Getting my gaper on: A snowboarder buys some skis for the first time | PostIndependent.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Getting my gaper on: A snowboarder buys some skis for the first time

Austin Colbert
The Aspen Times
Aspen Times sports editor Austin Colbert takes a selfie while riding a chairlift on Aspen Mountain last winter.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times |

Please, don’t tell my beloved snowboard, but I recently bought my first pair of skis.

It hadn’t been my plan that day during Four Mountain Sports’ annual blowout sale. Nonetheless, I walked out with my Nordica NRGY 90s and ski boots, probably looking like a Jerry as I awkwardly tried to carry the foreign equipment back to my car.

This is my third winter on a snowboard, and I finally feel like I know what I’m doing. I have big plans for my Never Summer this season, including triple-digit days on the hill, more bowl laps than I can count, and finally braving the Buttermilk superpipe.

Learning to ski will be a whole new adventure. I clearly remember my first season on a snowboard — which, again, was all of two years ago — and the eternal struggle. Thankfully it came on the gentler slopes in Steamboat Springs as opposed to the icy, vertigo-inducing gem that is Aspen Mountain (which, to be clear, no longer intimidates me and is my favorite area mountain to ride).

Support Local Journalism

What I recall most about learning to snowboard is falling — a lot — and in general redefining what it means to be a gaper. Now that I’ve matured into a somewhat legitimate rider, I look forward to regressing back to the awkward teenage years as I learn the difference between pizza and French fries and the purpose of a ski pole.

I’m sure someone will try to convince me skiing is better than snowboarding, or vice-versa. But to be clear, I’m not here to choose sides, nor do I believe there is a better one (although the relative comfort of snowboard boots can make one never want to put on a ski boot ever again). I’m only here to learn a new way to shred pow.

Now that the season is finally here, the daydreaming can end. I think I’ll stick to my snowboard on opening day, but I’ll have those skis on the snow soon enough.

Probably at Buttermilk with the toddlers, where I belong.

acolbert@aspentimes.com


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User