If you’re anything like us, your first thought was, “What the heck is a gaper?”
this is acutally an acronym that stand for Guaranteed Accident Prone on Every Run. Referring for a skier or snowboarder, usually wearing bright 80’s ski gear that cannot ski or ride, or a tourist in a mountain town who walks around with their mouth agape in awe of the mountains!
A skier or snowboarder who sucks and is usually spotted wearing clothing from 1983, but other clothing styles for them do exist. A dead giveaway of a gaper is when their pants are tucked into their boots and the famous “Gaper Gap” (a gap between the helmet/hat and the goggles).
On April 1st, we loaded up some food and beer and headed over to A-Basin to celebrate this glorious holiday with our spiritual guide, Reverend Cody, JMac and Annie. I think Gaper Day can be summarized in two words: GIGANTIC PARTY. Then, I’d add a little footnote along these lines: where everyone dresses like an idiot. There was a little snowboarding, a lot of eating and even more beer drinking.
Cody took a ton of photos and no matter how I describe the event, I don’t think I could ever do it justice. So here’s an insider’s peek at Gaper Day 2012 at A-Basin through the lens of Reverend Cody:
Long story short, Gaper Day is my new favorite holiday.