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post #1 of 16
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A few words about “Gatherings”.

Having now thrown 4 pretty successful events, which are still growing, I thought I’d throw out a few ideas about what this means and does for EpicSki, its members, and guests.

It is obvious that the best gatherings are regional ones. Most that seem to attend are from the surrounding area wherever they are held. It’s tough to head off to a gathering that is a long distance away. I think many that travel long distances to get to the LGC events do so because the ski season is generally over in their area of the country. This leaves us with only a few options. If there is no gathering in your area of the country, you either have to travel a great distance to meet up with folks, meet one or two folks via the “Meet on the hill Forum” or simply ski alone.

In the past three seasons, Nancy (SugarCube) and I have made many friends who are not only skiing partners. We have socialized with others who post here, went hiking with others who post here and had lunch, dinners, BBQ’s, and met the man (ssh) who married us here. The two of us are “over the moon” with the friends we have made here. Many stay in touch via E-mail and phone in the off season. It really doesn’t get any better than this.

I think that the relatively recent increase in regional gatherings is a great thing. Phil’s bumpfest, the 7 Springs folks, the Chicago skiers gatherings, and Highway Star’s clinic are all great starts, and add lots of value to EpicSki, as do the LGC and “Official Gathering” events. I would love to see these events continue and grow. SugarCube and I are considering making next ski season “the Year of the Gatherings.” We would like to get to as many of these regional gatherings as we can and look forward to meeting and skiing with even more Bears. As members of the site, you are really missing out on some very special moments if you don’t at least try to get to one of these events.

You guys throwing these parties: keep right on trucking. The rest of you, get out sometime and try it at least once.

Here’s wishing you safe and perfect turns….and……Happy Easter.
post #2 of 16
If that is the case then, I will keep my obligation for Bumpfest, the first weekend in April. I look forward meeting SC and you to seeing you at Bumpfest.
post #3 of 16
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If that is the case then, I will keep my obligation for Bumpfest, the first weekend in April. I look forward meeting SC and you to seeing you at Bumpfest.
I just PM'd jgiddyup to tell him to note this.....I can't be in Summit and K-Mart at the same time. (see "Future of LGC" thread)

Poor guy.....I told him this wasn't easy. See you in April 08 Phil
post #4 of 16
The Wachusett 2007 conditions and get-togethers thread I started this year helped a few of us to meet as well.

If you display the forum from "the beginning" it is the most viewed and most replied to Trip Report thread of all time on Epic! Not bad for a small mountain in a bad snow year.
post #5 of 16

right on!!

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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
The Wachusett 2007 conditions and get-togethers thread I started this year helped a few of us to meet as well.

If you display the forum from "the beginning" it is the most viewed and most replied to Trip Report thread of all time on Epic! Not bad for a small mountain in a bad snow year.
Right on SMJ! Also holds the undisputed epicski record of the longest drive to ski the smallest hill in bear gathering history(marcusfire)

Quite an impressive thread indeed...a whole lot said about nothing Our own little Seinfeld show, 3200+ views, guess people really like stuff about nothing!

Of course that is not true actually - UL is correct, I have been skiing on and off well over 40 years and the days on the hill with my bear friends rank high on my list of glorious ski days. Epicski is a special place where you can take a virtual experience and turn it into a real life reality. Pure bliss indeed!!! I wish I could get out west and join the big mountain bear fests. Life continues to get in the way and preclude such a luxury. Which is OK - I got me the best bear buddies right here local!!

now the pressure is really on to ramp it up a notch....LETS GO MASSACHUSETTS 1, coming to a couple of ski hills nearby!! Let's git r done!!!!
post #6 of 16
We've had a few years of gatherings at Seven Springs and we always get at least a hand full of attendees. This year we were mostly cross posters with DCSki.com. There are many Bears from the interior Mid-Atlantic region and the near Mid-West that should be able to make a Seven Springs event but our problem always seems to be the tricky weather we must deal with. The one attempt to organize a date far in advance held real promise with folks from southern VT (Bonni and skier j), Ohio and greater DC hoping to attend but we had a major January melt down and I felt obliged to cancel the event. I wasn't interested in plunking hard cash on the limited offerings let alone having folks travel from long distances to attend and Seven Springs is the choice because of their ability to cover or rebound with about the best snow making in the region.

Despite the impromptu nature of our local events, they are usually the highlight of my local season and this year was no exception. The stoke from meeting fellow Bears and DCers really make the event. I hope to continue the tradition and I encourage any regional Bears to participate in planning.

I would also like to see a true Mid-Atlantic event as well as a New England Gathering at a large eastern mountain. What do you say folks, how about an East Coast Gathering next season?
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A few words about “Gatherings”...

It is obvious that the best gatherings are regional ones. Most that seem to attend are from the surrounding area wherever they are held. It’s tough to head off to a gathering that is a long distance away. I think many that travel long distances to get to the LGC events do so because the ski season is generally over in their area of the country. This leaves us with only a few options. If there is no gathering in your area of the country, you either have to travel a great distance to meet up with folks, meet one or two folks via the “Meet on the hill Forum” or simply ski alone.
The local/regional ones sound pretty nice. No doubt about it. But don't dis the "big" annual one so readily. While attendance seems to come and go based on a variety of factors, the bigger ones have drawn dozens of attendees from all over the US and the globe. And I never heard too many complaints about skiing powder in places like WY and UT...

(let's just ignore Kicking Horse for now... )
post #8 of 16
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I would also like to see a true Mid-Atlantic event as well as a New England Gathering at a large eastern mountain. What do you say folks, how about an East Coast Gathering next season?
I would love to see a mid-A event in West Virginia where a good portion of the hard-core mid-A crowd skis. I know many mid-A folks head to areas in PA, but others like me ski in WV when we ski in the mid-A. I think we could have a good local gathering or even an abbreviated academy. The 1500ft vert and fast lift at Snowshoe's western territory makes that the best choice for upper level skiers in my opinion, but Timberline has some nice trails too. I have my gripes about Snowshoe, but they do have a lot of lodging options right on the mountain (literally -- at the top) and they have a big-mountain feel/scenery unmatched by other ski areas in the mid-A.

There was talk about some sort of clinic/academy on DCski, but that site cannot plan or endorse any events like Epic can. The most we have done on DCski is coordinate meetups, which can also be great. I have met some nice folks and had some good runs that way, and sometimes we do get technical and work on form/technique when the right skill mix shows up.
post #9 of 16
I'd have loved to make any of the LGC events, but work has interferred all year. Even when I was in Summit for a few days this year, I had to go back and teach the day one of the Gatherings started.
post #10 of 16
UL,

I would love to have a local gathering at my area in the 2007-08 season , which is very accessable from NYC, LI, W. Mass, W. Conn and Jersey. For more information on my area, go to: www.windhammountain.com.

RW
post #11 of 16
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I would love to see a mid-A event in West Virginia where a good portion of the hard-core mid-A crowd skis. I know many mid-A folks head to areas in PA, but others like me ski in WV when we ski in the mid-A. I think we could have a good local gathering or even an abbreviated academy.
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We've had a few years of gatherings at Seven Springs and we always get at least a hand full of attendees. This year we were mostly cross posters with DCSki.com.

Despite the impromptu nature of our local events, they are usually the highlight of my local season and this year was no exception. The stoke from meeting fellow Bears and DCers really make the event. I hope to continue the tradition and I encourage any regional Bears to participate in planning.

I would also like to see a true Mid-Atlantic event as well as a New England Gathering at a large eastern mountain. What do you say folks, how about an East Coast Gathering next season?

Hi Craig, Rob, I'm one of the WV Hardcore Cross posters (more of a lurker here but i do post a little bit on DCSki). I agree a MidAtlantic Gathering would be great fun. I really enjoyed chasing Rob and Tromano & JohnL around 7 Springs, all the more fun due to the fantastic conditions that day. That day was one of the highlights of my season also, and i had quite a season. I just love skiing where no man has gone before, guess you had to be there. PA or WV doesn't matter, chance to make a few new friends and put a face to a handle is what draws me to do this when i can.
post #12 of 16
i was actually stunned that i was the first cat west of the rockies to crash LGC.

it's not like Colorado is that far from Cali and on the whole their snow is usually better than ours (for example at Breck on Easter Sunday the girlie i was riding with kept complaining about how wet and manky the snow was while i was deep in the backseat lapping up with I considered to be silky powder!)

at any rate, as somebody new to the whole gathering concept i have to say that the Tahoe Gathering and LGC3 made what was otherwise a mediocre season (in terms of snow) a super sweet season.

i have usually spent 75% of any season riding solo, so it was great to meet like-minded folks and realize that i'm not insane having a quiver of 5+ skis, riding in excess of 40 days a year, and spending my money and vacay time to travel to the slopes.

i'm already salivating for LGC4 and even headed off to crash a TGR Maggot conclave in Mammoth in a few weeks (BrklnTracy convinced me to bite the bullet on that one).
post #13 of 16
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One more quick note that applies to this thread. I'm sure there are plenty of not-so hard charging intermediates who may not feel comfy heading out to a gathering for one reason or another.
(one reason---I'll never keep up.....another---I'll just plain suck and not be able to show my face here again)

I'm trying my best to come up with ways to increase participation of the widest segment of skiers.....THE INTERMEDIATES.

I got a plan......head over to the "Meet on the Hill Forum" and post your thoughts at "The Future of Let's Go Colorado"


please?
post #14 of 16
Looking through some old threads I found this and thought of how easy it is to make a meet on the hill into a full blown gathering.

Meeting Bears is waaaaay too much fun!
post #15 of 16
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I just PM'd jgiddyup to tell him to note this.....I can't be in Summit and K-Mart at the same time. (see "Future of LGC" thread)

Poor guy.....I told him this wasn't easy. See you in April 08 Phil
See you for Bump Phest 08 at Stowe!
post #16 of 16
Trouble with gatherings outside of the snow-rich region is you may plan one, but if mother nature doesn't cooperate, you're out of luck. The "big three" gatherings are in area with pretty much garantee snow. The only "big" gathering still missing is probably the PNW?

How about the lead-up and wind-down of ESA as mini-gatherings? For example, Rio had voluntered to show people around Big Sky the weekend prior and after. I enjoyed meeting up with a few others the day before Aspen ESA, but basically skied alone on the days after. Many bears were still around for a day or more and I don't believe there're no local bears there...
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