Originally Posted by Snowsport
Back before I knew what a "gaper" was (thanks, EpicSki!), we used assume that they were just new to the sport. Of course, to travel further down the road to gaperdom, the jeans must be tucked into the rear-entry boots from the rental shop. The addition of an "Officially Licensed NFL Team Jacket" and a hat shaped like an animal's head completes the look.
Every time I see someone in this get-up (used to happen a lot when I lived and skied in the mid-west), I silently smile.
Not in amusement or derisiveness, but because seeing someone in this outfit means that our sport is still attracting occasional participants and first-timers.
If only we "non-gapers", skied, how many resorts would remain?
We, the oh-so-cool ones, would find ourselves a small, and increasingly irrelevant group.
More "gapers" means growth in an industry that for years has been flat-lining.
One presumes they'll eventually adopt decent clothing and gear that's at least late 90's vintage.