will be much improved with the addition of the new product as it gets tilled into the mat, but be cautious of the off trail, as the moisture content was significant and will be stout wall to wall.  The Interference patterns are mellowing out quite a bit with the recent thaw and additional product, so the ride is getting more consistent.  I am taking the day off tomorrow, for some R and R, and I will see you Sunday.  Here is a shot of the white room of a snow wave I got shacked in earlier this week.  There was no escaping this one.   Doh!!   IBBY!!!

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