What’s it like skiing with your significant other(s)?

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Highpeaksdrifter Highpeaksdrifter
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What’s it like skiing with your significant other(s)?

My wife will only ski 2 or 3 of hours, blue/green trails, and then call it a day. She’ll meet me at WF late morning. When she’s done she’ll either go back to the house or hang around and have a couple of drinks later with me and/or friends. She will only ski a couple of times a year. A lot of my friends complain about skiing with their wives, but I like skiing with mine. If I had to ski like that every day I’m sure it would get old, but I don’t so when it happens I like it.

I’m getting her new gear this season; hopefully she’ll get out more.
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And truth that dies
I don't know which
So never mind - Leonard Cohen
Harvey Harvey
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I like skiing with Zelda. Since I moved her to alpine gear, we're more ski compatible. I'll stay with on the groomers about half the time. The other half, I'll hit something in the trees and meet her at the lift.  I like the chair rides on those fixed grip chairs like the High Peaks Chair.  It's a double and it gives us a chance to connect.  We've talked about some pretty big picture stuff on that chair.

IMO: New gear for your wife = best investment you can make.

"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Jamesdeluxe Jamesdeluxe
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My wife has dutifully followed me on trips all over the ski universe.  She keeps up when we're on groomers, and when I want to ski something she's not up for, we meet at the lift.
 

Angel Fire, NM


Snow King, WY


Lech, Austria


Mont Edouard, Quebec


Whiteface, NY


Monarch, CO

Once we make it to the mountain, we have a great time.  The tough part is getting her there.  She wants to stay in bed until mid-morning, and I want to be there before the lifts open.

Another issue that I addressed a while back in another thread is getting separated on the hill.
P.MAC P.MAC
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Early in our marriage I found that my wife had a passion for hiking (which I thought was boring) and I was passionate about skiing. In A few weeks we will celebrate our 17th anniversary and a lot has happened. First, she convinced me of the fun we could have hiking. I was especially drawn by the fact that our two oldest kids (now teenagers) LOVED hiking and it really grew on me.
She was slower to take to skiing, which I think was mainly a lack of confidence. When I bought her a set of "shaped" skis in 2001 and she took a lesson when we were skiing at Pico something "clicked" for her. She has continued to improve. While she will never be as passionate about it as I am, she genuinely likes it now. As far as the question goes, there is no one I would rather ski with. She is my wife but also my best friend and I have a BLAST when i ski with her. Kids complicate things now, but I look forward to more skiing together in the future!!
Harvey Harvey
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P.MAC wrote
When I bought her a set of "shaped" skis in 2001 and she took a lesson when we were skiing at Pico something "clicked" for her. She has continued to improve.
IMO the new gear helps bring some couples together.

It may sound corny, but it's workin for me.

(Exhibit A: Zelda's avatar.)

GFG = ROI*

*Gear for Girl = Return-on-Investment.  
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
P.MAC P.MAC
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In 08 I bought her a pair of Atomic 'Highnoon's (which is what I have) and she came up another notch in ability...


Atomic High Noon

...she loves them!
Chris Chris
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Last year was our first winter together skiing.  It has tested our patience, on both ends.  She is a good skiier, but I'm the person who is also saying, "lets go a little further,  follow me".  Of course you win some, and loose some.  Chatimac has helped perform the most far out tests of our relationship.  



It's always worth it.  It pushes us both, helps us both become better and the pay offs are really worth it when you finally find that nice line in the woods and can share it with your lady who comes out smiling snowy ear to snowy ear

The day begins...  Your mountain awaits.
JasonWx JasonWx
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My wife hates skiing..she would rather have a colonoscopy
"Peace and Love"
Zelda Zelda
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What's it like skiing with Harv?  Where do I begin?...  I've never met anyone who wakes up earlier on his days off than he does on a work day.  It's all about first tracks.  He's a man with a mission.  No high maintenance female, mouse or toddler will stop him from making it out the door in time for the first gondola.  He moves his troops and without fail gets to where the gettin is good.

How do I feel about this?  It varies from moment to moment.  At 5:30 am, I'm in a haze and roll over to pretend this is not about to happen.  By 6:30 the reality sets in and I make a b-line to try to put myself and everything else together.  It's a race at this point, but I recognize the rewards are likely worth it in the end.  

The actual skiing with Harvey is always positive.  I'm a beginner and there has never been a day I felt like this guy just doesn't care.  He has always had patience with me and encouraged me every step of the way.  Every time I go out I get a little better.  The new sticks certainly didn't hurt.  I can't always keep up with Harv and his friends, but I do enjoy myself - the views, the people, the cold, the time to myself and feeling like I am learning a little more each time.
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It is always a treat to ski with Bubba, because he doesn't ski much anymore. He doesn't like the cold and would rather stay inside. We were at Jay Peak for 4 days with fresh snow each day and he only skied for 2 hours one afternoon.

He didn't ski when I met him. He was 47. But he wanted to learn and he did, and got pretty good at it. But now that he's 60, he is just not all that keen about being out in the cold, on a chair life. I think he suffered on the GMF at Jay and decided he just can't hack it. He's planning to go someplace warm for a month this winter.

I mostly ski with my other friends and leave him home. It doesn't make sense for him to pay all that money to ski for 2 hours and not really love it. He is totally fine with me going on ski trips without him. I've got plenty of great ski pals to travel with incluing Pam, AC and Rochester Mark.
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