Summit Up 3-9-10 | SummitDaily.com

Summit Up 3-9-10

Anthony van Dyck
Special to the Daily/Susan Fairweather
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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that has this odd desire to be one of the CDOT guys cleaning up the giant rock slide in Glenwood Canyon. It goes back, we guess, to our boyhood days, when a pile of rocks and a hammer were pretty much all the entertainment we needed, and those CDOT guys are pretty much livin’ the dream of boys everywhere – only on a much larger scale.

We’re really happy no one was injured in the slide, and we realize it’s a big pain in the butt for a lot of folks – not to mention expensive for a state that can barely afford to pay for, well, anything. But all that aside, those dudes who get to blow up rocks and haul them away, wow, what a gig! We do feel sorry, though, for the guys who have to come in and fix the road. That’s probably not the fun part.

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Beard update!: Recently we reproduced a bit from the BYU student manual about how you sorta need a license to have a beard at said Mormon institution. And then we talked a little bit about how lift ops here in ski country used to not be able to sport giant beards or dreads or piercings or stuff like that. Anyway, Gareth Glaser wrote to say this:

“I am 58 years old and volunteer at Breckenridge as a mountain ambassador and with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). I do not have a beard nor am I a liftie, but am compelled to comment on your article of 3/3. Perhaps in an effort to appear objective, first you ridicule BYU’s male grooming standards. I am not a Mormon but many religions have specific rules about grooming. Who are we to judge others beliefs?

“However, you then go on to criticize the grooming and behavior of our lifties. This is hypocritical on its face (no pun intended). Your views are transparent. It is unfair to our lifties to criticize their appearance and to admonish them by saying they are lucky to be young and working at a ski resort. My experience with our lifties is that they are very hard-working young people. They are up and at work, often in harsh weather conditions, while many of their contemporaries are still asleep in their comfy dorms at college or at home with their parents. The comparison with picking up rubble in Haiti or whatever is simply ridiculous. Are you doing that? How many Americans are? In spite of this they are most often friendly and approachable, all the while dealing with guests who jump lift lines, try to slip by without a pass and otherwise don’t know how to get on or off a lift. In particular, our lifties always offer a helping hand when we have young children and are especially helpful and needed when we bring disabled skiers/boarders onto the lift for the BOEC.”

Thanks Gareth. We don’t doubt what you say is true, and certainly we’ve seen many a liftie out there going above and beyond, helping kids, etc. We were just noting that some of them could stand to be a little more chipper – and we know at this point in the season it can be tough. As for our comment on picking up rubble in Haiti, the point was that, hey, bored-looking liftie, life ain’t so bad – cheer up!

Back to the BYU thing, it’s interesting what drives these kinds of rules. At another university in the Islamic world, there’s probably a rule that you MUST have a beard (but don’t quote us on that). Perhaps there’s even a tiny college in upstate New York where everyone must sport a Van Dyke-style goatee, or a place in South Carolina where, if you don’t have big-ass mutton chop sideburns, you’re not allowed in the student cafeteria. Rules, we tell ya, they’re easy to make up for The Man (whoever he or she happens to be); not always so easy to follow.

Well, enough about that. It’s Tuesday, so we’ve gotta get a-Tuesdayin’!

We out.


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