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Gathering 2007 - The Tribe Has Spoken

post #1 of 78
Thread Starter 
After much discussion at the Monday night Gathering dinner, the verdict is: North Lake Tahoe following ESA.

There was quite a bit of friendly debate about sticking with Aspen/Snowmass post-ESA vs. North Lake Tahoe vs. other Colorado resorts. In the end, MTT's case for North Lake Tahoe based on accessibility and affordability won out. The availability of convenient & affordable lodging & food was a significant concern for quite a few people.

Time for all you Lake Tahoe-ites to step up and make it happen. And no more excuses from AC...
post #2 of 78
A hearty thank you to spindrift for organizing this years event! Sounds like it was a good time and well attended gathering.

Good job
post #3 of 78
Any reason no one has put up a TR?
post #4 of 78
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Originally Posted by jamesdeluxe
Any reason no one has put up a TR?
Cornbread did...
post #5 of 78
Way to go MTT! We have a large number of members in Northern CA and NV. This area is very easy to reach and has a lot to offer. I'm looking forward to a fun event.

Regarding a trip event, I don't know what transpired between Cornbread and SCSA, but that is not a substitute for a REAL trip report. For as many as attended this year's event, I'm not impressed that nothing (pictures, stories) has been posted as follow-up. I guess no one really had a good time. How sad.
post #6 of 78

great call

smart one. prime. schweeetness.

i'm in.



and i get to see if MTT actually has eyes behind those dark shades.
post #7 of 78
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Regarding a trip event, I don't know what transpired between Cornbread and SCSA, but that is not a substitute for a REAL trip report. For as many as attended this year's event, I'm not impressed that nothing (pictures, stories) has been posted as follow-up. I guess no one really had a good time. How sad.
We'll have to work on the "nothing posted" thing. I have a a few pics and I'm sure others do too.
I for one had a great time, even though I weenie'd out quite a bit, owing to having skiied my legs off at ESA. Cool people, Good skiing, good food... oh and a GREAT SUPERBOWL party!
post #8 of 78
Excellent choice! Nice job, MTT!

post #9 of 78
I have many contacts here in Aspen for the next gathering. please contact me, I am sure I can get discount hotel rates.
post #10 of 78
Ryan,

You are gone a few hours an look what happens. Cost was a huge factor here and Aspen only got several votes. It was a landslide victory..

Ed
post #11 of 78
Yeah, MTT made an excellent case for north Tahoe, and of course he's going to step up to help with getting it all happening. I suspect it's going to be an excellent event. You won't see much of him on the slopes, except disappearing into the distance. Man, that guy can ski.

Kudos also to Spindrift to getting this gathering up and running through sheer force of will I think! Had a really nice few days with these people.

Next year, Julie from NZ is nominating armbands or ribbons so all people can link up with each other, these things are attracting all kinds of people who often don't know anyone. As Gatherings get bigger and more diverse, a visual sign is becoming necessary.
MTT roaring "ANYONE GOT CHANGE FOR A NICKEL" up and down Park City Main Street was entertaining but the introverts among us would prefer coloured armbands I think!
post #12 of 78
Bummer... I was hoping for a Colorado gathering so that I could slip in for a day or two. I'm probably going to have to wait another year to join ya'll at a gathering...

Have fun, though, ya'll...
post #13 of 78
I am confused. The ESA will be in Aspen/Snowmass, than immediately following there will be a gathering in Tahoe, where everyone will have to fly to from Colorado?
post #14 of 78
Oh boy. I can drive to Tahoe. I'll be there.
post #15 of 78
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I am confused. The ESA will be in Aspen/Snowmass, than immediately following there will be a gathering in Tahoe, where everyone will have to fly to from Colorado?
only if they are so inclined to do both the Academy and the Gathering, two separate and dissimilar events.
post #16 of 78
How long would it take to drive from Aspen to Tahoe?
post #17 of 78
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Originally Posted by ryan
only if they are so inclined to do both the Academy and the Gathering, two separate and dissimilar events.
And, as I recall, they have been in same general locations only on a few occasions.
post #18 of 78
skier j,

You are correct the Gathering existed long before the ESA. We have never been dependant on the ESA's location. We had it in some ESA locations because it was convenient and made sense.

Aspen was the only other choice nominated. However, unlike the ESA the Gathering is not a sponsored event and does not have the power to get huge discounts. Lodging and food cost were a major concern with voters.

North Tahoe is a great location besides its like going home. Its the location of Gathering I and AC's backyard.

Ed
post #19 of 78
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
How long would it take to drive from Aspen to Tahoe?
Aspen to Tahoe is 958 miles via I-70 / US 6 / I-15 through Salt Lake City (400 miles) then I-80 past Reno. For law abiding drivers, that is 16 -17 hours of drive time. I drive that route fairly often, and its long, but can be done in a day. I think most will take 2-days to drive it.

Air service between Vail and Reno or Sacramento is available for a reasonable price. Without shopping around, I get $410 for a round trip on United.
post #20 of 78
Price of Aspen was the big factor. Aspen is very, very expensive.
post #21 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Aspen to Tahoe is 958 miles via I-70 / US 6 / I-15 through Salt Lake City (400 miles) then I-80 past Reno. For law abiding drivers, that is 16 -17 hours of drive time. I drive that route fairly often, and its long, but can be done in a day. I think most will take 2-days to drive it.

Air service between Vail and Reno or Sacramento is available for a reasonable price. Without shopping around, I get $410 for a round trip on United.
Southwest flies from Denver in to both Reno and Sac. Shop early and you can get it as cheap as $198 RT.

Yea for Tahoe! See you there.
post #22 of 78
I might return to tahoe.
post #23 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pierre
I might return to tahoe.
I'm there for sure. I'll bring the Wife this time and hopefully I'll be healthy this time.

It will be like old times. Tahoe is the one place besides Colorado that really interests me enough to come.

Again this year though, I must state this. Why does everyone always discount a Colorado location for a Gathering? There are so many Bears already there. It would be so much cheaper for them and some others to have a Colorado Gathering. I'd bet the attendence would be higher.

But, if it has to be Tahoe, I love that place. So, you can count me in.

Now, I want to ski with that Uncle Crud person.
post #24 of 78
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Originally Posted by Powdigger
skier j,

You are correct the Gathering existed long before the ESA. We have never been dependant on the ESA's location. We had it in some ESA locations because it was convenient and made sense.

Aspen was the only other choice nominated. However, unlike the ESA the Gathering is not a sponsored event and does not have the power to get huge discounts. Lodging and food cost were a major concern with voters.

North Tahoe is a great location besides its like going home. Its the location of Gathering I and AC's backyard.

Ed
Out of curiosity, how many years have there been epicski gatherings? ESA has been around since 2003.
post #25 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lars
Why does everyone always discount a Colorado location for a Gathering?
Take a guess.
post #26 of 78
The first Gathering was planned in 1999/2000 and held in 2001. It was AC's call when he lived in Tahoe City. We all just went where he was. I think they went like this:

2001 Tahoe
2002 Fernie
2003 Alta
2004 Jackson Hole
2005 Kicking Horse
2006 Park City

ed
post #27 of 78
There was brief discussion of Summit in Colorado (seemed a logical place to go as prices are OK and heaps of Epicski people seem to live and ski there), but then the Tahoe Brief was delivered and just made so much sense.
post #28 of 78
If you guys do want to compare costs with Summit County it's easy enough to make inquiries ... and with so many people working at resorts, we may be able to find "group" rates.
post #29 of 78
It seems to me a simple system, if you want a vote on the location for the next gathering - attend the banquet at the previous one. Also THE gathering does not prevent other meetings as a group elsewhere at a different or the same time.
post #30 of 78
For future reference, keep in mind that many people who live in Summit have extra rooms, so lodging can be free for some people. There is also some dirt cheap lodging that rarely gets publicized. The free bus system, although it takes awhile, is a good way to save some bucks. Copper Staff can get $35 a night rooms at the Edge for any of their friends, plus staff from any of the Summit County ski areas can get either discount or free lift tickets for friends. We are also eligible for significant discounts on meals at the mountains, so with a few of us together, people can eat pretty cheaply.

Even without a mountain employee discount, the cost of a season's pass for either Copper or Vail Resorts is going to be a whole lot cheaper than purchasing daily lift tickets at any ticket window.

That being said, we already have a whole lot of impromptu gatherings at Summit, because it's financially the most feasible for anyone who has Epicski friends who live here. Lake Tahoe does sound like fun!
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