I'll take a shot at this too.
Note that Spindrift, probably unknowingly, listed all pros in his first post here (me being the only former pro). All of us he noted and a few others keep a VERY watchful eye on things, all play tail gunner and all keep pace with the group for the enjoyment and safety of all. Heck, I saw Harkin turn off on his own, away from the group at Jackson and followed HIM to be sure he wasn't alone. Any of us can get hurt and need help at any time. but I digress.
KlKaye was the only person I have ever known that pulled off a discount and I can't believe what she went through. Some were late, some were early and bought a ticket and went ahead, a few bailed w/o telling anybody. We needed 20, I think we had 19, we went recruiting and found a lost sole who needed a ticket......and this was at LOVELAND. I can't even imagine trying it at The Gathering. Savings at Loveland.....$ 1.50 pp.
As it turns out, the group discounts are not all that much better than the Canyon Sports prices. While it's a great idea, I think it would be too tough to organize.
Behind the scenes of organizing something like this ALOT goes on that never reaches the surface. I know Spindrift has been in the drivers seat like I have and Bushwacker and those that came before us. I know Summit County like the back of my hand and I still needed the help of others to pull off the LGC events. Heck.....SugarCube and I threw a catered lunch at Vail and STILL COULDN'T get people there on time.
Spindrift and I had this conversation at the 08 Utah Gathering and covered a few more areas. It's hard to understand how tough all of this is, until you have tried to throw one of these events.
............and.....Spindrift, it's all skiing to me......at any speed......the shouts the smiles and an open lift is all I need. (well.....good snow helps too)