Originally Posted by DanoT
Originally Posted by northeasterner
So how did the vote go?
Whistler won by a landslide. First week of March (before any Spring breaks start.)
This is still the Aspen Gathermeister -- I will pass the torch when the after-action discussion dies out.
There were nominations for Taos, Whistler, and Telluride with well-thought-out, eloquent presentations that included all the factors I described in the notice, including approximate dates. I think any of the three would be a great venue. There has been some speculation that Telluride might manage to join the Mountain Collective in a future year -- I think it would be a very strong contender if that happened. (There was also a pro-forma nomination of Stowe.)
I liked the way the process evolved. We ate, drank, and socialized for awhile before the meeting started. Each potential Gathermeister (PG) spoke for ten to fifteen minutes and then answered questions. Then we drank, circulated, and caucused for fifteen minutes. And after that, each PG gave a five minute closing argument and we voted in two rounds, a preliminary and a runoff.
There were 32 members present. The votes were:
Area Preliminary Runoff
Taos 7 4
Whistler 21 26
Telluride 2 -
Stowe 0 -
Abstain 2 2
The timing for Whistler is approximately the first week of March, to be fine tuned after checking the Canadian school break week dates. This is late enough to let most industry people participate after their season starts to wind down.
I will let the new Gathermeister decide whether to be anonymous or not.
I was very happy with the vote process. We had good attendance, 3 solid proposals, a lot of enthusiasm, and a nearly unanimous final result.