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post #1231 of 1318

Typical meeting is 9:00 by Lift 5.  Last time we did this, we did a quick run as a whole group off 5 then divided into ability groups with moderate advanced leaving on #6 (Cornice) and the airborne advanced groups going to #10 *(Wall) or out to the back-side, Saddle and Vista. Intermediates liked the backside and #4.  Meeting at #5 lets a lunch stop get organized and everyone gets to meet up.  Tradition requires asking for Change for a Nickle at Lift #10 at 10:00 if you're late  biggrin.gif.

 

Should be a busy day with sunny weather and lots of fresh. 

post #1232 of 1318
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

Typical meeting is 9:00 by Lift 5.  Last time we did this, we did a quick run as a whole group off 5 then divided into ability groups with moderate advanced leaving on #6 (Cornice) and the airborne advanced groups going to #10 *(Wall) or out to the back-side, Saddle and Vista. Intermediates liked the backside and #4.  Meeting at #5 lets a lunch stop get organized and everyone gets to meet up.  Tradition requires asking for Change for a Nickle at Lift #10 at 10:00 if you're late  biggrin.gif.

 

Should be a busy day with sunny weather and lots of fresh. 

 

Thanks for the info. I'm looking at the Kirkwood trail map and all the lifts have names, not numbers. Is #5 the fifth from the left, also known as Solitude?

 

Also, if anyone needs a ride from SLT, let me know. I have room for one passenger.
 

 

post #1233 of 1318

Thanks to the Gathering skiers who tried again at Squaw today. The line for KT was to the Funitel and the line for the Funitel was to the parking lot and the line for the parking lot was back to Truckee and I was about to get seriously depressed. The skiers from the Gathering who tried again today were all happy - they had hired an instructor to cut lines for them. Great idea! I followed their lead and got in on a line cutting lesson. Awesome day thanks to that idea (and a good relationship with my credit card company).

 

I noted that Trish did not ski yesterday and she wasn't there today. Hmmm, to start a nasty rumor, is she pregnant? Or is it the "why is the bride smiling? Because she never has to ski again!" Hope you keep skiing forever - congratulations Trish and Phil!

 

Eric

post #1234 of 1318

A group of bears skied Squaw today, and what a difference sunny weather makes.  The upper mountain was teaming with excitement (and people).  I got in on the action a bit late (it seems like every skier in the Bay Area, Sac and Reno called in sick today, my normal 20 minute drive from the house to Squaw took me 1 hour and 20 minutes...and I left early!).    But the weather was gorgeous, the snow fresh, and the upper mountain started untouched.  As, elseski said, the bears got the line problem neutralized, and managed to hit a number of classic Squaw lines in near-perfect conditions.   I believe the group warmed up on the West Face on KT22, then it got better form that point on.   They also Granite Chief left side runs without me.  After I joined, we hit Magoose (not quite Corkscrew proper, but close), Split Tree, Funnel, Headwall Face, Hourglass Chute, the Slot, Red Dog Ridge tree runs.  Getting first tracks on the Funnel (thanks to the fortunate timing and an extra boost from the line cutting privileges on the Emigrant chair) was extra special, perfect wind buffed Sierra Cement smooth powder all the way down the bowl.  

 

Thanks to everyone for a great day.  We had a great group of really strong skiers, so it was a blast.  Amazingly, they were game for anything and only asked for more.  


Edited by alexzn - 3/2/12 at 8:14pm
post #1235 of 1318
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Thanks for the info. I'm looking at the Kirkwood trail map and all the lifts have names, not numbers. Is #5 the fifth from the left, also known as Solitude?

 

Also, if anyone needs a ride from SLT, let me know. I have room for one passenger.
 

 


Hairfarmr could use a ride: I had a tumble at Squaw today and I'm hobbling around on one leg. 

 

post #1236 of 1318

Indeed that was quite the traffic jam getting to Squaw, especially for those of us coming from South Lake Tahoe.   Discovered yesterday the hard way that the "most obvious" way up route 89 would have been impossible....  but it sounded like we didn't miss a whole lot anyway.   Today finally made it up by mid-morning and enjoyed all the terrain off the Cable Car and I spent most of the day off Red Dog and Sqaw Creek lifts. Neill hit the harder stuff of KT22 and even checked out the new ski-thru Starbucks.  Later hung at Dave's Deli (the bar behind it) for a bit and the Chamonis pizza joint before heading back South...

 

Looking forward to Kirkwood tomorrow!

 

~Mike & Neill~

 

post #1237 of 1318

Woke up to a beautiful day: the view is looking up the cable car linesquaw friday 3 March 2012 001.JPGsquaw friday 3 March 2012 003.JPGsquaw friday 3 March 2012 007.JPG

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And I made it to Heavenly around the lake's long routesquaw friday 3 March 2012 011.JPG

post #1239 of 1318

 

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Tony I agree with everything here, but how much worse could Mott Killibrew be than the crazy stuff we went into Monday at Alpine Meadows.  (yes a price was paid).

I was one of those whose skis paid the price at Alpine Monday, and yes it was worth it.  That option does not exist for Mott/Killebrew because they remain closed.  I was quite sure from extensive history plus tseeb's first hand observation that they would not open from this storm.  I thought it worthwhile to advise people for whom that might be important.

 

With regard to Tahoe's weather it can be important to be flexible in choice of area by day to optimize the ski experience.  I note that numerous people chose to do so be returning to Squaw when the upper mountain was opened Friday.  The scheduled areas WERE optimal IMHO for the first 3 days of the Gathering when I was there.

post #1240 of 1318

Thank you all for a great gathering.  As always, its a fun week.  Our little bear in training loved the experience as well. 

 

 

post #1241 of 1318

Again which Kirkwood lift is lift #5 ??  Inquiring minds need to know

where this 9:00 am meetup location is.

 

I'm predicting my arrival on time.

 

Major bummer is I did not get to Squaw today due to a financial

situation I dealt with in Reno -partly resolved.

 

I'm hearing the snow was great at both Heavenly & Squaw.

post #1242 of 1318
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

Typical meeting is 9:00 by Lift 5.  Last time we did this, we did a quick run as a whole group off 5 then divided into ability groups with moderate advanced leaving on #6 (Cornice) and the airborne advanced groups going to #10 *(Wall) or out to the back-side, Saddle and Vista. Intermediates liked the backside and #4.  Meeting at #5 lets a lunch stop get organized and everyone gets to meet up.  Tradition requires asking for Change for a Nickle at Lift #10 at 10:00 if you're late  biggrin.gif.

 

Should be a busy day with sunny weather and lots of fresh. 



 

Cirquerider put of chair 5..I guess that was the former name. Shame on The Gathermeister for not confirming what it's new name is. When you get to Kirkwood, I would suggest asking an official looking person what chair it is. Sorry, but the GM was tired and I will personally reprimand him. snowfight.gif
 

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Originally Posted by Mdskier View Post

Again which Kirkwood lift is lift #5 ??  Inquiring minds need to know

where this 9:00 am meetup location is.

 

I'm predicting my arrival on time.

 

Major bummer is I did not get to Squaw today due to a financial

situation I dealt with in Reno -partly resolved.

 

I'm hearing the snow was great at both Heavenly & Squaw.



 

post #1243 of 1318

I'm sorry. Chair 5 (Solitude) is right next to the Chair #6 Cornice high speed quad.  It is visible from the Web Cam.

post #1244 of 1318

To the creep pouring wine at Start Haus, who apparently owns this sh&t show, and had nothing to say except which f'ing glass to use for which wine, you stink, and thanks for nothing.  Oh, and thanks for the beer epic bears, oh, that's right, no one bought any. dips. 

post #1245 of 1318

Dude, really?

 

post #1246 of 1318
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To the creep pouring wine at Start Haus, who apparently owns this sh&t show, and had nothing to say except which f'ing glass to use for which wine, you stink, and thanks for nothing.  Oh, and thanks for the beer epic bears, oh, that's right, no one bought any. dips. 


I found the Coors' dishwashing water.biggrin.gif

 

post #1247 of 1318
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To the creep pouring wine at Start Haus, who apparently owns this sh&t show, and had nothing to say except which f'ing glass to use for which wine, you stink, and thanks for nothing.  Oh, and thanks for the beer epic bears, oh, that's right, no one bought any. dips. 




 

 



I have never before uttered the words, " I hope to never meet you" to anyone on this forum. You, sir, appear to be the ungrateful, classless creep. The gentleman you refer to just happens to be a fine wine collector who selflessly shared some of his treasures with us. His generosity was appreciated by everyone I spoke with. I am shocked at your ugliness and lack of appreciation. Not to mention your total lack of class. Stay home next time.
post #1248 of 1318
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

I'm sorry. Chair 5 (Solitude) is right next to the Chair #6 Cornice high speed quad.  It is visible from the Web Cam.



No problem! Once I got there and looked at the lifts, they were all numbered :) Why they don't put the numbers on their online trail map I don't know, but it was no problem finding the last few of the group and it was a fun day.

 

Thanks to all who participated in setting up and guiding throughout the week. Your efforts are much appreciated.

post #1249 of 1318

On a positive note, a big thank you to DiamondDave and John for getting Hairfarmr to Kwood and for finding his phone on the hood of a car in Carson City!

 

The forumites are a great bunch and I've had a wow of a time. biggrin.gif

post #1250 of 1318

Oh, we're at Squaw tomorrow evening for a week staying at Redwolf: ski in the back gate to the hot tub. If anyone's around, pm me.

post #1251 of 1318
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Thank you all for a great gathering.  As always, its a fun week.  Our little bear in training loved the experience as well. 

 

 



 I would be curious to hear how the logistics went with the kid.  Did one of you alwasy stay with?  Did you find good daycare?

 

  What ski area was more user freindly for little ones.   Just curios because people ask all the time.  I used to know who had teenage kids that were turstworthy to babysit.  But they are all grown now.

post #1252 of 1318
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I am sorry and embarrassed with one persons bitterness and as mentioned, lack of class (and IMHO, an apology is in order). It was a fantastic week and I am truly hope everyone had a great time. Granted there were a few on the fly changes and there were guides who backed out or or didn't show (including the bear slighted one above) but all in all, it was great, the people, the mountains and the weather.

post #1253 of 1318
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post


To the creep pouring wine at Start Haus, who apparently owns this sh&t show, and had nothing to say except which f'ing glass to use for which wine, you stink, and thanks for nothing.  Oh, and thanks for the beer epic bears, oh, that's right, no one bought any. dips. 


I have never before uttered the words, " I hope to never meet you" to anyone on this forum. You, sir, appear to be the ungrateful, classless creep. The gentleman you refer to just happens to be a fine wine collector who selflessly shared some of his treasures with us. His generosity was appreciated by everyone I spoke with. I am shocked at your ugliness and lack of appreciation. Not to mention your total lack of class. Stay home next time.
 


I am grateful to MM for posting this reply before I read davluri's original comment, she saved me the embarrassment of posting something full of negativity and profane language directed at him.  I agree on all accounts with Marcia, although in my head I hear myself choosing words that are much more... coarse.

 

The wine was excellent, and 'the gentleman' went through the considerable trouble to bring not plastic cups, but two types of stemless glasses to enhance our experience.  And cheese (three kinds).  And bread.  And chips and salsa.  He also brought a wealth of knowledge for anyone lucky enough to engage him in conversation as they partook of his generosity.  Thanks to 'the gentleman', I'll be enjoying more affordable California grenaches!

 

post #1254 of 1318
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On a positive note, a big thank you to DiamondDave and John for getting Hairfarmr to Kwood and for finding his phone on the hood of a car in Carson City!

 

The forumites are a great bunch and I've had a wow of a time. biggrin.gif



Hairfarmer was a total delight.  Great to hang out with him today.  

We'll definitely  get in touch with you this week to make some turns.  Hope you are healing well.

 

post #1255 of 1318

 

in re - davluri's post.

 

well...  as an avid wine collector and drinker, i regret that i didn't partake of our sponsor's generosity - my loss......  to be honest, i was involved in conversations about skis,  ski technology, ski trips, etc. with a group of kindred spirits who all seemed to be very appreciative of the efforts of the gathermeister (wink -wink), tricia, starthaus, the demo sponsors and the guides involved....... how can you cast aspersions on 

a group of volunteers?  yes - volunteers, who willingly gave their time, knowledge and experience to so many for so little..............  

 

davluri's post should have said,  THANK YOU...............   

 

once again, on behalf of myself and my family, thanks to each and everyone of you. this was a wonderful experience that none of us will ever forget.......

bets regards,

steve

 

 

 

post #1256 of 1318

I just want to thank Phil, Trish, and everyone else who worked hard to put this gathering together. I had a blast and my skiing has improved so much over the week . The two day clinic with Bob and Bud, plus skiing with everyone here has done so much for my skiing. I will post more once I an home and at my computer. For know just a big thanks to everyone who had a hand in this. Keith

post #1257 of 1318

I thought the wine at Starthaus was excellent and the commentary that went with it enhanced the experience.

post #1258 of 1318
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Thank you all for a great gathering.  As always, its a fun week.  Our little bear in training loved the experience as well. 

 

 

Nice seeing you and your family this week.  With parents like you, Lil' Bear is going to be a ripping chick!

Photo Cred:  Bazzer. 
 

Kulick-12-02-29-018.jpg

post #1259 of 1318
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 I would be curious to hear how the logistics went with the kid.  Did one of you alwasy stay with?  Did you find good daycare?

 

  What ski area was more user freindly for little ones.   Just curios because people ask all the time.  I used to know who had teenage kids that were turstworthy to babysit.  But they are all grown now.

We did not want to go the route of child care, but perhaps in the future may consider it, but don't know anything specifically about the child care at any of the places that we visited. We both took turns sitting in the lodge for most of the days.  The only place where it was a challenge was at Northstar. 

 

Alpine Meadows and Mt. Rose were the places where it was the easiest and IMO the best place with her.  At both places, parking was super convenient to get to the day lodge. Also, at Alpine and Mt. Rose, the day lodge was nice enough and she could walk around and explore, and nice ares in front of the day lodge for her to play outside. dd loves being out in the snow, so weather is not necessarily a limiting factor for her being outdoors.

 

We did not really make it a whole day at Squaw, but from the time we did spend there, it would not be a bad place to hang half a day in the village with the babe.  Parking was convenient as well.

 

If I were to do it again, I would be a little more careful about the lodging.  Facility-wise it was fine, but since we were a little south of Reno, we had to drive a bit more.  And if I were to go back again not part of the meet-up, would stick to one or two resorts. 

 

Hope this helps... I can add more detail if not. 

 

The staff who I interacted with at Northstar were nice, but with the day lodge at mid-mountain, that posed some logistical challenges, Plus parking was a bit of a pain there and again, logistically, getting baby and gear to a place where we could boot up was a challenge. 

post #1260 of 1318

Thanks for the wine!  Sadly I missed the explanations, but I kept noticing that every time I was near the table the bottle was different, and looked unusual.  

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