Originally Posted by litterbug
I can't count the number of non-skiers I've talked to who've blanched at the suggestion that they should come up and enjoy the fun, because a "friend" or clearly homicidal boyfriend once cajoled them onto a lift and left them to their own devices at the top of a steep run. I hope there's a special hell for those people (the ones pushing beginners over the edge, not the scared 'beaters.'
I had a middle aged female student a few years ago whose husband, her second after being widowed, was a skier and took her to Breckenridge to introduce her to skiing. She had a morning lesson but said she never really learned to turn or stop. After the lesson her husband wants to give a tour of the mountain. She told him she was afraid because she couldn't turn or stop, so what does he do? He talks her into taking some chairlift up to a restaurant on the mountain for lunch and then makes her ski back down. She was still married to the jerk, who was a pretty crappy backseat skier, and was still trying to get over her fear. I talked to him briefly and really wanted to tell him what a douche he was, but she was a nice person so I didn't.