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post #1 of 37
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Wow! Just wow! The Utah Gathering couldn't have been any better. The snow was off the hook. It just kept snowing soft wonderful snow. The camaraderie was fabulous. It was great fun meeting new friends, seeing old friends, and skiing with everyone who came to the event.

A special thank you goes out to the all the people who showed us around, found the best powder spots, and kept us from getting lost.

A great big thank you to BushwackerinPA! Thanks for taking the time to put this thing together and for showing us around your part of the world. You did a great job!

Another round of thanks goes out to Bob Peters (thanks for taking us on the Cirque Traverse and finding great snow), Harkin Banks, Uncle Louie, Lonnie, and Si. You helped us stay together as a group, and you showed us some great powder stashes!

What a great group of people. It was pleasure to ski and enjoy apre ski with everyone. In kayaking, we say SYOTR (see you on the river). Here I guess it would be SYOTS (see you on the slopes). I hope I get to do some turns with all you again in the future. SYOTS!
post #2 of 37
Well put, cloudpeak.

It was so nice of Lonnie (Alta), Si (Solitude), BushwackerinPA (Snowbird), and Steelman (Snowbasin) to act as local guides and designated cat-herders. It's a very difficult task to act as the resident "point man", and they all did a great job.

It was really fun to meet a bunch of new people, share lift rides together, ski some fun lines, and experience a bunch of outstanding snow. Wow.

I also want to extend a special thanks to Harkin Banks for performing triage on my forehead after my ill-advised and extremely ill-fated attempt at a running limbo-under-the-pine-tree-in-the-powder at Snowbird. : That was definitely one of the dumber moves I've made in the last few years. Harkin, you'll be pleased to know that your diagnosis was completely correct. Other than a mildly black eye and a few minor scrapes on my forehead, I seem to have largely survived the whole incident.

So, big thanks again to Lonnie, BW, Si, and Steelman.

I have a few photos to post once I get organized.
post #3 of 37
Yes, thanks to everyone who organized, led, and showed up. I met a bunch of great people at my first Gathering 2 years ago and while I did not get to ski with them this time, I met a whole new group of great ski buddies. The snow couldn't have been better and the good people made the event top notch. Props to all
post #4 of 37
I'd like to repeat what I said in the general gathering report thread:

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First of all let me say how much I enjoyed skiing and talking with all the Epic Gatherers. I had a great time skiing with everyone at Solitude and Snowbird. I'm not really much on skiing with groups BUT I thoroughly enjoyed my time with all of you and would readily join again. It was a special and interesting group of people. Additionally, I would comment on the high quality of skiing the group displayed. Let me tell you, the Gatherers were all very good skiers. (BTW, this should not be a dis-encouragement to any Epic member for attending. I believe this group is capable of including skiers of every level).
Also, let me start out saying I'm glad Bob Peter's injury was minor. However, let me also say that there's some sense of common vulnerability that I feel now that I know he's OK. I've skied with Bob numerous times and myself (an many others I know) think of him as someone who NEVER makes any bone head (or is that forehead ) moves or even falls. I myself seem to make bonehead moves FREQUENTLY. There's something "comforting" in knowing that even the most experienced can make one of my kind of mistakes (as long as it has minor consequences of course). Bob, feel free to mention any of the numerous bone head moves you've seen me make :.
post #5 of 37
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Bob, feel free to mention any of the numerous bone head moves you've seen me make :.
Are you sure there is enough bandwidth? ducking .............now
post #6 of 37
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Are you sure there is enough bandwidth? ducking .............now

No need to duck. If everyone I've skied with reports honestly this could be a VERY long thread on it's own. It's pretty amazing to me I've survived my own skiing. Gotta love it, though.
post #7 of 37
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No need to duck. If everyone I've skied with reports honestly this could be a VERY long thread on it's own. It's pretty amazing to me I've survived my own skiing. Gotta love it, though.
Whats really funny is me saying this to you after you, Bumpfreaq and Altaskier picked up different parts of my garage sale at Boyne.
How did I do that anyway?
post #8 of 37
Best gathering, EVAR!

And for the record my bonehead move of the weekend was risking casteration at the hands of a small pine tree on skiers right of gravy boat. Hop, skip and a jump saved me....
post #9 of 37
Uncle Louie has been positively effusive in recounting stories from the Gathering. He's w/o internet again, working his way across the windy Plains, but I think he's still on Cloud 9 from all the feet and feet of powder that Utah offered.

My thanks for putting a smile back on his face and giving him a well-deserved break from all the construction woes he's had to deal with over the last too-many months. I won't try to name everyone he skied with and shared good times with, so suffice it to say, thanks to all who organized, participated, and whooped it up with him.
post #10 of 37
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Best gathering, EVAR!

And for the record my bonehead move of the weekend was risking casteration at the hands of a small pine tree on skiers right of gravy boat. Hop, skip and a jump saved me....
Is this a moment when a Virgin clutch may have saved the day?
post #11 of 37
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Is this a moment when a Virgin clutch may have saved the day?
Yeah, fortunately, there are none of that exact moment. Lets just say the old saying "when you go to show off, you usually end up showing your @$$" is true.


On the plus side, I thought I made a damn fine 1 legged stradle over the tree, and then a nice mid air adjustment to land on my feet (ie, I didn't crash...)
post #12 of 37

the negative ...

Well there has to be one... I just hate to be it.

But.... after being here on the board I thouhgt it would be nice to meet some of you...

scheduling allowed me only to catch the Snowbasin day...

then .. despite repeated attempts to nail down the where and when.... all of which were met by don't worry we will find each other.

Well.... folks it is damn hard to find a group of folks when you have no idea who they are .....where they are... or what they look like

someone suggested a ribbon or bandana...that was put down....

so for some mild criticism.... it seems like a secret society... and if that what it is ...so be it.

I have had 3 great days of ing so far.. 2 at snowbasin including the one when you were there and today at Powder MT..... is was SICK:... almost too deep of pow: for my skis.

glad it was good for some of you as a group.... but the orginization at least for Snowbasin was severely lacking
post #13 of 37
I had a great time. I think the organization of the whole thing was superb. I was so impressed with the high talent level of the other skiers. So many ripers amongst you. The weather was perfect. It was so wonderful meeting all of you!
post #14 of 37
Mike, sorry to hear that you could no hook up with any of the group. I think that most people met each other during the first couple of days when we did have more concrete meeting places and times. After that most of the people had made some connections with people they would ski with. That and the fact that everybody was probably so stoked by the snow that we didn't finalize much as far as meeting places/times.
Hope you had a great time otherwise.

Sugarcube, Uncle Louie told me that you would have all the work done when he got home.
post #15 of 37
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Originally Posted by Si View Post
No need to duck. If everyone I've skied with reports honestly this could be a VERY long thread on it's own. It's pretty amazing to me I've survived my own skiing. Gotta love it, though.
Like falling off a traverse twice in the same run?
post #16 of 37
Sorry I didn't find the group, I did find HarkinBanks and spoke to him for a moment. Powder days are crazy and I didn't really have a chance to catch my breath. And after all the countless face shots I've had over the years I still get powder fever as bad as anyone.
post #17 of 37

Snow Basin Was interesting

The Snow Was GREAT

I was a bit late so I went strait to the John Paul chair

My first run ever @ Snowbasin was down the middle of John Paul.

I look around at how big the mountain was an proceeded to ski a line right under the John Paul Lift.

Then I did it again! Then I did it again!

Then I poked around some lower angle stuff right near (John Paul)

I am sure there were other Bears near by, that was good enough for me.

@ Lunch I ran into several Bears in the Lodge. I had a very good Roast Beef lunch and then we all headed out to explore more of the Mountain.

Great Day and Great skiing companions.

I would liked to have made some runs with Bob Peters but he had to leave us to head to the Demo Ski thing going on. (Maybe another time)

Anyway I usually ski alone (And like it that way) So the day was perfect I had the morning to cut up blue bird powder, and the afternoon was spent with a great bunch of skiers.

I have had lots of great skiing day in my life but yesterday is a keeper
post #18 of 37
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Sorry I didn't find the group, I did find HarkinBanks and spoke to him for a moment. Powder days are crazy and I didn't really have a chance to catch my breath. And after all the countless face shots I've had over the years I still get powder fever as bad as anyone.
I think I saw you stick a little huck right in the middle of John Paul.

I was gonna say something but you just looked way to core for me
post #19 of 37
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I think I saw you stick a little huck right in the middle of John Paul.

I was gonna say something but you just looked way to core for me
If they looked core, it couldn't have been me!
post #20 of 37
Really a great day and glad Snowbasin got to show it's best for the gathering. I hope everyone got a kick out of seeing me go over the handlebars numerous times - I know it was really fun for me! I looked at the pictures (all of 4) that I took and all were in the logde. We all know what we look like eating so I won't post them. I know Jim and Bob took a bunch of good shots so I will wait for those. I do have one that will look familiar for those who were there.

Porky's Chair with a few tracks - only this year there's alot more snow!
Thanks again to everyone who participated. Sorry I could not make the whole trip but mabey next time or LGC4. Apologies to Harkin - came to find you for a run @ 2:30 but missed you. Thanks again to all for a great day
post #21 of 37
I had a fantastic day .... I have organized events similar to this and know what a zoo the details can be.....

Looking at the lines on Strawberry and knowing I made a bunch of them ... I have nothing to complain about.

I do regret not getting to put faces to names... but no other regrets

that said... I had a great POW day at Powder Mountain today and two more days to ski

Eeeeee- haaaaa

sorry I missed you all... maybe another time
post #22 of 37
all i know is that i forwarded the link to Lonnie's mini music/ski porn video of Day 1 @ Alta to a few selected compadres and an uber cute chick I know in Florida called me a rockstar.

that's pretty hard to beat (if she only knew the truth, though!)

booga-booga!
post #23 of 37
I had a great time. It was wonderful, after a couple of years, to reconnect with people I've skied with before. And great to put many new faces to screen names. I enjoyed the company of every single person I met! And day after day of fresh powder didn't hurt the mood

Huge props and thanks to Josh for stepping up and pulling the event together - and showing us around his home turf. And, as cloudpeak noted in the original post, many additional thanks to Lonnie, Bob Peters, Harkin Banks, Si and Uncle Louie. All of you guys contributed your time, energy and personal knowledge of the mountains we were skiing to help ensure everyone had a great and safe time. It is deeply appreciated. And thanks to everyone else for just plain being there.

And an extra little tip of the hat to Lonnie and Mr. Crab for taking some extra time to prime me with some great information for skiing Alta prior to the Gathering too...

post #24 of 37
This was my first Gathering and it was just incredible! Thanks to everybody! I found it amazing how everybody hit it off so well for barely knowing each other or never meeting like in my case. It was like a group of old friends from the start. The only hard part was trying to remember two names for each person.

Bushwacker's level of enthusiasm for skiing doesn't even come close to fully showing through online. Dude you have heart, keep up the stoke!
post #25 of 37
This was a trip to remember - both for the snow and for the company.
Great bunch of guys and girls.
Wonderful snow.
Special thanks to Josh for organizing
Special praises for Josh and Bob for sharing local knowledge at Snowbird - would never have found those places on my own. It was a large group in poor visibility and you guys pulled it off - Thanks.
Special thanks to all of the shutterbugs to help recant and prove our state of nirvana.
It was great to meet friends and so many really good skiers
Thanks to Michael B. for driving when the roads were as challenging as the mountain snow was deep.
Gary
post #26 of 37

awesome trip

hi guys

this gathering was sorta my first one as well. and i totally agree with matt - the atmosphere was just great!

thx to bushwacker, si, bob, lonnie and steel for taking the time to show us round!

respect to all the other participants for that endurance.. those days where among the best ski days in my whole life (i'm not used to so much snow..)! but they where also very demanding...

also thanks to all the bears who took a lotta pictures!

and those of you who tried our skis! i hope for some reviews...

it was definately a great experience with epic snow conditions and some very nice people!

cheers
max
post #27 of 37
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Uncle Louie has been positively effusive in recounting stories from the Gathering. He's w/o internet again, working his way across the windy Plains, but I think he's still on Cloud 9 from all the feet and feet of powder that Utah offered.

My thanks for putting a smile back on his face and giving him a well-deserved break from all the construction woes he's had to deal with over the last too-many months. I won't try to name everyone he skied with and shared good times with, so suffice it to say, thanks to all who organized, participated, and whooped it up with him.
Ahem. And where were you? Next year, he gets to paint. You certainly would have had people to ski with. :

Sorry you weren't able to join us this year; you missed a fabulous time.
post #28 of 37
I want to echo what everyone said above. Thanks for helping make this my best trip ever. The snow didn't hurt either - actually it is still hurting a bit.
post #29 of 37
As SKI-3PO said above, this was my best trip ever!!!

Thanks to all who showed us around(including some participants) and everyone who showed up.

I'm certainly a much better POWDER skier now than when I arrived in Utah and looking forward to a quick return.

Well done to all involved.
post #30 of 37
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Ahem. And where were you? Next year, he gets to paint. You certainly would have had people to ski with. :

Sorry you weren't able to join us this year; you missed a fabulous time.
Well, I wish I could say that Let's Go Kentucky 0.01 was as much fun as the Gathering, but since no one else showed up here (we even had snow!), just the dog and I partied on. My hand is now sporting some swanky callouses ("paint roller grip"), and Shadow has some zippy yellow racing stripes on her side from when she brushed against a freshly painted wall.

Maybe next year when the house is finished, I can ski again! :
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