As the mascot for all of Vail Resorts' Ski and Ride Schools, Ripperoo is a busy dog. We managed to catch up with him while he was sipping hot chocolate and listening to reggae at Breckenridge's Peak 8.
Q: How'd you land such a fantastic gig?A: Some local Breckenridge children who participate in the Ski and Snowboard School recognized the need for a fun mascot. Those little rascals love me, and the higher ups thought I was the best dog for the job. Now I'm the poster pup for all of Vail Resorts.
Q: What's the most important thing that you do as spokesdog?A: I'm all about safety, so I spend a lot of time talking to the kids about the Skiers' Responsibility Code. I want to make sure that my smaller friends know how to be safe on the mountain.
Q: But you're also a dog who likes to get down?A: Yeah, I've been perfecting my dance moves, especially my version of the Running Man -- the Running Dog. And I love to raise the roof while I'm skiing down the hill, especially when my favorite song comes on, "Who Let the Dogs Out?" But because I'm the safety ambassador, I'm always making sure that the kids are safe on the hill. That's my top priority.
Q: Are you known to be a rather
fashionable pup?A: I'm a humble dog, but I have to admit that I'm proud of my wardrobe. Of course, I've got my regular ski and snowboard attire.
I put on Sunday's best for the Breckenridge parade. I have a cowboy hat that I like to go out in, giving off a little Western flair with my belt buckle. You might see me in my Santa outfit around Christmas time, and during the spring, I bust out my favorite Hawaiian shirts. Oh, and I have a pair of really sweet goggles that make me look like the Red Baron. I like to mix it up.
Q: What's your signature move?A: My best trick is giving big hugs and high fives to the kids. I really like it when they scratch behind my ears. I have the best job in the world.
Republished from PEAKS Magazine Winter 2011-12 issue.