The formal announcement for The Gathering will be in August of 2014. We can use this thread to inform, discuss and hopefully develop some STOKE for the upcoming event.
It’s looking like the event will run from 2/26 – 3/6/2015 with a day at Targhee and 2 bonus days late in the event at Jackson Hole. Overwhelmingly most who were surveyed agreed a midweek start was advantageous to a weekend to weekend event. The dates were selected to accommodate those who have the ability to go midweek to midweek or weekend to weekend. The Targhee day will be a unscheduled “floating day” being either 3/2, 3/3 or 3/4. Factor that into your ticket purchases. The Jackson Bonus days will be 3/5 and 3/6. You all should know your way around by then to head out on the hill without a guide.
Unless things change next season, don’t expect to find discounted lift tickets for Jackson Hole Resort. They are VERY tough to come by. If anybody finds something that beats the multiday pass offered by the resort, by all means post it !
Jackson does have its own airport. That’s the good news. Now the bad news……wait till you see what it costs to fly in there. Costs vary GREATLY on flights so DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Something to consider is flying into SLC and make the 5 hour drive up to Jackson. My research on flights from my area of the country (yours will, of course, differ) showed on average a savings of $ 150 to $400 to fly into SLC. If you can arrange to meet with other Bears you know in SLC (and perhaps ski there a day or so) you may be able to arrange a carpool that could be a ton of fun and save a few bucks at the same time.
The Mountain Collective Pass
Take a look at this pass if you plan to ski Jackson more than 5 days. Take a hard look at this pass if you plan to ski multiple trips at different areas that the pass includes. The spring sales are showing as almost sold out. No one knows if the pass will still offer the bonus day next fall and of course what the cost will look like, but you can all but bet the price will be higher in 6 months.
The “deals” on lodging appear to begin 3/1 in the town of Jackson. Discounts (as of this moment) appear to be almost non-existent in Teton Village where the mountain is during the projected time frame. There will be much more lodging information in the formal announcement during the summer. I do plan to contact a few of the lodging establishments to ask about a possible Epic discount.
There is an update-- see post # 121 of this thread
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Edited by Gathermeister - 8/19/14 at 12:54pm