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Tales of ski snobs

Dear Editor:As a fairly new citizen of Aspen (I moved here with my husband and three children in October of 2005), I’m still getting to know the community. The “snob” reputation that people are always curious about has mainly eluded my experiences. But I must relate a story from last week, as I find it so bothersome, that I hope in the telling, some minds will be crowbarred open. (Maybe you could use a ski pole for the job.)It will require a bit of background: About 10 years ago, our family grew from two to five in 15 months’ time. Yes, there were twins, and if not for the help of a certain young girl, Nancy, whom we employed as our nanny, I don’t know how I would have survived. That young woman, now a bike guide in Moab (nanny to adults now), worked for us for seven years, and is as dear a person as I have ever known. She is kind and friendly, intelligent and wise for her years. I always give her credit when people tell me how polite my children are.So, when my husband and I were offered a chance to join some friends on a snowboarding trip to Japan in mid January, I knew who I’d call to look after the kids in our absence, and she gladly took the opportunity to do so.Here’s the point of my letter: When I asked her if she’d gotten out on the mountain at all (she’s a great snowboarder) she said that she had, but that she’d had two negative experiences that had really left a bad taste in her mouth. One, on the gondola with a group of skiers and their instructor. The instructor began talking about the X Games and how snowboarding was an such ugly sport and that it was a good thing that they “wear baggy clothes” to cover up the ugliness that is snowboarding. One of them even said, “It’s a good thing there aren’t any snowboarders in here” (the gondola). They looked at Nancy, and ignored what they obviously knew, that she was indeed a snowboarder. She said she felt just awful.The second incident happened on a chairlift. She was riding the lift with a woman. She asked if the woman was from Aspen and the woman said yes, so she asked if she might be able to point her toward a fun run to take (being from out of town and all). The woman said, and I’ll roughly quote: “Well, I suppose you can go and ask someone at the info spot. I don’t know where you snowboarders are allowed to go. You know, they only recently allowed your types here, much to the dismay of many of us.” Friendly stuff. Ski snobs … who knew?Japan was wonderful, by the way. Everyone was very friendly and courteous, even though my husband and I are snowboarders. They even bow to you as you leave the lift.Molly BrookeAspen