The 2007-2008 Gaper Hunt

11 Jun, 2008

It’s time for the 2007-2008 Gaper Hunt.

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.

Visual of a gaper with gaper gap

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.

Gaper Updates:

  • 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.
The 2007-2008 Gaper of the Year Award:
Elderly couple at Snowmass, Colorado

I Present the 2007-2008 Gaper Hunt Slideshow

Please take your time to enjoy each picture


If you scroll to the bottom of the slideshow you’ll see each photo individually you can click on.

About the author


From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. Zboy
    June 11, 2008

    Hey Awesome post! The Gapers in Colorado are brutal… especially the Texas Gapers. Or even better the ones who take the Imperial lift at Breck… and then have to ride it back down!

    I have a blog too and I wrote a little something about spraying gapers… Thought you might like it.

    I’m stoked on your blog, keep it up!

  2. Craig
    June 12, 2008

    I saw a dad with his 2 sons on the park city slopes this year. They were wearing this camo print that was for duck hunting. It probably functions well in wet snow conditions, but it takes gaper to a whole new level!

  3. Anonymous
    November 06, 2008

    You mean everyone doesn’t live in ski resorts? People populate the rest of the country? And then when it snows they actually come to your towns and support them economically? Way to bite the hand that feeds you!

  4. hoon
    November 06, 2008

    classic. i’ll dig up some of my photos.

  5. Shayboarder
    November 06, 2008

    I guess you missed the part where I said “Trust me…no gapers were harmed during the 2007-2008 gaper hunt.”

    I appreciate them a lot. It makes my day to see a bright colored one-piece coming down the hill. They can laugh at me all they want as well.

  6. Snowolf
    March 09, 2009

    Shanon, Love your gaper collection! Good Stuff

  7. Anonymous
    April 14, 2009

    Those 1 piece suits are smoking!

    So bad they are good…I thought they only made appearances by the old school crew in France/Italy!!

    I want one!