Not just Gatherings, a lot of long time EpicSki members met each other at ESA clinics. However, those only existed for a few years and are not likely to happen again. In the mean time, the annual Gathering (moves around every year) and regional Gatherings and informal meetups continue to be a reason for people to get involved in EpicSki.
There are a number of ski school directors and supervisors cruising around on Epic still from all over the country. How hard would it be to put together programs at a couple of locations targeting the Bears? An area probably has the ability to bring in a little outside talent as coaches to supplement their staff for an event like this (sort of like a race camp). This should cover the insurance issues, and USFS contract issues. I was doing some of this in the 70's a little, it was a great deal for all parties involved.
Beyond being a money maker for the area, what a great opportunity to get some outside clinic time for their own staff if they want.
That was covered back when they announced they couldn't do them any more:
Well, so it can't come back in the old format. Maybe there is a new format that could exist. Have we ever investigated official ski area participation in Gatherings? I know we get group lift ticket rates but have we ever gotten more? What I'm thinking might be as simple as getting those of us on SS staff at the Gathering Spot to lead classes of our fellow Bears at some (hopefully) GREATLY reduced rate. That wouldn't necessarily provide the same level of instruction as ESA, but it would provide the potential for some high level of instruction; dependent on the level of ski area participation. Even without the very high level of instruction available with the old crew, there are still some very excellent instructors around here. Even some of us newer instructors can provide some great coaching to the right level of Bear. Plus, if we are in uniform as opposed to just another Bear providing Unofficial Gathering Guide duty at our home mountain, we'd get line cutting and/or whatever other perks are available to SS students. Maybe with VR ownership of Epicski that might be available at VR Gatherings.