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Are you the first in your family's known history to take up skiing? Tell us about it. Define family however you want.

Here are some questions to consider, if you care to:
  • How do you think being a first-gen skier shaped your attitudes towards the sport, if at all?
  • How did you discover the sport?
  • How did your family react to your taking up of the sport? Did your family have a very different "sport culture" from you and does that remain the same?
  • Are there any ways that being a first-gen skier continues to inform your thinking or actions related to skiing?
  • Have you become a kind of standbearer for the sport for your extended family now -- have others in your extended family jumped onboard because of you?
  • If you have children, does being a first generation skier change how you think about addressing your own children's skiing lives?
  • Any advice to non-skiers lurking here on Epic who don't have anyone in their family who skis or knows much about the sport?
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She was cute. She flirted with shy ol' me. Skiing was an just emerging "in" thing and they just opened a small county run area (200 vert), "Belle Mountain".

She, was also a "puff" and couldn't make it up the rope tow ... well, it took her over an hour to make it that 80 feet.

She just wanted to smooch at the top of the bunny hill.

I just ... well ... smooching was good ... but I staggered through one clumsy left turn down to the lift. One left turn, one and only one turn a big left wedge ..... over and over .. and over .. she was p'oed.

That night it hit me that I didn't do a turn to the right ... so I went back the next day .... and a few days later .... then every night.

She .... met one of our local lead guitarists ... I was history within a week .. and went off with him .... she and he ended up in England to record with Ringo and George Harrison. The band was called "Brother" and they have lots of credits on Apple .... don't know what ever happened to her?

Me ...... : ..... happy idiot .... still doing right turns and left turns .. :
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  • How do you think being a first-gen skier shaped your attitudes towards the sport, if at all? The idea that skiing is some sort of tradition reserved for the elite is not one I share. Sometimes I feel like an outsider, even though I've been on the "inside" more than most.
  • How did you discover the sport? My parents signed me up for lessons at the local hill. I was seven IIRC. Something like 60 dollars for 6 lessons with equipment. Essentially the ski industry equivalent of free cigarettes.
  • How did your family react to your taking up of the sport? Did your family have a very different "sport culture" from you and does that remain the same? Yes, my dad played D3 basketball and then coached HS basketball. My parents tried in vain to get me hooked on some other sport; racquetball, soccer, basketball, golf, tennis, etc. I wanted zilch to do with anything other than biking and skiing. Their error was introducing me to skiing first.
  • Are there any ways that being a first-gen skier continues to inform your thinking or actions related to skiing? Absolutely. I don't ski with family. Ever. I continue to have a weird desire to ski at every little hill I can find, probably because my parents used to take me to all these different hills so they could at least find new antique shops to browse during the day.
  • Have others in your extended family jumped onboard because of you? No, but I have helped extended family with gear, knowledge, etc. I would be psyched if I could convince some of the non-skiers to ski.
  • Any advice to non-skiers lurking here on Epic who don't have anyone in their family who skis or knows much about the sport? Take advantage of opportunities to meet people with a long involvement and commitment to the sport. Most are more than happy to share their enthusiasm with someone new to the sport.
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