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So, I didn't do so well taking pictures. However, here are some enjoyable ones from hanging out at Sevens the second Breck day:

 

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TrekChick and Philpug

 

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TrekChick and Old Boot

 

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More TrekChick and Boot

 

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Finndog's rendering of me . . .

 

Had a great time at the Gathering. Looking forward to Tahoe next year.

post #152 of 293

Just got my photos back from the 1 hour Fotomat, post a few , walk the doggie & post more!

 I was only able to get 3 days in with such a fine group, it's how my season has gone this year, low amount of ski days but the quality of the days have been 5* Thanks to all of the Fine people here!

 

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Abasin 4/8  Sign something is brewing in the lot, :)

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MD skier is in the House, along  with a Very smooth cast of Characters......DSC04517.JPGDSC04523.JPG

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UL, Tony C & MDskier,  along with TC & Phil for the Cake- intermission between Abasin & Copper, "Fine Dinning " @ Pug Ryan's ! Some Tasty Beers!

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post #156 of 293
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I had a wonderful time at the Gathering - met lots of new people and reconnected with some friends.  I skied hard some days, and took it easy on others (second Vail day tequila sunrises in the lodge before doing groomers in the PM.)  I'm hoping my schedule will permit me to join the Gathering next year at Lake Tahoe.  Many thanks to Uncle Louie for organizing this event and to all the guides, food providers and such.  I told my family when I got home that this gathering was the most fun I had ever had skiing!


Most fun ever!!! It was great to finally put a face with the name.  

 


 

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I echo all the thanks to those that made this possible, and enhanced our experience and enjoyment once we were there.

 

Fabulous to meet up with old friends and to make new ones.  I am very happy to have had the chance to ski with the Bears!

 

Today under the bright sunshine, in 8 inches of fresh, in Whale's tail ............. I missed every single one of you.  I'd have swapped it for the Vail day in a heartbeat (but not more than the one time mind).

I would have loved to have been there today to ski with you!!


 

 



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Abasin 4/8  Sign something is brewing in the lot, :)

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The license plates say it all.......

FREAQ EPICSKI!

 

post #157 of 293

Top of Copper's S-lift for a Stroll up to Union Bowl, for the Good stuff in Southern Star, was so Nice, some had to do it Twice!

  Ex Coalminer & Matt enjoying the Light Spring Gusts atop the 12,313 ' of Union Peak. Good thing the winds were out of the Southwest!DSC04534.JPGDSC04537.JPG

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My Favorite shot of the Day, John L., the Bumpester & Betsy. The Backdrop could explain why it's Called the "Local's Favorite!DSC04538.JPG

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"Light Spring Gusts." Hah!

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     DSloan, top of the Storm King.

 Most any of us had to wait for a lift, was  a New York Minute all day. Not bad for a Saturday.

     Also was a Cholula Hot Sauce Day,try the Chili Garlic it's the Bomb!DSC04536.JPG

 

post #161 of 293

Pics!

 

I uploaded a whole bunch of stuff to Flickr.  I set it so the identifiable pictures of people are private, but if you follow this link, you can see them all: http://flickr.com/gp/matthias99/63c43p/

 

You can download full-res versions through that link as well, though I'm not sure if you have to register to do that.

 

Some highlights:

 

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DSloan after losing her ski in the Vail powder

 

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At Breckenridge, TrekChick learns revenge is a dish best served cold

 

 

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A pack of very hungry bears at A-Basin (the table off to the right is also full of attendees)

 

 

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"The Beach"

 

 

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Retro pup and owner

 

 

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It's easier to tell in the full-size version, but that's JohnL skiing one of the bowls at Copper

 

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The USASA nationals were in town, too.

 

 

Astute observers will note I carefully avoided taking any pictures on Wednesday at Vail, which we will never speak of again.  But other than that it was one of the more epic weeks of skiing I've ever had...

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The Best part of the Day, Meeting for the Chris G. & Bob Bs Learn to Turn Free (you can't put a price on that) Clinic! The combination of Spaluding Bowl & the Two best @ Synchronized turning,

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post #163 of 293

Mr Vertical, you got that right!

For me, the day at copper paid off on many levels,......

I got new poles

I got new skills

and I got time with some of my fav bears!!!

post #164 of 293
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The Best part of the Day, Meeting for the Chris G. & Bob Bs Learn to Turn Free (you can't put a price on that) Clinic! The combination of Spaluding Bowl & the Two best @ Synchronized turning,

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Such an awesome day.

 

Did not help with the end-of-trip depression that set in on Sunday.

 

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Forgot about this: Found a shout out to PA on the Storm King lift.

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Spaluding @ Marvin's Garden just short of Boardwalk,DSC04551.JPGDSC04553.JPGDSC04554.JPGDSC04555.JPGDSC04557.JPG

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Thanks All! Still can't get rid of the Grin!

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Thread Starter 
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Thanks All! Still can't get rid of the Grin!



It's called Perma-grin.

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Pics!

 

I uploaded a whole bunch of stuff to Flickr.  I set it so the identifiable pictures of people are private, but if you follow this link, you can see them all: http://flickr.com/gp/matthias99/63c43p/

 

You can download full-res versions through that link as well, though I'm not sure if you have to register to do that.

 

 

 

Astute observers will note I carefully avoided taking any pictures on Wednesday at Vail, which we will never speak of again.  But other than that it was one of the more epic weeks of skiing I've ever had...

I just looked at Matt's slideshow via the above Flicker link.

 

WOW! Great job Matt  It's the entire week in review. I will download many. Great color balance throughout the album. Bazzer would be professionally jealous!

 

I'm grinning and I'm depressed  So glad I was there, absolutely bummed that I'm not doing it again today!

 

Love all who attended, thanks for one of the great weeks in my life.

 

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  So glad I was there, absolutely bummed that I'm not doing it again today!

 


King Grump and I will make a run for you today !  (just rubbing it in biggrin.gif)

 

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I just looked at Matt's slideshow via the above Flicker link.

 

WOW! Great job Matt  It's the entire week in review. I will download many. Great color balance throughout the album. Bazzer would be professionally jealous!

 

I'm grinning and I'm depressed  So glad I was there, absolutely bummed that I'm not doing it again today!

 

Love all who attended, thanks for one of the great weeks in my life.

 


+1 to this.

 

post #172 of 293
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The whole beach scene, picnic table and cookout on Friday at A-Basin was very nice, too. Conditions played out well, the warmer weather in the afternoon, the sun and soft snow right on the edge of the beach, and even the dogs running (and limping) around all added to the cool vibe. You’d never get to experience this unless you’re local, or part of a group like this.



Yup the beach party was an incredible ending, my last day anyway, to one of the best weeks of skiing I've ever had. Good Skiing is more about who you are with than where you are at but with and at really came together last week.

 

My son came up from Denver with a friend and skied with us at Breck Thursday. After a bit of "goofy" skiing with comprex we took a break over at nine i think. We got separated from Kneale's group after the break and worked our way over toward six chair, then decided to go up the Imperial. We got to the top and run into Old Boot, Lady Salina and Xcoalminer and skied with them for a bit, went down to peak 8 to take a break and finndog and gregmerz stopped by for a visit. Just as we are getting ready to head back to seven Living Proof and Mathias99 come by and Matt decides to join us. Seems like where ever we went that day we kept running into people I knew, talk about feeling like a local.

 

Thanks to everyone who skied, drank, dined & laughed with me and for waiting for me at the bottom. Special thanks to JohnL, DSloan and Marigee for putting up with me all week. Tried to convince my wife that we really needed to fly out to Denver to visit our son for MOTHERS DAY. I'll let y'all know how that goes.

 

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It's called Perma-grin.


 

One of the unfortunate consequences of Perma grin is that no one really believes you have the flu even as you're coughing a lung out.

 

 

 

 



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My son came up from Denver with a friend and skied with us at Breck Thursday. After a bit of "goofy" skiing with comprex we took a break over at nine i think. We got separated from Kneale's group after the break and worked our way over toward six chair, then decided to go up the Imperial.

 

Yeah, I'm kinda sorry you missed BatGirl's and Tante Morceau's breakthrough up there and over in the soft snow meadows between Pika and Claimjumper, but it's all good.

 

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Yup the beach party was an incredible ending, my last day anyway, to one of the best weeks of skiing I've ever had. Good Skiing is more about who you are with than where you are at but with and at really came together last week.

 

My son came up from Denver with a friend and skied with us at Breck Thursday. After a bit of "goofy" skiing with comprex we took a break over at nine i think. We got separated from Kneale's group after the break and worked our way over toward six chair, then decided to go up the Imperial. We got to the top and run into Old Boot, Lady Salina and Xcoalminer and skied with them for a bit, went down to peak 8 to take a break and finndog and gregmerz stopped by for a visit. Just as we are getting ready to head back to seven Living Proof and Mathias99 come by and Matt decides to join us. Seems like where ever we went that day we kept running into people I knew, talk about feeling like a local.

 

Thanks to everyone who skied, drank, dined & laughed with me and for waiting for me at the bottom. Special thanks to JohnL, DSloan and Marigee for putting up with me all week. Tried to convince my wife that we really needed to fly out to Denver to visit our son for MOTHERS DAY. I'll let y'all know how that goes.

 


There is something about this group and Abasin in particular that makes you feel at home.

My first ski trip west was an impulsive trip to Abasin for Mothers Day weekend TR: Abasin on an impulse  Every since then, Abasin has made me feel like a local, which is why Abasin for Mothers Day weekend has become a tradition for me.  Just hoping I can pull it off this year. 

 

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What an extraordinary end to what was perhaps the most rewarding ski season I’ve yet experienced. I thought that it would be impossible to enjoy a ski trip as much as my first ESA or my ANNUAL FATHER AND SON NINJA SKI MISSION FROM GOD, but The Gathering was simply divine; A whole ‘nother level of joy and sharing.

 

While the skiing ranged from spectacular to terrifying, the company that I was privileged to keep was nothing short of exceptional. Having the chance to ski, play, chat, party, and relax with all of the Bears last week was one of the highlights of my year, (if not of my life.)

 

My most sincere thanks are due to all who were in attendance, and I can honestly say that everyone that I had the pleasure of spending any time with at all was instrumental in making the week very special. The enthusiasm and jovial spirit of the entire mob was a sheer delight. Of course, there are several folks whose efforts were instrumental in making the whole week possible, and run so smoothly. Though my sentiments mirror those of several earlier posters, I would be remiss not to chime in with my own litany of thanks to:

 

Mr. Vertical for his extra effort and attention to the group’s well being by hauling a BBQ grill up Loveland Pass so that we could all enjoy a spectacular hot lunch at The Beach.

 

Bump Freaq, who in addition to being a heaven-sent roommate and designated driver, shared some of his culinary skills in keeping the fire stoked, and turning out some superlative carnivorous treats at The Beach. (The designated driver bit was particularly handy on that last A-Basin day when my lunch was primarily composed of liquid products.)

 

Segbrown for securing such a strong strategically placed picnic spot at The Beach. Don’t know if anybody else noticed how well we were situated to all three lifts, but had easy access to the rest rooms at the base lodge. I’m pretty sure that Ziggy overlooked this aspect of our location.

 

King Grump for providing us all with an overly generous supply of perfectly marinated and in all ways delicious steaks. Though I had a mostly liquid lunch, I did in fact snag one slice of steak fresh off the grill, and it was simply marvelous. When we entertain for large groups of friends at home, I tend to lean heavily towards beans, rice, and some ground up chickens. King G. your generosity and good taste was overwhelming. Setting the bar darn high for the next Gathering indeed.

 

Cgeib for providing exemplary guide services during my first ever visit to A-Basin. I’m particularly appreciative of the fact that he waited for me to negotiate the bumps at the bottom of Pavi on my second lap, before he headed off to the lift.

 

CoSkiGirl and Segbrown for their superb guiding acumen at Vail, and all around wonderful-ness.

 

Those 10 Bears whose leaps of faith and sheer misfortune accepted me as a second-string guide during the second afternoon at Vail. Sorry about that run down Avanti, (I’d anticipated that the run would have softened a bit by the time we got there, and I hope nobody’s got any loose fillings,) but I did warn y’all about the icy bumps on Look Ma. I did my best to find something akin to soft snow, give you some background about the vast resort, keep off the cat tracks, and find the best snow that I could. In any case, we got all the people and most of the gear off the mountain unscathed so that’s a check mark in the “wins” column.

 

Anybody who brought a camera; Your images on the web will serve as a reminder of a grand experience and will serve as succor during the long, hot Florida summer. Perhaps should Philpug and Trek Chick tell me where to pick up a way cool camera bag like the one they were sporting, I’ll volunteer for photo-duty at future Gatherings.

 

And finally, Gathermeister/Uncle Louie, whose guiding provided me with a simply overwhelming introduction to Breck, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I owe you an inestimable debt of gratitude for the seemingly miraculous results of what must have been a Herculean effort in making this whole event possible. “Herding Cats” was probably the easy part. Your attention to detail, unquenchable good will, can-do spirit, and unflappable commitment were the cornerstones of a week that I’ll remember with unbridled glee for the rest of my days. Do me a favor though; if at some time in the future, should I with unbridled enthusiasm volunteer to serve as Gathermeister, please talk me out of it.

 

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New goal: start an annual ski tradition with a name as awesome as "

ANNUAL FATHER AND SON NINJA SKI MISSION FROM GOD". It's a tall order, but I think I'm up for the challenge. ;)
 

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... I thought that it would be impossible to enjoy a ski trip as much as my first ESA or my ANNUAL FATHER AND SON NINJA SKI MISSION FROM GOD, but The Gathering was simply divine; A whole ‘nother level of joy and sharing.

 

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New goal: start an annual ski tradition with a name as awesome as "

ANNUAL FATHER AND SON NINJA SKI MISSION FROM GOD". It's a tall order, but I think I'm up for the challenge. ;)
 



We will sooooo do that!

Lets start planning!

 

(I was going to say, "because we're so much better than he is")

 

Bazzer how GNAR can you be!?

 

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Pics!

 

I uploaded a whole bunch of stuff to Flickr.  I set it so the identifiable pictures of people are private, but if you follow this link, you can see them all: http://flickr.com/gp/matthias99/63c43p/

 


Great work Matt!  I look forward to going through them again some miserably hot summer day remembering the great time we had.

 

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Pics!

 

I uploaded a whole bunch of stuff to Flickr.  I set it so the identifiable pictures of people are private, but if you follow this link, you can see them all: http://flickr.com/gp/matthias99/63c43p/

 

You can download full-res versions through that link as well, though I'm not sure if you have to register to do that.

 

As everyone else said, great job on the pics.

 

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Such an awesome day.

 

Did not help with the end-of-trip depression that set in on Sunday.

 

I also experienced some of that mellowed-out, too-bad-it-had-to-end-so-quickly mindset.

 

 

post #180 of 293

Wow,..I didn't realize how much "older" the crowd is on here.  LOL.  Looks like you all had fun.  Thanks for the TR.

 

P.S., No broken hips I hope... 

 

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