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gaper?

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Thread Starter 
what/who is it?

i'm afraid it might be me.
post #2 of 22
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=33162
There is no better way to say it than......read that thread.
post #3 of 22
Be sure to read the whole thread....there will be a quiz.
post #4 of 22
post a pic and we will have a vote
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
hahahaha!!

i am such a gaper!

let's see, i have a hat with a pom pom. i bought new skis, poles, boots and bindings last year. the skis are fat and i ski them fresh powder or not. Hell, skis are spendy!
i have worn my boots from the parking lot.
have found myself on runs that i thought i might die on and had to pretty much side step down(why does this always happen in sight of the lift?).
my ski pant are really snowboard pants and the arse is huge, which of course makes my arse...look huge.
i wear lots of layers because, damn it, i hate to be cold.
i have been known to freak out if i get going too fast and have to do the old snow plow for fear of death.

oh i am sure there are more sins i have commited. i'll have to review the list and add more of my coolness failures.

ok i do have to add that how is a person ever supposed to get any better if they don't get on those 'fear of god' slopes? mind you, i am sure my FOG slopes are way different from yours.

trekchick,
love the pictures of hubby! the helmet is classic!

bump, i will have to see if i can round up a pic. i have a feeling i know what the vote will be...

louie, bring on the test. well, wait, i want to study it one more time. hehe
post #6 of 22
Well..if you have to ask.....
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post #8 of 22
Hey, I've got that jacket!!
post #9 of 22
A "gaper" technically is just a skier whose goggles and helmet/ski hat do not meet leaving a gap to freeze the forehead. It's a simple way of identifying a new skier without seeing them ski.

Everything else mentioned to define a gaper is mostly just being less than expert, an expression of individuality or question of budget, or in some cases an affectation. Personally, I have little regard for "clothes police". There are a lot of people on the mountain dressed in their Arc'teryx, Bogner or North Face color coordinated gear skidding down groomers with their new fatties who ski- well, like gapers although the correct term for those skiers is "Poseurs".

It's really all good as long as you are having fun and are not freezing your forehead (or other important body parts.)
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Lostboy View Post
A "gaper" technically is just a skier whose goggles and helmet/ski hat do not meet leaving a gap to freeze the forehead. It's a simple way of identifying a new skier without seeing them ski.

Everything else mentioned to define a gaper is mostly just being less than expert, an expression of individuality or question of budget, or in some cases an affectation. Personally, I have little regard for "clothes police". There are a lot of people on the mountain dressed in their Arc'teryx, Bogner or North Face color coordinated gear skidding down groomers with their new fatties who ski- well, like gapers although the correct term for those skiers is "Poseurs".

It's really all good as long as you are having fun and are not freezing your forehead (or other important body parts.)
Occasionally I will ski in Jeans(ski pants under)and a Carrhart jacket. People seem to be alittle more out going towards you. They see $1500.00+ of gear hanging off your feet and it tends to intimate some. It's the Indian not the Arrow.
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Perfect, lmao.
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i hope for our sports future that man is dead
post #13 of 22
What do you expect, he's from Texas!
post #14 of 22
I have several pairs of gloves like Slider's, but all my skis are longer than my poles.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Lostboy View Post
A "gaper" technically is just a skier whose goggles and helmet/ski hat do not meet leaving a gap to freeze the forehead. It's a simple way of identifying a new skier without seeing them ski.
Wouldn't that person be a "gaPper"?

I always thought a gaper was someone who stood around looking amazed and dumbfounded at the same time. Someone who "gapes" at the slopes, the skiers, the whole scene.

I, for instance, almost never have a gap between goggles and hat but I *often* gape in astonishment at the skills of some of the skiers I see.

Obviously, it's a very versatile term.
post #16 of 22
You are correct Bob. Technically, Lost Boy is describing the Gaper Gap, which is the space above the goggles.
post #17 of 22
I did a search and confirmed that my definition of a gaper was accurate (as is the spelling)....and so was Bob's. Epic Ski truly can spark a search for greater knowledge.

Those interested can see the "Urban Dictionary". http://www.urbandictionary.com/
Type "Gaper" in the search feature.

Edit: I first posted the specific link to the Gaper definition. However, some definitions of Gaper in the Urban Dictionary do not refer to skiing at all and are not appropriate for all audiences.
post #18 of 22
This being my second year skiing, I'm sure I'm a bigtime gaper, I'm just not sure why. On my second or third day skiing ever some guy on a lift with me seemed really annoyed that I wasn't wearing a hat. "Isn't your head freezing?!?!" I have a helmet now.

Here's somthing that bothers me already -- groups of people stopping in the middle of the trail, sometimes even forming a wall. Even worse, if I'm stopped with my partner or group on the side of a trail and some other people stop right next to us, blocking the trail.

And on a similar note, snowboarders who plunk themselves down within 15 feet of the chairlift to strap in, or whatever it is they're doing.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by mckay View Post
This being my second year skiing, I'm sure I'm a bigtime gaper, I'm just not sure why. On my second or third day skiing ever some guy on a lift with me seemed really annoyed that I wasn't wearing a hat. "Isn't your head freezing?!?!" I have a helmet now.

Here's somthing that bothers me already -- groups of people stopping in the middle of the trail, sometimes even forming a wall. Even worse, if I'm stopped with my partner or group on the side of a trail and some other people stop right next to us, blocking the trail.

And on a similar note, snowboarders who plunk themselves down within 15 feet of the chairlift to strap in, or whatever it is they're doing.
Now you know what Gapers do. You Sir have moved on and above Gaperism. To the next level, Beater.
post #20 of 22
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Now you know what Gapers do. You Sir have moved on and above Gaperism. To the next level, Beater.
Sweet.
post #21 of 22
....beater?

.....now we're talkin'.............
post #22 of 22

Gaper

Karrieann, yep you're probably a gaper but ALL of us were at one time. Hey my lst year on Donner summit in a storn I skied in levi's, windbreaker and went into ski shop and bought a western bandana for my face. We ALL hav e been there some of us just won't admit it.

Welcome to Epic Love your attitude and great sense of humor.
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