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post #121 of 149
While I was disappointed with not seeing more of Squaw, the portion of the day that I spent with the group following Alex around were more than worth it.
post #122 of 149

Despite the looooooooong waits on lift lines that seemed a bit too much like lynch mobs at Squaw, the skiing that I got to experience there will stand out in my mind for as long as I've got a working memory. Of particular note were the few laps that I shared off of the KT22 lift with Tog and FairToMiddling, under the astute guidance of Jackson Hogan. Deepest snow I've yet to ski, and it was the stuff that pleasant dreams will be made of for many years. I will be back.

post #123 of 149
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I have to say, throughout the week, most people didn't seem to want to be in the "slower group", even if they truly belonged there, so Shamora often got private lessons from King Grump, Trekchick and Jimi.  I know Shamora benefited from their time, and appreciated the guiding, the instruction and the company. Thanks to you all, especially considering the planned groups seemed to disinsegrate with fresh snow.   No friends (or groups) on a powder day, I guess.  

 

I think that Squaw is so big that you have to take several days to do it justice.  I might have just spent a day at Squaw Creek as it was, so I was fine with that.  But many others were not and decided to return to Squaw the next day rather than go to Heavenly as planned.  (Not that that worked out for many).  I think the big rush to the mythical KT, and the sense that people wanted to return to Squaw the next day when the rest of the mountain was open, seemed counter to the idea of the Gathering.  The group was fractured in pursuit of the the perception of "epic experience."  I was a bit pissed.  I was staying in the south Tahoe area and had to drive through difficult and at times hazardous conditions to be with the Gathering for the north Tahoe resorts, and I got the sense that people were putting their own skiing interests ahead of the whole point of the Gathering.  Some couldn't be bothered to drive to south Tahoe, not even in sunny weather with perfect road conditions.  I suppose my perception is clouded by the fact that I have had good snow all season long; Tahoe locals have suffered a lack of snow.  So I get it, you want the goods.  

 

To be honest, one thing the Gathering has taught me is to appreciate the awesome terrain I have right in my backdoor.  There is terrain at Stevens and Crystal to match anything, anywhere.   And we've had 400+ inches and counting.  I will never again take that for granted.

 

 

 

 

  

 
 
 

 

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post #124 of 149
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Just so you all know, Kevin's version of "wigged out" is to squeal like a girl, claim there's no way he can get down something ("I'm seriously gripped here, I can't do this"), then make beautiful turns as he rips the sh!t out of some of Squaw's gnarliest terrain.

 

Definite thanks to Alexzn for showing us stuff that I didn't know about and making sure we used the right names for everything. I'm still basking in the afterglow of one of the best days of the season and probably my best day at Squaw.

 

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A lot of people who have skied with me have discovered that my three biggest weakness in skiing are:

  1. Making the first turn
  2. Making the second turn
  3. Some technical detail here.

 

 

post #125 of 149

Here's the thing: it's been a bad snow year for a lot of the country, but I don't think many people realize just how truly bad this season has been in Tahoe until very recently.  People hear about low snow totals and understand that, but the real difference maker has been the warm temperatures in-between storms just melting everything and not allowing a good base to form.  I couldn't believe the vibe in north lake Thursday morning, especially around the 89 - it was such a madhouse it felt like a holiday weekend.  Last season by this time you could head out to a resort on a powder weekday and the lines weren't bad at all.  Not counting my trip to Colorado, I can still count the number of good powder days I've had this season on one hand.
 

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I think that Squaw is so big that you have to take several days to do it justice.  I might have just spent a day at Squaw Creek as it was, so I was fine with that.  But many others were not and decided to return to Squaw the next day rather than go to Heavenly as planned.  (Not that that worked out for many).  I think the big rush to the mythical KT, and the sense that people wanted to return to Squaw the next day when the rest of the mountain was open, seemed counter to the idea of the Gathering.  The group was fractured in pursuit of the the perception of "epic experience."  I was a bit pissed.  I was staying in the south Tahoe area and had to drive through difficult and at times hazardous conditions to be with the Gathering for the north Tahoe resorts, and I got the sense that people were putting their own skiing interests ahead of the whole point of the Gathering.  Some couldn't be bothered to drive to south Tahoe, not even in sunny weather with perfect road conditions.  I suppose my perception is clouded by the fact that I have had good snow all season long; Tahoe locals have suffered a lack of snow.  So I get it, you want the goods. 

  

 
 
 


 

post #126 of 149
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Here's the thing: it's been a bad snow year for a lot of the country, but I don't think many people realize just how truly bad this season has been in Tahoe until very recently.  People hear about low snow totals and understand that, but the real difference maker has been the warm temperatures in-between storms just melting everything and not allowing a good base to form.  I couldn't believe the vibe in north lake Thursday morning, especially around the 89 - it was such a madhouse it felt like a holiday weekend.  Last season by this time you could head out to a resort on a powder weekday and the lines weren't bad at all.  Not counting my trip to Colorado, I can still count the number of good powder days I've had this season on one hand.
 


I think the base damage that my skis sustained (especially on Monday at Alpine when the snow was just starting and all the rocks had a nice white covering on them) gave me a pretty good realization of how exactly how bad Tahoe has been.

 

If that basically week-long snowstorm hadn't hit, I was either demo-ing skis or going snow-shoeing somewhere.  Really.

 

post #127 of 149

Wow, I just started going over some gear reviews and am very impressed with some of the reviews that came out of the Mt Rose Demo Day!

 

Thanks to all the Reps who brought the 2013 Skis out, and thanks to the Bears who skied them and wrote about it!  

(If I'm missing any review links please feel free to add to this list)

 

Nordica Patron, Blizzard Bodacious, Gunsmoke and Cochise, Dynastar Cham 97 - short tests - Scotskier

Another series of ROSE REVIEWS, what a wonderful day! - Holiday

Cham 97, Cham 107, Bonifide, 8.5 TI, Gunsmoke - Tromano

2013 Sneak Preview: Rossignol Experience 88, Nordica Patron, Nordica Hell+Back, Dynastar Cham... - Matthias99

More Tahoe demos: Blizzard Dakota, Samba, Gunsmoke; Dynastar Cham 107; Head Rev 105 - Segbrown

 

 

 

post #128 of 149
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If that basically week-long snowstorm hadn't hit, I was either demo-ing skis or going snow-shoeing somewhere.  Really.

 



Yes, had it not snowed, I picture great damage being done to my liver. And not from landing on a rock. 

post #129 of 149

You skipped detocks night

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Yes, had it not snowed, I picture great damage being done to my liver. And not from landing on a rock. 



Liquids on Rocks?

post #131 of 149

While I can't say that I'm sorry for having spent last week skiing powder in Utardia with my husband and kids, I can unequivocally say that I'm awfully sorry that trip happened on the same week as the Gathering.  Looks like there were a lot of folks there I would have loved to ski with again... and a wedding between two very nice people to boot!

 

Congrats Phil and Tricia, as well as to all of you who got to wallow in a big old Sierra full o' pow!

post #132 of 149

 Bit gutted I missed this including a wedding.  Congrats.  Still anyway work has sorted itself out and I'll now be starting my rescheduled trip this weekend so if any Tahoe/Reno bears are available for some turns between 11-23 March I'm up for it.


Cheers

post #133 of 149

fatbob: I'll be at Northstar this Sunday for my kids' race, and at Alpine (maybe Squaw) the following weekend.

post #134 of 149
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post #135 of 149
A few from Friday at Heavenly:

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And finally, Saturday at Kirkwood:

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post #137 of 149
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Some pictures from Monday at Alpine Meadows:




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Yeah, it was snowing pretty hard, wasn't it ....

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Tony, you also said that we should move the whole gathering to Mammoth...which received much less snow that North Lake did. Is this an area of conversation you want to continue with?

No, I said in October that we might need to be flexible with area by day under extreme storm conditions. Considering that only one day out of six was seriously impacted I think the Gathering did well.

 

Had there been no new snow during the Gathering week, I have no question that people would have delighted to spend a few days at Mammoth. Anyone who skied Tahoe the weekend before the Gathering can vouch for that.  Instead of just making negative comments I came up with a very reasonably priced backup plan which some people could have chosen on very short notice had conditions remained bad.  

post #139 of 149

Here's a pic from the Friday at Heavenly I am particularly fond of:

 

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Thanks for a really fun day, folks.  beercheer.gif

post #140 of 149

^^^^^^ That is quite the levitation trick.  Matthias99 is not a small guy!  I think the video of you guys getting into that shot pose would be worth a couple laughs.

post #141 of 149

Getting him into that pose was easier than you think.  It was keeping him up while the photographer took several different shots that was the hard part.  wink.gif  

post #142 of 149

Look how their knees are buckling under the pressure!! eek.gif

post #143 of 149
Nice pix, Scott!
post #144 of 149

Hi Ski-3PO. Wonderful photos that you posted. Just played around with your image of WVskier and accentuated some of the details hidden in shadow so he's a bit more recognizable. BTW, what's the story behind many of this crew rocking without gloves?

 

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post #145 of 149

Nice clean up on that shot Bazzer.  

 

Speaking of cleaning up, I've found a few items at our house that have been left behind.  

Some have been claimed but some are "without a country" 

 

Looking for a home - 

The EpicSki Vest was left at Mt Rose, size large

Patagonia capilene performance base layer, Mens XL

Kombi and Gordini Gloves (may have found their home) 

 

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Claimed: 

Marmot mittens  

Dress shoes

?Kombi and Gordini Gloves ?

post #146 of 149

Great pictures!  

 

Trek, I noted that whoever the toothbrush and toothpaste belongs to doesn't squeeze from the bottom of the tube.  this bothers my OCD senses......

post #147 of 149
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Great pictures!  

 

Trek, I noted that whoever the toothbrush and toothpaste belongs to doesn't squeeze from the bottom of the tube.  this bothers my OCD senses......



Mine too!biggrin.gif

 

(I'm guessing its Tog's)

 

post #148 of 149

If you grab some scissors and cut off a thin strip from what is currently the bottom of the tube it will then magically become the top of the tube, thus settling your ludicrous OCD palpatations.

 

PS

learn from Marc Summers and move on!

 

http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/the-passion-of-marc-summers-host-of-nickelodeons-double-dare/

 

 

:)

 

PPS:

I'll still take the toothpaste. My OCD is so specialized that it excluded toothpaste rolling rituals of any kind.

post #149 of 149
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Hi Ski-3PO. Wonderful photos that you posted. Just played around with your image of WVskier and accentuated some of the details hidden in shadow so he's a bit more recognizable. BTW, what's the story behind many of this crew rocking without gloves?

Thanks!

It was more than a bit warm at Kirkwood. At least this group stopped at just taking off their gloves. eek.gif
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