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6th Annual A-Basin for Mother's Day Weekend

post #1 of 25
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That's right folks, 2012 is the 6th year that a bunch of Bears have gathered at Arapahoe Basin for Mother's day weekend. 

It all started here A-Basin on an Impulse which was not well attended by EpicSki Bears, but it was a great start to a fantastic tradition. 

Each year we seem to get more and more Bears to gather with us, and each year the contagious vibe brings everyone back. 

TR: Abasin ~ Mothers day weekend

2009 Mothers Day Weekend Trip Report!!!!

TR: Arapahoe Basin - Epic RoundUp - May 7-10th (I will say Tog made me change the title of this one because he thought mothers day made it sound too....girlie)

TR: 2011 Mothers Day A-basin Weekend

 

 

 

This year was no different........well, that's not entirely true.  The news that Arapahoe Basin suffered from lack of snow this past season and they'd be closing the weekend before Mothers Day, meant we'd need to rethink the usual adventure.  With many of the attendees flying in, an EpicSki Ski House rented, and friends who were looking forward to getting together, canceling was not an option.

So we met, we biked, we ate, we hiked, we ate, we drank, we hot tubbed, we ate, and it was a great time. 

 

Let it be said, a bunch of Bears who plan on a skiing get together, can have a great time, even if skiing conditions are less than adequate. 

Fairtomiddlin, Mr DSloan, and Noofus made snow angels.  Yes, we got snow Friday night!

Not sure who's imprint this is. 

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^^^^ Did I mention that there was drinking and a hot tub involved in this activity? ^^^^

 

The mountains sure are beautiful. 

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Finndog showed up for a fun night of dining and a walk the next day. 

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Lovebug showing off her shutter bug steeze. 

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Fairtomiddlin, Segbrown, DSloan and babySloan

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Fairtomiddlin testing his skills

 

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Just chillin

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Mr Segbrown, trying to figure out what the heck noofus is doing

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And lilabear, who gets the award for "traveling the furthest"

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On Saturday evening, we had a big party at the house with a bunch of Bears, including DonDenver, Betsy, Tsavo, CoSkigirl, Cgeib, Lgeib, along with those of us who were staying at the EpicSki Ski House.

SkiNurse showed up long enough to give me and Philpug a wedding gift. 

A Shotz Ski with tiny little bindings and shot glasses shaped like ski boots!!

There are metal plaques with our EpicSki usernames and wedding date inscribed. biggrin.gif

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Hopefully someone else will fill in with pics that we're missing. 

We didn't ski but we sure had fun and it was great to catch up with friends!

post #2 of 25

Despite the lack of snow, I'll go out on a limb and call it a successful trip overall. Our journey started out on Southwest with a perfectly behaved child (thank goodness!!!).

 

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BabyDSloan in MrDSloan's arms.

 

Once we arrived at the EpicSki Epic Ski House, we engaged in standard activities, such as trying on retro gear,

 

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FairToMiddlin modeling these hot pants.

 

 

some mild hiking,

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Lovebug and PhilPug showing off their mad planking skills

 

and some fabulous views.

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View from the aqueduct trail in Keystone

 

 

We also enjoyed visiting with friends at the EpicSki Epic Ski House (yes, I love to type that).

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MrDSloan, Betsy, and Cgeib

 

 

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Noofus, Lovebug, and MrSegbrown

 

 

And then there were lots of shotskis.

 

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MrSegbrown and Segbrown

 

 

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Trekchick and Philpug

 

Did I mention there were shotskis?

 

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Philpug prepping the shotski for the girls.

 

Girls' shotski. For some reason, we're all looking at Seg for directions. O Captain, our captain?

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Segbrown, DSloan, Trekchick, RachelV, and Lovebug

 

 

The boys' shotski

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Noofus, Philpug, MrSegbrown, FairToMiddlin, MrDSloan

 

 

Then we just hung around some more.

 

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Finndog, Philpug, Segbrown, and MrSegbrown

 

 

 

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Segbrown and BabyDSloan

 

Okay, so maybe this wasn't the most narrative TR, but a picture's worth a thousand words, right? Overall, we had a great time. This made for a great first trip for us to take with the baby and it proved to be a fabulous intro to the Bears for MrDSloan.

 

All that said, next year, I'm looking forward to some snow!!!

post #3 of 25

ESloan. icon14.gif

post #4 of 25

Sorry I missed you guys. Matt told me Monday you were staying about 200 yards from my house.

post #5 of 25
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No Way!  We posted that we were still coming to Colorado for the weekend since plans were made, but most of the locals were off doing other (change of season) things.  If we'd known we were that close to your place, we'd have bugged you to come over. 

post #6 of 25
Nice above TC. Such a great group of folks. And need I say again..."that Phil can grill it up!". And those ribs!! KCity finest have nothing over Phil's work.
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by DSloan View Post

Despite the lack of snow, I'll go out on a limb and call it a successful trip overall. Our journey started out on Southwest with a perfectly behaved child (thank goodness!!!).

 

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Once we arrived at the EpicSki Epic Ski House, we engaged in standard activities, such as trying on retro gear,

 

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FairToMiddlin modeling these hot pants.

 

 

 

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We also enjoyed visiting with friends at the EpicSki Epic Ski House (yes, I love to type that).

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MrDSloan, Betsy, and Cgeib

 

 

Shall we let Segbrown reveal what's behind the hidden door at the EpicSki Epic Ski House? 

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post #8 of 25

I have a few pics, as well:

 

From Vail Pass summit (that's Copper across the way)

 

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This year, I turned around before it got too deep (I only wish there was somewhere that actually was "too deep." :-(  )

 

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Walking Keystone the morning after some snow

 

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Lovebug, DSloan, CGeib, MrDSloan, Finndog, COSkiGirl, DonDenver after dinner

 

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Lovebug up at Clinton Reservoir, looking happy :-)

 

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Our original objective

 

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The empty beach

 

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<sigh>

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It was a stunning day, and a sad goodbye.

 

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post #9 of 25
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See!  We totally should have hiked for turns at Abasin!!

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See!  We totally should have hiked for turns at Abasin!!

Um, I was game; you guys had left already!

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See!  We totally should have hiked for turns at Abasin!!

 

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Um, I was game; you guys had left already!

 

Bite me. All of you. (Er . . .  both of you?)

post #12 of 25

(I added a few photos up there that I had missed)

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Shall we let Segbrown reveal what's behind the hidden door at the EpicSki Epic Ski House? 

 

 

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post #14 of 25
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Nice above TC. Such a great group of folks. And need I say again..."that Phil can grill it up!". And those ribs!! KCity finest have nothing over Phil's work.

OK, I know I'm a little out of the loop lately but this confuses me.

 

Either you gave up the vegetarian thing or Phil cooked some plant that has ribs.

 

Don.....maybe too many meds ?smile.gif

post #15 of 25
Looks like you had a great gathering regardless of the liftlessness circumstance. Sorry we couldn't join in, at least for the walks.
post #16 of 25

This story and the accompanying pictures are really heart-warming. Had no idea that you folks have such a strong community off-line, and in the physical world along with the virtual internet planet. And clearly all lucky that you live so close to the mountains. Enjoyed reading and the pictures. No skiing either, great story-telling!

post #17 of 25
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Kneale, it would have been great to have you and Monique join us.  We really dropped the ball on posting plans once skiing wasn't an option.  It seems that we sort of went whichever way the wind blew........

Maybe that's why Bob calls me Spontaneous Christie. biggrin.gif

 

Dustyfog, we really have nurtured some amazing friendships on EpicSki.  The sense of community is nearly as strong as the passion for skiing.  You should join us some time. 

post #18 of 25

A very special thanks to Johnathan and Rach' who came up to Steamboat and got me. It was great to give them a 15 minute tour of the boat. I am looking forward to hosting a mini gathering some time next season.  Much appreciated and it was great to see everyone despite my Lyrica fog :)  Did you know its difficult to sleep when there's a pool tournament and paddle ball games going on at midnight?  biggrin.gif   Thanks to Phil and Trish for the ride back on their way home. It was nice to have some visitors. 

post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Kneale, it would have been great to have you and Monique join us.  We really dropped the ball on posting plans once skiing wasn't an option.  It seems that we sort of went whichever way the wind blew........
Maybe that's why Bob calls me Spontaneous Christie. biggrin.gif

Dustyfog, we really have nurtured some amazing friendships on EpicSki.  The sense of community is nearly as strong as the passion for skiing.  You should join us some time. 

I knew your plans, Trish, but we were in Michigan by May 1. We left early so I could come back in time for my hopefully final visit with the surgeon May 23.
post #20 of 25
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A very special thanks to Johnathan and Rach' who came up to Steamboat and got me. It was great to give them a 15 minute tour of the boat. I am looking forward to hosting a mini gathering some time next season.  Much appreciated and it was great to see everyone despite my Lyrica fog :)  Did you know its difficult to sleep when there's a pool tournament and paddle ball games going on at midnight?  biggrin.gif   Thanks to Phil and Trish for the ride back on their way home. It was nice to have some visitors. 

Thanks for the nice meal and tour of your home. 

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post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie View Post

 

Either you gave up the vegetarian thing or Phil cooked some plant that has ribs.

 

 

Celery perhaps?

post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by dustyfog View Post

This story and the accompanying pictures are really heart-warming. Had no idea that you folks have such a strong community off-line, and in the physical world along with the virtual internet planet. And clearly all lucky that you live so close to the mountains. Enjoyed reading and the pictures. No skiing either, great story-telling!

 

 

Actually, most attending don't live close to the mountains and drove or flew in.  Sarah flew in from London, a bunch of us flew in from the east coast

post #23 of 25
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OK, I know I'm a little out of the loop lately but this confuses me.

 

Either you gave up the vegetarian thing or Phil cooked some plant that has ribs.

 

Don.....maybe too many meds ?smile.gif

As far as I know, Don has never been a vegetarian.....

 

And we can't blame it on meds -- he finished those up over a year ago believe it or not!  smile.gif

post #24 of 25
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As far as I know, Don has never been a vegetarian.....

 

And we can't blame it on meds -- he finished those up over a year ago believe it or not!  smile.gif

Or maybe the Ribs were just too awesome!!

post #25 of 25
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Or maybe the Ribs were just too awesome!!

Well if any ribs could convert a vegetarian to the carnivore side, it would be Phil's!

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