Got to this party late.
My wife is the reason I ski. It is her passion. Been marrried to her 20 years. I started skiing because of her. First two seasons it was just OK. Then I got hooked. That was six seasons ago. She's got 15 seasons on me. I'll never catch up. I keep upgrading her equipment just as I am about to catch up and then she streaks ahead to the next level.
The good news is that she is good with me buying ski stuff. She knows I need all the help I can get.