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TR - First Epic Gathering of 05/06 Season

post #1 of 27
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The word is a cliche, of course, but the day can only be described as "epic".

Sunday, October 16, 2005.

The snow was *mostly* made by Mother Nature (with a bit of an assist from electricity and compressed air).

The lines we skied would have been untracked if it weren't for the roughly one thousand other people who somehow discovered our little secret in the woods.

Here's a recipe for an interesting experience:

Take a single, relatively flat, relatively narrow ski run, top it with about a foot of very hard snow, garnish with a few pine boughs, small rocks and melting mud spots, sprinkle with several hundred skiers, snowboarders, demolition-derby drivers, ski patrol toboggans, and parents trying desperately to shield little tiny kids, then mix the whole thing up.

What you've created is that wonderful concoction known as the only game in town at the beginning of the ski season.

I met up with dp and faisasy and we had a mini-Gathering at Loveland on Sunday. It was great to meet both of them. dp completed his first year of making ski turns every month, so he was particularly a man after my own heart. faisasy was starting only his third winter on skis and I was amazed at how well he skis for as little time as he's had on the snow.

This is the three of us about halfway down the run. Left to right, Me, dp, faisasy




Here's dp on the run that marked his 12th consecutive month of skiing. I love the smile.




And here's faisasy feeling the edge:




It was a beautiful day and it was great fun to get back on "real" snow.

One amusing little side story - I got to Loveland about a half hour before the other two, so I made a couple of runs before meeting up with them. As I started up the lift with a guy and a girl, I said something like "isn't it nice to be back on snow?". The guy, rather arrogantly, stated that he had been skiing all year so he really wouldn't know. He'd skied every month through the summer, so skiing Sunday wasn't all that new to him. Come November, he would have skied every month. As we neared the unloading station, I told him congratulations for skiing all year and that I was working on a consecutive-month streak myself. He asked how many, and I replied "today makes 97".

I don't think he liked that very much. :

Anyway, we had a great outing and it was nice to meet dp and faisasy. My wife has to return to Vail for a followup knee exam the first week of December, so maybe we can arrange another Gathering.
post #2 of 27
lucky bastards!
post #3 of 27
Very nice. Can only wish I were there.
post #4 of 27
Nice!

Looks better than the conditions I usually see!!! Actually kinda looks like a typical warm up run on ralph's or challenger at wa wa. Kudos to you Bob for leading the way again! Well done! Can't wait for my opening day! Chomping at the bit I am!

I will ski in the rockies some day.....

I am sooooo jealous....

BTW dp, love those flexons!

Thanks Bob!

post #5 of 27
The snow looked like mid winter conditions in Pa! Thnaks for sharing.
post #6 of 27
Looks great. I'm envious. Thanks for the pics.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
the first week of December, so maybe we can arrange another Gathering.
YES !

I'm clearly seeing a "Lets Go Colorado II" thread in my future.
post #8 of 27
Bob,
We were their on thurs for a few runs, it was great. Can't wait till they open chair #8, not a long run but The one I like the best at Loveland! & their double Cheese Burger frys & a Coors light for under a 10 spot!
post #9 of 27
I spy some Flexons!!!!
post #10 of 27
Well, damn, I think I rode up the lift with a couple of you guys, wish I had introduced myself.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I spy some Flexons!!!!
Phil ! I thought you had gotten past this thing.........I guess a good disease is hard to shake.
post #12 of 27
"As we neared the unloading station, I told him congratulations for skiing all year and that I was working on a consecutive-month streak myself. He asked how many, and I replied "today makes 97".

I don't think he liked that very much. "

well, i did.
post #13 of 27
We should have an East Coast opening week gathering.

If it's at Kmart you will see pictures of carnage, Gore Tex, and more carnage.

Ahhh I love opening week.

Maybe Sunday River on Verteran's day would be a better option.
post #14 of 27
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...the first week of December, so maybe we can arrange another Gathering.

YES !

I'm clearly seeing a "Lets Go Colorado II" thread in my future.
DARN!!! I'll be skiing somewhere in Switzerland at that time, so I'll have to miss ya'. Tough choice, but that's how it goes.

However, Bonni and SkierJ were nice enough to take offer to take care of my cats and greyhound, so they will be able to hook up with you.
post #15 of 27
LM WHAT ! That would be month 99 for Bob Peters....the chance to ski with him in the last double didget month.....

vs. Switzerland ?
post #16 of 27
LOL! I've had the pleasure of Bob Peter's skiing company! He has defintitely missed his calling! Bob would make an awesome ski instructor!
post #17 of 27
Sounds like a fun outing. Here's wishing your wife a speedy recovery Bob!
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by roundturns
The snow looked like mid winter conditions in Pa! Thnaks for sharing.
That looked better than 85% of last season around here.
post #19 of 27
There's 4-7 inches falling today on Loveland. I was thinking of going up there tomorrow.....what difficulty is the terrain that is open???
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by DefJef
There's 4-7 inches falling today on Loveland. I was thinking of going up there tomorrow.....what difficulty is the terrain that is open???
Slightly-tilted parking lot.

That's not to demean the run in any way, but it's not very difficult.
post #21 of 27
so, could they have opened a couple more trails ? i would think they could have opened nix knot+richards run(the 2 left of mambo) w/ the base theyre listing.

and defjef, its an easy run that's open. biggest challenge would be dodging out of control skiers.
post #22 of 27
Hey Bob,
Thanks for posting the pics. It was a great time! Hope we get to do it again soon!

DefJef,
Catwalk, Mambo, and Home Run (really just one long run) are open, all green. Usually the next run to open is Spillway to Richard's Run (in fact, their website shows snowmaking on that part). So that'll most likely open next. Spillway (blue) seemed very steep to me at the top when I was first learned to ski -- not so much anymore. Richard's Run is a great wide-open cruiser, one of my favorites.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by skicougar
and defjef, its an easy run that's open. biggest challenge would be dodging out of control skiers.
Definitely the hardest part, especially boarders coming at you heel-side. Felt like roller derby out there Sunday.
post #24 of 27
Thanks, Bob! That picture makes it look like I almost know what I am doing.

It was really terrific skiing with you and Faisasy, and especially appropriate for my first TAY (now 97 months in a row... I don't think I will be able to top that!). and yes, still love my Flexons, although Jeff B wants me to try the new Fischers when they are available- he thinks they may be just the thing for my very screwy feet.

By the way, take a look at the A-Basin webcam- it looks like they may be opening 3 or more runs when they start operations this weekend (unfortunately I will be out of town and won't be able to make it).
post #25 of 27
dp, your skiing is really coming along!

Bob, you are the Pied Piper of EpicSki. I do hope you can come to Snowbasin, Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, so I can make up for a decision I made in 2003 to get home to watch my daughter play basketball rather than stay in SLC skiing with you. (It was the right decision at the time.)
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolo
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Bob, you are the Pied Piper of EpicSki. I do hope you can come to Snowbasin, Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, so I can make up for a decision I made in 2003 to get home to watch my daughter play basketball rather than stay in SLC skiing with you. (It was the right decision at the time.)

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Hi, Nolo.

Even though you ditched me... you did - for sure - make the right decision. Ski turns can be made for decades but a daughter only plays in so many basketball games. I'm planning to do everything possible to be at Snowbasin that day. It's my second-favorite ski resort. See you there.

NewHampie - thank you for the kind wishes for my wife. She's doing fantastically well. I've even suspected that Steadman did a "placebo surgery" because she's had no swelling, no pain, and she's getting along great.
post #27 of 27

how on earth

How on earth can you accomplish 97 months of making turns in a row? Are there hikable glaciers in JH, or to you get to the southern hemisphere often?

I'm impressed. Very impressed. Let me know if you need to take someone under your wing.
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