We did meet up to do the vote tonight on next year's gathering. The first table to the bar.
I heard an unconfirmed rumor about that vote.
Yes and since it's not my position to confirm it we'll have to wait until someone does, geesh, and where's my picture gone lol?
Next years Cochise looks awesome!
The few pics I took from Alta yesterday.
An Epic boot up party at the Goldminer's Daughter
DanoT in powder bumps
Mgiddyup and Mrs MDskier (Trish) lunch at Alf's
MephitBlue in fantastic snow off of Wildcat
A few more to come.
Last post before heading to Snowbird for today. A vote was taken for next season with details later today.
The snow at Alta was fantastic today and I want to give a big to CBgarret, JohnL and Tony Crocker for showing folks around yesterday.
I'm not sure about Alta's snow report for today as it snowed hard all afternoon and 4in had to be cleaned off the car when we left the parking lot at 5PM. Should be another great soft snow day today
Well y'all are lucky to not be in Colorado.
Mr. Poe's nemeses (pl?) have descended on the slopes:
Funny story from a lift ride yesterday at Alta shared with Mgiddyup and Rainbow Jenny. Rainbow Jenny and I had corresponded about me giving her a ride but do to 4WD/chain restrictions yesterday I was unable to accommodate as I had 4 in my rental. During this correspondence I had Signed my PM's Jim & Michel (Jgiddyup/Mgiddyup). Jenny thought Michel was a European spelling for "Michael" and was under the impression that I swung the other way until that lift ride
Alta yesterday was really good when you could see. Catherine's opened late and was still a little boney (especially the higher traverse through the gate) but good overall. One 20in dump should take care of everything. Everything off piste skier's left of Sugerloaf was really sweet as well as everything off Wildcat
Now a few pics from Apres at Gold Miner's Daughter where the vote for next season's Gathering was held.
Early arrivals KingGrump, Uncle Louie, MattL, DanoT, Mathias99, DSloan, SkiNurse and Segbrown
DSloan stretching and showing her *ss again
Mgiddyup and Trish (MDskier wife) with Trish scratching her head wondering if she's ever seen a more tall and handsome photographer
Excellent guides CBgarret (orange) and Spooky
A full house for deliberations
Mrs KingGrump making an impassioned plea for the area of her choice (Taos)
Me making some point about something that escapes me right now
The vote results are posted here http://www.epicski.com/t/125638/vote-results-for-2015-gathering-from-the-2014-utah-gathering and please keep all discussion about the voting and results in that thread.
Now back to the Utah trip report.
Snowbird today started cold (0 degrees) and sunny and finished warmer (22 degrees) and sunny.
There were about 20 something on hand today and people shuffled in and out of various groups throughout the day.
The group I spent most of my time with absolutely killed Mineral Basin while it was in the sun. We found cliffs, sideslip only areas, took every traverse and everything in between. I don't think there was a part of that bowl we didn't hit at some point. There were still some fresh tracks to be had as well as chowder, crud and everything else. But it was all soft except for the few rocks we helped expose (my skis are in the shop now)
Group that got on the Tram after a 5 minute wait
Pic of part of the group that began the destruction of Mineral Basin
MephitBlue and Mrs Grump
That's all I have from today. Alta tomorrow
We want to invite everyone that is around tomorrow over to the condo of King Grump (Bruce), Mrs. King Grump (Mamie), Old Boot (Robin) and Lady Salina (Lisa) for a beer or wine and some snacks after skiing.
The condo is at the Iron Blossom which is just on the right hand side as you pull out of the Snow Bird Center parking lot. So coming from Alta you would pull in to the Snowbird Center Parking lot and look to the left up the big stairs, or take a shuttle that will bring you to the Iron Blossom from Alta.
The condo number is 1011. 10th floor you'll see it right out the elevator door. We should be back by 4:30 to meet people.
A few pics from Snowbird today
@SkiNurse and leftovers in Mineral Basin
@JohnL other side of Mineral Basin a bit later
SkiNurse and DSloan dancing down a slot at Snowbird, Ski3PO and JohnL looking on.
"I think they are in there somewhere....?"
Adam and I guided one group Monday at Snowbird, including Tseeb, Steve from Sun Valley, Paul from Eagle, Paul from Summit Co and Hiromi.
This was the only clear day of my 4 days in Utah, but it was still 5F when we unloaded the tram about 9:20AM. We took our "warmup cruise" on Regulator, and it certainly was not warm in the shade at the Little Cloud base. So we spent the next few runs in the sun in Mineral Basin. First run out Powder Paradise the rope my local friends had mentioned last week was still there, but we skied just beyond it in chalky snow with some wind drift. The cut for the cat road had filled in to no more than a 2 foot drop in that area. When we got down to the Mineral Basin chair we looked up and saw that the Bookends area beyond Hillary Step was covered with powder tracks. So a belated to Snowbird for not keeping that area off limits as we heard it was last Friday.
Adam led the second run in Mineral, dropping off the Path to Paradise and cutting back under the lift. The group spread out, and no surprise Adam, Steve and Paul (Eagle) got way ahead. I led the others through a lower Chamonix chute, back up the lift and into the Dog Kennel chute just skier's left of the lift. That chute had both rocks and hard patches to negotiate at the top and it took awhile for Hiromi to get through, and even longer for a couple people from another group that followed us in there. At any rate, by the time we got back up again, Adam, Steve and Paul had lapped us and we all headed for Little Cloud.
We dropped off Road to Provo into Little Cloud Bowl, where we could make nearly every turn in soft windsift. We informed our guests that they would get a steady diet of this at the late March Mammoth Gathering if there is enough snow by then. The next 2 runs were out the Knucklehead traverse. I was conservative about coverage and so first dropped into the most open area but cut back under the rocks to the right for some lightly tracked powder. Next time we went farther out for even less tracked but thicker powder near Gelande Hill. With lunch scheduled for 11:30 we rode Little Cloud up and headed for the Upper Cirque. Only Shot 12 had been skied much and even it had a couple of obstacles, so Paul (Summit) and Hiromi went around to Middle Cirque. We met below there, skied across Anderson's to Green Forest and then to the plaza.
After lunch we took a tram to a smooth Upper Silver Fox, down through Peruvian Gulch and over to the Gad Valley. This was my first time on the new high speed Gad 2. We skied STH and Stratton's Grove, the latter having fewer rocks to avoid. We then returned to the tram for another upper Silver Fox. Adam and I cruised to the plaza while some of our more energetic guests skied the bumps on lower Silver Fox.
For our final run Adam lowered himself into Great Scott via the Rat's Nest rope while I led the rest of the group out the lower Baldy traverse to Eye of the Needle. It was now 3:30, so Adam and I called it a day, Adam with 28,100 vertical and me with 26,700. Steve and at least one of the Pauls made one more tram for 31,000.
On the only sunny day I forgot my camera. Tseeb was with us, took a few pics with his phone that he will hopefully post.
Weather report for the next few days looks grim. 2' -4' of new snow I hope they groom.
~~Today Snow likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -10. Southwest wind 14 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tonight Snow. Low around 12. Wind chill values as low as -6. South southwest wind 13 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Friday Snow. High near 25. Wind chill values as low as -2. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 14 to 19 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
Friday Night Snow. Low around 17. Wind chill values as low as -2. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 24 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
Saturday Snow. High near 29. Breezy, with a west wind 26 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Saturday Night Snow. Low around 21. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Sunday Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.