A skier or snowboarder who sucks and is usually spotted wearing clothing from 1983, but other clothing styles for them do exist. A dead giveaway of a gaper is when their pants are tucked into their boots and the famous "Gaper Gap" (a gap between the helmet/hat and the goggles). Gapers sometimes temporarily inhabit the entrance to a terrain park. They will sit on their ass for a good 5-10 minutes talking about what they are going to do of a that "jump" or "rail" while everyone behind them goes before them and they stare at them with their mouth gaped open. Once they finally decide to leave their home at the entrance of the terrain park, the gaper will eventually decide to either roll over the jump and mess up all the lips, or they will try and actually hit the jump. If this occurs, they generally end up coming up half way short of the landing on their ass and yardsale, while the person behind them runs them over and/or yells at them. Gapers may also make turns or snowplow down green runs and sometime try to act cool by crouching and sticking their ski poles in the air but are totally oblivioius to the fact that they look even more stupid than they previously were. Gapers often find themselves on the top of a black diamond run because they are dumbasses and can't read a map. When they approach the run, they may either turn around, stare at it, sit down on the top of it, or just simply walk down the side of it. Gapers often have trouble getting on and off lifts and the lift operator gets really frustrated with them because he is required to stop the lift. A fun game to play while skiing or riding behind a gaper is called "Follow the Gaper". The game is played by following the gaper's path and looking as bad as they are. The game will usually last until they identify your presence, however it is possible to extend the game even past this point.
That gaper just stopped the lift when he got on and off of it!

That gaper's Salomon Symbio rear-entry ski boots are so sick!
by Scabby Anderson January 18, 2009
A stupid tourist in a ski town. Used in a derogatory fashion to describe or label them.
1. "That gaper cut me off on the run today!"
2. "Did you see that Gaper? She's wearing a dead animal on her boots."
3. "Yeah, he was a Gaper, he had a Texan accent."
by BreckGirl February 02, 2010
A non-local snowboarder who has no clue as to what they're doing on the mountain. They stick to the green runs and are found crashing the 3 miles to the bottom.
The bar was empty because all the gapers are on Schoolmarm.
by spykjnij December 14, 2003
this is acutally an acronym that stand for Guaranteed Accident Prone on Every Run. Referring for a skier or snowboarder, usually wearing bright 80's ski gear that cannot ski or ride, or a tourist in a mountain town who walks around with their mouth agape in awe of the mountains!
That gaper got out of control and crashed into a tree!

Those gapers are stopping traffic standing in the middle of the street taking a picture.

by Kellen McGinnis January 24, 2008
A skier or snowboarder who is not accustomed to the local scene - usually a tourist. They walk around with their mouths all agape, oogling and awe-ing the awesomeness that is "mountain life". They try to ski or ride and can most often be found flailing in beginner areas, going too fast in beginner areas, standing around in the way of everyone else, or trying to really be cool. They are usually most easily recognized by thier blue jeans and ski jackets wide open and usually carry their skiis across their shoulder strait out, parallel to the ground, instead of up and down. They have also been known to do "the helicopter" - making abrupt u-turns while carrying skis as described above. This move usually causes chaos and head injuries to other people in near vacinty.
Dude 1: What happened to your head?

Dude 2: Some stupid Gaper helicoptered his skiis right into my skull when he couldn't figure out how to put a lift ticket on his blue jeans
by exTex March 31, 2010
people that gather at the scene of a crime or accident to see the results. In Chicago traffic reports a "gapers delay" is the traffic slowdown that occurs when others slow down to see a roadside accident.
I couldn't see if I knew the guy that got shot, there were too many gapers.
by smartypants October 07, 2004
A true Gaper is one who wears their ski pants and sometimes even jeans tucked into their unbuckled ski boots with their power straps flapping. They always ski down a flat slope as far in the backseat as they can get, sometimes even trying to be as cool as a ski racer and attempting a "tuck." Some even try to be Superman and take off down the run with all they're 80's jackets unzipped. Gapers almost always put the bar down on the chairlift and ask the lifty to slow down the high speed detachable quad. The word "gaper" comes from both the acronym guaranteed accident prone on every run and the famous "gaper gap" between the helmet/hat and the goggles. Gapers somehow manage to have yardsales on the flattest bunny slopes. A yardsale is when the skier crashes and all their gear goes flying, landing scattered across the run. Gapers always stop in blind spots on runs, just below knolls and jumps. It seems that everything they do to try and be cooler makes them look even more stupid.
"God I hate goggle tans but you know what's even worse? A gaper gap tan."

"Hey watch out for that gaper!"

"You would think they would have a brain freeze by now you know with that massive gaper gap and his jacket's even unzipped!"
by skiiergal77 April 11, 2012
Gapers are clueless, experienced skiers or snowboarders. They spend most of their time either A) Straight lining every course (they'll fall almost every time) or B) Bragging about how they straight lined a course, even though they looked like a complete idiot doing it. They are known for their large gap between their goggles and hat/helmet. Other signs of gapers include: Cutting in front of other skiers and snowboarders (possibly causing crashes), gaper tucks, rental gear, yard sales, and any other form of trying to copy a racer.
Gaper: "Dude, did you see me speed down that run? The only reason I fell was 'cause I caught my edge on an ice patch."

Skier: "Yeah, I did see you, your such a gaper!"
by WIJARA447 March 26, 2011

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