Winter Park beginning to experience Mustache March
March 24, 2008
To the Editor:
Well, it’s that time of year again. Some of you may be thinking of spring break, although that is not what I am thinking about. I am talking about Mustache March.
“What is Mustache March?” you may be asking yourself. It is an ever-growing cultural movement in ski towns in the West.
It is gaining more popularity than destroying wetlands to build condos. It has a bigger following than skiers waiting for the Panorama to open up on a powder day.
There are more participants than cars going over Berthoud Pass on a Sunday evening.
This trend of course is the uniting of all people who live and work in ski towns by growing, shaving or gluing (yes women can participate) on a mustache during the month of March.
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This seems like a strange and odd tradition and no one actually knows where it started. I have heard that it started in the town of Breckenridge to distinguish the hard-working locals from the vacationers that ski at the mountain. I am not sure if this is the case, but it makes perfect sense to me.
The first time it was brought to my attention was a few years ago when several of the ski shops in town started sporting stylish staches on the first of March. Like all good things this new and exciting trend has swept our local town.
Now you can see the mustache making its appearance at the liquor store, the ski area, bars, restaurants, the guy who plows my driveway and of course they still show up at the rental shops.
You may be thinking to yourself that this crazy fad is just limited to the I-70 ski towns, but this is not true. I have talked to several friends that work in other Western ski resorts and they have seen the same thing happening in their ski town.
In conclusion, I realize that it is too late for most of you reading this to participate in Mustache March this season, but if you make sure you write it down you will not feel left out next time March comes around.