Originally Posted by sibhusky
I've put up for years with a pair of Republicans. Only last year did they make the mistake of discussing their failing while skiing. The result was the inevitable split. The only discussions while skiing should be skiing.
So, I skied solo a lot last year. My wife had injury problems through most of the ski year, so there was a lot of "ski two groomers together, she goes to the lodge, I go play" days.
South Fork, Pagosa Springs, and definitely Wolf Creek have a deserved reputation for being vacation destinations for Texas and Oklahoma. For many years, Wolf was the only ski area in Colorado to opt out of the statewide Colorado Ski Country USA trade association because they felt the money they would pool for advertising was better spent on direct marketing to Texas, and it probably was.
On many lift rides, I found myself sharing a chair with a lot of nice folks from these two fine states, and on many occasions, I found it apparent that these individuals were very used to living in places where everyone they talked to had the same political views as them.
I heard gems out of the blue like:
"This place is awesome! We will be back next year if $%#^ Obama doesn't outlaw me driving my truck by then."
"Anybody that thinks global warming actually exists needs to come up here and explain Wolf Creek to me."
And these weren't conversations that had anything to do with politics. In the first conversation we were just talking about how much fun we were having, in the second it was how cold it was that day.
Not that I want this to go all political, and I've certainly witnessed democrats acting badly when they assume everybody around them is left leaning. But I don't think I would really dream of randomly jumping into a political discussion with a complete stranger on the chairlift.
OP- Join a ski club. You don't have to like everybody you ski with, you just have to ski with them. If you say you have trouble being social, all the better reason to join a club where you know you share at least one thing in common with other people there. Chances are good you will find a few people you at least enjoy skiing with, if not enjoy hanging out with doing stuff that doesn't involve skiing.