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post #1 of 23
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I have always wondered this, but have never asked. Why are there beads and ladies undergarments hanging from a couple of trees? Does it have something to relate to Mardi Gras? I never have seen this before, though I have read one other mountain having ladies under garments on trees.

 

-Solarity

post #2 of 23
We have the bra tree here, as do tons of resorts. We acquire beads on Mardi Gras. I'm sure both are annoyances to the resort or the Forest Service..
post #3 of 23

Some heathen threw some streak covered men's undies on our bra tree one year.  Had to look at them each ride up for a few weeks.

post #4 of 23

At Squaw and Alpine there used to be underwear trees but the last few years there have been only beads. I'm of the opinion that management puts up the beads and takes down the underwear.

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Some heathen threw some streak covered men's undies on our bra tree one year.  Had to look at them each ride up for a few weeks.

 

We had one of these. At least it was obviously the result of a snickers bar and a microwave, but still.

post #6 of 23

At least it's not the Billie Holiday type "Strange Fruit"!

post #7 of 23
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At least it's not the Billie Holiday type "Strange Fruit"!

Yeah, probably a bad choice of words on my end. Can't seem to change the thread title, if a mod wants to they can.
post #8 of 23

Years ago prudes at Beaver Creek chopped down the bra tree!

Someone complained to the Forest Service and they were fined  for logging without a permit !

:rotflmao:

post #9 of 23

It's called the "Panty Tree" here, although what's on it is mostly an equal mix of bras and beads.  Could be a a pair o' panties or two mixed in there somewhere, but I guess I haven't noticed as the chair floats by overhead and to its right side.

post #10 of 23

Party trees exist in the southeast too.

post #11 of 23

Party ? Think you mean Panty !   I'd say most ski areas have one.

post #12 of 23
OK, where are some pictures of your favorite panty tree?
post #13 of 23

The real fail is that long ago and far away, the correct ritual was to take off the relevant clothing while in the chair and give it a good fling. Now it's just carry some old stuff you don't want anymore in your parka and toss it. So once again, reality has given way to simulacra. :nono:

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The real fail is that long ago and far away, the correct ritual was to take off the relevant clothing while in the chair and give it a good fling. Now it's just carry some old stuff you don't want anymore in your parka and toss it. So once again, reality has given way to simulacra. :nono:

 

This is pretty true.  It's about claiming some panties, a bra, or whatever during the previous nights activities as a sort of trophy.  It's not about some kid throwing his mothers or his sisters stuff up there.  The only people I ski with who express interest in adding to the tree seem to be tween age boys.  Tween age girls want to throw beads.  I think that even beads have a "price" and it's not a price that tween age girls should be paying.

 

I do like the disgusting granny panties as a joke.  I would like to see someones name written on them...  "thanks for the memories {insert name here}"

post #15 of 23
That use to be an Instructors tip back in the day. ✌
post #16 of 23

OK I can manage a pic.

 

Salt Lake City 2013 or 14 BCC or LCC for sure and I think it is Alta.

 

 

I love the story of the prudes cutting the tree down then getting into trouble for unauthorized logging.

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OK I can manage a pic.

 

Salt Lake City 2013 or 14 BCC or LCC for sure and I think it is Alta.

 

 

I love the story of the prudes cutting the tree down then getting into trouble for unauthorized logging.

I am sure it had nothing to do with prudery and everything to do with protecting people from falling off the chair trying to get panties into the tree. :D

post #18 of 23
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I have always wondered this, but have never asked. Why are there beads and ladies undergarments hanging from a couple of trees? Does it have something to relate to Mardi Gras? I never have seen this before, though I have read one other mountain having ladies under garments on trees.

-Solarity

A lot of the beads are from people that live in New Orleans fleeing the area during Mardi Gras. Since it is during ski season, they usually will stop by and give it a try. They bring the beads with them. We seem to get a flood of them in East Tennessee / The Great Smokey Mountains area.

One of my favorite sights during this time are the black tour groups and church groups. They come up from New Orleans by the bus load. They will rent ski equipment and buy a lift ticket, and then take a class just to stand on the snow with the skis and take pictures, and then they will go straight back to the bus. And I mean hundreds of people a day do this! roflmao.gif
post #19 of 23
Here the lifties give out the beads, I think, plus they are thrown out during some parade. I've never been around when this is happening, though.
post #20 of 23

At Sun Peaks there is no panty tree. Instead families go skiing with Xmas decorations in their pockets and then pick a growing evergreen on the side or sometimes middle of a run and turn it into a living, decorated, Xmas tree.

 

It really is nice spending winters at a true family resort. But the partying sucks if that is what you are after.

post #21 of 23

We've got one each at Sunshine and Lake Louise that I've seen in Banff, Alberta... Tried to talk the GF into adding, but she didn't want to ditch a bar mid day.

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post #23 of 23

All 4 of our mountains have a "panty tree" here at Aspen/Snowmass.  An addition to the tree means you had one helluva night after the lifts stopped.

 

 

Riding up snowmass one day with an Aussie guy and his 3 kids. Kids were inquisitive about it until he loudly proclaimed.

 

"It's a booby trap!" in a thick Perth Accent.

 

Luls were had.

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