Featured Northern Rockies/Alberta Big Sky Gathering Trip Report

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Tricia, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. mdf

    mdf entering the Big Couloir Skier

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    @Unpiste and @SkiDB found those giant snow fences you can see from the road as you drive up in the morning. They are fairly near Peru/Bolivia.
    In hindsight I wish I had made a detour to get closer to one .. they are very beefy -- not your typical snow fence.
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    edit: Hmmmm... I bet there was good snow in between the rows of fence.
     
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  2. Andy Mink

    Andy Mink I am a half fast skier. Moderator Pugski Ski Tester

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    The Mineshaft run below the snow fences was a fun run.
     
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  3. dbostedo

    dbostedo Asst. Gathermeister-- Jackson Hole 2020 Moderator Team Gathermeister

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    Important and really awesome! The "Gathering Effect" in effect! :)
     
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  4. John Webb

    John Webb mdskier Skier

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    I did a boat load of demos of Friday- tried to take them out on the same run each time -the Blue Room to remove terrain as a factor.
    Then oops I did a wrong turn and took a demo ski down Peru (no choice as Shady Chute was roped off) by mistake near that wall !! :eek: Luckly it was an excellent ski (Blizzard Rustler 10) and I had no trouble. Didn't even hit any rocks as I was super careful ! I just remember the previous day an instructor was at the top of Peru who told @JohnL , @mdf and I not to do Peru "If we had not done it before you better not do it"
     
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    Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    We took a pack of English muffins too!

    It was really fun skiing with you.
    See you at Jackson Hole.
     
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  6. Talisman

    Talisman Getting off the lift Team Gathermeister

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    Those fences are on Wardance and were installed because the home owners on Low Dog Rd were concerned about avalanche danger once the large trees were removed from the run.
     
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    Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    We skied that area with Squatty at ESA about 10 years ago.
     
  8. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Working on my technique all the time Skier

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    Right back at ya!
     
  9. Tony S

    Tony S aka qcanoe Skier

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    If anyone cares I put up some notes on the demos I took out on Friday at Big Sky.
     
  10. fosphenytoin

    fosphenytoin Booting up Skier

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    My 2 friends and I had great time at the gathering.

    It was nice to see some old faces and meet few new friends at Big Sky. Thanks to @KingGrump, @Near Nyquist for the dinner invitation. Too bad I did not get to ski with either of you this trip. There is always next year.
    Thanks to Scott for the ride to Grump house.

    Thanks to @dbostedo for the tour one afternoon. It was nice to ski with @Pumba and @theNitza the very first time.

    @theNitza - I think (but not sure) we went to the Grump house for dinner the same night? If yes, sorry I did not recognize you. Its hard to figure who’s who without helmet / goggles….

    Very happy to see Lucia (@Tony 's wife), @Weegie McAdams and got to ski with you guys again. Thanks @Flying Dutchess for the sweep and @bigguyski for the lead…. I am a slow poke and thanks for your patience……

    Last but not least, big thank you @Gary Stolt for the lodging deal. My friends and I were able to take advantage of this and we really enjoyed our stay at The Lodge. Location was convenient, we had a large corner room with nice view of the mountain.
     
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  11. KingGrump

    KingGrump Most Interesting Man In The World Team Gathermeister

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    I guess you won the grand prize in the raffle, :golfclap:
    Second prize was 2 packs of muffin. :D
     
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  12. Tony S

    Tony S aka qcanoe Skier

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    Mmmm ... with tawny orange marmalade ...

    I was Paddington in a previous life.

    Wait. Maybe it's this life.

    Whatever. Don't let it give you paws.
     
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  13. Pumba

    Pumba Out on the slopes Skier

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    What happened to all the bread in the end? Did you guys make a big dent? Is it on the road to Canada with you!? Please send us updates! ...I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one concerned :D....

    Thanks as always to @KingGrump and crew for your insane generosity and humor. I’m bummed not to have skied more with you guys.... There is a very slim chance I can make it to Tahoe in mid to late April. If so, see you then?

    Also, does Andrew Grump Have an account here? I’d like to see if we can ski together at one of the northeast ikon places one weekend.
     
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  14. SKI-3PO

    SKI-3PO Out on the slopes Skier

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    Does Canada have a limit on muffin imports?
     
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  15. KingGrump

    KingGrump Most Interesting Man In The World Team Gathermeister

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    The border patrol impounded our car and took all the muffins. They were mumbling something about having a party and making Eggs Benedict. :D
     
  16. SKI-3PO

    SKI-3PO Out on the slopes Skier

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    Many wheat fields and chicken/pig farms were harmed for the making of this gathering.
     
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  17. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Two words...Canadian. Bacon. :nono: You didn't stand a chance.
     
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    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    I'm surprised Queen Grump didn't offer you up to cook for them.
     
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  19. Johnny V.

    Johnny V. Half Fast Hobby Racer Skier

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    Probably will happen again next year too. Glad I can brag to people that I met the Most Interesting Man In The World! :D (along with Queen Grump, Prince Grump and the entourage).
     
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  20. MattSmith

    MattSmith Getting off the lift Skier

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    Awesome gathering and great time seeing everyone. Even better time skiing with those I had the opportunity to make some turns with. I have a few good photos to upload. Here's a start. A preview of "The Next Generation of Egans Are Ready for Launch".

    I had the incredible opportunity to join the last day of the Dan Egan Steeps Camp and get an "early" run through the Big Couloir. I'm looking to pull notes, photos and videos together for a longer piece looking at the next generation of extreme skiers following their Dad's and Uncle's footsteps.

    I was a little "Chris Farley" with Dan when meeting at the ski school. Remember that time you skied that line in Jackson? That was so cool...
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    My "grouping" for the morning. @MattSmith, Johnny Egan, Will Egan, Tristin (from the camp)
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    My new friend in the Lone Peak Patrol Station
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    Following Instructor Ben, Johnny, and Will into the abyss
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    Ready for launch
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    Dropped in. Tough viz. We were instructed to ski to Ben at the dogleg, check up and then ski to the base. My heart was pounding and legs were jelly.
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    Tram house from the dogleg
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    A really incredible experience. Some of the the more challenging skiing I've done to that point.

    I hit Bridger on Monday. Wow - some good pics coming...
    Steamboat Springs tomorrow!
     

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