I rediscovered skiing after being away for many years; my girlriend had stopped skiing when her husband had died several years before. She hadn't been comfortable skiing alone (or hiking, or doing anything, for that matter). So we were both excited to have an outdoor activity partner.
Last year I broke my leg the first day out, but when I could I would drive up with her, so she could ski a few times. She even took a private lesson or two. I think she got 8 days of skiing in, March and April, while I waited in the lodge with my laptop.
We were both jazzed about skiing this year (she supports my Epicski habit!). So far we have skied 3 times together this year. Since I've been building up my strength and fine-tuning the boot fitting adjustments after the broken leg, I've been happy to ski the groomers where she is more comfortable. She isn't necessarily interested in getting to a level of skiing every moguled black diamond (say nothing of double diamonds), so we've been negotiating periods of time each day where I go off on more challenging terrain for a run or too. We'll see how this plays out over the ski season.
I'm slowly convincing her that being able to ski some black diamonds opens up more choices of where to go on a mountain, once you no longer have some anxiety about being able to ski it. I think she would be happy to do a few favorite runs over and over again, while she works on her skills. I've been coaching her a bit and she is motivated to improve her skills, so I'm being patient with where she is comfortable skiing. Definitely, a few more lessons here and there will help her.
We're looking forward to our first ski trip, to Schweitzer, over Christmas and are coming to the Gathering in Tahoe.
Edited by DesiredUsername - 12/7/11 at 5:44pm