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Since the dawn of chairlift-serviced skiing, the chasms between towers that are not part of the trail network have been known as the no-man’s land where single gloves and mittens go to die. Whether launched into the abyss by accident or ignorance, their fate is nearly always the same — never to be reunited with their mates.
But as recreational skiing and snowboarding have evolved, so, too, has the cross-section of detritus dropped from lifts. In a not-at-all scientific poll, the Globe asked representatives from 20 regional resorts to name the most common — and bizarre — items that become unburied as snow melts at the end of a season.
Goggles, sunglasses, hats, neck warmers, scarves, and lighters are obvious suspects. But there are more surprising things, too.