Monkey: Untamed, known to freak out and get weird, unable to resist shiny objects—like skis— skilled in hot tubbing, can't handle liquor.

Butterfly: Once a snowboarder, now a skier, still undecided, here for the social scene, has many friends, kinda fragile.

Bear: Works the counter of the local dispensary, prefers dumpster diving over grocery shopping, usually sleeps through first chair, hairy.

Porcupine: Super chill but needs a lot of personal space, not ideal for a roommate or a ski buddy, kind of a prick if it hasn't snowed in a while.

Grasshopper: Has a knack for getting first chair, for scoring fields of untracked pow, and being impossible to make plans with.

Pelican: Wise, old, has worn the same frayed coat with grease stains for a decade, pond skimming champion 17 years running, shitty tipper, strange odor.

Frog: Has an inferiority complex, transient, just moved here from UVM, tries really hard, true personality comes out late at night.

Dolphin: Dropped out of a physics doctorate program to ski powder every day, rarely stops talking about the intricacies of the latest weather system or the implications of El Niño, mates for fun.

This story originally published in the October issue of POWDER Magazine (46.2). Subscribe to The Skier’s Magazine for $14.97.