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    Hunter AZ Gathering - 12/15/2006

    Date(s) Skied: Friday, 12/15/2006, 9:00 am - 3:15 pm

    Resort or Ski Area: Hunter Mountain, New York



    Conditions: Spring bumps, corn; Sunny am, cloudy pm, warm and calm

    Trip Report: This has to go down as the largest AZ gathering so far. The look on dmc's face at one point when we told him the whole group was pretty much AZers was priceless! Let's see. The list in no particilar order was: Greg, bvibert, JimG., dmc, andyzee & V, zook and three friends, Grassi21, MarkC, eastcoastskier, Hawkshot99, trtaylor, highpeaksdrifter, Son of Drifter, 2knees, cbcbd and two friends, and finally Eski for a run or two. Hope I didn't miss anyone. That's 16 AZers and friends of AZers brough the total to 22!

    Things went smoothly getting the group rate for 14 folks. Thanks so much everybody for being prompt. That part went off without a hitch. The groups sort of broke off naturally into smaller groups based on ability and desired terrain. The only group I didn't get a chance to ski much with was the zook crew. Next time guys. In a sense the limited terrain made it easy to mix things up with the different groups throughout the day. It was impossible to keep a group this large together so I just tried to encourage everyone to do their own thing and have fun. I think it worked out well.

    The main runs were the HBK mainline, with Ike as a final option, Minkya/Lower Crossover, and Belt. There were a few other connector trails and such. After about 10 am, everything softened up into some great corn snow and spring bumps. Kind of bittersweet this time of year but still a great day. We kind of felt guilty having this much fun on spring snow in December.

    Big funky bump line skier's left of Hellgate. Some very nice bumps on Ike - but it was a bit thin, and more manageable bumps on Minya. There were several other lines scattered on the mountain and plenty of corn snow for the non-bumpers. I didn't ski Belt but heard it was nice; although a bit firm till later in the morning.

    I won't go into trail-by-trail detail and will ultimately let the videos (three shooters - Brian on a new DV cam, AndyZee helmet cam and my with the point and shoot) tell the story. Really really great day of skiing. I spent most of my time on the bumps with JimG., 2knees and the Drifters, but still managed some time with many of the other AZers on and off the bumps.

    Anyway, great to meet up with some new AZers. We all share a passion; that's obvious. I think everyone had a great day! I sure did!
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    great time for sure. good to put some faces to screen names. dont know about anyone else, but my legs are quivering still. some big bumps out there today.

    there are alot of very good skiers on this board. HPD and son, a pleasure to watch you two ski, as well as everyone else.

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    Oh yeah - and thanks again Colin for the beer. I'll post more thoughts later...
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Oh yeah - and thanks again Colin for the beer. I'll post more thoughts later...
    Yeah really, thanks!

    Great day guys! I'll try to get some video out by Sunday sometime...
    Brian

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    Great day.. I'm pretty beat up right now.. Enjoyed meeting the AZ crew..

    It's actually raining now...
    "Sometimes the rock n roll life is not all rainbows & fairy dust..." - Fake Jerry

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    dmc, just wanted to say that you snowboard like a mofo.

    I saw you rip up the edge on eisenhower, pond skimming bare spots.

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    Some pics:

    http://forums.alpinezone.com/gallery...ry.php?cat=626

    My favorite:


    Nordica: Represent!

    Working on a vid!
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    yea great day guys.. next time the legs will be up to par.. hopefully the ability will be back where it was end of last season.. and the snow will be what it should.. but beggers cant be choosers; and im a begger
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    fade with a Salomon 711ps binding)
    - 165 Rossignol R11 Mutix (axial 140)-FOR SALE
    - 169 K2 FUGATIVES (Salomon Z10ti binding)-SOLD
    - 198 K2 X15 MINT.. (Market M29)

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    Okay. Here's the vid I put together. It seems I only had footage of the guys who were ripping the bumps. I think between the andyzee helmet cam and Brian's camera the other AZers should be pretty well represented. Anyway, I figured using a song titled "Bittersweet" for a soundtrack was appropriate, as skiing spring bumps in the middle of December was indeed bittersweet. Anyway, enjoy:

    Hunter - 12/15/2005

    It's a big file (18 MB) so it may take a while to download. Just a great day!
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    It's great to hear you guys had a good time. I'm going to hit the slopes today -- hope to see some of you back here sometime soon!

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