4-22-19 by dave

With weather in the forecast, we were treated to a weather window that offered bright Sun, good visibility, and amazing carpets of AHHHHH to start out the day. Mineral Basin was offering White Diamonds and Lower Silver Dipper along with Lone Star groomed top to bottom. That pitch was smooth, velvety, and good to go top to bottom. With the Baldy Chair closed for the season, the Lewis and Clark option is out now, but we did a stop at the Landing. I got this great shot of the low clouds below the bowls.

Low hanging clouds framed the weather window.

It was a race against the Sun, as the rays were super intense, feeling hot and sharp and weirdly unusual. The front of the hill had been given the machine worked lines that were rare and worth rapid fire laps to extract as much of the juice as possible. The Lehi Cutoff had been buffed for one of the most rare treatments in long memory. The pack broke around 1 PM and the sticky factor kicked in, so I bailed when my knees screamed. Tomorrow, look for another clear day, with warm temps. I think that the overnight temps are going to bring a freeze to the pack, so start with Mineral Basin for the first break and stay ahead of the Sun for the best quality. The off trail is still quite difficult and does not get soft until it breaks, but then it is very gloppy, so you just can’t win. Tread carefully. See you there for the Spring madness, and get some of that morning sorbet. IBBY!!!

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