The 2007-2008 Gaper Hunt
11 Jun, 2008
Colorado is known for the gapers that come here. Since I carry my camera with me everyday, I am in the perfect position to capture these gapers in the wild. Trust me…no gapers were harmed during the 2007-2008 gaper hunt.
Last year was a successful Gaper Hunt and the point system was successful. This year was a huge increase of Gapers caught on camera…so I had to get rid of the point system. Due to the increase in the number of Gaper photos I have made a slideshow complimenting them for their fine work on the mountain.
You might be wondering what a gaper is…so here’s a brief explanation and example of a gaper.
Urban dictionary of a gaper:
A gaper is a skier or snowboarder who is completely clueless. Usually distinguished by their bright colored clothes and a gaper gap, the gap between the goggles and a helmet/hat. Gaper’s also do the “Gaper Tuck” which is an attempt at being a ski racer by tucking, however it is done incorrectly with the poles sticking straight up like thunderbolts and lightning, very very frightening.
Typically a gaper is someone sporting a one-piece not made in the last 10 years. Some of the styles are truely from the 70’s and 80’s, they sport neon that is faded, they sport the gaper gap (gap between the goggles and hat). They are basically the clueless tourist on the mountain, easy to spot and fun to make fun of.
Rules of the Gaper Hunt:
- Kids do not count (they do not dress themselves so I try not to take photos of them).
- Elderly do count!!!! I’m sorry they are old…but they should know better. Someone tried to argue this with me but they know what they are doing when they dress themselves.
- The popular color for Gapers in 2007-2008 was blue. Very very popular choice ranging from bright blue to navy blue.
- The most consistent Gaper Sightings were here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and definitely where a lot of photos were taken.
- Very worthy destinations were Whistler/Blackcomb and Snowmass, Colorado. Those mountains brought out some of the most successful days of the hunt.