Mod edit on 11/9/14: The following proposal from later in this thread seems to be the winner.
Here's an idea, maybe a proposal so we can focus on one thing to shoot holes in:
March 20 - 23, Friday through Monday, 2015.
Folks from out of town may want to stay overnight on Thursday. If coming from the west stay in Skykomish, 16 miles from the pass, if from the east stay in Leavenworth, 35 miles.
Day 1 Friday, Stevens Pass
I will guide if others are not available. After we finish skiing we head for either Leavenworth (40 minutes), or Wenatchee (my vote, 1.5 hours) to spend the night.
Day 2 Saturday, Mission Ridge
Since we chose to stay in Wenatchee we're now only 17 miles from Mission. We ski and stay again in Wenatchee.
Day 3 Sunday, Mission Ridge
I really like this hill. I've skied it only 3 times, and only on one of them could you see anything. I hope we have someone with more experience with the area to ski with us. One more night in Wenatchee, though I suspect that I'll head for Skykomish.
Day 4 Monday, Stevens Pass
When done, we all say our fond farewells and head our own ways with great memories and lighter wallets.
Original Post #1
Since there has been some discussion in the PNW Bears thread about a PNW Gathering, I've started this thread to keep the discussion going. I'd like to suggest that the event be more about meeting other Bears and enjoying the company of skiers who live in the same obsessive world as we do, rather than just the best terrain and conditions.
Rather than a week-long Gathering, the consensus so far has been to look at a weekend event. Some suggestions so far:
- Leavenworth, which allows easy day trips to Mission and Stevens.
- Hood River, also a cool town with good access to Meadows, Ski Bowl and Timberline
- Snoqualmie (I could see one day at Alpental and another day criss-crossing the other Summit areas.
- Whistler (might need to be a longer event)
- Schweitzer/Silver/49/Red (ditto).
- Bend/Batchelor (ditto ditto)
If this becomes an annual event we could organize longer events or further away destinations. For this year, I'd like to suggest we keep it simple. I'd be leaning toward Leavenworth,
Early March has been mentioned. I personally have some key dates to work around: the Jackson Gathering from 2/25/14 to 3/4/14, then the PSIA NW Divisional Academy 3/13 to 3/15, and PSIA Level Exams on 3/28 and 3/29. So I might be able to do a 3/6 & 3/7 weekend, certainly a 3/20 &3/21 weekend. April is a good month as well. But it's not all about me, is it?