Yeah, the first gathering and the first EpicSki academies were great. It's cool to hear the stories. Man, I need to get back to the mountains!
Really we should start a collection to send you there since none of it would exist without you.
I remember skiing Snowbasin after? the first esa with Bob Peters. Bob had worked as a course worker for the Olympic downhill in '02 at Snowbasin so he knew the place pretty well.
We took the little tram or whatever that is to the top where the downhill started. It's supposed to be spectacular and the start of the downhill is pretty sick. We couldn't see anything though because it was totally fogged in and visibility was like 6 - 12 feet. When we got the skis on Arcmeister suddenly took off into the fog like a euro skiing out his back door down to the town only Arc had no idea where he was. Bob had to yell and it's a good thing Arc heard him because he was headed off some sort of precipice.
Bob took us down that steep upper part which was covered with moguls. You could basically see your skis but that was about it. I really have no idea what it looked like and I think we made long zig zags through the mogul field. It might have been scary but since I couldn't see anything all you could do was feel your feet/skis on the snow so there was no fear! Once we got off that top section there was no more fog.
The last pitch to the downhill at the bottom before the finish is insane. There were moguls on it when we were there and I remember standing there thinking there's no way I'd tuck that from a standstill and they're hitting it at 60mph. I heard that about two weeks after we were there they got a big dump and that pitch slid. I think patrol set it off. The moguls were piled up at the bottom like refrigerators!
At the Alta gathering we were skiing a run in maybe 10 inches of cut up fairly heavy powder. We were probably about 2/3 the way down and there was a woman there having a rough time wedging her way down. How she got there past the scimitar wielding Altoids on a lengthy traverse, and then down the steep part I have no idea. I forget her story but she was having a good time "learning to ski" as she said but it was painful to watch because it was very difficult conditions. She'd been at that trail I think for close to an hour! Everyone blew right by but Bob Peters stopped and coached her the rest of the way down which took a fair amount of time.
If you have the chance you definitely want to ski with Bob!