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post #61 of 89
I will be skiing at Sugarbush for Saturday/Sunday/Monday-already bought my tickets. Just looking for lodging at this point.

Seeing the size of the group (other thread), any interest in setting up an informal ski group? I'm going for Level 3 two weeks later at Cannon, and would be willing to do something informal.

PM me with some initial thoughts, and then I'll post topics/length of times/dates for people to "vote" on.

I'll be at Killington Nov 2-3 and 9-10-11 if anyone wants to join me. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #62 of 89
KeeTov,
...i just might make the 11/9-11 timeframe...but then I'm NOT
suggesting one hold their breath....some car_work + winter
tires are gonna have to come first.
Hey I AM also looking for something a little wider than my 65mm Volkl V3s... have you *done* anytime on any Atomics...? (R:11/R:9).. or how bout' a redundancy_test for everyone:
An 02' Vertigo_G3 review!

Steve
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post #63 of 89
Quote:
Originally posted by daevious:
Sugarbush now sells a card with 6 or 12 tickets for $270 or $480 ($45 or $40/day). The only restriction is that each card can be used but once a day--otherwise no blackouts, they ARE transferable, and you can "reload" if you run out. (Regular prices are $57 w'ends, $48 midweek, and--gasp--$59 holidays.)
Since I posted that, they've changed the rules so that you can redeem the 12-pack for FOUR tickets per day, six-pack TWO per day, so this might actually work for the Gathering for people who can team up. They are on sale until 12/25.
post #64 of 89
I think it's important to state at this time that we do not HAVE to have every detail planned out to have this work.

That's not meant to be a criticism either. It's meant to be a reality check to ease our collective minds.

I suspect that there will be many different arrangements, with some folks staying in assorted lodges, others in hotels or B&Bs.
People will get tickets from a variety of sources, mostly at good prices.

All we really NEED to do is mark the dates on our calendars and GO.

Probably we should look to finalize our specific plans after the new years so that by the time January is over, everyone knows where they are going to stay, how long they are going to be there and with whom.

This should be a nice little party.
post #65 of 89
Thread Starter 
What Nakona said.

I'm more or less "planned out" with the 2003 EpicSki Academy - and a labor of love it is - and now I'm ready for a catch as catch can, informal, easy, social, fun New England/North East gathering!

Can't wait to meet and ski with you folks!
post #66 of 89
Okay...Nakona and Obie....

Now that I have 3 days under my belt, I can mellow out. Needed the fix!!!!!!!!!

If anyone wants to catch me, PM me and we'll see about informal fun stuff. Killington Nov9 and 16 weekend, then Stratton Nov 23, then NY stuff in December.
post #67 of 89
I just found another source of tickets.

I just bought my ticket for Warren Millers latest film.

In addition to the movie, if you attend the movie here in the northeast, and depending on the location you see the movie, you get a Sugarbush lift pass coupon per person attending the film.

You also get another lift pass for an area near the movies venue.

For example, here in Western Mass, we get a Sugarbush ticket and a Jiminy Peak ticket and the movie all for 15 bucks.

www.warrenmiller.com to see where the movie is showing near you. And what ticket coupons come with the ticket.

LM, I noticed Sommerville got SB and Sratton tickets.

And some upstate NY locations get SB and Gore or Whiteface
post #68 of 89
Thread Starter 
Here in northern Vermont, the vouchers you get for Sugarbush lift tix are for certain specified dates only, and they're all Fridays.
post #69 of 89
Oboe is right,

I read the voucher wrong. I thought it was all days but those select fridays.

My mistake.

Oh well, may not be good for the event times, but still a good deal
post #70 of 89
Just found out our club race is at Sugarbush (not Mad River) on Saturday March 1st. If people are interested I'll check into the possibility of the Bears running as a club.

I'm not sure what the rules are but it is normally a club race where different clubs from the NJ area compete against one another. There's a handicapping system and points are awarded per catagory (different men's and women's age catagories). It is low pressure and arranged so that even slow racers contribute to the team's score. Maximum points are for a club that competes in all catagories rather than a club that has one or two fast racers. The race will take approxinmately an hour or so in the morning (registration before the lifts open and time required to make one or two runs through the gates).

If nothing else it will help fuel dicussions during the NE gathering.

Again I'm not sure the Bears can compete, but I will investigate if there is interest in those who will be at Sugarbush on Saturday.
post #71 of 89
Hi all,

I just stumbled upon this thread. Better late then never right...

My wife and I would love to come up for the gathering and I have a couple of questions.

1) Is it still possible to score discounted tickets to Sugarbush or MRG through the group? The Sugarbush link wasn't working, site must be down.

2) What about lodging? Is everyone staying in a central location and is there a group rate? Did anything ever come of that Club Lodge that nakona mentioned?

Thanks,

Sean
post #72 of 89
Quote:
Originally posted by SeanyMac:

2) What about lodging? Is everyone staying in a central location and is there a group rate? Did anything ever come of that Club Lodge that nakona mentioned?
Sean,

I'm in the same club as Nakona. That weekend is the club race weekend and a junior weekend so its likely that all 40 available spots will be taken by members (of course your welcome to join the club but its not really worthwhile for someone from VA to join). Also non-members can be bumped by members upto two weeks before the reservation.

I believe others have mentioned reasonable priced lodging nearby.

I'm still trying to find out if the Bears can participate (and if the people on this list are interested) in a fun low pressure race at Sugarbush on Saturday (twenty some odd gates).
post #73 of 89
Thread Starter 
SeanyMac, do you want jamesdeluxe to add your name to the list?

We have no "group rate" from Sugarbush, so count on paying full ticket at this point [unless you know something I don't about that]. I joined the Aetna Ski Club to get my vouchers for cheapo tix, but the deadline for that has passed.

If you'll come to the gathering even without that, please let us know. We'd love to have you.
post #74 of 89
post #75 of 89
I've updated the NE Gathering Overview to reflect new attendees and other changes. When the dust settles, I think we're going to have a pretty healthy turnout!

The only lift ticket discount available is to buy them offsite -- $48 instead of $57. Not an incredible deal, but better than nothing.

Sugarbush Discounted Lift Tickets
post #76 of 89
I've been thinking...

since our club is having a major event and I can't get anyone but myself a bed, I'm actually thinking about maybe renting a room elsewhere.

Here's my thinking...

There's probably a certain amount of logic to trying to keep the group together at a hotel, where we can probably get a real good deal as a large group.

It's also worth mentioning that although our lodge will be full on Friday & Saturday, it will empty dramtically on Sunday night for the rest of the week.
post #77 of 89
You know...

This is only two months away now...
post #78 of 89
My days off just got changed. So I should be able to ski with you guys on Tuesday at MRG. Put me on the list please.
post #79 of 89
I am going to arrange a Bears' dinner for Saturday March 1. There are a number of excellent options in the Valley, and a wide variety of styles, ambience, and size. If you are going to the gathering, please answer a few questions in the NE Dinner Poll. I will need to know pretty soon how many will be at dinner.

Edit: If you are going to the gathering but not to the dinner, please answer at least the first question.

[ January 07, 2003, 05:49 AM: Message edited by: daevious ]
post #80 of 89
If we can arrange a group lift-ticket purchase, we can get a 2-day pass for March 1-2 at Sugarbush for $84. If we can buy more than 20, the price will be lower, perhaps as low as $80.

This would require a commitment from you (i.e., a check) by mid-February. Please PM me with your e-mail address if you are interested in a group lift-ticket purchase.

Also: Would there be any interest in a Bears Race? That would cost $10/person, minimum of 25 racers. As of today, the course is available but we'd need to book it soon.
post #81 of 89
I'm racing for my club on saturday morning.

I know that pragmatic skier was going to see about trying to get the bears registered as a club so they could participate.

BTW, I went ahead and reserved myself a room in our lodge since nobody seemed to respond to the post I made about getting a hotel room.
As pragmatic pointed out a while back, that weekend ended up being race weekend, so bunking people at the lodge is pretty much out since guests get bumped first if the demand is high.

So how is everyone else coming with their own travel plans for the gathering?
post #82 of 89
I will be staying at the Sugar Lodge, which I beleive is on the acess road. One caveat, there is a possibility that Mark will not be able to attend, and that means taking the bus to Montpelier. Originally, I had heard about a bus from Montpelier to the Sugarbush area, but I can't seem to find that info.
post #83 of 89
I want to try to join you Monday and/or Tuesday at either Sugarbush or MRG. My work schedule isn't final yet but I'm working on it.

John
post #84 of 89
Lodging near Sugarbush/Mad River Glen

Check out www.madrivervalley.com for a compilation of lodging options. Watch out for the ones that aren't in Warren, Waitsfield, or Fayston--a couple of those listed are very nice, but they are on the "wrong" side of the Appalachian Gap.

One that isn't up there is the Inn at the Mad River Barn on Rt 17 (802)496-3310.

Buffalo Bill's is a 5-br house that folks can rent by the weekend. If somebody wants to put together a group, that might work--I'm not ready to undertake the logistics of that, myself.

West Hill House is a nice B&B that is convenient to Sugarbush South, so is Pepper's Lodge. Sugar Lodge is reasonable and close. Golden Lion, at the bottom of the access road on Rt 100, is relatively inexpensive. Seasons Resort is just south of there. Egan's Big World is a few miles to the north. The Garrison on Rt 17 has some lower-priced rooms.
post #85 of 89
Quote:
Originally posted by Lisamarie:
I will be staying at the Sugar Lodge, which I beleive is on the acess road. One caveat, there is a possibility that Mark will not be able to attend, and that means taking the bus to Montpelier. Originally, I had heard about a bus from Montpelier to the Sugarbush area, but I can't seem to find that info.
Try a Google search on Vermont Transit.

John
post #86 of 89
Quote:
Originally posted by John Dowling:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Lisamarie:
I will be staying at the Sugar Lodge, which I beleive is on the acess road. One caveat, there is a possibility that Mark will not be able to attend, and that means taking the bus to Montpelier. Originally, I had heard about a bus from Montpelier to the Sugarbush area, but I can't seem to find that info.
Try a Google search on Vermont Transit.

John
</font>[/quote]The bus service that used to run from Montpelier to Warren/Waitsfield is defunct. There is a taxi service in Warren that serves Montpelier. I've never used them and can't recommend one way or the other, but they are: C & L Taxi, (802) 496-4056, 34 Powderhound Rd, Warren, VT 05674

The Chamber of Commerce is probably the best place to go for a referral or a suggestion for the best way to get from there to here: (800) 828-4748.
post #87 of 89
LM:
I find it hard to believe that we couldn't coordinate a ride up to Sugarbush for you with another Boston-based Bear. Is anyone on the participant list from Beantown? At the very least, one of us could swing by Montpelier to pick you up.

Although Jonathan Richman wrote a great song extolling the virtues of a bus trip, I'm not convinced, and would use it as an absolute last resort.
post #88 of 89
I've sort of gotten used to the greyhound thing. Vermont transit drivers are a hoot. Anyways, if someone could either pick me up at the station and/or give me a ride back to montpelier, it would be much apreciated.

Its getting close. Can we have a recount as to who is actually going to be there? What's the deal on dinner?
post #89 of 89
Thread Starter 
Dinner will be Saturday at the Warren House, very near the hill. All interested should contact daevious by pm or e-mail and pre-pay, please.
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