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post #31 of 81

So jealous but glad to see there was some great skiing to be had for everyone.  I heard a rumor that SLC will be the site of next years' Gathering.

post #32 of 81
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So jealous but glad to see there was some great skiing to be had for everyone.  I heard a rumor that SLC will be the site of next years' Gathering.

Yes, The Gathering will be Salt Lake City, and since it was my nomination, I will be acting as The Gathermeister. There is some preliminary discussion going now in this thread 2018 Gathering Location on Pugski if you want to check out what has been disussed so far. Nothing other than the location being Utah has been set, depending on Mountain Collective and other resort options have not been finalized and very well won't be for a bit. Please keep an eye on the thread and when everything is finalized, I will be posting more here. 

 

The Gathering hasn't been to Utah in years and we are excited to take it back there. Here is thread from the last Utah Gathering from 2014, here with close to 60 in attendance. 


Edited by Philpug - 3/8/17 at 7:28pm
post #33 of 81
Thread Starter 

If anyone reads this I need Luke (not sure how to reach him) to meet us at 9:15 - 9:30 up top.  Have a local will take him and Matt to some fun stuff today.

post #34 of 81
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If anyone reads this I need Luke (not sure how to reach him) to meet us at 9:15 - 9:30 up top.  Have a local will take him and Matt to some fun stuff today.

@dukesmall2 or @fernieskier did you see this?
post #35 of 81
And now for something completely different ... stoking late rest day breakfast at Crepe Montagne. Highly recommended!

post #36 of 81
Peak to creek for the intermediates this morning!

post #37 of 81
Currently at merlins at the Blackcomb base, upper village if anyone is interested in apres.
post #38 of 81
Thread Starter 

I have more from today, but one group shot on the last run down in Millionaire Ridge... fun OB tree run.  One more tick off the list of things to be found and done.

 

@mdf, @Captinron27, People will have to say who they are.... I am not sure of epic names )

Jenny giving it in The Cirque.  So cool the entrance was doable this year.  Just a wall slide.  Kudos to all that slid in with us, I know it looked scary from the top.

 

@Captinron27 in The Cirque... more later.

 

Heading down West Cirque, mdf leading the pack not looking so terrified to me.

@mdf

 

Getting in to West Cirque

 

Mamie getting it going on West Cirque.

@Unpiste  Nice skiing on West cirque and everywhere else

 

 

 

@mdf, @Rainbow Jenny, @Unpiste, @near Niquist making their way down "The Cirque"

@mdf making his way down one of the cirques.

@Mdskier coming in to West Cirque on the ledge.

 

 

OH yea, Fresh Tracks yesterday, @lucia joined, and @Captinron27

 


Edited by lady_Salina - 3/10/17 at 9:28pm
post #39 of 81
Names for the group shot in post 38:

alfred=@Unpiste
mike = me
jenny = @Rainbow Jenny
john=@Mdskier
mamie = mrs Grump
tom=@near nyquist
ron
Edited by mdf - 3/11/17 at 8:18am
post #40 of 81
I'm looking forward to the pictures of me being terrified to go around the corner on that ledge.
I'm also looking forward to learning where we were this afternoon. I've been looking at the trail map, Google maps, and the guidebook and I can't figure it out.
post #41 of 81

From Thursday, 3/9/17.  I covered a lot of miles today and finally got to see the upper mtn with some decent visibility.

Scott and Mike in Whistler Bowl.

John and Mike on the t-bar

chickenmonkey/David, a very nice guy from the SF Bay Area.

Mike

Scott, whistler bowl

 

John and Jim just looking for some tusk.

 

John and Bruce conferring

Phil and Trish, there's a tusk back there somewhere

King Grump heading for a powder stash

Trish

Phil

 

Vince

JohnL, Vince, tusk, JohnMD, Phil

me and the tusk

v

post #42 of 81

More from 3/9/17.  

Phil in Whistler Bowl area again.

Trish right behind him.

 

 

 

Vince heading down to Whistler Village after lunch at Chick Pea.

After lunch Vince, JohnL and I hopped the Peak to Peak Gondi and made a memorable run down the Blackcomb Glacier.

 

 

 

 

 

The guys lead me down an area on the skier's left that tended to get steeper and steeper.

 

 

 

 

There was eventually a bit of pucker factor and some real consequences not far behind Vince in this shot.

They are the two ants in center, we came down towards the left.

Thanks John for leading us on this one.  Soon after viz when to heck again, so we were lucky to get-r-done.

post #43 of 81

Snowshoeing up on Whistler Mtn around 330PM today, snowing to beat the band at that time.

Mrs K.

post #44 of 81

Wow!   Looks like this could be a Gathering to remember!   So sorry I couldn't be there at the same time as you guys this year, but living vicariously through the photos - keep 'em coming!

post #45 of 81

I echo what Needham said.  Hoping to join the Gathering  again next year.  

post #46 of 81
I'm keeping a table at Merlins warm for anyone who's about ready for some apres.
post #47 of 81
I found a pair of glove liners at glacier at lunch today. I'm leaving early tomorrow morning but I could mail them to you if they're yours. PM me.
post #48 of 81
@lady_Salina said about the West Cirque, "Heading down West Cirque, mdf leading the pack not looking so terrified to me."

That slope was BEAUTIFUL. One of the steepest, maybe the steepest, thing I have ever skied. The snow was creamy and wonderful. I figured I ought to get out of the way, and then the slope was so good I just kept going.

It was the entrance that terrified me -- an exposed traverse along a very narrow ledge with a 90 degree turn you had to step around one ski at a time.

Halfway down I yelled to Ron, "This is wonderful! I'm not sure it's worth it, but it is wonderful." He yelled back, "Oh yes it is!" On reflection, he was right.

Thanks to Ron and Lisa for taking us to two amazing places.
post #49 of 81

My wife and I are back home in VA.  A big THANKS to the Gathermeisters for coordinating a great event!  It was a really snowy week at Whistler.  My last ski day was Friday 3/10/17 and I don't think I have ever seen such variable conditions in one day on one mtn.  Hot at the bottom, cold at the top, foggy down low, clear in the mid-mtn, and snowy up high.  There seemed to be about 12-15" of new snow on parts of the mtn in the morning.  It went from powder to cotton candy to crusty all in the span of a few hours.  Crazy, but I guess representative of the unique climate of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia.  A great experience with great people.

 

Here are a batch of shots from Friday:

Tom in deep new snow.

 

My pictures are blurry, but Mrs. Grump is a sharp skier!

 

After skiing for about an hour on Friday I went down to check out of my condo between about 10-1130AM.  This pic shows the deep snowpack in Whistler Village during Gathering Week.

Later I spent some nice time in the 7th Heaven section of Blackcomb Mtn.  Trish left and David right.

 

 

Colorful crew, Trish, Phil and David

Variable conditions to the 7th degree;)

April enjoying the playful terrain in 7th Heaven

Vince

 

Phil; I forgot my better camera on this trip and missed the little jump he just did.

Trish, April, Phil and David are all in the photo.  The new snow turned sticky like cotton candy by 130PM.

Every once in a while I get a decently composed shot, this is Phil in 7th Heaven.

David

April

Trish and April

April skied her legs off.  I lost her later in the fog on the lower mtn, hope she got down safely!

 

KevinF.

 

Kevin and April

 

 

Cool shot of David!  He's skiing 7th Heaven area, that is Whistler Mtn and Peak-to-Peak Gondola cable in background.  (They must not have been running the gondi at this point, not sure why?)

KevinF

 

Vince

 

April

 

 

Moi and David, green must be our favorite color:D 

I had 2 or 3 great hours skiing with David on Friday afternoon and he helped me safely navigate when we entered low-viz areas on the lower mtn at the end of the day.

Thanks everyone.  See you again next time!  If I find any remaining decent pics in my camera I may post a few more later.

post #50 of 81

We are in Portland on our way home now to snow covered Tahoe. While I regret missing the Women's World Cup event at Squaw I truly enjoy skiing with this great group of friends. We are looking forward to next year in Utah, it should be a fun trip. 

post #51 of 81

Home now here as well... trip report will be coming soon I think... I mainly wanted to take a second to say thanks to @lady_Salina for setting up and managing a great Gathering as the @Gathermeister! (And for arranging all that snow and cold temperatures too!)

 

:beercheer:

post #52 of 81
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A big THANKS to the Gathermeisters for coordinating a great event!  

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There seemed to be about 12-15" of new snow on parts of the mtn in the morning.  It went from powder to cotton candy to crusty all in the span of a few hours.

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(Note: Left out some of the text. Also left out all of the pictures as I think everyone should do when quoting unless there is a ready good picture you want repeated.

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Thanks everyone.  See you again next time!  If I find any remaining decent pics in my camera I may post a few more later.

+1 on the big THANKS to the Gathermeister and everyone who contributed to make for another great Gathering. My wife enjoyed her first Gathering and wants to go to UT next year.

 

I would have like to have skied on Friday, but would have had to have quit early and traffic was bad enough getting into Seattle before 5. Good thing my wife used Waze to get us off I-5 early. We also had time to look around Whistler Village, stop in Vancouver for another short round of Dim Sum and got to Seattle in time to walk through Pikes Place Market, see sunset behind Olympic Mountains from the waterfront and have dinner watching the ferries depart and arrive. Our drive home was ~1100 miles (over three days) and we got to SF Bay Area before sunset Sunday after doing the ~700 miles drive from Vancouver, WA  where we stayed Sat. night with my uncle, who will be 90 later this month.

 

First picture is tracks I left on low angle below Little Whistler Bowl on Wednesday.

 

@dbostedo @weegie  @KevinF @Shamora and @MartyMcSly on 11 Km Peak2Creek warmup run on Thurs.

 

Inukshuk on Harmony Ridge

 

My last run on Thurs. It had already snowed a couple of inches after starting out as our clearest day. The groomers were near perfection with new snow, but trees were calling.

 

Lucia's hand is there so you can see how big the shrimp Dim Sum (Har Gow) was. Order was $5.25 Canadian. We also got an order of three shrimp that were topped with scallops for $5.95.

post #53 of 81
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Home now here as well... trip report will be coming soon I think...

 

I'm looking forward to your trip report.

post #54 of 81
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

We are in Portland on our way home now to snow covered Tahoe. We are looking forward to next year in Utah, it should be a fun trip. 
. Parallel tracks ! Now in Eugene at The Wandering Goat for Cuppa Joe & a break. Got shafted at the border yesterday US Customs lined me up for an hour with mostly foreign visitors. Sheezz do I look like a Terrorist.😔 Gathering was great, thanks Lisa, we were unbelievably blessed weather wise for Whistler.
post #55 of 81
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I saw this sign way tooo late.  Gathering is done and now I know why I feel so beat up today.

 

Let this be a fair warning to the next Gathermeister or unlikely soul who meets up with a bear.  I broke all the rules, my muscles now ache and I have to work through it. 

 

1.   I met them each day without keeping a safe distance, 

2.   I willing approached them and even hugged some.

3.   I not only attempted to feed some I willing supplied food.

4.   None of the afore mentioned food was in Bear Proof containers (is there such a thing?)

 

I had no idea the danger I was in.

 

post #56 of 81
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Originally Posted by lady_Salina View Post
 

I saw this sign way tooo late.  Gathering is done and now I know why I feel so beat up today.

 

Let this be a fair warning to the next Gathermeister or unlikely soul who meets up with a bear.  I broke all the rules, my muscles now ache and I have to work through it. 

 

1.   I met them each day without keeping a safe distance, 

2.   I willing approached them and even hugged some.

3.   I not only attempted to feed some I willing supplied food.

4.   None of the afore mentioned food was in Bear Proof containers (is there such a thing?)

 

I had no idea the danger I was in.

 

 

That's fantastic! (And thanks for the food! Thumbs Up)

post #57 of 81

A few stray shots from the Gathering.

Matt, Whistler Bowl

 

Mike, Whistler Bowl

 

 

Scott, Symphony Bowl 

 

Bruce, Whistler Bowl

post #58 of 81

The internet speeds at the condo I rented for the week were just about comparable to dial up, but back in the land of high(ish) speed internet it's time to share a few photos!

 

 

Day 1, March 5

 

The highlight of the day was definitely our two trips up Spanky's Ladder and down the bowls underneath. @lady_Salina was a great guide, aided in route finding by @Captinron27.

 

 

 

 

 

(@MattSmith waving to the camera.)

 

 

And we also got in a quick trip down Couloir Extreme in the 15 minutes or so the clouds lifted.

 

 

Day 2, March 6
 
The second day started off with some great snow off of Whistler peak.

 

 

With views off the top… for the first ride up, at least.

 

 

 

We also took a few runs down Frog Hollow, where a few of the group lost @KingGrump and discovered some terrain that was… steeper than expected. With a few rocks to avoid.

 

 

(Just in case it wasn't clear.)

 
Day 4, March 8
 
This day started with a run down to Harmony and eventually Symphony, in more great snow lead by @KingGrump. As an added bonus, there was sun! And some nice views of the Whistler backcountry and the 7th Heaven area on Blackcomb.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Day 5, March 9
 
Once again with @lady_Salina, but this time on Whistler mountain. We started off with an exciting entrance to The Cirque, with some great snow below.

 

 

 

And then proceeded to an even more exciting entrance to West Bowl, with even better snow below. @Captinron27 lead the way, but @lady_Salina would have preferred the lower entrance that didn't involve a narrow track above a couple rocks. Then again, a ski patroller lost one ski going down the other entrance (though proceeded to ski down to retrieve it quite adeptly with the remaining ski).

 

 

 
Day 6, March 10
 
By day 6, a more normal weather pattern had arrived. We had clouds at the peak, clear below, more clouds farther down (here on In the Spirit) and then no clouds with some almost-rain at the village below. There was plenty of fresh snow this day, but it was very heavy and compacted to something with a strength comparable to steel reinforced concrete on the cat tracks by the end of the day.

 

 

 

The sun did show up for a nice shot of the Peak2Peak gondola heading up Whistler mountain, though.

 

 

 

Thanks to @Gathermeister @lady_Salina for such a great trip (and managing to place a perfect order for the week's weather), and all the guides — especially @lady_Salina@KingGrump, and @Captinron27 — for showing us around the mountains.


Edited by Unpiste - 3/17/17 at 1:34am
post #59 of 81

You got some neat photos Unpiste and covered a lot of ground. Nice to ski with you again and your aunt. Looking at your photos and dbostedo's makes me better appreciate how big W-B is and how much terrain I did not get to in my four ski days.

post #60 of 81
@Unpiste, those day two trees were one of the highlights of the trip. That was where I found the steep, deep patch that looked like it hadn't been skied for a long time. Of course, it ended in a possible cliff (sort of an inverted seg's rule guard), but nothing we couldn't find our way around. I really enjoyed skiing with you.

(And thanks for quietly looking out for me when I hurt my knee on day 5. We skied all that crazy stuff, and I hurt myself on a level clearing. Go figure.)
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