I can see reading this thread where I went wrong.
I have always been somewhat of an active person, skiing, auto racing, golf, flying, cycling, usually concentrating on 2 of the aforementioned activities in any giver year. Until I met and married my wife, who is not active athleticly, it was no holds barred. Now my activities are moderated. In spite of our differences, we have managed to spend 13 wonderful years together. It's been hard to find things to do together, but we have managed. We have learned to let each other have our own passions and let it go at that. It still gets interesting sometimes.
2 seasons ago, I started skiing after a 10 year layoff and last year I got myself and the kids season passes. The kids and I had a great time culminating in Spring trip to Steamboat. To my surprise and astonishment, the wife went skiing once locally with a lesson and did take an all day lesson at Steamboat. Both times it did not go well. (Much wailing and knashing of teeth.) However, for reasons unknown to me, she decided to get boots and skis at the ski swap this year and to get a season pass with unlimited lessons. However, she is scared to death of chairlifts and says she will be out there for her beginner lesson every day she skis, never venturing off the rope tow. I hope this is not the case, but, if it is, it will probably be the end of her skiing after this season.
The kids like skiing and are looking forward to it. They have their own skis this year and, since they took 2 all day lessons at Steamboat last year, are ready to go. The season just needs to start. Plus, the local Ohio hills aren't going to be quite so intimidating after they skied out west. I also think it helps with the wife that I could take the kids for the day and she can get some time to herself.
It's been challenging at times, but I am happily married and I'm not sorry I didn't marry a skier. However, ...