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With April 1st being next week, skiers and snowboarders all over the world are preparing for the biggest day of the year—Gaper Day.
What is Gaper Day?
The term “Gaper” alludes to the gap in between the bottom of your helmet and the top of your goggles. The bigger the gap, the bigger “Gaper” you are! Sometimes, Gapers are also referred to as Jerries or someone who is acting like a big goof. People with big forehead gaps between the helmet and goggles are designated as Gapers because. . . people look kinda goofy with a Gaper gap.
The origins of Gaper Day can be traced back to the 80s and 90s when the typical final ski season day for most resorts was April 1st. In this period, the holiday was called “Ski in Jeans Day.” Ski junkies and beginners alike began to hop on the trend of skiing in jeans, and the holiday grew exponentially in popularity from there.
Gaper Day is so popular because not only do skiers get to embrace the goofball side of their personality, but they also get to ski in amazing Spring conditions. Try finding something to complain about when the sun is shining down on you, the snow is in amazing condition, and you are surrounded by all your friends. It’s pretty hard to do!
Skiers have very much embraced the goofball mentality of Gaper Day by. . .
- Dressing in jeans
- Wearing 80s inspired ski clothes
- Sporting massive gaper gaps
- Drinking enough to let the true inner gaper out of its shell
How Do I Participate in Gaper Day?
It’s easy to participate in Gaper Day. You will only need three very important things:
- A kooky outfit
- A considerable amount of alcohol
- A big group of friends to tear up the mountain with.
It is no doubt that any ski resort near you will have some type of Gaper Day celebration. On Instagram, #GaperDay is already going viral. People from all over the world are posting with the hashtag to prepare for April 1st. Loyal Gapers are psyched for the holiday to return in full force since a full-fledged Gaper Day has not been able to happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To join in on the fun, all you have to do is show up and be a menace for the day. For skiers and snowboarders, this is definitely not a hard task!