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It's official: another person loves skiing

post #1 of 19
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I just wanted to share a subtle something that happened TODAY at the ski area. I don't know if it's worth a thread, but I wanted to post it somehow.

First, quick background: my wife never had set foot on skis until last year, at age 30. Last January, I coaxed her into going to Belleayre and after nearly ruining our marriage in 10 minutes (that's how long I tried to "teach" her), she clambered over to Belleayre's famous free Beginner's Circle and essentially got a two-hour private. She's progressed steadily since, but she's certainly at best an advanced beginner. Last spring, she bought some skis, boots, etc.

This year, many runs later, I still wasn't sure how much my wife enjoyed the sport. I still had this feeling that I was dragging her along, you know? Well, today at a small local mountain in Connecticut, Mohawk, which we like because it's less crowded and an interesting place to practice, I saw a "sea change" in her. While I was getting my skis waxed after arrival today, she went ahead and hit the slopes. She wasn't going to wait for me. She's never done that to me and I was secretly delighted.

But so much else happened today. It's her voice when she talks about skiing. There's just a certain dreaminess there now that wasn't before, an eagerness about getting picked up by the chairlift for the first time of the day, about watching a perfect orange-blue sunset in the Berkshires while cruising. Today, I am certain of it, February 4, 2005, my wife fell in love with skiing.
post #2 of 19
Better be careul! As I've said many a time, I was a reluctant wife (regarding skiing) .
Next thing you know, she'll want to move out west....
post #3 of 19
...and definitely don't introduce her to EpicSki, or she'll air your sex life in "public".

Congrats, wbroun. It is, indeed, a wonderful day when you can share your passion for skiing with your life partner.
post #4 of 19
Very nice, wonderful story. Might not be worth a thread? Hell, it's the best one you've started.
post #5 of 19
I agree with telerod15.
And in the ??? words of the Carpenters.......

You've only just begun...to spend...!!!!
post #6 of 19
What, no poll of those whose spouses got started skiing because of them?!!

Glad your wife is getting into it --- I started back this year too - because my guyfriend is a ski freak. I'm getting hooked as well.

It's always cool to acquire a new skill - Good For Her!
post #7 of 19
Good for you, both of you!

My wife quit skiing about 10 years ago and she's out of shape and afraid to start again. It didn't help that her boots disintegrated when I convinced her to try again two years ago. It doesn't help that she's afraid of being run into. It doesn't help that she just stands there on a mild slope like a scared deer in the headlights. Enough said.

I've been dragging my daughter along. She enjoys it once she's there. Last weekend there were some moguls at the local ski bump. They looked like they had been groomed into the hill. They were evenly spaced, in fairly hard snow, well scraped by boarders, about 3 or 4 feet high and on a pitch where you could easily get going too fast. She was thrilled that she could ski them without falling. She was particularly excited about having made the "best recovery ever". I skied them slowly, alternating between in-the-air redirection of too-heavy too-long skis, and carving on one ski at a time to make the tighter turns at slow speed. I was happy to get through them without bending my skis; they were the perfect distance apart for wrecking long heavy metal skis. She is really getting to enjoy this sport. The less they fall the more fun they have.

I look forward to the day when I will have trouble keeping up with her (I don't think it will happen anytime soon; she is a lot smarter than I ever was.)
post #8 of 19
What a terrific story and situation!
Not just that - such a pretty wifey!
You´re a lucky man!
I wish you both lots of nice turns, ski days (ski nights, children? , etc.)
post #9 of 19
My man... we gotta meet to teach me the "secret"!
post #10 of 19
Cheerrs to her! wbroun, why don't you post a poll/survey now and find out how many husbands have gotten their wives into skiing?
post #11 of 19
I had a feeling you were a bit of a silly bastard, trying to "teach" a spouse how to ski.

Do you ever read any of these threads, or just post polls?
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xdog1
I had a feeling you were a bit of a silly bastard, trying to "teach" a spouse how to ski.

Do you ever read any of these threads, or just post polls?
'Course I read them! But you're right about trying to teach my wife how to ski -- an absolute disaster. It was like "making suggestions" about her driving, but ten times worse. I've never felt so grateful in my life to ski instructors. Now I know that if we have children and take them to the slopes, I'm leaving it to the pros.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ssh
Congrats, wbroun. It is, indeed, a wonderful day when you can share your passion for skiing with your life partner.
It sure is!
post #13 of 19
Yeah man, 2 good ways to divorce, "teach" the wife to ski, or drive a stick. :
post #14 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by xdog1
Yeah man, 2 good ways to divorce, "teach" the wife to ski, or drive a stick. :
Lmao...sorry for the hijack but xdog's post reminded me about my husband (then young bf) approach to teaching me to: drive a car, a stick, a motorcycle and an airplane. He basically got us "way out" somewhere and said, "the only way home is for you to get us there. i've got all day/night so you may as well just get it done". Now could be that I was 15/16 with the car and didn't know any better. About 20 with the motorcycle and 28 with the plane (still won't land or take off).

But I got to teach him to ski. Took him up on the lift, gave him a big kiss, grinned my a$$ off and said..."theres only one way down baby...I've got all day/night so you might as well figure it out".

Paybacks are a beautiful thing. Next thing I'm taking him rock climbing
post #15 of 19
Good for both of you! That's a great age for her to start. I started at 29, and it literally has changed my life. Although there are some who think I've kinda gone wacko over-the-top with the sport...
post #16 of 19
Congratulations! I love reading this kind of stuff! Great thread.
post #17 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nix
Cheerrs to her! wbroun, why don't you post a poll/survey now and find out how many husbands have gotten their wives into skiing?

Don't flaw it by not including wives teaching their husbands to ski.....
post #18 of 19
Good story!

Although I'll join in with the crowds chanting "You tried to teach your wife, wadda you, nuts ??":
post #19 of 19
Congratulations! Good job, you knew when to back off!
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