Fox built and is hosting the registration forms so we will have 100% electronic registration available this year (if you use PayPal). We will have it ready in the next day or so.
Sno'more is working on the newsletter, which will go out in a day or so too.
Big Sky is giving us a great deal. I've organized some large events at Big Sky, so I can attest to the value we're getting, especially considering the time of season we will be there. A double occupancy first class room at the Huntley Lodge, which includes the bountiful Skier's Breakfast Buffet, ordinarily $134/day, is offered to ESA participants for $99/day. Lift tickets, ordinarily $57/day for the 4-day ticket, are $40/day. ESA guests will be able to enjoy these prices if they plan to arrive before or stay after the Academy.
In addition, Big Sky is saving us money on coaches' lodging and lifts, which we are passing along.
We'll have outstanding coaches for skiers of every ability, from novices to fearless experts, but we haven't got everyone booked yet. Many of the coaches will be returning from last year, but expect to see some exciting new names too.
XDog, I've worked at
Big Sky and ski there a fair amount, but I have never worked for
Big Sky. My home area is Bridger Bowl, which I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed. I hope people who attend the Academy can squeeze in a day at BB, one of the last of the community-owned not-for-profit ski areas. I'd love to guide a tour, and I'm sure RicB and Rio would also. That said, Bridger doesn't have a 6 mile long cruiser like Elk Park Ridge, or an aerial tram that accesses the free-fall Dictator Chutes or the nonstop bumps of Liberty Bowl. Big Sky is a very fun place to ski, with beginner terrain as varied and interesting as the expert stuff, and a veritable smorgasbord for intermediates.
I am sure that the people at Big Sky will treat our group like honored guests.
Gonz, Chez nolo are no mimosas. Fox has utterly no idea...