Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho
Is there a gathering place for lodging, eating, meeting etc.? Because if you don't know anyone how do you hook up with bears for skiing etc.? Yeah, could just go and see what happens but don't really want to spend time and $ on ............
I hear ya. I've been around ski areas for 47 years at this point and going to the Gathering presented some small problems for me. Mostly my fault, I've been working in the neighborhood of 75 hours a week and didn't have time to research the info that was posted that I needed to know. I still managed to pull it off.
NOT to rain on BW's parade, he did a great job, but it did need a bit more specifics on EXACTLY where we were meeting. Shamelessly patting myself on the back here, please search for the "Let's Go Colorado" 1,2, 2.5 or 3 threads and note what I did on the opening page for each. Jgiddyup will shortly do the same for LGC IV. One would need to be deaf, dumb, blind, clueless and late to the meeting place to not locate everyone.
If you have any reservations about finding people, PM somebody before you go and schedule a private meeting 10 minutes before the scheduled time. I'm sure many would gladly agree to do this, as I would.
Skier levels ranged from beginning Intermediates to Industry Pros. The vast majority are lower level experts that can go anywhere on the mountian. There are always a few folks at the very least at every level.
Apres was a bit tough in Utah. People were staying all over the place so everybody meeting for dinner was nearly impossible. Our usual party was 10, and I'm sure there were other similar groups. A little communication and we were off. I think just about everyone met after skiing for a bit of socializing right at the area, some stayed late, others left to clear the canyons before the sun went down.
Still, you need to pay attention. I was asked to be the designated driver one night as I can't drink at altitude. Lesson....never go pee by yourself.....I got left at the restaurant and went home with another group! (I won't mention any names here
In short.....It all works out. It's a great bunch of people and there is simply no reason to not join in unless you don't like skiing in groups.NOW
.....are we down to Jackson and Utah for next year ?