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post #1 of 15
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Between TGR and here, I have seen a bazillion references to gapers wearing Starter jackets and jeans. The funny thing is that I've never witnessed that personally. Is it really that common, or is it more of an Eastern thing. Please post pics if you have any. I'd love to see what all the ridicule's about. I can imagine it'd look hilarious and out of place. Apparently all us Texans do it. For the record, I have real ski apparel (moderately steezy, but not turquoise or anything the newschoolers wears) and do not own a Starter jacket. Haha.

post #2 of 15

I've seen it a lot, both at my home mountain in PA, and in Colorado.  I'm guessing these are folks out for their first day of skiing, and they have no ski or winter outdoor apparel whatsoever, so they are going with the closest thing to what works.

 

Unfortunately, I've never thought of taking pics.

 

It looks funny, but think about it....if you've never skied, or done any snow sports, and aren't particularly outdoorsy, and you decide to give skiing a try, (and do not have a huge budget) what would you wear?

 

I guess I'm glad the starter-jacket folks are outside giving it a go as an alternative to being armchair athletes.

 

Now, if they decide they like skiing, and keep coming out, then for God's sakes buy something more appropriate to wear.

 

Here in PA it's not unusual to see new skiers wearing their hunting clothes....camouflage jackets and pants complete with the bright orange hat.

post #3 of 15

I dunno, the whole ski jacket thing smacks a bit of winter sports snobbery to me.  I've got a Cloudveil Koven Plus, but do I always wear it?  No.  Sometimes I wear my CWU 45P flight jacket on the slopes.  I'm sure all the cool kids are thinking "WTF is he wearing??" 

 

Is it warm?  Check.

 

Does it keep me dry?  Check.

 

Does it have pockets for holding lots of miscellaneous gear?  Check.

 

Does it "fit in" with the gear all the cool kids are wearing?  Oops ... guess not.

 

Don't really care.  It works great for frontside skiing. And it costs less than $100.  I say wear whatever's comfortable and functional for you and your tastes, and I don't care if that's a Starter jacket, a 1980's powder jacket, a hunting jacket or army surplus.  Everything else is just superficial silliness.

post #4 of 15

Teh "OCR" at the end of my SN is a reference to such Starter Jacket wearing skiers.  Unfortunately the only people who know what it means are my Home Slices from Silver Mountain like 10 years ago...and Skiergirl777. biggrin.gif

 

The OCR lives on at Silver...

post #5 of 15

I rode the lift in Steamboat last season with a Mom and son from Cleveland.  I spoke with them, just to find out what their story was.  They were both wearing starter jackets.  Oakland Raiders Silver and Black. 

post #6 of 15
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Apparently all us Texans do it. For the record, I have real ski apparel (moderately steezy, but not turquoise or anything the newschoolers wears) and do not own a Starter jacket. Haha.

 

Dude. All this time I thought the SA was in reference to South America. Was really hoping to get some Las Lenas beta from you.... doh!
 

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Originally Posted by AustinFromSA View Post

Between TGR and here, I have seen a bazillion references to gapers wearing Starter jackets and jeans. The funny thing is that I've never witnessed that personally. Is it really that common, or is it more of an Eastern thing. Please post pics if you have any. I'd love to see what all the ridicule's about. I can imagine it'd look hilarious and out of place. Apparently all us Texans do it. For the record, I have real ski apparel (moderately steezy, but not turquoise or anything the newschoolers wears) and do not own a Starter jacket. Haha.



I see a certain amount of it in the Sierras, not the jeans so much. The jeans are usually rank beginners. I wore jeans the first few times I skied. Went to something more "ski like" after day four. I was a fast learner.

 

As to the starter jackets, IMO most of the people wearing them think they are looking fashionable or cool, because where they come from said jackets are considered cool. Shows that they're sport minded. And skiing is a sport, is it not?

post #8 of 15

How about college sportswear?

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It makes no difference what you wear when you ROCK!

post #9 of 15

We don't get much in the way of the Starter Jacket and jeans crowd up here in CB except during Texas spring break.  But, I have to say, I saw the sweetest furry hip length jacket + cowboy hat last year.  It was some sort of uber modern fake fur thing - basically picture the furry shirt/jacket thing from Third Rock from the Sun. Ya, that was it. But here was the kicker - the whole thing was a sort of too much cheese turd brown except for a giant Spyder icon on the back done in red fake fur. I mean, the thing ROCKED it was so awful. I had no idea that Spyder had it in them to produce something like that. I was chasing the guy down as he strolled through the base area to get a pic with my phone. I ended up being gatored by a lifty trying to do the same thing. I think my wife managed to get a shot though.  Epic...

post #10 of 15

I sometimes see Starter jackets but what I see more frequently here in Montana is snowmobile suits and Carhartt overalls and jackets.  I don't know about the snowmobile suits but the Carhartt stuff is 100% cotton inside and out.  But the topper of them all was when a Mennonite or Hutterite, don't know which, family showed up at the ski area last year.  Women always have to wear long skirts and here was this girl trying to ski in a nearly "snow length" skirt.  They actually came to the area several times.  The adults just stood in the lodge looking out the windows.  They really looked out of place, even on Saturdays when the Carhartt crowd is around.

post #11 of 15

I've been to a couple of cold football games wearing ski jackets too!

post #12 of 15
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I sometimes see Starter jackets but what I see more frequently here in Montana is snowmobile suits and Carhartt overalls and jackets.  I don't know about the snowmobile suits but the Carhartt stuff is 100% cotton inside and out.  But the topper of them all was when a Mennonite or Hutterite, don't know which, family showed up at the ski area last year.  Women always have to wear long skirts and here was this girl trying to ski in a nearly "snow length" skirt.  They actually came to the area several times.  The adults just stood in the lodge looking out the windows.  They really looked out of place, even on Saturdays when the Carhartt crowd is around.



We got a whole group of regular folks here at China Peak, CA that are members of the UPC...United Pentacostal Church.  When they bring their ladies along, they all wear full length skirts over their snowpants.

post #13 of 15
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We got a whole group of regular folks here at China Peak, CA that are members of the UPC...United Pentacostal Church.  When they bring their ladies along, they all wear full length skirts over their snowpants.


Ha! It is disconcerting for me to see the German Baptist gals skiing at Dodge with their regulation dresses over ski pants. They ski well. Gapers they are not. When one skis well, I smile and care not how one is dressed, esp when it is out of respect to God.
 

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Ha! It is disconcerting for me to see the German Baptist gals skiing at Dodge with their regulation dresses over ski pants. They ski well. Gapers they are not. When one skis well, I smile and care not how one is dressed, esp when it is out of respect to God.
 

 

Actually same goes for our group.  They are among the better skiers at our hill.  All the park rats are of this faith.
 

post #15 of 15

In New Zealand the cool kids ski in Cactus jeans, go figure. I'm working up towards it.

 

http://www.cactusclimbing.co.nz/index.php

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