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!