I have been doing down hill since I was a kid. My folks would take the family to Deer Valley for skiing. I was enjoying both blues to double diamonds. Fast forward about 12 years, I haven't done down hill since then. A couple of years back we gave cross country skiing a try and she loved it, granted we had a very patient and knowledgeable coworker instruct both of us as we were both new to it. We try to go XC skiing a couple times a week out our back yard where there are narrow trails and she gets a good laugh when either of us fall. That being said, she tends to be a little anxious about some things and I am a horrible teacher. She doesn't like flying (takes ativan) or ferris wheels. My biggest worry is that she will be to scared to take the lifts. Should I give up here? The place does have a "magic carpet" and another place has a tow line. I think she could do those, but I worry about being on a bouncy ski lift.
It seems in Western NY there are some fairly cheap places to learn how to ski. One such place is 36 mins from my house. When I called the resort and spoke to a couple of people, they recommended that I leave her in hands of the instructor and go do my own thing. While I would prefer skiing on some more challenging areas, I worry she will prefer that I am there (for support). The class is beginners only, they suggested I do a snowboard beginner class, though I really don't have any interest in snow boarding. Also the snow boarding is a different class, but they say I can keep an eye on her better that way.
I really enjoy the sport and I do not want to screw up her first time out.