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post #1291 of 1318

hmmm... if that's the destination, I might have a chance to make up for missing this year's gathering. I've already made a tentative plan (in the back of my head) to go to Yellowstone next winter. Could easily swing a partial attendance of the gathering (assuming it's around the same time frame)

 

I've looked into the flight arrangement for Big Sky, when it was first on the radar as an ESA venue. One obvious option is  fly into Bozeman, which typically involves a plane change, and drive the 2 (3?) hr there. That'll typically take a good part of the day for the entire travel. The less obvious option is fly to SLC the night before, ski Snowbasin or Powder Mountain till mid-afternoon and drive to Big Sky. It's a long'ish drive (5+ hr) but hey I do that every other weekend so can everyone else! ;)


Edited by at_nyc - 3/5/12 at 2:00pm
post #1292 of 1318
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post



I haven't checked on pricing, so you're probably correct on that point.  However, Big Sky/Bridger Bowl are on the bucket list for many Bears and this gives us(them) reason to make the trip.  I'm really looking forward to it.

 



Hear, hear.

 

post #1293 of 1318
I'm pretty sure it's about an hour and a half from Bozeman airport to Big Sky - in good (driving) weather - and just under 2 hours from Big Sky to Bridger (again, see weather)...as long as you're not following the Binders. wink.gif
post #1294 of 1318
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO View Post

I'm pretty sure it's about an hour and a half from Bozeman airport to Big Sky - in good (driving) weather - and just under 2 hours from Big Sky to Bridger (again, see weather)...


And, financially speaking, flying into Bozeman is a no-brainer unless gasoline prices tumble last minute?

 

post #1295 of 1318

The closest airport to Big Sky with a good selection of flights, aside from Bozeman, is Billings, MT. It is 140 freeway miles from Bozeman. 

 

Besides Big Sky, Moonlight Basin & Bridger Bowl, Bozeman is a little over 2 hours from Discovery Basin, a truly wicked mountain to ski. Anyone coming here should try to make it there for a day.

post #1296 of 1318

 

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The gathering works best when its uncrowded and people are easily able to find their way around... So on balance I think the snow was at best a mixed blessing. Personally I ski powder all the time,  didn't come to Tahoe to ski powder, I wanted to experience the mountains have to offer and ski with the bears. Both of which only kind of worked out.

Traffic (on the roads, not the slopes) is Tahoe's biggest challenge on weekends/holidays/powder days. It comes with the territory and most of my personal traffic snow horror stories involve I-80 or US50 into Tahoe even though Tahoe is less than 10% of my lifetime ski experience.

 

With respect to the snow we should count our blessings for that weather.  Conditions truly sucked on the weekend before the Gathering with boilerplate surfaces, thin cover and much advanced terrain closed or unsafe with those conditions.

 

With regard to Yellowstone, it is closed in March/April if that is important to people.  With respect to snow conditions Big Sky is definitely a core-of-the season (mid-January to mid-March) destination.  Lone Peak is a super steep rocky place, and mid-mountain snowfall is only 260 inches (over 30 years of data on that, don't believe the "brochure quote" of 400 inches).  Therefore you want to give the place some time to accumulate snow.  On the back end of the season Big Sky has a lot of south facing terrain, though that is now somewhat mitigated by Moonlight being there on the north side of Lone Peak.

 

If I were to choose a week to make the most people pleased, I'd choose a time similar to this year's Gathering, perhaps the last week Yellowstone is open.  If forced to go earlier or later than core of the season, I'd take my chances with later. My first visit was in late March 2001 and conditions were excellent.  A friend of mine was there 2 weeks before me and most of Lone Peak was a refrozen coral reef.

 

Another point of interest: You must have a transceiver to ride the new Schlasman's lift at Bridger or to ski from the top of Lone Peak into Big Couloir or into Moonlight via the North Snowfields. Someone needs to investigate where people can rent transceivers in Bozeman, because I don't think you can rent them at the ski areas.

 

FYI I suggest a moderator split  this thread between this year and next year topics.

 

post #1297 of 1318

There's already a Big Sky for next year thread. Just cut and paste your post over there to get the attention of the Gathermeister.

post #1298 of 1318
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

 

Traffic (on the roads, not the slopes) is Tahoe's biggest challenge on weekends/holidays/powder days. It comes with the territory and most of my personal traffic snow horror stories involve I-80 or US50 into Tahoe even though Tahoe is less than 10% of my lifetime ski experience.

 

With respect to the snow we should count our blessings for that weather.  Conditions truly sucked on the weekend before the Gathering with boilerplate surfaces, thin cover and much advanced terrain closed or unsafe with those conditions.

 

With regard to Yellowstone, it is closed in March/April if that is important to people.  With respect to snow conditions Big Sky is definitely a core-of-the season (mid-January to mid-March) destination.  Lone Peak is a super steep rocky place, and mid-mountain snowfall is only 260 inches (over 30 years of data on that, don't believe the "brochure quote" of 400 inches).  Therefore you want to give the place some time to accumulate snow.  On the back end of the season Big Sky has a lot of south facing terrain, though that is now somewhat mitigated by Moonlight being there on the north side of Lone Peak.

 

If I were to choose a week to make the most people pleased, I'd choose a time similar to this year's Gathering, perhaps the last week Yellowstone is open.  If forced to go earlier or later than core of the season, I'd take my chances with later. My first visit was in late March 2001 and conditions were excellent.  A friend of mine was there 2 weeks before me and most of Lone Peak was a refrozen coral reef.

 

Another point of interest: You must have a transceiver to ride the new Schlasman's lift at Bridger or to ski from the top of Lone Peak into Big Couloir or into Moonlight via the North Snowfields. Someone needs to investigate where people can rent transceivers in Bozeman, because I don't think you can rent them at the ski areas.

 

FYI I suggest a moderator split  this thread between this year and next year topics.

 


Tony, we are counting out blessings. 

We also had a great week, as did you.  I know this because I caught you smiling a couple times. biggrin.gif

 

I have a project for you in relation to the next gathering..........Be more like Tigger and less like Eyor.

 

If we hadn't gotten the snow that we were blessed with at the Tahoe Gathering, we still would have had a great time because the Gathering(as much as its about skiing) is about the people.  

 

See my earlier post(I'll repeat myself here);

In a discussion with Jimmy we talked about the things we would have changed for this gathering and it was ....

Uncle Louie would be here

Dsloan would be here

Finndog would be skiing with us

JohnL would have been here

Don Denver would be here

(among others)

^^^^Heal well to all of you^^^^

 

 

Big Sky promises to be a great venue, and IF the snow conditions aren't ideal, we will still have a great time, and call it EPIC!!!!

 

^^^^^ That's how we roll^^^^^^

 


Edited by Trekchick - 3/6/12 at 9:36am
post #1299 of 1318

Yet another another option is fly to Spokane.  It's a 6 hour drive to Bozeman on I-90 and there are several ski resorts right off the freeway (Silver Mt, Lookout Pass, Missoula Snowbowl).
 

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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post

hmmm... if that's the destination, I might have a chance to make up for missing this year's gathering. I've already made a tentative plan (in the back of my head) to go to Yellowstone next winter. Could easily swing a partial attendance of the gathering (assuming it's around the same time frame)

 

I've looked into the flight arrangement for Big Sky, when it was first on the radar as an ESA venue. One obvious option is  fly into Bozeman, which typically involves a plane change, and drive the 2 (3?) hr there. That'll typically take a good part of the day for the entire travel. The less obvious option is fly to SLC the night before, ski Snowbasin or Powder Mountain till mid-afternoon and drive to Big Sky. It's a long'ish drive (5+ hr) but hey I do that every other weekend so can everyone else! ;)



 

post #1300 of 1318

Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana = Aryan Nation Gathering?

 

I think I'd have to skip that one.

post #1301 of 1318
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Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana = Aryan Nation Gathering?

 

I think I'd have to skip that one.



roflmao.gif ROTF.gif

post #1302 of 1318
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Originally Posted by TheDad View Post

Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana = Aryan Nation Gathering?

 

I think I'd have to skip that one.

ROTFLMAO roflmao.gif  

This of course has nothing to do with skiing!

 

I've had work trips to a lake 10 miles north of the huge Coeur de Arlene ID compound of these

nutcases.  I think the feds seized their property 10 years ago & run them out of town due

to nonpayment of taxes. MT -last stand of the unibomber who is now in a jail where they've thrown

the key away.

hth
 

 

post #1303 of 1318
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Originally Posted by Mdskier View Post

ROTFLMAO roflmao.gif  

This of course has nothing to do with skiing!

 

Are you sure about that?  I mean, we gather to worship the white stuff....

post #1304 of 1318
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Originally Posted by DesiredUsername View Post

Yet another another option is fly to Spokane.  It's a 6 hour drive to Bozeman on I-90 and there are several ski resorts right off the freeway (Silver Mt, Lookout Pass, Missoula Snowbowl).
 


Interesting option!

 

Though not nearly as many flights to Spokane as to SLC. So fares are higher.

 

post #1305 of 1318


 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 

See my earlier post(I'll repeat myself here);

In a discussion with Jimmy we talked about the things we would have changed for this gathering and it was ....

Uncle Louie would be here

Dsloan would be here

Finndog would be skiing with us

JohnL would have been here

Don Denver would be here

(among others)

^^^^Heal well to all of you^^^^

 

 

Big Sky promises to be a great venue, and IF the snow conditions aren't ideal, we will still have a great time, and call it EPIC!!!!

 

^^^^^ That's how we roll^^^^^^

 

 

Ditto - great list, I've skied with all of them.

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Add Veteran & Hairfarmr & Laurel Hill Crazie to this years injured reserve.

Hope I don't get hurt over the next week or so - I'm still in Tahoe.ski.gif

We had  6-8 inches new at Northstar yesterday.

John
 

 

post #1306 of 1318

Yeah, the bruising now runs near the ankle and behind the knee. Bummer! But it's a bluebird day at Alpine while I sit here drinking my medication while watching 4 pals ski the hill. beercheer.gif

 

Hairfarmer is out on the low angle pow having a ball (I hate him toobiggrin.gif)


Edited by veteran - 3/7/12 at 11:25am
post #1307 of 1318
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

 

.. Thursday everything was closed and on Friday after waiting for an he tried to go back to Squaw and after sitting for an hour in the worst traffic jam I have ever seen on rt. 89 we turned around packed our bags and went home. 


On Thursday, Northstar was 100% open with deeper, drier and more consistent powder than Wedesday with fewer obstacles found in the very skiable trees. I started a little later than Wed. (9 AM vs. 8:30 AM) due to a little late start and delay at chain control coming up from Reno. I skied with three snowboarding friends from Truckee, I had enough powder that I quit before 2:30 to re-locate to So. Tahoe where I had less than 5 minute drive to Heavenly on Friday. Of course on Thursday, I didn't take a long break for a (very nice) wedding. At Heavenly, I parked within 100 feet of where I could put on my skis and ski down to Gunbarrel lift. It was busy at Heavenly, mostly parking and first lift, but I think all the gatherers were able to avoid the crowds. 
 

 

post #1308 of 1318
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Originally Posted by veteran View Post

Yeah, the bruising now runs near the ankle and behind the knee. Bummer! But it's a bluebird day at Alpine while I sit here drinking my medication while watching 4 pals ski the hill. beercheer.gif

 

Hairfarmer is out on the low angle pow having a ball (I hate him toobiggrin.gif)


I'm healthy and happy, yet I'm trying to catch up on work since I got behind in the past couple weeks..

 

To you and Hairfarmer....

Heal well and ..........

Don't be a hater. biggrin.gif

 

 

post #1309 of 1318

squaw 9 march castle 053.JPGThe Pale Ale is working miracles ..Lucky I'm licensed to drive on the wrong side of the road toobeercheer.gif

post #1310 of 1318
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Originally Posted by Margaritamarcia View Post


Mike, it was a pleasure to meet you and Neil the other day. Sorry our paths will not meet again this trip. Next year at Big Sky? We had planned on Squaw yesterday but bailed and drove to Heavenly...probably arriving SOONER that we would have gotten to Squaw from Truckee given the traffic ALL the way from Donner Pass Rd. Best to Neil, too. Marcia


Marcia, indeed it was great hanging with you and the group in the "wrong" lodge, unknowingly missing out on the wedding event th_dunno-1[1].gif    but so great to meet everyone and put a few faces and names together.  Thanks to those involved with the demo day, apres ski gatherings, etc. The only way we wound up choosing this particular timeframe for Tahoe back in October is because I stumbled upon the Gathering thread, and clearly it took this group of EPIC people to bring the EPIC snow to the area!

 

Absolutely we are already planning Big Sky and more for next year!   To wrap up this trip, we did hit Kirkwood on Saturday (never did run across anyone near lift 5 at ~9am?), then back north to Alpine Meadow on Sunday.   Whew, both of those areas were BUSY BUSY BUSY but crazy good weather and decent skiing throughout.    Monday and Tuesday were both reserved for Heavenly, and boy was it ever!   Monday, despite the fact we were staying practically next door to the gondola, we drove down to the California lodge and as somebody else mentioned, parked almost in front of the lifts, amazing!   That was a good day since we started up top early and didn't have to deal with any shutdowns or wind delays during most of the day.  Of course Tuesday was another fantastic new powder day, as much fun as we had at Northstar with about equally limited visibility!

 

So, a big beercheer.gif to everyone and perhaps our New England paths will cross one of these days!

 

~M

 

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post #1311 of 1318

Big Sky is a big time favorite.  And Bridger Bowl is great, as long as we aren't there on the weekend (as I've been told by my favorite locals).  If they aren't on a bucket list, they should be.  And Moonlight Basin, next to Big Sky is also terrific.

post #1312 of 1318
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Originally Posted by bbinder View Post

Going anyplace from the East coast other than Denver or SLC involves committing a day to travel. Each time I have travelled to Bozeman there were plenty of options for flights. Once We arrived at Big Sky we did have to contend with lift lines that were really long -- like about 20 seconds.... Seriously, the place is really user friendly. Going to Bridger from Big Sky takes a little time, but the roads are great, and the skiing at Bridger is way worth it. Ski-3PIO can confirm that the drive is not too bad, even if one is following the mis-directed route of someone such as moi.


I beg to differ.....I recall the lift lines as a healthy 7 seconds, not 20,  at their longest.  13 seconds /lift line x approx. 10 lifts = 130 seconds or more than 2 mins you could have been making turns.   

post #1313 of 1318
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Originally Posted by hellside View Post

I hope you guys give storm day at Squaw a try.  The lower mountain is very good during storm. The difficult terrain become mush easier to navigate. There was only one day all lifts were closed at Squaw this season. I remember lifts were close at all other resorts too.

I was looking for something else and found this quote from early in the Tahoe Gathering thread and thought how funny it was, considering how we ended up spending the Squaw Day. 

beercheer.gif

post #1314 of 1318
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

I was looking for something else and found this quote from early in the Tahoe Gathering thread and thought how funny it was, considering how we ended up spending the Squaw Day. 

beercheer.gif

 

That was one of my best day's of the season... split between Alpine Meadows and Northstar.

post #1315 of 1318
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

 

That was one of my best day's of the season... split between Alpine Meadows and Northstar.


you mean 'apart from the wedding'wink.gif

post #1316 of 1318

Jay didn't make it to Northstar for the wedding day.  He was called to work.  We forgave him for missing it. smile.gif

post #1317 of 1318
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Jay didn't make it to Northstar for the wedding day.  He was called to work.  We forgave him for missing it. smile.gif

 

Yes, I missed the day at the resort I play ambassador for - pretty lame indeed.

post #1318 of 1318
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

 

Yes, I missed the day at the resort I play ambassador for - pretty lame indeed.

Jay, no one called you lame.  Work is a necessary evil that we all have to embrace from time to time.  Glad you made it for part of the week. icon14.gif

 

And you did get in on some of the good snow, eh? 

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