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post #211 of 216
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
 

My last day was Friday (March 6th) and the bottom half of the mountain got WARM, like mid-40 degrees.  The Hobacks were skiing awesomely...  2000+ vertical feet of slush and corn.

 

 

Have you started getting snow or has it started getting consistently warm enough to soften things up?

 

We have been getting cold nights and warm days, so really good spring skiing and corn chasing through the day as things soften up.  It started that Friday, March 6.  Yesterday it didn't freeze and the light was flat.  The skiing wasn't very good for the first time sinse the 6th.  I don't think it froze very hard last night either, but it might have up higher, it is 35 in town at 7:30 am.  There is a chance of rain in the forecast.

post #212 of 216
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Originally Posted by Gathermeister View Post
 

Here is my recap of the 2015 Gathering. 

 

Of all the events I have run with EpicSki this one went the smoothest.  Most everybody who signed up showed,  they were on time and most importantly had fun.  There were a number of “firsts” and records set at this Gathering.  Here are the high points.

 

While the overall number of folks were just shy of record territory, the number of “first timers” at a Gathering was a new record.  Excellent !  I hope it was all you expected and return next year or make it a point to just connect with others on Epic in smaller numbers.  Your addiction is just beginning.

 

We had a record number of Intermediates at this Gathering.  I always made it a point to ski with the Intermediate group and offer a few pointers in an effort to open up more of the mountain to them.  This was a special group this year.  They excelled and I ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT with all of you. 

 

Never before have we had 5 Gathermeisters together at the same time.  Spindrift,  jgiddyup, Philpug, Treckchick and yours truly have run this show.

 

A lot of special things happen at these events, and something happened this year (to me) that was over the top.  I was passed this note one morning at the meeting place. 

 

Now I’m not sure if the point of this was for a proxy vote, but if it was……sorry FB……we don’t do that here in the States for Gatherings.  I did however accept the note for you being absent, but in the future, IT MUST BE SIGNED BY A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.:D

 

International event ?….you bet.  I carpooled and skied with John from New Zealand and FB’s English was so good I could barely understand him and he delivered the note via a Canadian (Dano). I skied with Needham again too.  Hope I didn't miss anybody.

 

SPECIAL THANKS

First and foremost, without ALL of you who came out this would have been a really boring event.  Thanks to all of you.  I didn’t get a chance to ski with all of you.  I regret that. 

 

Thanks go to my wife (SugarCube) for all her support.  (She is doing much better by the way !)

 

The Guides make or break these events.  Thanks go to (in no order) Bob Peters,  Harkin Banks (Sal), Tetonpdrjunkie (Dave) and Skiing_in Jackson (Stephen).  They all hit a home run.  Thanks guys.

 

Thanks go out to Garyskr for his work on the tee shirts.  It was quite the scramble on his part getting them on time.  They were……uh…..a little ….no a lot late in getting there.

 

Thanks to Phil and Tricia for the behind the scenes help.  Epicski management was 100% behind the event and were a big help.

 

Thanks go to all of you who took the time to photograph the participants and post the shots,  especially Matchsticks who was at it constantly.

 

Personally,  I would like to thank all of you who chipped in to tip the Gathermeister.  That’s a first and I can’t begin to tell you all how much it meant to me.   I’d also like to thank Garyskr’s friend Greg for a fabulous dinner (in his amazing house) and thanks again for all of you who treated me to lunch.  

@Uncle Louie, Thank you for all the work you put into the event.  You are a tough act to follow, and it was a pleasure to have your back on this event. 

 

Please don't be a stranger. We would love to spend some time with you and  @SugarCube.  Hope she's feeling well. 

 

I only wish we could do more for you than a modest tip to help cover your apres' ski time. 

 

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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post
 

The Hobacks and most of the mountain started skiing much better once the Bears left.  Sad, but true.

I wish we'd had a chance to say good bye before we left.  It seems like we were on a dead run the entire time we were in JH this time around.  Next time we need to make sure to meet you and your wife for dinner. 

post #213 of 216
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post
 

 

We have been getting cold nights and warm days, so really good spring skiing and corn chasing through the day as things soften up.  It started that Friday, March 6.  Yesterday it didn't freeze and the light was flat.  The skiing wasn't very good for the first time sinse the 6th.  I don't think it froze very hard last night either, but it might have up higher, it is 35 in town at 7:30 am.  There is a chance of rain in the forecast.

Is this temperature pattern typical this time of year? (or typically later, or earlier?)

 

I'm probably getting the MCP pass for next season, one of the time window I have for Jackson/SLC will be in March. So trying to get a sense if that's a good time for JH. 

post #214 of 216
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post

 

Is this temperature pattern typical this time of year? (or typically later, or earlier?)

 

I'm probably getting the MCP pass for next season, one of the time window I have for Jackson/SLC will be in March. So trying to get a sense if that's a good time for JH. 

 

Tony vs WY round 2 (or have there been previous battles I am not aware of)

:popcorn

ironic this is my post #666 :devil: 

post #215 of 216
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
 

Is this temperature pattern typical this time of year? (or typically later, or earlier?)

 

I'm probably getting the MCP pass for next season, one of the time window I have for Jackson/SLC will be in March. So trying to get a sense if that's a good time for JH. 

 

It seems warmer than usual, earlier than usual, for longer than usual this season.  We get a mixed bag in March.  I have seen great powder cycles, excellent corn snow, and hard refrozen crap all in the same season, the same week, or sometimes all in the same day.  I think March often has great skiing, but I love spring skiing and I'm not scared of slush on the lower mountain.  If you require powder and nothing but cold winter snow, come in January like Tony Crocker says.

 

BTW...  It did freeze last night and the skiing was great in the morning and good through the early afternoon today.

post #216 of 216
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post

 

Is this temperature pattern typical this time of year? (or typically later, or earlier?)

 

I'm probably getting the MCP pass for next season, one of the time window I have for Jackson/SLC will be in March. So trying to get a sense if that's a good time for JH. 

 

Tony vs WY round 2 (or have there been previous battles I am not aware of)

:popcorn

ironic this is my post #666 :devil: 

There have been quite a few.  In this case I have chosen to respond to at_nyc by PM to avoid unduly offending some thin-skinned people here.

 

On a positive note I was pleased to hear that Aspen was selected for the 2016 Gathering.  If one were only considering snow, I would probably pick first half of March for that. But I've skied Aspen in January the past 2 seasons with very good conditions.  Coverage in the most extreme areas like Temerity and Hanging Valley might be sketchier than later in the season, but at least they were open and my Highlands Bowl run this past Jan. 17 was impressive.

 

At any rate Aspen has been shot down in the past due to lodging costs, and if that obstacle is overcome by going during the period immediately after the X-Games, I'm all for it.

 

Some people worry about Taos as a Gathering site due to snow.  Taos' snow issues are quite easy to define: It's a steep mountain that accumulates snow gradually but preserves it well.  Thus March is the safest month to go there.  I doubt that there are seasonal issues regarding  lodging in Taos, other than avoiding Texas spring break week.


Edited by Tony Crocker - 3/22/15 at 2:23am
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