When does your family lose interest?

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Danzilla Danzilla
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When does your family lose interest?

My kids are in the season long program at Gore, so much like the NYSEF families, we are at the mountain (almost) every weekend day starting in early December. By the time we get towards the end of February, the wife and kids are sick of waking up every weekend day to make the trek to the mountain. By mid March they are pretty much toast. This year I squeezed an extra weekend out of the entire family and then one more day out of my oldest daughter. I know some families are still going strong. I would ski until the end of April at least if it were solely up to me. Just curious when others wives/partners/kids start to lose interest in the season?
Snowballs Snowballs
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Given as often as you go, if your's are holding that long you're doing really well.
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If it's every weekend or a routine I would even get bored unless they were deep powder days. As far as my kid goes well she doesn't like to be pushed or go when it's really cold and gloomy out. We go when there is fresh snow and sun or spring like skiing. We don't have a routine at all and we are happy to spend days in watching movies, going hiking, or whatever else we feel like at that moment. I think this approach for her is best to install the lifelong love or at least an enjoyment of the sport. She really has got into it this year more than ever and that happened mostly I think because I gave up on pushing her. My fiance doesn't ski, I love that. We both like our free time and independence from each other. I had the ripping girlfriend for a few years and it drove me crazy because she was always there. Skiing is my time to go hang with my daughter or rip around with my buddies.

If skiing is like a job than it's no longer fun for me, Cody seems to be exactly the same. But we are all different. Some people love routine and discipline. I hate that stuff, I have enough of it in the "real" world and skiing to me is about escaping reality or adulting and enjoying the freedom we had as kids.

That being said I'm amazed by people that are really motivated to ski every day in any condition. I admire it, I don't idolize it or desire to be like them but I fully appreciate their ambition.
PeeTex PeeTex
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raisingarizona wrote
That being said I'm amazed by people that are really motivated to ski every day in any condition. I admire it, I don't idolize it or desire to be like them but I fully appreciate their ambition.
As Sno would say - your just not "core"

Back to the OP, my wife is not an all day skier, she will go for a few runs and is done by lunch. That's OK, she is happy to stay home and sit with her cat and a book.

If you are looking to motivate the kids to keep going and get up early to be there for the first lift than this is another pitch for the race program, the coaches will ride their rears and you won't have to.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
Marcski Marcski
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Good topic.

My family, much like myself, love Plattekill.  Like the OP, we're there pretty much every weekend all season long.  At this point, we've been skiing there for quite a few years and we have lots of friends at the mountain. Some we see off the mountain during the off season and others just in winters.  My girls each have their own "possees" at the mountain as well.  Plus, I think they really enjoy the family time we have together up there while skiing and not skiing. With all of that said, once spring sports start, my girls' interest starts to wxpand.  Although, they really do have the bug and would be into skiing more this season if the snow conditions warranted.  And, my little one is stoked for another spring K-mart weekend in a few weeks.
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my racer, younger daughter, is looking forward to Reggae fest at Sugarloaf, then she will ski me at Kmart...my eldest, she has a knee issue but will go whenever she can...Kmart the smartest option, but she says she's willing to hike 
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Adk Jeff Adk Jeff
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I wonder if the season-long program might be too much Mountain Adventure.  All kids are different, but mine really preferred skiing with the the family over Mtn Adventure, so we had them each do 2 years of the 6-week half day program and that's it.

Adding some variety by alternating WF or some other mountains with Gore also helps keep interest.  The Gore/WF pass is great that way, but Mountain Adventure can keep you tied to Gore only.  In fact season passes in general can turn into a set of handcuffs.  That's one reason why we're considering MaxPass / Mtn Collective for next year instead of Gore / WF passes.  

Last thing, let's face it, this winter sucked.  Limited terrain, no glades, week after week of skiing the same hardpacked groomers.  It's no wonder that a skier could lose interest.  Thank god for spring skiing!
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Since I first began skiing in 2004, my dad has always been my skiing partner.  My mom joined us for much of the time earlier on, but pretty much lost interest after 08-09.  She skis less than 10 times a year now and got 5 this year.  I got 50 this year, my dad got 30.

Since I want to go to Clarkson next year, I won't be skiing with my dad all the time like I have up until now.  It kind of makes me sad.  We've spent a lot of time together because of skiing, but those years have come to and end.  Still I know I'll probably find lots of friends to go with (which I've never had), and I can still meet my dad at Gore on occasion if I go away next year.

I'm wondering if my parents will continue to ski once I'm at college.  I'm sure my dad is, but maybe not as much as before.  My mom might actually go more than with me around, so my dad doesn't have to go alone, or she might stop all together.  
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Sno it great you still like skiing with Snodad

Part of my reason to get one last weekend away for me is that I probably have less than 10 runs with my son all yr and some of those were carrying slip skis or clothes down from the courses.  he loves skiing with his team mates which is great but he had been my best ski partner so I'm skiing much more by myself.

As my son gets older his season and fire to keep skiing extends.  Conditions certainly have an impact on this from my perspective.  This yr things got skied off by noon so I had little interest skiing on afternoons much of the season.
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Danzilla Danzilla
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After re-reading my initial post I realized it could be interpreted a few different ways. Just to clarify, the part that starts to wear on us is the week after week trek to the mountain, not the actual skiing (which everyone enjoyed even in this lean season). This is the double edged sword of the season long program. It forces you to go ski every weekend. This is a good thing IMO because especially this year there are lots of days we probably wouldn't have gotten up and out the door if we didn't "have" to. I am kind of like Suds in that I can honestly say I didn't have a "bad" day this year. I also know that my wife doesn't have quite the same passion as me and we would probably ski half as many days if we didn't "have" to go. The "downside" is that we are at the mountain almost every weekend. We do take days off here and there through the season. My kids love both of their groups and their instructors. As Jeff said, every kid is different. If our kids just skied with us I think they would get bored. We make sure to ski with each of them solo (or along with their group) every weekend. Part of the appeal of the season long for them is that they get Independence and they get to ski and screw around with kids their own age. Part of the appeal for us is that we get to meet some great other ski parents and end up skiing with them. I got my wife back on skis this year after many years on a snowboard and she ended up loving it. A big part of that was having some other wives to ski with. For us anyway, the social aspect of skiing is a big part of it. Also, at our kids ages it is much easier to do the routine at a single place. I could see when they get a little older and more self sufficient it would be more appealing to jump around a little. That max pass looks pretty fantastic if you are open to travel.

So to sum up my ramble, I am not complaining at all. I feel really fortunate that my kids love the sport and that my wife likes it enough to go every weekend. I was mostly curious as to when others get to the point (if they do) where they are ready to call it a season. After our trip to sugarbush a few weeks ago my wife said "I'm ready to work in the garden". I said, what if we get a foot? Her reply "I'm ready to work in the garden":)
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