3-06-17 by dave

I attended another stellar Pizza tasting at Kazoodi’s in West Alta last night.  We had a great time baking off designer pies in his new oven.  They were off the charts amazing.  Here is the first one out of the oven.  While there, the Cold Front hit LCC and unleashed a blinding blizzard of snow.  It all started at 7:00PM and by the time I left for the Valley at 8:00PM a full 4” had fallen and the wind was howling.  Overnight, the accumulated snow had been worked by 100 MPH winds on the peak, that left today’s offerings interesting to say the least.  There were some lines of excellent medium density goodness, but other aspects were sporting some variable wind slab that took considerable concentration to remain vertical.  I was looking for those smooth lines from yesterday and found them where I left them.  That made the variations much more manageable.  On the Lower Mountain, the wind did not affect the pack, and I foundthis beautiful pitch just waiting for me to dial it up.  The Sun came out for a second to illuminate this line just for the shot, because the lights went out right after I took it. The West facing aspects took the biggest hit from the wind, so I avoided those exposures and stayed with the deeper areas.  The open areas got worked over quickly by the faithful, but the lines on the chairs were fast and easy once the folks got up on the hill.   Tomorrow, look for more fresh lines to be waiting in the wings.  I think we should expect wind work to be present on many of those aspects as well, but we will have to wait and see.  With all that snow and wind, the High North is getting super fat, and those steep lines are good to go wall to wall.  Look for those openings as they occur tomorrow, but go in expecting conditions to be interesting off trail.  The Groomers will be incredible and well worth the early start.  Don’t Forget To SIZZLE!!

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