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post #31 of 39
Well, there's people who you like as friends, just not as ski buddies. I used to ask, "Do you own your own skis?" to differentiate. Now I ask how many days a year. It's still not a good indicator. I wish I knew the defining question.
post #32 of 39
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Well, there's people who you like as friends, just not as ski buddies. I used to ask, "Do you own your own skis?" to differentiate. Now I ask how many days a year. It's still not a good indicator. I wish I knew the defining question.


"So, if we ski together, are you going to be a pain in the 4ss?"

 

I'm semi-serious:  anybody who gets too offended by the directness or the language is probably going to be fairly high-maintenance in other ways.  But then, while it can be nice to have company, I'm perfectly happy to ski by myself if there's nobody compatible in the vicinity.

post #33 of 39

I know a guy who skis well, skis every weekend and has for years, who races and wins, but who has lots of friends who ski much less frequently.

He took up snowboarding so he would have something that would slow him down when skiing with those friends and acquaintances.

He takes out the board and works on his form alongside them when they come up to ski. 

He's a people-person.

 

 

I don't know anyone else who has put as much into figuring out how to ski on a regular basis with slower less-skilled people.  He's also a great guy who I've never seen getting impatient.

post #34 of 39

Great idea. I learned (or tried to learn) to tele this year so I could accompany my DH who was recovering from surgery and relegated to groomer only skiing. It was FUN!

 So much so that I bought a tele setup so I could continue next year.

post #35 of 39
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Well, there's people who you like as friends, just not as ski buddies. I used to ask, "Do you own your own skis?" to differentiate. Now I ask how many days a year. It's still not a good indicator. I wish I knew the defining question.

Obviously the follow up is "How many pairs?"

 

 

 

....and if they don't then launch into a soliloquy on their quiver indecision for the trip they probably don't ski enough;) 

post #36 of 39

*shrug* is it really so bad to have a few days a year where you are skiing down to the level of family/friends?

 

One of the best times I had on the mountain this year was teaching 4 first timer distant relatives to ski.

 

Most of my family is intermediates, and when I ski with them, I just file away that I won't be getting on much rowdy terrain unless I split off by myself.

 

On the flipside, my brother is a much better skier than I, and at times I am the lagging/limiting one.  I've never heard him give me grief about a day or two where he skis down to my level.

post #37 of 39

Good grief, as fast as you like to ski, your brother must look like a blurred streak on the mountain!

post #38 of 39

Sounds like you have some great friends, and a bit of a tough dilemma.  I never assume that I will ski with friends more than the first couple runs, and if I do, it's because they are good skiers and we actually made a plan to ski together!  But, if its a pow day, all bets are off unless of course they are in that group of "special" friends and then everything will just fall into place as usual.

 

If you are prepared to offer a brief tour of the mountain consider left to right or right to left.  Along the way, offer tips of where they might want to return to ski xyz run and why, where they might enjoy a coffee break, lunch break, selfie etc.  If conditions warrant, let them know what they should avoid and why.


Most importantly, let them know to be packed, ready to go and in the car by 8:00 - I'll drop you off near the ticket window and meet you at the coffee shop at 8:45. I plan to be at xyz lift and heading out at 9:00.

 

For those with similar ability as you, enjoy the fun! 

post #39 of 39
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Well, there's people who you like as friends, just not as ski buddies. I used to ask, "Do you own your own skis?" to differentiate. Now I ask how many days a year. It's still not a good indicator. I wish I knew the defining question.


"Do you love furry dogs that leave hair all over everything";)  If they say "yes" and are a decent skier, I am happy to slow down and wait for them.  I have plenty of time to ski by myself.

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