Firs off, you guys gave me a lot to think about with your posts.
My wife is true beginner, someone who only skied twice in her life and the furthest we got was wedging along a few yards on a (to me at least) flatter green before panicking that she’d never make it alive off that slope
I also didn’t like the rentals we got these two times we tried learning. Buying new gear has been a real challenge because: a. I don’t know what to get, b. I don’t think that “outgrowing gear” or “getting bored” will ever apply to her and c. she’ll never feel this sport to a point that she’ll ever care what she’ll ski on. It’s difficult to understand this especially when most of us are hard-core skiers where every aspect on equipment, etiquette, etc counts.
On the other hand, I love skiing… She thinks I’m a totally hooked ski nut and exhibiting obsessive tendency over it; which she’s probably right but I’m very happy this way
Skiing is obviously not something we have in common but I guess because I like it so much, she is trying to also become a part of it. She’s really willing to learn and so we’re taking a trip to SLC early this coming January where my main goal is to teach her how to at least parallel ski on a green slope. I want to take her to Alta and have her take lessons everyday we’re there. I’d also like for her to have her own gear. I don’t know but I can never get a good rental each time we try.
She is also not by any means athletic in the sense that she’s never been into any sports; she’s always been the do-gooder type, always with her nose into books and stuff. She’s in a superb shape but I attribute that to good genes and picky eating
I guess what I’m looking for is a ski, which will make learning extremely easy. Something forgiving, somehow fun I guess. I don’t think she’ll hit any black diamonds anytime soon or ever for that matter. If she gets as good as skiing the blues, I’ll be the happiest man alive. My dream is to be able to ski with her side by side. I hate to wanna go skiing and not being able to spend time with her. You know what I mean… I can only be on a green that long… and of course I feel guilty when I have to ski alone.