The 22nd was another nice day on the mountain. Good group, even if we got separated early. Everybody had a good time. Plenty of fresh in Private Reserve and Heather opened up around 2 PM right as I was leaving but Marc and Alaina hopefully got a few runs before they left for the day. The good news of course is that now Heather should be open for the season.
The ride situation continues to be an issue. Please communicate clearly when you RSVP if you can drive and if you can't go after you sign up change your RSVP right away so that someone else can use your seat. Things are flowing nicely once we get to Gateway and we are out of there right on time.
Early predictions suggest that the seemingly never ending storm systems will take a break after Wednesday meaning no new snow but the freezing level will stay low so the snow that is there should stay nice. We got more then five feet so far and from the looks of it we'll have another two or so by Wednesday which will bring the base to over 100". Not a bad start of the season.
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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.
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.