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What happens at "the gathering"?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I've skimmed the posts on the Big Sky/Bridger/Moonlight gathering, but haven't figured out what it means...other than people converging on the area. Is there a link which explains what this is all about? Guess I'm too new to epic ski.

Brian
PS: I will be skiing BS Mar 27-31
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by lonepeak View Post
 people converging on the area.

Well, I'd say this is the core of the concept.

 

We choose a destination one year in advance and use our scale for economic benefit and camaradic revelry.  On the hill we divide ourselves into groups according to ability and desire.  Each group will have a guide that (usually) knows the mountain in question thoroughly.  Off the hill there are usually some functions organized for the whole group as well as impromptu events usually centered around sustenance and libation.

 

So the benefits of the Gathering, as I see it, are:

  • Opportunities for discounted accomodations
  • Opportunities for discounted lift tickets
  • The opportunity to be guided to the most interesting/appropriate terrain on an unfamiliar mountain
  • The opportunity to be part of a large and diverse group of friends from all over the country and beyond

 

 

I guess it's pretty much like a ski trip but cheaper and more fun.

post #3 of 13

What happens at "the gathering", stays at the gathering. rolleyes.gif

 

< sorry, had to be done > wink.gif

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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post

Well, I'd say this is the core of the concept.

 

We choose a destination one year in advance and use our scale for economic benefit and camaradic revelry.  On the hill we divide ourselves into groups according to ability and desire.  Each group will have a guide that (usually) knows the mountain in question thoroughly.  Off the hill there are usually some functions organized for the whole group as well as impromptu events usually centered around sustenance and libation.

 

So the benefits of the Gathering, as I see it, are:

  • Opportunities for discounted accomodations
  • Opportunities for discounted lift tickets
  • The opportunity to be guided to the most interesting/appropriate terrain on an unfamiliar mountain
  • The opportunity to be part of a large and diverse group of friends from all over the country and beyond

 

 

I guess it's pretty much like a ski trip but cheaper and more fun.

This sums it up pretty well ^^^^^

There is a Group on EpicSki where you can get more detailed information. 

http://www.epicski.com/groups/show/16/2013-epicski-gathering-big-sky-bridger-bowl-moonlight-basin-montana

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by lonepeak View Post

I've skimmed the posts on the Big Sky/Bridger/Moonlight gathering, but haven't figured out what it means...other than people converging on the area. Is there a link which explains what this is all about? Guess I'm too new to epic ski.

Brian
PS: I will be skiing BS Mar 27-31

 

 

What happens?  Thoughts of immortality, sword fights ending in loss of heads...  "There can be only one!"

post #6 of 13

Don't worry about the hazing eek.gif and initiation spit.gif of the new bear cubs.  It's really worth once the final ceremony is over, trust me..biggrin.gif

 

 

Seriously though, it is very casual with lots of skiing and groups of people hanging out at various locations loosely coordinated, sometimes gathering as one large gang of avid skiers for apres ski fun or blasting down trails all together. 

 

Every other year or so they do Epic Ski Academy or some type of focused, week long instructional clinic.  They had a recreational racing focused one a couple years ago, also one targeted at advanced beginners to advanced intermediate skiers.  Both were very successful from what I hear.

 

P. S.  Welcome (back?) to EpicSki.  I see you've been lurking here as long as I've been here but just wanted to say greetings since I don't recall crossing posts with you before

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

What happens at "the gathering", stays at the gathering. rolleyes.gif

 

< sorry, had to be done > wink.gif

What happens at "the gathering", can be seen at the trip reports:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/118891/2013-east-coast-gathering-northern-vermont

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/115408/semi-official-southern-midatlantic-nc-tn-va-meet-em-and-ski-em-informal-gatherings-and-conditions-thread

post #8 of 13
Ski with a bunch of fun people from all over, a few of whom will know the mountain very well. Each regional gathering has its own nuances and traditions. One advantage of going to THE Gathering is that its the only chance to have a voice in where the next one will be.
post #9 of 13

You get to meet some of the people who post regularly on this board and ski with them

 

Sometimes you attend a wedding

 

Maybe take a clinic 

 

Descend the mountain as one big thundering herd

 

Drink malted and distilled beverages

 

Make new friends

 

Watch expert instructors crash and burn in the bumps and laugh about it with them

 

Get tips on your skiing

 

Have a great time biggrin.gif

post #10 of 13

Brian,

 

Assuming BS=Big Sky, how about joining in the fun?  The Gathering schedule calls for Moonlight Basin on 3/27, then Big Sky 3/28 and 3/29.  There will be some folks who will ski Big Sky on 3/27.  I'm sure of that because a couple of my friends sharing the condo with me are doing that.

 

Best way to stay informed is to join the Gathering Group (look for Join Group button).

 

http://www.epicski.com/groups/show/16/2013-epicski-gathering-big-sky-bridger-bowl-moonlight-basin-montana

 

There will be places and times posted for where to meet up each day closer to the Gathering week.  There are locals and others who know the mountain well who are willing to be guides.  Won't be a giant group, but will break up into smaller groups based on ability and interest.  Works out great for those who end up traveling solo for one reason or another.

 

While there are a lot of advanced/experts showing up, there are some of us planning to have a good time without hiking anything or getting very far from groomed runs.

 

Have you skied Big Sky before?

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Originally Posted by lonepeak View Post

I've skimmed the posts on the Big Sky/Bridger/Moonlight gathering, but haven't figured out what it means...other than people converging on the area. Is there a link which explains what this is all about? Guess I'm too new to epic ski.

Brian
PS: I will be skiing BS Mar 27-31
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for enlightening me on the gathering. This does sound like fun & I will join the group. Thanks for that last link telling me how - the ”join” icon is pretty tiny so I think I would have missed that. Yes, I’ve skied Big Sky umpteen times (note my epic ski name). My first trip was in the mid 70’s a year or two after they opened followed by occasional trips through my youth, then papa bought a condo there (now split amongst my brothers and me). Other than the last 3 seasons when I lived in Germany for what I refer to as a “working vacation” (skied all over the Alps), for 22 years I’ve averaged a week a year skiing B.S. + MLB. I would certainly enjoy skiing with others and showing them the area I know and love (and après ski as well). And…I would love to ski with someone more in the know than myself – I still haven’t done the North Snowfield. I'm in! Brian
post #12 of 13

and so it begins icon14.gif

post #13 of 13

Great!  I wondered about your screen name.

 

Next task is to add yourself to the list in the Roll Call thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114903/2013-epicski-gathering-big-sky-mt-roll-call-thread

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Originally Posted by lonepeak View Post

Thanks everyone for enlightening me on the gathering. This does sound like fun & I will join the group. Thanks for that last link telling me how - the ”join” icon is pretty tiny so I think I would have missed that. Yes, I’ve skied Big Sky umpteen times (note my epic ski name). My first trip was in the mid 70’s a year or two after they opened followed by occasional trips through my youth, then papa bought a condo there (now split amongst my brothers and me). Other than the last 3 seasons when I lived in Germany for what I refer to as a “working vacation” (skied all over the Alps), for 22 years I’ve averaged a week a year skiing B.S. + MLB. I would certainly enjoy skiing with others and showing them the area I know and love (and après ski as well). And…I would love to ski with someone more in the know than myself – I still haven’t done the North Snowfield. I'm in! Brian
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