Who’s behind those eyes? | AspenTimes.com

Who’s behind those eyes?

It’s all in eyes, some season passholders have been told by the Aspen Skiing Co.

A tradition by some locals to spruce up their ski passes by adding cartoon-style googley eyes and other entertaining enhancements is suddenly being frowned upon by Skico officials.

One local skier has googley eyes placed over her eyes in the picture on her ski pass along with a sticker that gives her the appearance of wearing a crown on her head. It kind of makes her look like a royal Mrs. Potato Head.

She was warned by a ski lift operator last month at Snowmass to rip off the eyes or risk having her pass confiscated. She was warned to shed the eyes again Sunday, though this time almost apologetically, by an operator of the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain.

Both times, she happened to be skiing with a reporter.

The Skico hasn’t lost its sense of humor, insisted company spokeswoman Rose Abello, but lift operators are under orders to make sure they can easily match the pass picture with the skier.

In an extreme case, a doctored pass could be taken and the person would have to pay $20 for a replacement, said Abello.

“If a person has googley eyes that take up three-fourths of the face, we ask them to get it replaced,” said Abello. “If they’re identifiable, we just let them go.”

The Skico is much more concerned about fraudulent use of passes rather than spruced up passes, Abello claimed.

“From my phone calls [to people within the company], I didn’t get the feeling that the googley eye police are out,” she said.

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