As many of you know, I fractured my arm by skiing in to a tree last December which ended my season. My hunch is that I'll be a bit weary of trees for a while and based on that and other factors I will change my patterns around this season. I'll still go up many Saturday's like I have been for years but I will also do more back country skiing including at least one trip to Bailey. I'm most likely going to spend at least a few days in Park City and hopefully a few days in Whistler as well. What that means to the Saturday events is that we'll need one or two members who can lead the events when I'm doing something different. If you are that person, let me know.
The predictions I've seen suggest that this will be a normal snow pack year, neither good nor bad. As I'm writing this on December 1st it's raining on the mountain but the freezing level should drop down in a day or two to give us some snow but even so, the base just isn't there. I'm assuming we'll have some snow before the 21st but even if we get a whole bunch we'll have early season conditions with lot's of exposed rocks and debris. If you don't have rock skis in the morning you will by the end of the day.
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Number of members who can attend: We are limited by the number of drivers. As more drivers sign up more seats will be made available. The people on the waiting list will automatically be moved up. Let me know if you can drive when you sign up.
Meeting place: We meet in the SE corner of the parking structure at the Gateway Transit Center. I drive a Maroon BMW and am easy to spot. For some reason a number of people have had a hard time finding us so please make sure you are in the right place. If you are concerned about finding us feel free to email me earlier in the week and I'll send you my phone number so that you can call the day of the event if need be.
Riding up: There is no need to arrange rides prior to arriving at Gateway. We'll always drive the fewest possible number of cars to the mountain and will divide up at Gateway. No one will be left behind. Be on time, though. We don't wait for stragglers.
Gas money: Each rider pays $15 to the driver for each trip. Please have cash ready and offer to the driver without him/her having to ask.
On the mountain: Most of us prefer to ski/board with others. Once at Meadows we meet up by the outside ticket booth and group up according to skill level. You can of course take off on you own if you prefer.
Helmets save lives. Please wear one.
Disclaimer: While this is a regular Meetup event it is not “led” in the same way we might be used to having Meetup events led. I'll see you long enough to get you in a car at Gateway and possibly again at Meadows long enough to get you hooked up with a group but unless you are skiing with me we will have limited contact. Each person needs to self manage, come prepared for the weather conditions and ski/board according to his/hers ability.
As with User Agreements on the Internet that we all click on but never read hundreds if not thousands of event organizers around the country have event participants sign boiler plate liability waivers prior to events that aren't read by the participants. I have little faith that those waivers would hold up in court should something unfortunate happen during the event and the organizer get end up in court being sued. In plain language I want to make it real clear that you are participating in this event at your own risk and that by signing up you are releasing the event organizers of all liability. All outdoor events are potentially high risk and you need to use your personal judgement in keeping that risk below your comfort level. You should never do anything you feel might result in injury or worse depending on someones judgement other then your own. Should injury or worse still occur you realize the fault is your own and you agree not to pass the blame to the event organizer or another team member. You may participate in the event only under these conditions.