This year’s event will be hosted by the Crown Plaza Hotel DIA on the dates of Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14, 2013. Membership fees will be $105 until May 1, 2013 and $140 after May 1, 2013
Please be aware that the hotel will sell out, and if you want to make sure you get a room, you should contact the hotel as soon as possible and make a reservation. (Click HOTEL on the side bar for specific details). Credit cards will be charged one night charge on June 1, 2013, for validation of your card to ensure its not expired and that it is still valid. The remaining nights will be charged on check out. If your card is not valid or declined on that day, you may lose your reservation. The hotel will contact you first if the charge does not go through before canceling a reservation.
You should also be aware, however, that if you do reserve a room and you decide you don’t want it, you MUST cancel your reservation before June 21, 2013, or you will be charged for one room night even if you do not attend. This policy is to prevent people who are not sure they really want to attend Thunder from reserving rooms and not canceling them until the last minute, thereby preventing others from getting rooms in the host hotel. So, reserve your rooms early, but if you don’t think you can attend, be sure and cancel them before June, 21, 2013, to prevent an unwanted charge to your card.
Once again, we would encourage you to make plans early so you won’t be disappointed. We are expecting a big crowd again this year, and our presenters are always the best in the nation. Membership in Thunder in the Mountains includes entry into the event, entry into all yearly organizational planning and meetings, and invitations to any other social events which may be sponsored during the year. Once you purchase a membership in your name, it cannot be transferred to another person. Anyone wishing to register for Thunder or to volunteer, or to make a reservation at the Crowne Plaza DIA, or to apply as a vendor, or to enter the contest show should click on the corresponding heading on the side bar. I’d like to add that in our huge play space, we will still maintain our men’s, women’s, and pan areas like we did in prior years. If anyone has any questions about the website or the event, you can email me at Mrlthrco@aol.com. We look forward to seeing you again.l
Crowne Plaza DIA
15500 East 40th Ave.
Denver, CO. 80239
People attending their first Leather event… and especially people who are also new to the Leather/BDSM scene… have a lot of questions about what will happen, what they will see, how they should behave, and what in general
they should expect.
I’ve been to a number of Leather events around the country, and while each one has its own flavor, here, no particular order, are some things that you may expect to experience at Thunder in the Mountains 2011!
1) Lots of friendly perverts from around the country and around the world. Leather events such as Thunder offer a great way to meet people, to visit and learn, and to obtain many new ideas.
2) Seminars given by great presenters on a variety of topics. It seems that all the best seminars are usually scheduled at the same time. So attendees should be prepared for “seminar selection stress” … LOL!
3) A great vendor area with lot of toys and affordable shopping! Bring credit cards and money! If you see something you like and are unable to purchase it immediately, be sure to ask the vendor how many they have in stock. If you decide to come back later to get it, it may not be there.
4) Membership-only play parties. The energy level at events is usually pretty high, and you get to see how different people play. (Maybe even with you!) People tend to “dress up” for the parties, and although a dress code is not enforced, it is recommended that everyone attempt to maintain a Leather/BSDM “style”. Dark clothes, leather clothes, and black shoes or boots are usually safe.
If you show up in a Hawaiian shirt, shorts and white tennis shoes or sandals, people will probably think you don’t have much of a clue about the lifestyle.
5) Not much sleep. Up early for breakfast before the seminars and back to bed late after the parties. Bring vitamins!
6) Tired feet and sore backs. Dress comfortably during the day as you will be sitting in seminars and cruising the vendor area. (The chairs in the seminar rooms aren’t always extremely comfortable.) You will also be walking a lot and maybe standing . Bring some foot lotion. Even if you don’t have a slave to massage your feet, it will make them feel better. Most hotels have hot tubs, workout rooms, massage services or spas. Use them!
7) Be prepared for an incredible high during the event, and culture shock when you get back to the “real world” after the event.
8) Come with a *very* open mind. You will see lots of different kinds of people, hear lots of different viewpoints and opinions, see lots of different kinds of relationships and different kinds of play. People tend to”pull out the stops” at these events, and some of the action can be very unusual. It’s all good, and it’s all a learning experience. (Even just thinking about *why* you reacted in a certain way to something can be a valuable learning process.)
9) Be respectful, courteous, and tolerant of others. If you’re new to the lifestyle, watch a lot and try to pick up the dynamics of relationships or protocols. If you don’t know how to address someone, and you make a mistake, or find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, please tell the other person that you’re new to the scene and you’re not quite sure what’s going on. They will very likely understand and explain things to you. We were all new at one time, and we remember what it was like.
10) READ THE RULES for the event and the play parties! Don’t just browse them quickly and sign them at the registration desk. The rules are important, and the Thunder in the Mountains staff enforces them very strictly for the protection of the event, the attendees, and the hotel. Look for the rules on the event website, study them, read them again at registration, and make sure you understand them. At Leather events, as in the legal system, ignorance of the law is no defense!
11) Expect to be amazed, surprised, delighted, shocked, startled, amused, and expect to experience a whole range of intense emotions. Sensory overload and unexpected emotional reactions are a common side effect of Leather events. If it gets to be a bit too much, find a quiet corner to sit in and just watch for a while, or find someone to talk to about how you’re feeling. You can also go back to your room to relax for a bit or watch mindless drivel on TV for a while. Then go back to the event!
Please consider this YOUR golden invitation to join me.