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post #151 of 173

^^ That place was a great deal.  Funny how much cheaper the rooms are in the winter around Jackson than the summer, where most places it's the opposite.

post #152 of 173
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Originally Posted by tseeb View Post

 

 I did find it backwards to pick a place without a gathermeister. I think in the future whoever proposes a place should have a specific time in mind and be prepared to be gathermeister. I planned to attend and participate in vote scheduled for Tuesday night in Mammoth, but it got moved up to Monday without notice.

 

It would have been impossible to pick a GM in advance at the Utah Gathering as a second vote at the CA Gathering may have required a vote to determine the one Gathering for 2015.  Had a GM volunteered at Utah and the final vote ended up taking us to a place the GM knew nothing about, it had the potential of being a horror show. The same may have happened at the CA Gathering. I know......I had to plan the last Jackson Hole Gathering having never been to the area.  The amount of research I had to do was staggering having never been to the area.  With the help of some of our local posters I managed to pull it off, but the work load was out of sight.  It should be easier next year as there is only going to be one National Gathering in 2016.

 

Being "prepared" to be the GM is a whole second issue.  It's far easier if you have worked in the industry or have been to several "gathering type" events to have a feel for it, and be willing to do the research assure a successful event.

 

I will be in Jackson at some point in 2015 as I had a great time and snow there in 2014 and that is where I selected for my third free day on my MCP. It would probably work better for me to attend if Gathering starts with the Feb. 26 date proposed recently by UL. I also have a write-up of the Jackson Hostel where I stayed that I plan to share well before the Gathering.

 

Those are the dates I'm leaning toward.  In a few days a group PM will go out to many of this years Utah attendees with the question of whether a midweek-midweek plan will work for them. Not everyone will get a PM.  There are a considerable number of members I have known for years and can guess at their response.  Some have already volunteered the info in a PM / e-mail or phone call to me, and some have already posted the answer as you have here.  THANK YOU.....it's a big help from a planning stand point.


Edited by Uncle Louie - 4/3/14 at 8:02pm
post #153 of 173
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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post
 

 

Me, Mineral Basin, Today - It did not suck.

 

 

 

However, I do suck in statistics. I prefer to live in the real world anyway.

As UL said, base depth is more important than fresh.

Dang you look good in that snow!!!

 

 

I agree. But we need to watch how much we say on that front in public, in case the jacket police find out what kind of coat he wears (or at least was wearing at the Gathering). You and I could be implicated. Fortunately he skis well enough that he'd look good in a black plastic trash bag.

post #154 of 173

One of the real bonuses of skiing Jackson Hole is the cheap winter rates accommodation twenty minutes away in the town of Jackson.

 

You have the option of driving to Teton Village and paying $15/day to basically park in the Tram/Gondola parking lot.

 

Or drive half way to JH and park for free in the Stilson shuttle lot and catch a free bus to JH.

 

Or for around $3 each way you can catch a bus from Jackson to JH.

post #155 of 173
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One of the real bonuses of skiing Jackson Hole is the cheap winter rates accommodation twenty minutes away in the town of Jackson.  and so far I have found there is a significant rate decrease the first week of March there vs in Teton Village.

 

You have the option of driving to Teton Village and paying $15/day to basically park in the Tram/Gondola parking lot.

I remember the outer parking lots were very reasonable and the shuttle ran about every 10 minutes.

 

Or drive half way to JH and park for free in the Stilson shuttle lot and catch a free bus to JH.

 

Or for around $3 each way you can catch a bus from Jackson to JH.

 

A considerable number of Bears carpooled from the Snow King Resort (ski area lodging) during the last Gathering.

post #156 of 173
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

One of the real bonuses of skiing Jackson Hole is the cheap winter rates accommodation twenty minutes away in the town of Jackson.

 

You have the option of driving to Teton Village and paying $15/day to basically park in the Tram/Gondola parking lot.

 

Or drive half way to JH and park for free in the Stilson shuttle lot and catch a free bus to JH.

 

Or for around $3 each way you can catch a bus from Jackson to JH.

Or park for free in the Ranch parking lot by having 3 people in the car.  $5 otherwise.  That lot is on the edge of Teton Village.  The shuttle bus ran pretty frequently.

post #157 of 173

With the huge surplus of summer vs. winter visitors, I believe people willing to stay in town vs. Teton Village should have no issues at all with regard to date flexibility and reasonable prices.   It should also be noted that much of the Teton Village lodging is situated so that you still need a short shuttle bus ride to the base of the mountain.

 

With regard to my son Adam's trip in late February 2013, he was not the organizer and dates had been set when he decided to go.   Weather was unsettled and cloudy most of the time, plus there was one 9-inch powder day.  The group loved the trip and wanted to go back, and that's when Adam persuaded them to back up the timing by 3 weeks.

 

FYI most of Adam's friends flew into Jackson, and both years they scheduled the trip midweek to midweek because they got better airfare deals.


Edited by Tony Crocker - 4/3/14 at 4:28pm
post #158 of 173

Just saw this on @tetonpwdrjunkie's wall.

 

Did you get to ski or ride Jackson Hole in March?

If you did, odds are it looked something like this. With 118" reported, March of 2014 was the 4th snowiest March in JHMR history. Tune in for a summary of the month's snowfall with more stats and photos: http://bit.ly/1mAhtcj

post #159 of 173

The amazing weather streak at Jackson was January 30 - March 7.  During that time it snowed ~175 inches mid-mountain and there were only 3 days it did not snow.

post #160 of 173
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Details to follow after some leg work.  Full event schedule with area info will be complete and posted over the Labor Day weekend.

 

BUT........

 

For those of you considering the event here is something to consider. Research The Mountain Collective Pass if you haven't already done so.  With the purchase of this pass and by adding Jackson as your "extra bonus day" this pass will pay for itself in 4 days at Jackson alone.  You'll save money starting on day 5, and of course you will have the option of skiing at all the other areas that the pass is good at with additional unlimited discount days.  It's a no brainer if you plan to ski Jackson at least 5 days, and finding discount tickets at Jackson is tough to do.  Consider it !

Some folks have asked me about the dates and times for the Jackson Hole Gathering and if there is an official thread up yet, since some folks have to request vacation time pretty far in advance. 

 

This is the post from UL explaining that he will post full schedule over Labor Day Weekend.

post #161 of 173
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
 

Some folks have asked me about the dates and times for the Jackson Hole Gathering and if there is an official thread up yet, since some folks have to request vacation time pretty far in advance. 

 

This is the post from UL explaining that he will post full schedule over Labor Day Weekend.

You shoud expect to see a discussion thread open sometime late next week.  I'm doing a lot of research on flighs, lodging and general member availability right now.  

 

Flights

 

Flights into Jackson can vary by $ 200 depending on the time frame. I'm looking into options to avoid that including scheduling to make midweek flights possible.

 

Lodging

 

Discounts seem to start the 1st of March in Jackson Hole, but only on a very limited basis in Teton Village where the mountain is.  We are just about into the window where I can actually SEE lodging options for Spring of next season.

 

Member Availability

 

I sent about 20 or so e-mails to those who were at the last Gathering to see what the general feeling was about a midweek start and end for the 2015 Gathering. Some had already indicated in this thread what their feeling was and some I already knew the answer from skiing with them for so many years. Overwhelmingly most agreed it was an excellent option.  I plan to try to accomodate both those who think this is a good option along with those who this option will not work for.

 

I am going to move the FORMAL announcement back into August from Labor Day weekend.  Jackson is tough for fligths and lodging and extra month will help as most skiers target Labor day as the time to start booking etc etc.  I also have a few places in mind where I plan to ask for a Epicski discount.

 

Tentatively the dates look like 2/26 - 3/6/2015 .........Yep,  9 days !

post #162 of 173
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Tentatively the dates look like 2/26 - 3/6/2015 .........Yep,  9 days !

It is good to have an uncle who is willing herd bear.

Much obliged for all your efforts.

D1 (nephew)

post #163 of 173

^^^^^^^^^

 

I second that. I know I appreciate all the leg work that UL is doing. It is a tough job, much more involved that most think it is.

 

I look forward to skiing with a bunch of Bears in JH next year.

post #164 of 173
Looking forward to skiing Jackson again.
post #165 of 173

Now I just need to be able to get the time off and then when the time comes around, actually take it off.

post #166 of 173

Note for those considering the Mountain Collective Pass:

< http://mountaincollective.com/

The current $ 359 deal is almost sold out.  It Includes a third free day at one area (you choose)

and 2 free days at other area clusters including  Alta/Snowbird

                                                                      Alpine/Squaw

                                                                     Jackson Hole

                                                                     Mammoth Mt

                                                                     Aspen (4 area)  and a couple others.

Strange (best to read fine print) since additional days after the 2 free ones are for purchase at 1/2 of regular price for your

age group. After this deal is gone, as last year, they should come back at $ 369 or so without one "third day".

 

If you ski a lot at one of these areas (eg Mammoth or Squaw or Aspen etc)  a Premium or Gold pass

at your area may be cheaper as they usually include the 1/2 price Mountain Collective benefit.

 

I had a Mountain Collective but ran the numbers and bought next years Gold Tahoe Super Pass (Squaw) instead. YMMV

 

If you go to Jackson GTG via SLC and can also hit a listed California or Aspen area the Mountain Collective can work.

post #167 of 173
If I would have to guess I'd say it will come back without the 3rd day and for about $20 more, like $379 no 3rd day!
post #168 of 173
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Discounts seem to start the 1st of March in Jackson Hole

I wonder why that is?:rolleyes   At most western destination resorts the lodging discounts don't start until 3-4 weeks later .  That was a key factor in choosing the dates at Big Sky 3 years ago.

 

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Funny how much cheaper the rooms are in the winter around Jackson than the summer, where most places it's the opposite. 

That's because there's probably 10x as much summer tourism as in winter.   Lodging in town is reasonably priced nearly anytime during ski season.  And as noted,

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Or park for free in the Ranch parking lot by having 3 people in the car.  $5 otherwise.  That lot is on the edge of Teton Village.  The shuttle bus ran pretty frequently.  

 The $5 Ranch parking worked just fine for us in Feb. 2012.

post #169 of 173
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Discounts seem to start the 1st of March in Jackson Hole

I wonder why that is?:rolleyes   At most western destination resorts the lodging discounts don't start until 3-4 weeks later .  That was a key factor in choosing the dates at Big Sky 3 years ago.

 

 

Simple......Resort access.   For example,  Summit & Eagle Counties, CO in March are jammed.  Why.....because the middle of the country DRIVES to the areas. When I worked in Colorado it was not at all uncommon for families to pile into the van and head to CO with the family (and usually extended family) for a week in Colorado. Bus Groups and Church groups were also there en-mass. The cost vs flying would be VERY significant.  Most would never consider driving the EXTRA 8.5 hours after a 12-15 hour drive from their home.

 

It's the college (sometimes grade school) spring break period.  Those aren't typically foks who jump on an expensive flight into a town like Jackson to go skiing for a week.  Most who go on a skiing VACATION don't think about the snow as their primary concern.....it's location and what to do in the town.  

 

 

post #170 of 173
Big Sky is every bit as remote as Jackson. All of the inaccessibility to drive-up arguments apply the same there. Including one more, that Yellowstone (a significant non-ski attraction for both) closes in early March.

I took ski vacations during my son's spring breaks around first of April for 15 years: Banff, Whistler, Aspen, Taos, Crested Butte, Telluride, Utah, etc. Late season lodging discounts usually started around that time.

Every destination ski market has its unique characteristics and I have no doubt UL is right about Summit/Eagle.

But from my experience at numerous resorts first of March is unusually early to start late season discounting.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 4/20/14 at 10:44am
post #171 of 173
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Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post

If I would have to guess I'd say it will come back without the 3rd day and for about $20 more, like $379 no 3rd day!


Close but not so.  MCP just sold out but they returned several days ago with a new deal.

 

$369 and the 3rd day is still there.

post #172 of 173
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Originally Posted by Mdskier View Post


Close but not so.  MCP just sold out but they returned several days ago with a new deal.

$369 and the 3rd day is still there.

yep, still a great deal!
post #173 of 173

Thanks for the update MD.  That is still a heck of a deal on the pass.  

 

We have a new thread to put this stuff on.....please head here to post all future Gathering chatter !

 

Thanks !

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/127636/the-2015-jackson-hole-gathering-discussion-thread

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