Meadows resort ski/board

The text starting with "Below is a description..." tends to stay the same or close to the same each week. This week I'm adding two important paragraphs. You can read them here and copied again at the bottom for the permanent boiler plate.

1. It costs somewhere between $60-80 to drive a ride back and forth to the mountain. Gas is $30-50 depending on gas mileage and maintenance, tires, car washes etc. eats up the rest. In addition us drivers have to pay for insurance and depreciation of the vehicles which would make the actual cost higher yet. For a variety of reasons we tend to be OK with each rider contributing $10 each time they ride with us. Please volunteer with $10 in cash without the driver having to ask.

2. For the most part the participants sign a liability waiver for all outdoor events that they attend through Meetup and most other event organizers. Over the years I've collected over 1,000 signatures and I've yet have had anyone read the text of the waiver. Sort of like the user agreements we all sign on a daily basis on Internet that none of us read but sign to get in to the sites. Below is an attempt of a liability waiver using simple language yet still showing that we are all adults that need to be personally responsible for our own safety and not pass blame when things go wrong. I have yet skied a season where no one got hurt. If I started naming body parts that have been broken by people in my group we'd be here for a while. In short, if you get hurt, don't blame me.

"Liability  Waiver:

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 organizer 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."

 

Skiing/boarding Saturday 1/21 was interesting to say the least. Mt. Hood Express didn't open until well after 10 AM so we had to take the bus to HRM to make  a few runs there in very heavy snow to start the day off. The Star and Mt. Hood express finally opened but the lifts ran very slowly and the lines were long which is not a good combination. Once we finally got on the lifts the wind was gusting at 50+ MPH which is uncomfortable at best and dangerous at worst. By 12:30 most of us preferred a drink of choice in the lodge over the long lines and high winds. To top it off visibility was approaching zero in many places with flat light that made the dips and bumps felt more then seen. Somehow we all seemed to have a good time which doesn't make logical sense but I guess we just really like being up there. Several skier/boarders that have not gone up with the group before came giving us a chance to meet some really cool people- you know who you are. Come back again!

This past week has had epic snow fall that so far has given us eight feet of snow with more to come in the next 24-36 hours (this is posted Sunday 1.22 AM) The skiing has not been as amazing as the numbers imply. The snow has been heavy for the most part and for two days it rained heavily which if only a couple of degrees colder would have given us 2-3 feet of snow instead of rain. That being said we now have the base we've been hoping for since early December that will last us through the season. We stand at over 90" and should cross over 100" by Monday. The real ski season has started. This coming week unfortunately will bring yet more rain so the 28th is more likely then not going to be yet another groomer day but with a 100" base rather then a 40" base. Heather/ Private Reserve is going to open as soon as the resort can spare some equipment to build the snow bridges. Most likely that will happen by the 28th and once open both areas are likely to stay open for the season so as soon as we get dumps of cold snow we'll have to start rationalizing why work has to wait yet one more time. 

Below is an description of the event and a disclaimer. Please read once. It will not change much from week to week. The description last edited 1.22.12.

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 $10 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.

Liability  Waiver:

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 organizer 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.

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  • Riad K.

    Thanks guys for organising this ! It was great. Keep on the good work and I'll see you next time !

    January 29, 2012

  • Riad K.

    That was my first ever time at this resort and I think I was lucky to get a nice and sunny weather. As far as the resort is concerned then I would say ... Emmmmhhhhh. Well, I skied in the French Alps for the past donkey years and back home, Meadows would be a little tiny low altitude family resort that we would pay at 15Eur/day (~ 20USD/Day). Besides, the Snow at meadows is the kind of Spring wet snow we get in the Alps. But hey, this is Oregon and I'm going to feel lucky for this anyway :-) I'll definitely make it there for the coming weeks !

    January 29, 2012

  • Claire S.

    fun!

    January 29, 2012

  • Jen

    Great time as always!

    January 29, 2012

  • shampton

    great day, lots of sun and not too much ice. thanks again to Magnus for making sure everyone made it up!

    January 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So organized! Awesome! Thanks Matt and Magnus!!

    January 29, 2012

  • Bob

    I'll definitely be there. I'll park in HRM and hopefully see y'all on Heather and PR. Yippeee!!!

    January 27, 2012

  • Matt E.

    it is up to each car to agree on a time to return. leaving from meadows at 2pm is typical, which will ordinarily get you back before 4.

    January 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    could you let me know what time is the group back from Mountain?

    January 24, 2012

  • Magnus

    Kai- The $10 is the gas contribution round trip.

    January 24, 2012

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