Asst. Gathermeister-- Aspen 2021
- Feb 9, 2016
- Northern Virginia, USA
Kachina Peak at Taos Ski Valley
Last season we had what I'm hoping will be the first annual PugSki Taos Mini-Gathering.... ~25 PugSkiers and friends spent a week taking lessons, skiing bumps and steeps, enjoying food and drink, and generally having a great time.
So I wanted to get a thread going to figure out when this year's Gathering would be.
As always anyone and everyone would be welcome, and everyone would be responsible for themselves - just show up the right week. And most folks will likely do a Ski Week (week's worth of lessons). Personally, I'm going to spend a week there and do a ski week whether others are there or not, so it would be great to get another good turnout, like last year.
If you haven't done a Ski Week before (technically, Taos calls is a "Snowsports Week" to be inclusive of snowboard lessons too), it's a good deal, and well worth it. You get six 2-hour small group lessons - one each morning Sunday through Friday - for a good price. The price has been rising the last few years, and last year it was ~$300; This year's price is not published yet. (UPDATE: It's $327 this year with taxes and fees.)
Taos instructors and lesson programs are very well regarded, and I've always had a great time and learned a lot, though YMMV. Last year we learned that for about the same price, if we can get some groups of 5 together who would like to take a lesson together, you can book a private Snowsports Week. That would let you not get randomly assigned to a group and make sure you ski with the people you want to.
So first things first.... dates need to be determined. Generally, it would be good if there were at least a couple of weeks between this Gathering, and the main PugSki Jackson Hole Gathering (Feb. 22-29). I know a few folks would like to avoid late March because of the New England Gathering too. And finally avoiding holidays will mean easier accommodation and less crowded slopes.
EDIT, 8/5/19: Dates have been selected.... January 25th - January 31st
For reference, here is last year's planning thread, and my trip report from last year:
@mdf, @Dean, @Pumba, @Jimski, @Bruuuce, @Unpiste, @Weegie McAdams, @Flying Dutchess, @KingGrump, @Sandy_NYC, @cantunamunch, @android, @MegKan, @ToMMy, @Near Nyquist, @Olesya C, @aveski, @MattSmith, @Tony S, @Brock Tice, @ADKmel, @BillSavage