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Summit Up 3-3-10

by Summit Up
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s concerned about beard discrimination. Beards are pretty much “in” nowadays, and you see them everywhere. That’s because, for guys, they are the No. 1 way to accessorize your face. No fancy makeups or colorings or plastic surgeries are needed to hook on one of these babies – all you have to do is stop shaving! It’s amazing.

In some places, though, beards are still frowned upon. Someone sent us a link to this page on the Brigham Young University website, which makes it clear that beards are considered “the devil’s follicles” at BYU. Fortunately, however, there is a loophole, as the BYU website explains:

What is the process for obtaining a beard exception?

A student who wishes to obtain a beard exception must visit a BYU Student Health Center doctor by appointment (422.5156). The doctor will fax his recommendation. The student then needs to come to the Honor Code Office to fill out some paperwork and receive the letter allowing the growth of the beard, if approved. If a yearly beard exception is granted, a new Student ID will be issued after the beard has been fully grown, and must be renewed every year by repeating the process.

If a request is granted for a temporary or more permanent beard exception the student will be notified by the Honor Code Office; at which time the student will come into the office to complete the necessary paperwork. After completion of this process the student may then grow a full beard according the guidelines given.

Unless we’re mistaken, this sounds pretty much like you need a license for your beard at BYU – which is kinda weird. And why do you need a doctor to fax his “recommendation?” What would that sound like?

“It is my considered opinion, as a physician, that this dude would look totaly rad with either a goatee or a full beard. He would, in my professional opinion, be a babe magnet. Also, it will help keep his face warm in the Utah winter, and thus do I recommend this hair growth as part of a safety measure prudently undertaken.”

Strange stuff. On the other hand, as former lift ops back in the ’90s, we can tell you that the ski areas used not to allow guys to wear long hair, beards or mustaches unless neatly trimmed, etc. Now, you go out there and the dude at the loading area looks like he just popped off the cover of “American Beard” magazine. Earrings on men and nose rings etc. used to be verboten as well, so if you’re out there bumping chairs with 8-foot dreds, a bolt through your eyebrow, a flaming pot leaf tattoo on your forehead and a ZZ Top beard, give thanks to those brave, clean-shaven men who went before you and laid the groundwork for today’s more lax standards.

Sometimes, we have to say, we prefer the old days.


Speaking of lift ops, we have to say we’ve noticed a lack of, um, interest lately in saying hello to the customers (or, indeed, interacting with them in any way). Guys and gals, you’re standing out there without that much to do, you can make your day go a lot faster and make things more enjoyable for all by engaging the guest, saying hello, joking around, etc.

Not to say there aren’t some lifties out there who are doin’ the customer service thang, but a lot of them are just standing there taking up space. Get on it, doggonit! You’re young, you’re working at a ski area in Colorado – you’re not picking up rubble in Port-au-Prince or Valparaiso! Sheesh.

(PS: If you want to write and yell at us because you are the most awesome liftie in the world, or want to send us a photo demonstrating liftie excellence, please do so at our magic e-mail:


Finally today, we want to take a moment of Summit Up silence for Jay Bauer, who in addition to being a long-time contributing member of this community was also a heckuva funny guy and a good friend of the Summit Daily over the years. We’ll miss you, Jay!

We out.

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