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Where to take a non skiing wife

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'd like your opinions on where would be a good place to go out west skiing with my non skiing wife, somewhere where she would enjoy things like the spa and town with lots of shopping and wouldn't have to drive far to enjoy either one.

 

It will be hard to convince her to go as she would much rather head far far south to warm weather but I have a year or so to try!!

post #2 of 12
Hasn't this been covered already?

Anyway, Santa Fe and Aspen.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

Hasn't this been covered already?

Anyway, Santa Fe and Aspen.


Sorry about that, I should have searched for a previous thread

post #4 of 12

Aspen, Vail, Sun Valley, Park City, Jackson, S. Lake Tahoe.....

post #5 of 12
I'd avoid Vail -- too artificial -- but agree on the rest of Bills list. You didn't mention if you'd be taking some time off to spend with the wife doing non-skiing activities. One suggestion is to take 3-4 days and go to Yellowstone in winter. A big hit with my spouse and I got to ski Jackson. My non-skiing wife loves Aspen -- just beware of the spa bill...

Mike
post #6 of 12

If you're considering Canada, look at Banff/Lake Louise and Whistler/Blackcomb.  Lots of other stuff to do in both places.  Disadvantage to Banff is that you'd need to take a bus or car from the town to the ski hills.

post #7 of 12
I converted my wife from lukewarm tag-along or stay-home to a person excited about skiing..

She started skiing last year with about 15+ ski days under her belt, and now she's a borderline parallel skier on green/easy blue runs!!!

If you never give up, you make things happen...
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Originally Posted by nochaser View Post

I converted my wife from lukewarm tag-along or stay-home to a person excited about skiing..

She started skiing last year with about 15+ ski days under her belt, and now she's a borderline parallel skier on green/easy blue runs!!!

If you never give up, you make things happen...

Similar experience with my tropical-born, non-speed-loving wife.  Something magical happened at the Jackson ski school last year in a couple of all-day group lessons.  By end of trip she was skiing Jackson blues and liking it.

 

Of the places I've been to, I'd second Jackson and Aspen.  Lots to do in both.  Scenery in Jackson is unbeatable and lots to do.  Skiing is not right in town, though, so if  you stay in town, it's a little hike to get to Teton Village every day.  The town of Aspen is a little precious, but a really nice place to explore nonetheless.  

post #9 of 12

My wife was a non-skier as well, and never really enjoyed skiing. I got her private (and group) lessons at Beaver Creek and Deer Valley -- fine ski schools. But there was no love. We even had a serious powder day at Vail on one trip -- and she had a bit of a breakthrough... but still no love.

 

BUT.. as an ex-competitive figure skater, a friend suggested skiboards/blades. Kinda like skating - but with release bindings. I bought her boards similar to these:

 

Head-2014-Salamander-Snowblades-Wsp-10-Bindings

 

Twin tips. Perfect for bumps. Great for backwards skiing with the kids. Not suitable for powder more than 6-8"... but she went from reluctantly tagging along to be with me, to shredding the whole mountain (except on deep powder days - too short!).

 

Blades (Boards) got a bad rep at first because they didn't use release bindings. But now real bindings are more common.

 

They require a slightly different technique, because they are 90cm "fat twin tips" -- 

 

Skiboards (blades) was the catalyst that got my wife from ambivalent to "in love".

 

Hope this helps.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Well, I have her talked into going next year, not sure where yet. I will really try to get her into a lesson and give skiing another chance. We went to Banff 15 plus years ago and she had a terrible time, the ski conditions were icy and the temps were bitter cold. The rental boots she got really hurt her shins, she hated the experience and swore she would never do another ski trip.

 

I'm sure we will find a place that she can enjoy even if she doesn't ski!

post #11 of 12

Aspen has a ton of non-skiing activities.  If she does decide to ski, it's one of the more temperate ski areas and has gondolas if it is cold.

Several directs a day out of ORD make it relatively easy to get too.

post #12 of 12

Another Vote for Aspen. If she gets tired of Aspen, Glenwood Springs is 40 miles up the road and is another really nice resort town with a lot of shops, spas, giant hot spring pool, vapor caves, etc.

 

Telluride would be another.

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