Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column workin’ it, girlfriend.This is how it’s done: sashay, sashay, left hand on hip, right hand tousling hair behind head, hip thrust to right, throw head back, mouth agape, sultry eyebrow lift, pucker, turn head to toss hair, wink … aaaaaaand cut!Now you have your ski pass picture.So there we were, standing in line at Copper to get our ski pass. “Do you just want to use your picture from last year?” the kind young lady behind the counter asks.Oh, no, dear, we had to explain. And with a clap-clap of the hands, our stylist appeared, the make-up staffer started powdering like mad and our effite assistant hovered about, exclaiming with the requisite “Yes! I love it!” and “Marvelous, darling, you look splendid!”We realize this might have caught our pass-printing helpers off guard, but for us, each year’s ski pass retrieval is an excuse to live out our runway fantasies (well, the ones where we’re walking down it, not in the back watching the models change clothes).If you, too, aren’t putting a lot of thought into your ski pass pictures, friends, you’re making a big mistake. See, the pass picture is not just a means of identification, a way for the lifties to tell if you are who you say you are. No, it’s an opportunity for a statement (and you know we never pass up a chance to make a statement).If you just show up, pull off your knit cap to reveal monster bed-head and let them take your picture, you’re saying, “Hey, I’m a disorganized, late-sleeping ski bum.”Maybe that’s what you want to say. But if that’s the case, why not go all out? Wear pajamas, bring along your teddy bear as a prop. Maybe you want to say, look at me, I’m a bad-mofo-on-snow. In that case, since they won’t let you go outside and take your picture sailing over a 50-foot gap, we suggest you get your best friend or worst enemy to do a little pre-bruising: you know, a few well-placed punches around the eye, some scrapes on the cheek – something that says, I go big and I don’t care if I fall down.You folks who spend every day on the hill and won’t talk to anyone who isn’t in the several-dozen club: Prove it with your pass. Get your goggles out of the closet and visit a tanning booth to get that wind-worn, raccoon face going.The possibilities are endless. We know you’ll come up with your look. Remember: Good turns are great turns when you’re looking good.***Sure, it’s Friday, but more importantly, it’s opening day at Copper. Did you call your boss with a believable excuse for absenteeism yet? You employers out there, let us know some of the good ones people came up with at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just explain how the worker bees didn’t need an excuse because you’re the cool boss they’re out skiing with on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out sashaying through the lift line, girlfriend …
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