Update 12/7 11 AM
We have a large group and potentially very nice conditions for tomorrow. It is important that we get out of Gateway as close to 7 AM as we can so that we don't get stuck in the Sunrise lot. It usually takes 3-4 weeks for that year's group to form and as of tomorrow I don't know most of you. I'd like to see the drivers there a little bit early if possible which will help in getting loaded early. If you are not going to make it, please change your RSVP to give me a better idea of the head count. I have little patience for tardiness. We'll leave right at 7 AM. If you're five minutes late you missed us.
We have a very solid base by now. The early snow was very wet which sucks to ski/board in but makes for a nice base. A bunch of rain dropped which further compacted the base. In the past day or so we got 7" of low to mid 20's snow with a potential of another 8" of equally cold snow. We'll still have less then 50" of snow so some areas won't be accessible. Other then that tomorrow is likely to be the best day so far of this young season.
Our normal pattern is to meet up by the flagpole close to the ticket booth around 9 AM and divide in to groups based on skill level there. Tomorrow many of us will need to get new passes so we'll see how that works out. If there is a line for passes the resort will often give us day passes so that we can go in for pictures later in the day. Either way, plan to be by the flag pole and we'll improvise as needed.
This has proven to be a really nice group with some amazing members. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the rest of the season.
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My season is starting late but now I'm ready to go. The base has increased to where it's 39” as of this posting on Sunday 12/2 with more snow on the way. The freezing level should drop down towards the middle of the week and stay low. The snow on the 8th could be spectacular.
While we got a bunch of snow in the last 24 hours be prepared for early season conditions.
Please put in your comments if you can drive and if so how many people will fit in your car, including yourself.
For too long riders have been paying the drivers $10/person. With a full car that barely covers gas and no where close to the true costs of a trip to Hood. During this year please give the driver $15 which will at least cover gas. Have cash ready and offer without the driver needing to ask.
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[masked]
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.
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 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.