^naturally that was the day after I left CO!
Man, too many to recall, most of which have been in the past couple of seasons:
1. Riding at Keystone for the first time several seasons ago. My dad (in his 70s) had gone off to lap School Marm and I had headed to the backside. I was skiing solo and not at all familiar with the mountain. Was demoing some Recons, which I felt comfortable on. Got to the back and they had cat rides for $5 but a warning sign saying not to ski the trees/powder bowls alone, so I didn't and hit a mogul run instead. Next chair up I shared with a couple (at least I thought they were a couple at the time) named Michelle and John. We chatted and as we got off the lift they said "We're hitting the bowl, care to join us?" In over 20 years of skiing I had never once had somebody I'd chatted with on the lift invite me to ski with them. I was flabbergasted and excited. I ended up ripping the trees and pow with them on two runs. I would have kept riding with them but had to get to the base to meet a buddy who was arriving for 1/2 day. Michelle and John (who turned out to be work associates) were seriously bummed that I had to bail, but urged me to grab my buddy and meet them back at the bowl ASAP. If for some reason we didn't connect, then they told me they'd be at one of the bars at the base around 4:30. Sadly, by the time I skied to the base, picked up my buddy, and made it back to the cat area it was closed (3pm closing). I ended the day riding with my buddy and dad, both of whom got tired of me telling them we HAD to meet these folks at the bar after skiing. At any rate we all reconnected at the bar. I've kept in touch with both John and Michelle and have ridden with Michelle (she's a Denver local) since that day (John is an EC skier, so I haven't reconnected on the slopes with him).
Other memorable days:
First time at Alta 2 seasons ago. I got separated from my buddy and ended up hiking an borderline out-of-bounds bowl for my first true slice of knee deep powder. I only made it about 1/3 of the way up the mountain before bailing out, but I got about a football field's worth of fresh, untracked and it was amazing.
Tahoe Gathering KW excursion last year where I kept up with Cirquerider and Scotskier, both of whom are aces in my books in terms of riding companions (as well as Cirque's son-in-law).
Tahoe Gathering Squaw excursion where I met X-Eastcoaster and wife. I've kept in touch and ridden with them a few times since.
LGCIII - not much needs to be said here. Met the likes of Don Denver & Betsy, Brooklyn Trayc, Uncle Louie, MadMike, JGiddyUp, SCSA, Cgeib, and too many others to recall. The hi-lite was riding at Vail with UL's buddy Ingemar (a Breck instructor) who at the end of the day said "Hey Spence it was great riding with you. Will I see you at the Breck day on Monday? I hope so." That blew me away as I tend to view myself as a glorified hacker, so to have an instructor tell me that he's looking forward to riding again was awesome.
Maggot Mammoth Conclave in the Spring where I got General Lee'd by MTT and Brooklyn took some great snapshots and I almost "killed" Captain Powder.
Of course there's other memorable days, like full-blown waist deep powder days at Homewood (when all the other Tahoe resorts were on wind hold), the first day I broke in the Spatulas, riding with a retired auto shop teacher at Sugarbowl and having him 1. kick my hiney and 2. show me the goods, riding with my college roommate from old Trevor at Alpine Meadows and having him "force" me to hike to the goods and improve my game every time we ride together.
Riding solo at Loveland and meeting the kid who started Icelantic Skis and demoing his planks for free.
The first time I actually figured out riding powder (at Northstar on Rossi 7S's).
Getting props from Mt. Rose Ski Patrol at Sun Valley for my classic Rossignol Cock hat (I was also offered cash/trade for it at one of the local SV ski shops that same trip).
I should stop now since the initial post only asked for 1...