The opening day of the 2003 Gathering was great. We made turns under bluebird skies and temps in the mid to upper 40s... perfect spring skiing at the end of January. During lunch, I saw many people lounging around the Wildcat deck in their t-shirts -- quite a change from the frigid temps I had experienced for much of the past month back in the Northeast. In spite of Alta's below normal snow totals this year, there was more than enough cover, plus we received 1 - 2 inches overnight.
Afterward, a bunch of us -- including Bob The Builder, WTFH, Altaskier, Inspector Gadget, Bob Peters, LisaMarie & Mark XP, AC, Ryel, Utah49, Mary, Oboe, Bonni, Ryan, Miles, and many others -- headed over to Porcupine's for some apres-ski drinking and noshing.
Unfortunately, today's skiing at Snowbird was, well, less than ideal. We had a wide range of unpleasant conditions, from rock-hard washboard and ice, to rocks, slush, and wind-scour. The tram was closed for much of the day due to high winds, forcing everyone to the chairs. In spite of everything, we had an excellent day of Epicski Brutha and Sistahood. Many people demoed skis from Peter Keelty, and during lunch, everyone was already hashing out possible locations for next year's Academy and Gathering.
We're all hoping that tonight's storm will materialize with the 10 - 16 inches that have been promised us.
And in other news, Gonzostrike, who had PROMISED to attend this year's event, did not materialize, and I lost my $20 bet to Ryan. Thank you, Gonzo.
[ February 02, 2003, 04:42 AM: Message edited by: jamesdeluxe ]