Originally Posted by Mom
I found this offensive when skiing at Telluride this past February.
Coming down an easy blue slope next to the NASTAR course just above the mountain village. I was focused on testing my new boots.
Saw a woman sitting down on the slope, one ski off, so I went over to see if she was OK. She was not. Crying softly. First time on skis, she was signed up for a lesson that morning, but her husband decided they should have a run or two first and took her up on the chair and then skied down ahead of her and left her!!! I got her skis back on and said i'd ski down with her the very small distance to the bottom.
She could not turn, she didn't know how to power wedge even and the slope was too firm and steep for that anyhow. I told her to follow me in long traverse, but she couldn't/wouldn't stop and she ended up under the rope in the NASTAR course! So I skied backward with her following in a wedge really close. almost holding hands, verrry slowly until she was at the bottom. Grateful and shook up. (must have taken us 15 minutes to cover ground that should have been no more than 8 turns.)
Husband nowhere in sight. I headed into the Boot Doctors, when I saw him emerge from the coffee shop to find her.
UN F'ing believable.
Someday, he'll be on this site complaining that his wife doesn't ski.
You can say that again.
In a similar tone -
I had a (late 20 something) woman come into our ski shop at the base of Northstar to see if I could make her boots more comfortable. She was in tears and wondered why anyone would ever think skiing was fun if equipment was like this.
Her boyfriend borrowed his buddies boots and skis to teach her how to ski. The boots were (a minimum) 3 sizes too big, old, and packed out. She was wearing three pair of socks, one of which was rag wool. (remember those thick rag wool hunting socks?)
I asked her if she'd entertain the idea of getting her own boots instead of rental boots to set herself up for success. She bought boots, trim to fit footbeds and two pair of good ski socks. I gave her a free voucher for demo skis for the day because there was no way she could ski her boyfriends friends skis.
As she was checking out the boyfriend comes into the store and asks what she's doing.
Her: I just bought new boots and socks
Him: I told you they'd talk you into buying stuff you didn't need if you came in here
Her: I like these boots and want to get back out there
Him: (shaking his head) What a waste of money. [names his friend]'s boots are perfectly fine. And why are you buying two pair of socks? What's wrong with your socks?
Me: do you want to set her up for success or are you trying to make skiing miserable for her so you can ski with your buddies without her tagging along?
I got the look from him.
I also gave her a recommendation for a female instructor that she may like.
At the end of her trip she stopped in to tell me how much she loved skiing and that she was going to come see me when she is ready to buy skis.
I never saw her boyfriend again, and I'm okay with that.