My first post was a few weeks ago, seeking advice on which mountains out west have the most dramatic scenery, since I hope to be taking my Connecticut kids out west for the first time this season. (The advice was very helpful, but I still haven't chosen our destination; will update that thread when we finalize plans!)
It took me a long while to catch the ski bug. The first time I skied was as a freshman in college in 1997, here in New England, and I went on two-day college ski trips every year in school. It was fun, but nothing that really grabbed me. At that point, skiing was a "take it or leave it" sort of activity. Then as a graduate student in 2007 and 2008, I skied on spring break trips with a friend, first at Mammoth and then at Heavenly. Beautiful places, but skiing still did not strike me as something I'd like to invest in and pursue in a dedicated way. I think I actually skipped the second day at both of those mountains to work on seminar papers!
My wife skied a lot growing up (in New Mexico and Colorado), and back in February of 2013 when our daughter was 2 and my son was 4, we took them up to Okemo for a couple days of skiing. Helping my kids learn to ski and to overcome their fears and challenges added a new dimension of meaning to the activity, and I knew that we'd give skiing another try the following year. The next season (2014/2015) our kids probably skied 10 days, and I skied a little more than that. This was the winter when I really grew to love skiing, and knew that I'd found a pastime that I wanted to pursue in a serious way. I did love spending time on the slopes with my family, and helping my kids to stretch and expand, but I also grew to love skiing for skiing's sake. I don't know what made the difference--perhaps I crossed a certain skill threshold where the increased control (and the options it opened up) amped up the joy and exhilaration. The snow this last season was pretty dismal in New England (making the local hills unattractive options), but we still managed to ski ten days during the season. My son's passion for skiing matches my own. While my daughter is less singleminded in her dedication (she was only 4 last year, so there's still time!), she's always had amazing balance and looks like a tiny ski racer with beautiful parallel turns. Now we have a 10 month old, and we hope to introduce her to the sport once she's two!
Favorite New England mountain so far is Jay Peak, but there are oh so many I that I haven't yet had an opportunity to try (Stowe, Sugarbush, and Whiteface are mountains I'm eager to visit).
I'm comfortable on steep black groomers here in New England, but moguls and then trees are the next frontier for me. I feel lucky if I make it through a bump run with only one fall. At the end of the 2014/15 season I bought NRGY 80s demo skis at a good price, and some Dalbello boots (aspect 90) on sale. I like the skis and boots fine, but I've had little experience with other equipment of quality, so I don't really know how my skis are helping me or limiting me in comparison to other options.
I definitely enjoy reading through threads on epicski for advise on skiing with kids, reviews of mountains, and so on!