I certainly hope that both the Academy and the gathering have long and happy lives. They're different, and they're both fun, so why on earth would either one "replace" the other? Since I and several others like to attend both, my vote goes for having them at the same place, one right after the other. It would be more difficult and expensive for me to attend both if they were at different places - I mean, REALLY different places - but I'd still like to attend both if I could. At the same time, I think that each one would still be fun even if they were separated by time and distance.
Maybe the reason there has been so much more talk about the Academy is that it has more things that require, rather than just desire, firm planning. For example, we can always show up at any resort on a day it's operating and meet to ski at a gathering. Not so with the Academy - we must make arrangements with the ski area in advance, and not all areas may be agreeable to that.
Once the location of the Academy is known, it will be easier to make decisions about the gathering - do people want it at that place, or somewhere else? If somewhere else, do they want it close by, or at a fun location that happens to be not near the location of the Academy? I hope I would not have to choose between either one or the other. If I were forced to make a choice, for me, it would be the Academy - but for some others, I'm sure, it would be the gathering.
It'll all work out, and it'll all be fun. There are a lot of Bears to go around!