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Proud to be a Gaper

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With the gaper bashing on the board that appears now and then I would like to add my 2 cents. I must admit I am a gaper. For me the benefits of being a gaper far outweight the drawbacks.

Sure I wear neon orange ski pants, a green ski jacket and a yellow helmet but I also saved about $500 in the process because I purchased them on closeout. I am too old to score with the ladies anyways . I am also old enough to not really care.

It is fun to go to the big name resorts and play the part for a week. Part of the excitement that comes with skiing is the aura that surrrounds the big mountain resorts. I can plaster another resort sticker on my helmet. I was there!

In summary being a gaper means I can wear what I want without feeling self conscious. I can also ski however I wish without worrying how I appear to others. No need to impress others while riding under the lift. If others think I look skilled and proficient or more like a bull on ice makes no difference. I am smiling too hard to pay attention to anyone's reaction. That is true freedom my friends - the kind of freedom many will never know until, of course, they get old like me and realize a lot of the stuff they worried about was all for naught...it's all about having fun.

So just as in the final scene of the movie revenge of the nerds I come forward in humility to confess I am a gaper and announce maybe, just maybe, there is a little bit of gaper in all of us just waiting to surface.
post #2 of 13

Count me in also.....

Like Paul I am very out of date...my favorite pair of Stretch Pants are dark blue with red stitching on the knee pads....oh yes the zippers have nice little "B's" on them, bought in Nordstroms : circa 1984 or so (yes they still fit....they are stretch pants after all). I have three "fartbags".

My current (or rather not-so-current) quiver includes 193cm Atomic 10.22
Betaracers, 177 Volkl SnoRangers, and Volant TI Chubbs. I've not purchased poles, boots, gloves or googles in at least five years. I do not own a helmut (at least one that I use for skiing).

I am actually considering purchasing ski's this season, walked into a "high-end" shop in Seattle this week and the salesperson asked what I skied on,
I thought he was going to laugh out loud, instead I just got a smirk. I came close to telling him I was skiing before he was born, hell I was skiing before his mother as a teenager!

I do occasionally ski groomers, I like sit down lunches with table service and will occasionally split a bottle of wine at lunch if I am skiing with someone.

The flip side to this, if there is one, is that I ski from when lifts open (typically 9 at) to close (typically 3:45 to 4:30) at Whistler. With the exception of an hour for lunch I do not stop for coffee, cocoa or potty breaks. I do not ski with music, I do not carry a backpack, or even a fanny pack. I typically ski on weekdays to avoid liftlines, I try to ski
45-90 days a year depending on my work schedule. I would like to think I crank in a fair amount of vertical!

Many nights after dinner I will don some hughly out of date XC gear and spend an hour or so on the trails when most people are partying.

Call me a gaper, this is who I am!
post #3 of 13
Gape on my friends!
post #4 of 13
Don't worry little grasshopper, not all of us can be fashion savy
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by flaviaman View Post
I am actually considering purchasing ski's this season, walked into a "high-end" shop in Seattle this week and the salesperson asked what I skied on,
I thought he was going to laugh out loud, instead I just got a smirk. I came close to telling him I was skiing before he was born, hell I was skiing before his mother as a teenager!
I also find it important to establish my superiority over over the salespeople in a ski shop as quickly as possible. I find bragging about how I "set my edges," using terms like "unweighting," and talking up my "racing days" to be especially effective forms of letting the guy know that I'm better than he is.

LET IT GO, folks.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by PaulR View Post
With the gaper bashing on the board that appears now and then I would like to add my 2 cents. I must admit I am a gaper. .

The true pros of gaper bashing aren't here. Go to TGR for that.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Takecontrol618 View Post
I also find it important to establish my superiority over over the salespeople in a ski shop as quickly as possible. I find bragging about how I "set my edges," using terms like "unweighting," and talking up my "racing days" to be especially effective forms of letting the guy know that I'm better than he is.

LET IT GO, folks.
I do not find it a matter of establishing superiority, I do get very cranky when people insist that newest is always best...or "how can you ski on those things?" as if I am some sort of freak (which I may be...).

I make my living in sales, and I sell fashionable stuff that nobody really needs (high-end sports cars), however I will never make a degrading comment to someone who arrives in a 10 year car, no matter how superior a new model is. Such a comment is flat out rude in my book.

In fact the person who can drive a 10 or 20 or even 50 year car very well has my attention and kudos, the same way I admire a person skis 10 or 20 or 50 year skis proficently.

As a society we are far to caught up in the "latest / greatest" trap in my humble opinion, and yes I fuel that trap as a profession.
post #8 of 13
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With the gaper bashing on the board that appears now and then I would like to add my 2 cents. I must admit I am a gaper.
I take exception to this comment.
I have seen, nor participated in any of this thing you call "gaper bashing".

Snickered, maybe!
Exposed my husband as a gaper, more than once!
Love and embrace the truly gapish, absolutly!
post #9 of 13
You have 3 pairs, carvers, powder, one is titanium(!?) and a clerk is sniggering? OK, like a Lexas driver shopping for a Ferrari. It's a matter of perspective, (extremely distorted).

We all are gapers. Put Hermann Meier on a snowboard and you'll see a clueless flailer. And his outfits! Need I say more?

Flava, get a short carver for a sports car feel. I don't drive, but I know you will.
post #10 of 13
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Flava, get a short carver for a sports car feel. I don't drive, but I know you will.
Yes, yes I know...and I am purchasing three pair of skis here in the next week or so, these short skis just seem so odd to me! When I was a young lad 205 GS skis were the norm, now 175 seems to be the norm!

I posted a photo on the photo thread recently, it was taken in 1987. Someone responded 'Wow, look at all those long skis"!!!:

Imagine being a renaissance painter and painting all of those Rubanesque women, then you fast forward to 2006 and you see Nicole Ritchey
you're going to think something is very worng here!:
post #11 of 13
No 175, get a 155 or 160 max. Yes, the length we used when we were 130cm tall!
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
No 175, get a 155 or 160 max. Yes, the length we used when we were 130cm tall!
With 155cm skis who needs ski racks for the car anymore, just put them in the trunk....or maybe the glove box!
post #13 of 13
Now you're getting the picture.
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