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Print pants not best when pilfering skis

Attention all potential thieves: If you’re going to steal a pair of skis, don’t wear animal-print pants. You’ll stand out – even on Aspen Mountain.

That was the mistake made by a woman who allegedly swiped a pair of skis at Gwyn’s Restaurant Sunday in a bizarre quest to reach the mountaintop.

The woman, identified only as a dentist from California, showed up at Lift 1A at around 11 a.m. Sunday wearing ski boots but no skis.

“She told the lift op her skis were up at Gwyn’s and she desperately needed to get up there,” said Skico spokeswoman Rose Abello.

The woman was given permission to ride the lift even though foot passengers aren’t typically allowed. She then tried to board the Ruthie’s chair but was prohibited.

The woman went to Gwyn’s Restaurant, allegedly hopped in a pair of skis left outside by a patron, came back to the lift and boarded.

“The lift op said, `Hmmm, this is strange,’ ” said Abello. The operator notified the ski patrol of a possible suspect in case of a report of stolen skis. Sure enough, that report came in a short time later.

The patrol started its search for a distinctive suspect – a woman wearing animal-print pants and a furry hat. They eventually located her and detained her at the top of the Ajax Express chairlift.

The woman was accompanied down the Silver Queen Gondola and turned over to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bob Braudis said the incident was documented and the information turned over to the district attorney’s office for a decision on a charge.

The name of the woman wasn’t released because the case is still under investigation.

Abello said the woman had used the last day of a multiday lift ticket for the ride up 1A. She was apparently headed to the ski demo center on the top of the mountain. Why she didn’t ride the gondola, which allows foot passengers, remains a mystery.

“We’re not investigators or detectives,” Abello said with a chuckle.

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