Philip Banach: Don’t bite the hand that feeds |

Philip Banach: Don’t bite the hand that feeds

As April 1 approaches, many Summit Count locals will be preparing to put on their worst 80s ski gear and hit the slopes intent on harassing hard-working families who come to our town looking to relax.

We have all seen that guy walking down the street rocking jeans, ski boots unbuckled, power straps dragging and poles strapped to their skis in the “Texas Handbag.” To all of you gaper-hating local wannabes, take a moment to think about it: That guy is having the time of his life. So who are you to judge him? Summit County guests bring in the revenue that is vital to our survival.

Before you celebrate April 1, ask yourself a few questions: Do I have a valid Colorado driver’s license? Do I have current Colorado plates? Am I registered to vote in Summit County? Have I achieved locals’ discount status without having to ask?

If you answered no to any of the preceding questions, you are a gaper. The following is a message to all of you gapers currently residing in Summit County. You would not be here if guests didn’t spend their vacations here. If you must act like an idiot, please don’t get in the way of good people who work hard for their money and choose to spend it in Summit County.

Here’s an idea: Why not embrace retro ski day as part of Spring Fever, with full resort participation? We can all have a blast kicking it old school without bullying guests that have paid good money to ski here. Those people who go beyond dressing up and choose to harass other people will be seen for who they are.

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