Gaper Day! – Cancelled
Gaper Day is a mountain tradition that takes place in ski resorts across North America. It is the day when locals can dress in the most ridiculous outfits and pretend to be like their gaper counterparts. Their getup can range from no or very limited clothing to the most retro ski attire there is.
What Is A Gaper
Gapers are the name given to those rockin’ a gaper gap! The “gaper gap” is a wide, drafty gap between the top of the goggle and the brim of the helmet or toque. On any other day, this gap is not something to be desired but on Gaper Day, it’s pretty much mandatory.
The whole day is set around having as most fun as possible while being on the mountain. This means switching your skis for a snowboard or even trying out snow blades if you can find them! Costumes and accessories are often the primary focus of the day. While jeans used to be the favorite skiing attire among gapers, their lack of breathability and stretchiness (a must for trying out retro ski tricks!) has led them to be replaced by clothing items that feature fluoro and/or spandex. Even better is wearing that one-piece snowsuit that’s been sitting in storage since the ’90s and has been waiting literally decades for this day.
Gaper Day is probably the only time skiing or snowboarding the last of the spring snow is secondary to getting silly, but it is. Often you’ll see pond skimming, dirt boarding, and even a little grass riding on your way down the mountain. Also, keep your eyes peeled for rogue pool floaties.