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EpicSki Academy Daily Diary - Jan 26

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Today dawned clear and bright, with yesterday's clouds gone. In a convoy of approximately 8 vehicles, we started up Big Cottonwood Canyon. An exercise of the blind leading the blind, as none of us really knew the exact route across town.
We did find it, and shortly found ourselves having breakfast at the Silver Fork, partway up BCC. This is where we will be having our evening presentations. After a quick orientation, we were on our way to Brighton. The people at Brighton were very cooperative, and by 9:30 we were on our skis.

After a couple of warm up runs, spiced up with the non-vertical antics of a few coaches, we got down to business. Bob B reviewed the outline to be followed over the next 4 days, and we had the opportunity to get clarification of a few points. We managed to ski most of the mountain, exploring the snow and terrain offered. Though the snow was thin in some spots, generally the mountain was in good condition. And not very crowded, even though it was Sunday.

Just as importantly, it gave the coaches a chance to get to know each other, to share ideas, and generally get used to calling each other by our REAL names. Granted - that took awhile!

After a quick meeting to determine how to divide the groups, and assign coaches to each level, we headed back to the hotel.

At about 7:30, many of the participants started showing up at Bob's room. There, they were given their welcome packets, an EpicSki hat, and could purchase their EpicSki fleece vests.

What a crowd! Stuart aka- Wear the Fox Hat finally made an appearance, as did AC, Bonnie, Altaskier, Ryel and Mrs. Ryel, Sue, and so many more- I'm trying to remember all of their names!
It got so crazy- there were actually complaints about the noise (couldn't be us, could it?), so things had to be toned down abit. Thereafter, many began returning to their own rooms.

Tomorrow, we meet at the ski area at 8am, for a quick division of groups, and any last minute details. What the organizers have worked so hard for over the past many months, will now begin. I'm not sure who is more excited- the participants, the coaches, or the organizers! I guess all of us are equally charged up for this!

So, once again, I wish you a good night!

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You guys might like this:

Cottonwood Canyons Forecast
Prepared by the National Weather Service, Salt Lake City
for use in snow safety activities and emergency management
Date/Time Issued: Mon Jan 27 03:15:23 MST 2003
Synopsis: The high pressure over the area will continue to weaken today and be replaced by a fairly moist but warm Pacific storm system Monday afternoon and Monday night.

Forecast for 0-12 hours (beginning at 05:00 or 17:00)
Alta Guard Temperature: 38-42
Weather: mostly cloudy with snow by afternoon
Most Likely Snow Amount: t-1" Probability: 80 %
Next most Likely Amount: 1-3" Probability: 20 %
Ridgetop Wind Speed: moderate
Wind Direction: west
Comments about the Wind: strong gusts are possible by afternoon
Lightning: no

Forecast for 12-24 hours (beginning at 05:00 or 17:00)
Alta Guard Temperature: 23-27
Weather: Snow
Most Likely Snow Amount: 5-8" Probability: 70 %
Next most Likely Amount: 8-10" Probability: 30 %
Ridgetop Wind Speed: moderate
Wind Direction: northwest
Comments about the Wind:
Lightning: no
Remarks: High pressure returns for Tuesday before the next Pacific storm brings another threat of snow on Wednesday.

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Sounds like the best news for you guys out there. I hope you get dumped on big time. I've been to the Bird and Alta when the snow was waist deep, awesome! It's bound to happen sooner or later.

On another note, I hope you all enjoy yourselves as much as I did meeting everyone at the Tahoe meeting two years ago. There's nothing I would have liked better than to be with all of you as you rip it up.

To Pierre and AC, there's some nice chutes at Snowbird. If there's enough snow there, please do some turns for me, as you know I would be the first one to jump in. Thanks! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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I was thinking of you Sunday at 7:30 AM when it was -15 deg and -36 chill factor at Spirit Mtn and I was screwing in training gates.
Hope you're all having fun. Wish I were there.
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