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Reasons the Ambassador Program is Awesome

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I somehow missed this post before, and having seen it wanted to share it with the community. Posts like this are why we do what we do here:

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

Epicski Ambassador qcanoe of Saddleback Maine is outstanding!  When Epicski began the ambassador program last summer I thought it was nice, they could update their respective resort pages and answer random questions posed about their ski areas.  But WOW, when you are lucky enough drive 675 miles and connect with one like qcanoe on their home turf it can make your trip!  We got a priceless local guide on a day with great snow, terrain, scenery and company, helping us with crowd mitigation (normally not a problem at Saddleback unless they offer $29 lift tickets on a weekend - Mainers love a bargainsmile.gif).

Not only is qcanoe a great ambassador for his home mountain, but he's also a great skier and very comfortable in Saddleback's renowned upper mtn glades.  He and his posse (Tim and Bob) led my son (vincek here on epicski) and I on 6-8 passes through the labyrinth of Casablanca Glades on a day when snow conditions were the best we've seen in our wide travels this winter (NM, CO, WV, PA).  He found us some hero powder bumps too.  Camera was on the fritz and few good photos from Sunday 3/4 snow day with qcanoe, but we went back again on Monday 3/5 by ourselves and got even better snow conditions (6" fresh overnight) and a cold sun.

 

 

Epicski Ambassador qcanoe with posse

 

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qcanoe in his natural habitat, Casablanca Glades

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he's very smooth through some occasionally tight and steep glades

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lower mtn to right has some nice bump runs, groomers and steep glades, upper mtn to left is remarkable with nice steeps at a relatively high elevation, both lifts rise about 1000 vertical, for total vertical drop of about 2000 at SBK.  Muleskinner trail (fun, steep, narrow trail) is faint white squiggle to far left, the half mile wide treed area between it and rest of upper trails is the extraordinarily nice Casablanca glades.

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This photo was taken on the upper mtn and does not do the views justice, three big lakes are visible, beautiful!

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They got about 15-20" of snow in the first week of March, 2012, on the traverse to Casablanca

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After two days at Saddleback we headed to Sunday River for my son's two day PSIA Level 2 skiing exam.  We met a nice guy there too, but he didn't know the mtn like qcanoe knows his.  Actually, Glen Plake is taking his practice level 3 teaching exam today 3/7 and tomorrow at SR, he passed his level 3 skiing exam yesterday - duh!

 

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post #2 of 16

Not to toot my own horn, but there is similar stuff in this one:  http://www.epicski.com/t/101265/whitefish-revelstoke-2-2-to-2-7-trip-manifesto

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thats what this thread is going to be about. Please, toot your own horn. Let me and the community know why the ambassador program is awesome. Actually, with that in mind I'm going to move this to the community forum so the whole community can appreciate what you all do.

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post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

 

Feel free to include the actual post in this thread so users aren't sent on a link clicking spree and can see why you are awesome at this.

post #6 of 16

The Resort Ambassadors are part of what makes EpicSki a great community site -- I can go anywhere we have an ambassador and have a local to guide me in planning my visit (and maybe even guide me while I'm there!). 

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

The Resort Ambassadors are part of what makes EpicSki a great community site -- I can go anywhere we have an ambassador and have a local to guide me in planning my visit (and maybe even guide me while I'm there!). 

We had a few of the Ambassadors guide during the EpicSki Gathering at Lake Tahoe.

 Alexzn, Sinecure,  - beercheer.gif

post #8 of 16

Is Jackson Hogan an ambassador? smile.gif

 

He was quite the guide at Squaw during the gathering.

Priceless comments that can't be repeated really. Plus we got some of the best skiing ever, in fog. No way we'd ever have found that stuff.

post #9 of 16

Sometimes I am internet challenged.  Is there a consistent way to determine if/who is the ambassador at a specific resort?

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

There is a thread pinned to the top of the ambassador forum with a list alphabetized by resort for the ambassadors. It is a bit out of date, I'm working on making a new one to update the thread with. 

 

Edit: I suppose that doesn't do non-ambassadors very good. I'll create a thread here in Community Discussions with the list. 

post #11 of 16

That should be part of the Resort Guide somewhere.  I thought it was, in fact....  But, don't see one on the Big Sky description.

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

There are instructions in the Article I PM'd to all you about how to add that to your resort article. I would like to see that done. In the meantime instead of a thread I created a new article and will try to maintain a current list there. 

post #13 of 16

Having a list by major region would be useful.  Meaning 3-4 regions for the U.S., a couple for Canada, etc.  For the U.S., perhaps have a category for Other for places not as popular as destination locations.

post #14 of 16

Three of the most enthusiastic "ambassadors" of the sport on the planet right here!

 

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post #15 of 16

crgildart, that's FAR too generousspit.gif, but flattery might get you a discount at the next mid-Atlantic gatheringbiggrin.gif

 

The illustrious Ambassador at Large for NC: 

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The splendiferous Ambassador at Small for NC:

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BTW, I noticed under the Timberline, WV resort page that there was an explicit statement that JohnL was the ambassador.  Something like that should be listed in all resort pages that have an ambassador (unless it already is and I missed it).  The ambassador feature and the "locals" help they can provide definitely has the potential to be one of the best perks of being in this community.

post #16 of 16

I call em like I see em.  There are several folks here that have the same gregarious attitude and passion for sharing this great activity with all they can just like Plake.  The only difference is Plake was talented enough and fortunate enough to train as a pro and make lots of famous movies capturing his exploits.  I'm pretty sure I have just as much fun skiing with other bears as I would skiing with Plake.  Plake's a living legend and inspiration for all of us but I actually get to ski with you sometimes Jim!  (and way too many others to mention.. you know who you are ;-)

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