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Some people have it easy when they want to unmistakably broadcast their sport of choice in every outfit, everyday. Harley riders do not get confused for road cyclists, or sailing enthusiasts for big wall climbers, now, do they? Surfers have it the easiest; even the most part-time surfers still manage to ooze mellow surf vibes wherever they go through their outfits.
So how can you proclaim your allegiance to skiing all year long? Well, it’s a little harder in a sport centered on cold, snow, and protection from the elements. But not impossible Here are five simple ways to make absolutely sure that people know you are a skier, 365 days a year.
First and foremost: nothing says serious skier like a vividly and pointedly two-tone face, so don’t let that goggle tan fade. Tan with your goggles and cover your forehead at home. In public outdoors, keep on a cap and big sunglasses to maintain the pale upper visage, and voila, permanent raccoon eyes until the snow flies again.
If you want everyone to know you are eagerly anticipating your trip to Mt. Hood, then you need a closet of tall tees, the brighter the better. To really drive your point home, accessorize with some SkullCandy headphones. With the help of your goggle tan, people should get your priorities right away. Just make sure your shorts are slightly longer than your tee.
If you can’t quite rock a tall tee, just circulate your shirts that have any of the following: an inverted skier silhouette, a ski movie company (MSP, Poor Boyz, Sherpas, etc), or ski areas—Alta might be the best choice here.
The actual surface of anything metal/plastic/glass that you own that should not be visible—it should be under layers of ski-related stickers. Ski resorts, ski movies, gear, websites, magazines, nonsensical whatever: as long as it is snow related, it’ll do. This means your car, rocket box, water bottles, house, helmets, bikes, computer, skateboard—you get the picture.
Don’t forget the beanie. They make lightweight ski hats just for barbecues in July. Seriously. Pompoms? Extra credit. And if you are, well, not truly dedicated, a trucker hat will work. Just make sure it has the kind of ski graphics/words that ensure it won’t be mistaken as promoting any other sport or actual trucker culture.
Whenever it appears someone is listening (or just within earshot), speak loudly about the latest updates of the snow in South America/New Zealand and/or the summer ski camp you just found out about. Check the snow reports on your smartphone several times a day, and feel free to throw in some FB updates on the price of flights that you have been checking out—and if you buy a ticket, let everyone know.