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post #151 of 177

Problem with PNW is near-mountain lodging to accommodate a large gathering. With that said I would love to hit up Crystal mtn again. I was there a couple years ago after no snow for 2 weeks but the off piste looked absolutely incredible and there is some lodging at the base? And its pretty close for side trips to Alpental? And isn't there a great watering hole up there?

post #152 of 177
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Sorry to be dense, but ... why? Why not the geographical center of the continent in North Dakota, or wherever it is?

It is Lebanon, Kansas. And people who live there all ski in Summit County (just drive west), so it is center by proxy? Oh, wait, that is center of U.S. Apparently Rugby, N.D. claims to be center of North America.

 

Lebanon, Kansas is the center of the contiguous U.S., not North America. I was trying to be inclusive of Canadian Bears. :D  (At the expense, perhaps, of any Mexican ones.)

Wait, there are Bears in Mexico? 

 

I thought the cost of attending the Montana Gathering would make that trip a bucket list thingy for me. Now that I've been there, I want to go back. When you consider airfare to Bozeman, how much more could Aspen/Snowmass be?

post #153 of 177
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 When you consider airfare to Bozeman, how much more could Aspen/Snowmass be?

 

If you have to ask, you can't afford it. :D

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Everyone knows there isn't any good skiing in the PNW.  The conditions are simply horrible and amenities are lack luster at best besides we get to much Snow.

Well I have heard that the PNW is just a cement factory and is terrible. Now it's confirmed.

Given this, we really should go to Stowe. Best snow in the country. Most reliable.

and....much, much, closer to Kentucky

 

however,....driving wise, google says only 8 hrs closer than driving to Midvale, UT (from Louisville,KY)

 

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 When you consider airfare to Bozeman, how much more could Aspen/Snowmass be?

If you have to ask, you can't afford it. :D

Well flights to Aspen for late Feb leaving sat ret sun seem to be about 950$ from NYC

To Bozeman, flights seem to be 700 - 800$  Both of those are plus 105-120$ for 2 bags roundtrip.

 

Van Shuttle from DIA to Aspen is like 120$ each way. Groups of three save.

 

So, pricewise, it may be better to fly. Most hotels have free pickup/droppoff to Aspen airport. Considering the van time of 5 1/2 hours it makes sense. Best to fly into Aspen in the am though as the airport closes fairly often.

 

Bozeman, you still have to get to Big Sky, about an hour away.


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post #155 of 177
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Everyone knows there isn't any good skiing in the PNW.  The conditions are simply horrible and amenities are lack luster at best besides we get to much Snow.

Well I have heard that the PNW is just a cement factory and is terrible. Now it's confirmed.

Given this, we really should go to Stowe. Best snow in the country. Most reliable.

and....much, much, closer to Kentucky

 

however,....driving wise, google says only 8 hrs closer than driving to Midvale, UT (from Louisville,KY)


Yes Stowe would be much better skiing. As wrong as it may be we actually like skiing deep,wet snow on dare I say it,skinny skis. Feel the burn. :D However,we do have world class Beer.

post #156 of 177
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Just read this whole thread straight through. Talk about herding cats! Sheesh! 

Maybe, but this is exactly the right time for a thread like this.   People can be thinking about options before they vote next week.

 

If we're thinking about the PNW, Whistler seems the obvious choice.  Crystal has world class terrain, but snow preservation is not great.   Crystal would be one of the very best places with powder, but often tough skiing if it hasn't snowed recently.

 

Aspen is the polar opposite.  Not so likely to see a huge dump, but as long as you go far enough into the season that all the terrain is covered, it's close to a guarantee that surface conditions will not suck.

 

If we continue having a mid-season and late season trip, Mt. Bachelor in April would be an outstanding choice for the latter.

post #157 of 177
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Actually more people drive to Gatherings from Kentucky than they do from Summit County or elsewhere in Colorado.

 

Little known fact.

 

But I think the state of Colorado requires all residents to slip on fake Utah plates when they cross the border. It would be bad for the state tourism image if they didn't. So we can't judge by the plates in the parking lots. :D

post #158 of 177
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 Maybe, but this is exactly the right time for a thread like this.   People can be thinking about options before they vote next week.

 

I'm proof that a stopped clock is right twice a day.

post #159 of 177
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Little known fact.

But I think the state of Colorado requires all residents to slip on fake Utah plates when they cross the border. It would be bad for the state tourism image if they didn't. So we can't judge by the plates in the parking lots. biggrin.gif

We just license our vehicles in Utah to save the trouble. That's why you see all of those Utah plates here.

Fortunately, CO plates blend in well at Stowe.
post #160 of 177
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But I think the state of Colorado requires all residents to slip on fake Utah plates when they cross the border. It would be bad for the state tourism image if they didn't. So we can't judge by the plates in the parking lots. :D

 

Oh, so not true.  We'll (too) proudly display our CO plates.

 

Take a look at the plates at the slickrock trailhead in Moab.  There will be at least 3 times as many CO plates, if not 10 times.   You'll also see quite a few in the AltaBird lots too after a big dump.

 

Ask the folks up in Nebraska at Lake Mcconaughy what they think of CO plates :)  It's CO spring break every summer weekend up there.

post #161 of 177
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Which ones did they drive to? How many we talkin' here?

SLC (multiple), Jackson Hole, Summit County, Big Sky (I think - why is it the most recent that I remember the least?) 1 or 2 of them at each of those.
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post #162 of 177
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Little known fact.

 

But I think the state of Colorado requires all residents to slip on fake Utah plates when they cross the border. It would be bad for the state tourism image if they didn't. So we can't judge by the plates in the parking lots. :D

 

Don't know about CO & fake Utah plates,. but the parking at the Bird yesterday was full of Califormia & Navada plates. Tahoe folks must be dying this year.   

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Don't know about CO & fake Utah plates,. but the parking at the Bird yesterday was full of Califormia & Navada plates. Tahoe folks must be dying this year.   


You bastard, yer out there already! Got get sum fer me on Thurs/Fri.

post #164 of 177

There is good news. According to the current forecast on OpenSnow, the dump on Wed will mainly consist of high density snow (Tahoe powder). The stuff that is really good for base building and covering rocks. The stuff on Thu & Fri will be much lighter – the Genuine Utah gold. Total will be 24”+. Can’t wait.

 

 This is getting to sound like the best of both worlds. Will go out tomorrow and report back first hand.

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Don't know about CO & fake Utah plates,. but the parking at the Bird yesterday was full of Califormia & Navada plates. Tahoe folks must be dying this year.   

 

I'm leaving for Utah tomorrow night.  So, yeah.

post #166 of 177
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Don't know about CO & fake Utah plates,. but the parking at the Bird yesterday was full of Califormia & Navada plates. Tahoe folks must be dying this year.   

 

I'm leaving for Utah tomorrow night.  So, yeah.

 

So, there is life after death after all.

post #167 of 177

Hey, I like the Sw Colorado idea. ;)

post #168 of 177

sw colorado, aspen, or anywhere with a volunteer appeal to me

post #169 of 177

Taos

post #170 of 177

Not sure if I'd be going next year, but Telluride and Whistler are on my bucket list.

post #171 of 177

I must be blind--I can't find what they picked for 2015. Where are they headed?

post #172 of 177

There was an announcement of the Utah Gathering Vote here  Vote results for 2015 Gathering from the 2014 Utah Gathering

 

We will take another vote at the Mammoth Gathering just to be fair, but I think JH is probably a safe bet.  

We'll know for sure in a couple weeks. 

post #173 of 177

How about a April 2015 Gathering at Whistler? No crowds in April (B.C. school spring break is the last two weeks in March), low season prices for accommodation, and while there is still a chance for rain or snow, in April there is an increased chance of nice sunny spring weather.

 

Also a second Gathering in April could be a season extender for a lot of Bears whose home mountains closes in early April.

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There was an announcement of the Utah Gathering Vote here  Vote results for 2015 Gathering from the 2014 Utah Gathering

 

We will take another vote at the Mammoth Gathering just to be fair, but I think JH is probably a safe bet.

We'll know for sure in a couple weeks.

 

My bad, I thought the 2nd gathering had already happened. Thanks for the info.

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How about a April 2015 Gathering at Whistler? No crowds in April (B.C. school spring break is the last two weeks in March), low season prices for accommodation, and while there is still a chance for rain or snow, in April there is an increased chance of nice sunny spring weather.

 

Also a second Gathering in April could be a season extender for a lot of Bears whose home mountains closes in early April.

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post #176 of 177

Buck Hill!

post #177 of 177

We had our vote here at The Mammoth Gathering and we are on board with Jackson Hole. We the other thing discussed is that we missed the social aspect of ONE BIG GATHERING, so for next year there will be only one  western event. Now that does not mean, that someone can put together a mini gathering of their design and invite people, but there will one main Gathering at Jackson Hole. Dates are TBD as soon as ge can get someone to step up as the Gathermeister for the event we can get more details pinned down. 

 

I am closing this thread, please puts all questions & discussion HERE

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