3-20-17 by dave

Thick high overcast covered the hill, but left the peak free  of fog.  With a 40 Degree temp. on the Plaza when first Tram left the dock, none of the lower mountain had frozen overnight.  On the Peak,  a light wind was blowing, but it was mild as well.  Mineral Basin was offering a fresh White Diamonds – Lower Silver Dipper  line that was smooth and velvety right out of the chute.  The lines out on the Lewis and Clark lap were also nicely broken and offered soft corn goodness.  On the front of the hill, the Peruvian Trifecta had been freshly prepared, with soft snow top to bottom offering the sorbet window which was not going to stay open long.  Here is a great shot of Mr. Burk Weir, who was heading out for his tour of the hill.  He gets the most out of every day.By 1:00PM. the lower mountain had hit the Slushie Zone, and it became too sticky for my knees to deal with so I called it a day.   Traffic was very light and there were a couple of Sun rays that filtered through the clouds.  Here is a shot of me and my shadow as I made my way to the fresh, first Grooming of Last Chance.  I had first tracks on this unseen treasure of perfect corduroy.   Tomorrow, look for an unsettled day, with periods of snow and other precipitation.  Look for the Groomers to be offering the smooth, and we will have to wait and see if we get a freeze overnight.  Temps. are looking to be warm again, so we can expect softening of the pack as the day progresses, but wind will be factor that may slow the process.  I will be looking for the Mineral Basin laps for the beginning of the day, however, I will make that determination when I see what the visibility looks like when I get to that point.  IBBY!!!

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