I'm back, so here are a few more photos from the first day of skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort...
This is our group skiing down Grand run. This is actually a pretty amazing shot. With the exception of the two or three skiers standing still in the lower right-hand corner of this photo, EVERY skier on that run is an EpicSkier participating in the Gathering. Even more amazing, there are about another eight Bears who are not in the photo.
We were a traveling run-crowding horde. I would stop at a flat and look up to see wall-to-wall skiers on any given run, and they were all Epicistas. We even created our own liftlines whenever we came to one of the (otherwise deserted) lifts.
Here's part of our group coming through middle Dick's Ditch. This is a high-sided gully that's a little like a natural half-pipe. The conditions were really good in there and about twenty of the Bears came through. My photos could only catch five or six at a time, but it was a real kick standing there at the outlet watching all these skiers careening up and down the sides of Dick's like pinballs. I was actually a little worried once I led everybody in there because that place really would lend itself to some horrible head-on collisions, but everybody was cool and if there were any near-misses I didn't see them.
And another horde shot in Laramie Bowl:
And moments later Uncle Louie playing how-high-can-I-get-my-edge-angles:
Comprex and Batgirl:
In the afternoon, a whole bunch of us went up the tram and we did the obligatory ski shots on Rendezvous Bowl.