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post #31 of 40
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So, your SO prefers to spend time with you, rather than spend time away from you? What a novel concept... ;-). But I have a skiing family, so I may not feel your pain completely.

 

I wouldn't count it as quality time when you're sitting around doing nothing. 

 

It's actually not my pain as I'm single - but I feel bad for the OP, whose SO would prefer both of them to do nothing, rather than both enjoy themselves potentially doing different things. 

post #32 of 40
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I wouldn't count it as quality time when you're sitting around doing nothing. 
You would not, but someone else could.
post #33 of 40
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Do you want the non skiers to be reasonably entertained and have something to do, or are you looking for a special trip that everyone will look forward to and enjoy equally?

 

If you really want everyone to have a great time, and not have anyone feel like they are just along for the ride, then what about Europe? I would suggest a place with good toboggan runs for the littles and the non skiers. Over there, this is not trudging up a hill or taking a short tow lift, this involves riding the cable cars and traveling between cute little farms and villages. Fun for young and old alike (saw some little old ladies tobogganing home from grocery shopping), but without quite the adrenaline of skiing.

 

Cost is probably going to be a bit more, but sometimes airfares can be pretty reasonable in the winter (spent less on a ticket to Switzerland than to Aspen last year from LAX).

 

Grindlewald/Wengen/Murren would be a great place (but there are certainly others).

Ok, I think it is way scarier than skiing, actually! 

post #34 of 40

I would make it somewhere easy to get to and from Texas and I would make it short - like 4 days rather than a full week.  While it's great and fun the have the whole family together, it can get old.  It will get older faster for those non skiers who are just hanging out and looking for alternative things to occupy them while the skiers ski.  I dealt with a similar situation for years and eventually just left the non-skiers behind.  Not an ideal situation either but it worked for all the skiers, who were mostly guys.  Park City is probably as good a place as any - certainly better than Big Sky or Steamboat for the non skiers.

post #35 of 40

Whistler-Blackcomb would be a great vacation destination for a mixed (skier/non-skier) crowd. Probably the best of all the ski resorts I've visited.

 

Spend a few days in Vancouver. It's basically the best place on earth. Thereafter, you can get to Whistler by Greyhound or snowbus. 

 

Whistler Village has a ton to offer for your SO, especially if she/he has $100+ to blow each day (which would be fair--since you're spending that much on lift tickets). Spas, hair salons, the lillooet cultural museum, and a movie theatre are all within reach. There's also ziplining, snowshoeing, cross country trails, snowmobiling and dogsled tours. Plus there's sightseeing on the mountain via the peak-to-peak gondola. 

post #36 of 40
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It can be a little frustrating when you want to do something that the other person doesn't want to do, but they would prefer you doing nothing with them

 

Why do so many spouses and significant others feel like puttering is as valid an activity as skiing (or any named activity) and that insanity-inducing boredom is something best shared? 

 

I can't see myself dating anyone who's not interested into being active. (I've also been single the vast majority of my adult life... hmm)

Note that you although you don't see many posts from those who take solo ski trips and have a non-skiing spouse/SO, they definitely exist.  But they don't need to ask for advice about how to take a ski trip with a non-skier. :rolleyes  For those of us in that situation who have been married for 15+ years, obviously we've figured out how to handle the issue.

post #37 of 40
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Note that you although you don't see many posts from those who take solo ski trips and have a non-skiing spouse/SO, they definitely exist.  But they don't need to ask for advice about how to take a ski trip with a non-skier. :rolleyes  For those of us in that situation who have been married for 15+ years, obviously we've figured out how to handle the issue.

 

Are there any healthy relationships where the following is not a win-win? (Not intending to label a relationship as unhealthy/codependent or anything; I'm genuinely curious, as I'm a long-term single): 

 

The SO likes going to the spa. Wonderful! I'm glad that the SO gives me the option to join. I will not take up the offer but I hope the SO enjoys him/herself.

 

I like to go skiing. The SO is welcome to join me. I would never force the SO to come. 

 

At dinnertime, we meet up and share our experiences. That way we get some quality time together, and we get to both do things we enjoy. 

post #38 of 40

Adoption agency?

post #39 of 40
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Note that you although you don't see many posts from those who take solo ski trips and have a non-skiing spouse/SO, they definitely exist.  But they don't need to ask for advice about how to take a ski trip with a non-skier. :rolleyes  For those of us in that situation who have been married for 15+ years, obviously we've figured out how to handle the issue.

 

Are there any healthy relationships where the following is not a win-win? (Not intending to label a relationship as unhealthy/codependent or anything; I'm genuinely curious, as I'm a long-term single): 

 

The SO likes going to the spa. Wonderful! I'm glad that the SO gives me the option to join. I will not take up the offer but I hope the SO enjoys him/herself.

 

I like to go skiing. The SO is welcome to join me. I would never force the SO to come. 

 

At dinnertime, we meet up and share our experiences. That way we get some quality time together, and we get to both do things we enjoy. 

Sure, that can work out fine.  The OP is planning for exactly that type of situation.  But when there is significant travel involved and the skier is . . . well . . . a ski nut who wants to ski more than 1 week a year at a big mountain, then a solid relationship can handle having the skier go off on their own for at least some of the ski trips that involve flying.

 

When I was working, I often took business trips alone.  As did my spouse.  Also sometimes did a few holiday trips separately to cover both families.  So doing a ski trip alone is an extension of how we handled other types of trips.

post #40 of 40
Thread Starter 

I like the suggestion of Park City, we (my folks) use to own a Condo in Deer Valley. Park city, when I was younger seemed like a good place for people to go. We are also familiar with it and it isn't to far from Salt Lake. While my wife doesn't ski, she would like to try it once there at least. My mom says she feels "to old", ~70yo, while my dad who is in great shape (stronger than me 32) and is in late 60's would feel bad leaving my mom, unless other people are there. My sister in law doesn't like to ski, but doesn't seem mind doing nothing as she planned a ski trip for her family. My sister and his husband would be into it, though they do have a baby. I don't know if they could get a baby sitter or if the baby could hang out with the non-skiers. We could always get the non-skiers spa packages.

 

Family layout:

 

1) Sis + hubby + 1yo baby

2) Bro + wife + 2 active boys

3) mom and dad

4) Wife and I

 

Thanks for all the suggestions so far.

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