Originally Posted by raytseng
less if the skis are for a kid who looks enthusiastic
My best giveaway:
I was riding the gondola in early December with a nice kid, newly minted chef out of Culinary Institute of America. He was the breakfast chef at the Little Nell, with a full pass and afternoons off.
But he couldn't ski because he didn't have any equipment and not enough money to rent more than that day.
So I took him to my house and cobbled together some of my old boots, poles and a pair of my wife's old skis with demos.
He was stoked and asked if he could do anything for me. "Make me dinner sometime."
So I ran into him again right after Christmas and he asked again and I said "What are you doing for New Years?"
I gave him some money to get food for ten people and he asked if it was OK to bring two of his buddies, one other chef and an Argentine bartender.
This ended up being the year downtown Aspen was shut down by a bomb threat and my house was the closest place to downtown.
We ended up with about forty people and Argy was slinging Mojito's and who knows what else, all night.
My head hurt like hell the next day and the floor was sticky, but we had a dam good time!