Gaper Day is a tradition at ski resorts. Even if they don’t have a party, the last day of the season brings out the gaper in most skiers and snowboarders. We drove to Vail for their closing day. They had their spring splash the weekend before, but it didn’t dampen the party atmosphere.
What’s a Gaper?
This term generally describes someone whose helmet slips back on their head creating the dreaded gap between their noggin protector and their goggles, revealing loads of forehead. This usually accompanies first time skier attire: Jeans, firefighter, camouflage or blaze orange deer hunting jackets… You get my drift.
On the last day of the season this is expanded to skier attire circa 1970-80’s or full on crazy costumes.
We went all out this year. Since I donated my old gear long ago, I chose a fairy costume because who doesn’t like fairies? Skiing with wings did nothing help me float above the slushy snow. It must have been in the 60’s! Rarely have I been overheated while skiing. It was a great spring purge.
We hit Aspen Highlands on their closing day, but it was much colder.
It takes a gaper to know a gaper.
The end of the season went out with a lot of giggles and a few hearty guffaws. Don’t worry. A-basin will be open until June.
I’m donning quite a different outfit Friday night for Pikes Peak Writers Conference’s Heroes and Villains Party. Stay tuned…
Do you like dressing up? When was the last time you wore a wig? Danny really rocked his dreadlocks. Ha!