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post #121 of 147

Adding pictures I took of DanoT at Targhee early on Tuesday when we skied Dreamcatcher nearly non-stop multiple times before joining group led by Harkin Banks.

 

 

At Targhee base figuring out where to go next are Fatbob, Matchstix, Gathermeister, who did a great job herding cats for 10 days, and KevinF? and others in and out of picture

 

 

Following pictures are from Headwall hike Alfred, Matchstix, MDF, Near_Nyquist and I did after lunch on Wednesday at JHMR.

 

The first one is a little fuzzy due to snow blowing around when picture was being taken and is Matchstix, who carried around a big and heavy pack every day so he could take so many great shots of all of us, dropping cornice

 

 

MDF hanging on passing the rock

 

Alfred looking good next to rock

 

Near_Nyquist past the crux

post #122 of 147
We need at least one lame lunch picture!



We gathered for lunch in the deli at the top of the gondola almost every day. I really like the 1/2 curried turkey sandwich and 1/2 salad. I had it 3 times.
post #123 of 147

As a first-time gathering participant, I wanted to give my perspective on the Gathering at Jackson Hole.  First off, thanks to Uncle Louie, all of the guides, and the other long time as well as new EpicSki members who were nothing but welcoming to a gathering newbie.  To anyone reading this post and considering joining in a gathering, I would highly recommend to give it a shot.  I truly had one of the most amazing ski experiences of my life, and got to meet some awesome skiers and downright cool people.

 

Day one I had the fortune to be guided by Bob Peters.  Even though the snow surface wasn't quite as soft as we’d all like, Bob did a great job of pointing locations and aspects of the mountain that helped me throughout the gathering.

 

Seth was our guide for day two.  He did a great job of guiding, and also brought us in for a run down the expert chutes.

 

HarkinBanks was the guide for day three, and he did a great job keeping us together as well as safe.    The 2 inches of fresh did wonders to soften the slopes, and we pounded out bump runs, primarily off of Thunder lift, all day long.  The highlight of the day for me was a late afternoon run down the Hobacks.  Conditions were just soft and consistent enough to make it a total blast.

 

During the trip I had the fortune of meeting and skiing with Townicus and another skier that I don’t believe is on epicski named Paul, both who live in the Vail/Beaver Creek area of Colorado.  This was my third trip to Jackson this year, and I was looking to ski someplace different as well as chase some deeper snow.  

 

Not only did they convince me to follow them back to Colorado, but Paul was kind enough to put me up in his house for a couple of days.

 

I skied Vail on Monday with 3” of fresh and no lift lines to be found.  We had a steady diet of back bowls and mogul runs from first

chair at 8:30 until we finally finished at the frontside at 4:30. 

 

Tuesday was even more epic, with 7” of fresh overnight at Beaver Creek and 4” more fell during the day.  Mike_M and his wife were back home in Colorado, and they were nice enough to make the drive over Vail pass to ski with us both days.  It wasn’t until I got home that I realized I spent all my time skiing and neglected to take many pictures, but here is a great picture of Paul at the bottom of Blackbear Glade at Beaver Creek.

 

 

Thanks again to everyone I had a chance to meet, and I hope to meet more of you next year at the Aspen Gathering!

post #124 of 147
@tseeb on North Hoback with the vastness of Wyoming in the background.

post #125 of 147
Thanks to everyone who attended for another great Gathering. Special thanks to Gathermeister Uncle Louie and guides Bob Peters, HarkinBanks and tetonpwdrjunkie!

I certainly can't compete with the great photographers earlier in this thread, but here's the best of what ended up on my camera:

Living Proof


Matchstix


Matchstix


KevinF


cloudpeak


Living Proof


garyskr


cloudpeak


qcanoe


Greg


Mdskier


Friend of qcanoe


Friend of qcanoe


spindrift


me (thanks to Greg)


JohnL


garyskr


Greg


Rainbow Jenny with Uncle Louie following


Matchstix


KevinF


Rainbow Jenny


tseeb


Matchstix


JohnL



Sure hope I can make Aspen next year!
post #126 of 147

Those are just great. **sigh** @Rainbow Jenny, I see you on the Sambas! You must like them?

post #127 of 147
@SKI-3PO I am glad you got some pics of @Matchstix. I was afraid we wouldn't have any photos of our photographer.
post #128 of 147
He did a great job all week! I don't know how he carried those bags around.
post #129 of 147
And he carried that heavy pack of camera gear on the hike to the top of the Headwall!
post #130 of 147
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And he carried that heavy pack of camera gear on the hike to the top of the Headwall!

 

He's young. 

We should check back with him in 30 years. :D 

post #131 of 147
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And he carried that heavy pack of camera gear on the hike to the top of the Headwall!

He's young. 
We should check back with him in 30 years. biggrin.gif  

OK. I'll set a reminder in my phone.
post #132 of 147
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He's young. 
We should check back with him in 30 years. biggrin.gif  

OK. I'll set a reminder in my phone.

 

You got suckered into one of those super long term contract with Verizon too? :D

post #133 of 147

How to take Professional Quality Ski Photos

 

1) Start with a professional quality photographer, like @Matchstix (photo by Ski-3PO)

 

or @Bob Peters (photo by jgiddyup)

 

 

2) Let them go first

(photo by tseeb)

 

 

(photo by Matchstix)

 

 

So that 

3) They can get into position

 

4)  Use a quick-draw camera pack to get ready before everyone blows by

 

5) Be willing to get in the snow, not just on the snow,

 

 

(Imagine the picture of Bob Peters laying on the ground is inserted here.  I can't find it!)

edit - inserted.  Thanks, seg!

 

 

6) Take lots of pictures

 

7) Select and edit

 

 

 

 

8) Clear the memory card and repeat the next day!

 

Simple!


Edited by mdf - 3/8/15 at 9:55pm
post #134 of 147
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mdf catching some air

 

 

 I like this one. Nice moves @mdf

 

Jealous I missed this. Hopefully, I can be back skiing next season. 

post #135 of 147

Here ya go:

 

 

The action version, as he hovers:

 

post #136 of 147

It's awesome seeing everyone's photos! Thanks for grabbing a some of me @SKI-3PO, @tseeb and @mdf, great shots all around.

 

Here's my last batch, from our last day at Jackson and our stopover at Snowbird on the way back to Berkeley. I went for medium thumbnails since I've got so many, don't forget you can click on them for full size! I've also got an imgur gallery with all my photos from the week.

 

mdf below the Sublette chair as JohnL, Rainbow Jenny and Near Nyquist look on

 

 

Near Nyquist

 

Rainbow Jenny

 

JohnL

 

Ski-3PO

 

JohnL

 

mdf, Ski-3PO, Unpiste and Near Nyquist in Tensleep bowl

 

Rainbow Jenny coming down Tensleep

 

Uncle Louie

 

Ski-3PO

 

FatBob

 

mdf and Near Nyquist relaxing while we wait for the crew to come down Greybull. They closed the Headwall hike after half our group got started since they had to evac the Apres Vous chair.

 

There they are! Unpiste rocking Greybull

 

Ski-3PO

 

Unpiste tearing up the chop

 

JohnL with Uncle Louie behind

 

Uncle Louie in the throat

 

Ski-3PO with Rainbow Jenny in the background

 

Rainbow Jenny

 

JohnL


Edited by Matchstix - 3/9/15 at 12:43pm
post #137 of 147

After lunch I finally got to ski with @qcanoe and the rest of the main crew

 

 

qcanoe's perfect form down Amphitheater

 

Ski-3PO in the Hobacks

 

qcanoe looking good

 

Hobacks? what Hobacks?

 

JohnL

 

 

KevinF with DavidAlmon behind

 

DavidAlmon

 

Bob with Unpiste following while Rainbow Jenny and Near Nyquist look on

 

Bob (almost got everyone's handles!)

 

Unpiste catching air on the Hobacks

 

Rainbow Jenny

 

Near Nyquist

 

mdf on the far side of Laramie Bowl

 

Kevin F

 

Might be my favorite shot

 

Sidecountry lines as seen from the top of the Sublette Chair

 

Hut in the North Woods

 

Bye Tetons

post #138 of 147

@mdf and I skiied a half day at Snowbird on our way back to Berkeley. It's a lot harder to get out there when there's no group you're going to miss!

 

 

We waited a minute for our first run as the man in light blue was having some trouble getting his ski back on. 

 

Showing how it's done on Nash Flora Lode or one of the accompanying runs

 

Or maybe showing off ;)

 

Powderbird dropoff as seen from Path to Paradise

 

We skied with one of my friends from highschool who's living and working at Alta for the winter. He escaped the photog this time.

 

mdf dropping off the Last Choice traverse pre-choice. We didn't feel like a scramble, there was plenty of snow to be had

 

 

That's a wrap on my end, I hope to see everyone again next year! Maybe I'll have a video rig together by then, then we can make an Epic Ski Movie. 

post #139 of 147
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Or maybe showing off ;)

 

 

 

Does that make me a bad person? :D

post #140 of 147
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@SKI-3PO I am glad you got some pics of @Matchstix. I was afraid we wouldn't have any photos of our photographer.


I know that Phil offered to ski with Kevin on Sunday, the last day we were skiing JH to reciprocate taking shots of each other but he was with a tips and tours group .  Still, it was a great time and @Matchstix always gets some great shots. 

post #141 of 147
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@SKI-3PO I am glad you got some pics of @Matchstix. I was afraid we wouldn't have any photos of our photographer.


I know that Phil offered to ski with Kevin on Sunday, the last day we were skiing JH to reciprocate taking shots of each other but he was with a tips and tours group .  Still, it was a great time and @Matchstix
 always gets some great shots. 
I think I remember Matchstix wanting to ski and photo with Phil but because of Tips Tours couldn't connect. Phil is in the professional - quality - photographer class too, but I don't have any pictures of him taking pictures.
post #142 of 147
The 3 Kevins



'Do you mind if we call you "Kevin" to keep it clear?"
post #143 of 147
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The 3 Kevins



'Do you mind if we call you "Kevin" to keep it clear?"

 

To be clear, the left-most Kevin would probably prefer to be called by his real name of "Dave", but as he does have a yellow jacket, he's at least an honorary Kevin. Thumbs Up

post #144 of 147
Is your name not Kevin?
No, it's David.
That's going to cause a little confusion.
post #145 of 147

Looks a lot like our 3rd annual "and a GREAT time was had by all" trip to the hole in 1988. Ex and I were very firm with clients, "We will be skiing in February." "Yes the WHOLE month cause it is the short one." Not sure the reason but the crowd enjoyed my sister and Gaye showing off their knickers when Buffalo Springfield Revisited was playing. They were so far beyond 'SUKS' I couldn't believe it. Especially in light of the band being a launch pad for so many super groups and/or stars. Superb photos and not too shabby skiers :eek. Got a pair of old school 'gun boards' not too many years back and love em. 223cm Dynastar Volants, no wait, those were not quite comp level and result was hamburger face, separated shoulder, 3 cracked ribs, snapped ski tip and a heck of a lot of sympathy beers, not to mention blood on Preachers Passion. Dang, skis are at Tahoe or ranch and I'm under hospice care in San Jose. Anywho the new skis are superb. Very little side cut and oh soooooooooo smoooooooooth at speed. :ski

 

Peace y'all, Out,

-marty

lostvalley.4t.com would be my website and home.

post #146 of 147

never mind


Edited by segbrown - 3/13/15 at 9:24am
post #147 of 147

This is one of the most viewed youtube posts made by a ski resort last season.  If I'm not mistaken it was filmed not long before The Gathering and shows Corbet's Couloir in similar conditions as those during The Gathering. Wonder if the guy from Chicago was a Bear?  :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxO4oOuQZ9g

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