Okay, we're on. I have reserved space for the event on January 27. Mark your calendars accordingly. Based on last year and a little optimism, I have tentatively told them that approximately 20 will be attending (this is less flexible than you might imagine).
Before I sign the contract (yes, there is a contract, and yes, I am on the hook), I need to confirm numbers. When I say confirm, I mean I need your absolute personal assurance that you will show up or I will be left holding the bag for the unsold tickets (and you won't be able to come next year). I know some of you had confirmed on the other thread but if you would not mind committing yourself in a reply post on this thread it would keep things somewhat tidy.
There was some discussion of setting a course in the other thread and it is not impossible to have this happen but the race staff do not really understand snowboard courses and there is a cost to have them set one (badly and with slalom poles rather than stubbies). If you have not been through gates this would not be the ideal time or place to learn.
I think the gear swap idea is interesting. If you have a board or a full set-up you would like to dispose of, you could bring it to the hill and leave it in the racks then make arrangements with others to try out the gear. This won't be like SES with a tech tent but the picnic tables usually work fine as tuning benches in a pinch. Maybe at the end of the day we could get all the gear in one spot where the bindings and other bits can be examined. There is a race room with tuning benches that I think we might use. Bring wads of cash.
If you bring a lunch, pack one that you can bring up the lift. Although there is a number of food service areas, they are often booked up serving catered events. The Upper Chalet seems to be available for us to get together at lunchtime (think of it as the SES banquet without the food, drinks, or door prizes). There is a fairly limited menu but there is beer (for the first time this year) so I am sure most people will be well-served.
We will establish a rendezvous point, radio channel, and other details later but this should be enough for now. If you don't know anything about Osler you can learn more
So, 20 spots friends...don't delay, sign up now. Because I trust you guys (and girls; actually the girls more so), I am not asking for the cash up front. However, I will need you to bring the cost of the ticket on the day. I am not sure what the ticket cost is going to be but I am guessing C$50 right now; I will confirm this later.
Looking forward to riding with you all.