I've spoken with the supervisors at the Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School and there is an option that might be interesting to some of you who will be attending the Gathering.
For the last couple of winters, the MSS has been offering visiting ski clubs a Sunday morning session called "Tips and Tours" with a JHMR ski instructor. It meets at 9:30am on Sunday mornings and goes until noon. Participants join an instructor and basically "go skiing" for two and a half hours. The primary idea is to help people who are new to our mountain get oriented to the lifts, some of the runs, the terrain, and the snow conditions. The cost is $25 per person, which includes the tour, occasional ski tips (if desired) from the instructor, and lift-cutting privileges.
This is NOT a traditional ski lesson in which we all stand around talking about ski technique for any length of time. The assumption is that people who sign up for this are at least advanced intermediate skiers who are not looking for a lesson, per se, but more of a mountain orientation tour that might include a quick tip or two from the instructor.
I've convinced the MSS that while EpicSki is not a traditional ski club, you all have more in common than many members of many ski clubs, so they've agreed to make this offer available to Epic members for one day.
I would be one of the instructors who would do the tour. I haven't spoken to him about it yet, but it's possible that Tetonpwdrjunkie might also be one of the instructors. The date that applies to most of the people attending would be Sunday, March 1.
We generally try to limit the size of the groups to no more than six per instructor, so we would get whatever number of instructors were needed to cover the people who sign up. We have people break up into voluntary groups (no ski-off), with those who are interested in similar terrain or types of skiing in the same group(s). It will be necessary for anyone who wants to do this to sign up by the previous afternoon so that our supervisors can schedule enough instructors. It's then up to the instructor to tailor each tour to the wishes and abilities of the group.
Any of the instructors who might be named for this assignment will be more than capable of showing any group the best and most suitable terrain and conditions for that day.
What I'd like to ask is that any of you who might be interested in signing up for this to just give some kind of indication on this thread. That will give us a rough idea how many people to anticipate.
What I know for sure is that I will be there as one of the instructors (maybe the ONLY one if no one signs up). If no one does sign up, I'll just go skiing.
As we get a little closer to arrival date, I'll provide the particulars on how to call to sign up.