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Facet Farming

By Ann Driggers

After a good November for snow, December has been dry, dry dry. There's been a couple of minor snowfalls but nothing to write home about. The conditions are some of the poorest I can remember in Colorado. Indeed we have heard old sheepherders tales this is the driest since 1969. Jeepers! Still, we are making the most of it and getting out there to farm the facets - the technical term for sugary snow that cold nights and endless dry sunny days create. More postively we could describe it as recycled powder. All the same it is fun skiing. Chad got to try his new carbon fiber DPS surf boards. Big thumbs up judging by the giggles and grins.

At this time of year the north facing slopes where the best snow/facets lies are lucky to see more than a glipse of sun. Makes for dark skiing, goggles required, and dark photos.

Putting the breaks on too hard in an incohesive and bottomless snowpack sends you down deep...you kind of get a faceshot....like the ones we are endlessly dreaming of:

Please send us some more snow!!!

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