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Are You A First Generation Skier?

Poll Results: Are You A First-Generation Skier?

 
  • 68% (98)
    YES
  • 31% (45)
    NO
143 Total Votes  
post #1 of 63
Thread Starter 
Let's try this as a poll ...

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

Please feel free to tell us more about it. 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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post #2 of 63
I am first gen skier.

1.n/a
2.through snowboarding, snowboarding though the X games
3.my family reacted fine, they dont like me being a ski bum, but my dad was a very good waterskier, my older sister was way into kayaking, my little sister skydives so I d say it fit in well.
4.nope
5.My little sister skiboards/skis casually because I got her started
6. never had any other opinion, and not thinking about kids anytime soon right now
7.Go for it, noone can stop what you want to do
post #3 of 63
My mother is from Germany. I don't know how many generations prior to my mother's skied. I don't know if I ever would have discovered the sport without her. Thanks mom.

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post #4 of 63
  • How did you discover the sport? -- It's a no-brainer. I went to school in Michigan and one winter of 6 month snow convinced me I need a winter sport!
  • How do you think being a first-gen skier shaped your attitudes towards the sport, if at all? -- Skiing is the first sport I had to learn NOT from my father. It's also the first sport I had to PAY to learn. It worked out so well that I'm doing more of other sports that my Dad don't (and PAY for lessons): kayaking (and probably rock climbing later).
  • How did your family react to your taking up of the sport? -- Except the paying for lesson part, nothing unusual. But they were surprised by my enthusiasm, which was much more than what I had showed in other sports I took up earlier.
No insight to the rest of the questions.
post #5 of 63
Dammit, I can't find an excuse to claim that this poll is flawed. Hmmm....perhaps brevity is the hight of reason.
post #6 of 63
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trotski View Post
  • 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?
I am a 1st gen skier. I think it caused me to not learn alot about skiing until I was in my early 20s and I am still learning.

I first went skiing on the anual boy scouts ski trip. But I didn't really discover how much I liked skiing until I want on a trip with some buddies in college.

My family has no sports culture.

I would say that being a 1st gen skier has led me to reach out to groups like epic to learn about skiing and not rely on family or friends (back in DC) so much.

I have helped bring my wife back into skiing. And eventually that led to her mom, her sister, her my brother in law getting into skiing too.

No kids... yet.

non-skiers, forums like epic are the perfect place to meet other skiers, learn about the sport, find people to ski with, and to just geek out on skiing when you family and other friends just don't understand.
post #7 of 63
Back in the mid 60's hardly anyone except for a few .... hell ... I was pretty blue collar and no one did this.

First year I skiied alone .... hooked on something I did not understand except that there was some magic in sliding along .... and ... since the only other thing I ever did well was skateboard ... also odd man out in my neighborhood on that one ... skis were 100% more fun than skateboarding.

Weird first year .. alone ...

Dad ignored the whole thing like he did everything.

Mom ... supportive ... packed lots of lunches for my first trips to VT weekends ... shy kid .. to shy to eat in public. But none of that mattered since once I was sliding the whole world went away.

Mom .... always on my way out .... "Be careful, please be careful and ... have fun"

Mom ... thanks ... she came to the local hill to watch once but admitted she had her eyes covered with her hands waiting for me to "break my neck"

post #8 of 63
Quote:
Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
Dammit, I can't find an excuse to claim that this poll is flawed. Hmmm....perhaps brevity is the hight of reason.
I think I found the "poll flawed" possibility.

My Great Great Uncle Gunner Skied. But then no one really did until me, so I am a first generation skier of sorts, or am I?

Uncle Gunner's skis:
post #9 of 63
I'm not a first generation skier, my Mom skied rope tows, bear claw bindings, 210 metal skis, bathtub-fit boots, the whole deal. But I'm the first serious skier in my family, in the sense of being the only one to allow (want) skiing to shape my life, in terms of where I've chosen to live, friends, mates, spending, lifestyle, etc. So I grew up outside of ski country and with parents not particularly enthusiastic about the sport. I feel more passionate about skiing, I think, for having had to work hard to do it for so many years. Hopefully my kids, who are having it handed to them (we live at the foot of the Alps and have a place at a ski resort), won't ever take it for granted
post #10 of 63
Good thread. Enjoyed LHC's mom photo and trekchick's uncle skis photo. I'm a second Gen skier. My parents were hugely supportive, but strictly in a recreational sense. Between myself and my three siblings we have introduced 13 third gen kids to snowriding.
post #11 of 63

First Generation Skier

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trotski View Post
Let's try this as a poll ...

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

Please feel free to tell us more about it. 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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No one in my family has ever been known to ski or to be particularly athletic.

I discovered it through friends about 20 yrs ago but hated it, tried it once and decided to never try it again. Then my husband begged me to try it again and I became a fanatic!:

My family (ie. my husband) is vey athletic and glad I've taken up the sport but not quite as fanatical about it as me. But he understands how I feel and supports me.
In general, my enthusiasm motivates people around me more so than not.

Beginner skiers -- it is a big advantage to have someone in the family to provide initial guidance....but my advice is to go for it!!!! You may find it to be eye-opening and different from your mental image. It is different from any sport I have ever done.......there is joy/a connection to it/the mountain, etc. that I have never felt at the same level!!

Use forums like this one (and if a woman don't miss SkiDiva!!!!!). It is amazing how much info you can get (gear tips, etc.)..almost overwhelming but great!!
post #12 of 63
Yep another First generation skier ------------------But as a result of my affliction now my adult kids and all grandkids ski with me and my wife --YEE HAA!!!!!!!!!
post #13 of 63
Dad, 1943


"I hope you don't think me too care free or something, but I just love the skiing, more than any other sport right now.
We got our marks in the mail and although I didn't do quite as well as before, never the less I can still meet all of Tech's standards. I didn't flunk anything like I was afraid I might.


And now I've added another sport to my line and another way to get the most out of life. Who knows what lies around the bend in the road, and who cares. Its the part under the wheels that we are riding over now."

post #14 of 63
First generation here.... I started at 30 years old. My wife skied and she talked me into going the first time. 25 years later, I'm still an avid skier.
My wife, while not as fanatical, DOES enjoy it (she'll go down to the hill and ski by herself).
I figured I would end up living in Upstate NY for the rest of my life and I better find a reason to look forward to winter!
We started our daughter at around 4 years old and she loves it, although her present circumstances (job, money and lack of people to go with) don't allow her to get out much.
post #15 of 63
First here as far as I know, however my dad's parents came from Norway so I suspect that there was a possibility that some of them or their relatives got on the boards.

I started skiing at age 51, had no idea that I wanted to do it before that. My future wife had skied from age 18 and after several years off the snow she decided she wanted to ski again. I arranged a xmas present at a local resort and of course I was just going to hang out in the lodge while she skied. Well she would have nothing to do with that and I ended up renting equipment and taking a lesson. And there is where it started.

I did have some snow experience however in that when I raced mountain bikes we did put studds on the tires and rode the lifts in spring after the skiers left.

I really have no family at home, my daughter being grown so no real family reaction. Of course the wife now thinks that I'm over the top, thinking of skiing all the time, in part thanks to Epicski.
post #16 of 63
1st generation skier. My relatives rode only these;
http://www.exploitz.com/pictures/3726/index.php?pix=4
That's uncle Tanous tending the steeds......
post #17 of 63
My dad got me hooked on this crazy sport by letting me stand on the toe pieces of his WWII beartrap bindings while we slid down a short, snowy hill. He was NOT a skier, just someone who had brought skis home from the war (he was a MASH surgeon in Europe) and gave sliding a try. One of his partners had gone to college in New England and learned to ski there. We all went on family outings in '45 to a hill beside a road where we could take turns using a car as a lift back to the top. I started sliding on skis by myself the next year when neighborhood high school kids organized walks to the golf course half a mile away from our street where we could slide down the sides of a gulley.

The year after that, the community experimented with a rope tow on a piece of bowl-shaped property near the edge of town, where someone showed us how to snowplow. That got such a good reception the Parks department developed several runs on some slopes the city owned.. They hired a guy to give lessons to kids and the program blossomed. The city-owned ski hill still operates.

Dad never skied that I know of except for those outings. He had polio in 1948, and that limited a lot of his recreational activities.

My daughters both ski (one's a patroller) and the one who has sons got them skiing. My grandsons now are accomplished boarders.
post #18 of 63
Yes, I am the 1st generation in my family to ski.

How do you think being a first-gen skier shaped your attitudes towards the sport, if at all? I enjoyed developing my own interests.
How did you discover the sport? I joined a youth ski club, the Snowflake club in Chicago.
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? My Family was neutral, Skiing in Chicago was not well supported. However I had friends that included me on their annual spring trip to their second home in Breckenridge, I skied with these friends for 4 or 5 years.
Are there any ways that being a first-gen skier continues to inform your thinking or actions related to skiing? I believe skiing is an individual pursuit, one of my children loves to ski, the other two are less keen. They all have good memories of family skiing however.
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? No, mostly because of my Midwest location.
If you have children, does being a first generation skier change how you think about addressing your own children's skiing lives? see above
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? If you want to ski, Just do it!


Michael
post #19 of 63
My Mom skiied when she was pregnant with me.
post #20 of 63
1st gen skier.
(Though my mum had been on skis before, she was not really into it.)
My parents had friends in Argentieres. They put me on skis when I was like 5 years old. And I liked it... So they had to continue...
It was also quite common in France in the late 60's, early 70's : That was when they created all those purposed-built mega resorts. When spending one or two weeks a year skiing was a cool think to do, and not that expensive. Quite affordable actualy for a lot of people. Probably much more than today.

It was also quite common for public schools to organize a week long trip to the mountains in winter, a "classe de neige". In spring it was a "classe de mer" (to the sea, to learn some sailing). I suspect quite a few frenchies between 45 and 30 discovered skiing thanks to their school.
Nowadays, for liability issues, it unfortunately less frequent, and teachers prefer less dangerous activities...

My wife is also a skier (since her childhood, thanks to her parents who took up the sport in the late 60's). So it's a no-brainer to transmit the torch to our kids.

A message for non skiers ?
What are you waiting for ? Go for it, it's fun out there !


Edit : Great pic, newfydog !
post #21 of 63
I'm a fgs.

Quote:
  • How do you think being a first-gen skier shaped your attitudes towards the sport, if at all?
In a way, it doesn't. My family's perception of skiing has always been that it is for those with money. I never believed this, and almost fight the belief. My ski trips are filled with ham sandwiches that are half frozen from being stored in the bed of a truck, cheap motels and early morning wake-ups. Sometimes we go out to dinner, but mostly it's pasta and ice cream (gotta splurge sometimes!)

  • How did you discover the sport?
I guess it was part of my AOA (adult onset athleticism). I started rock climbing and gradually found myself getting more interested in physical activities. Skiing seemed fun, and a group of work buddies and I planned a beginner ski day. After that, I was hooked, and started skiing 1-2 nights a week by myself even though the closest mountain was about 3 hrs away.
  • 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?
Well, at that point I think they just saw it as another crazy thing that they didn't understand. I'd already broken them in a bit with the climbing... As to the 'sport culture' I would say that my family had a vastly different one. Men played ball sports. Women... well, didn't do much. Not that my family was actively anti-women's sports. It just wasn't pushed so much in us. I danced and did horseback riding. I don't remember my dad or mom pushing to keep me in soccer or to try out for softball. I don't remember them actively keeping me out of it either. Both of my parents and my brothers think I'm crazy for what I do. I do things they don't understand. It's okay, because they're still intersted in what I do. They like to look at my pictures. They call me 'lucky' which really is just a way of them saying that it's an outside factor that enables me to do such things that they couldn't imagine ever doing. I try and tell them that you have to make your own luck. If you want to do something, go do it. My brother recently started kayakking, so maybe that's his way of coming over to my side? I dunno...
  • Are there any ways that being a first-gen skier continues to inform your thinking or actions related to skiing?
Nope. Other than that i tend to believe nowadays that some folks are just making excuses when they make the same amount of money as me and say that the sport is too expensive for them.
  • Have you become a kind of stand(ard)bearer for the sport for your extended family now -- have others in your extended family jumped onboard because of you?
No way. They have no interest.
  • If you have children, does being a first generation skier change how you think about addressing your own children's skiing lives?
NA
  • 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?
Just go out and ski. It's not nearly as intimidating or scary as you think. No one is staring at you and laughing as you snowplow down the mountain. No one cares. We were all there. Just go, have fun, and don't pay attention to what anyone else may think. That time on the mountain is yours. Own it, enjoy it. Life is meant to be enjoyed.
post #22 of 63
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post
My dad got me hooked on this crazy sport by letting me stand on the toe pieces of his WWII beartrap bindings while we slid down a short, snowy hill. He was NOT a skier, just someone who had brought skis home from the war (he was a MASH surgeon in Europe) and gave sliding a try. One of his partners had gone to college in New England and learned to ski there. We all went on family outings in '45 to a hill beside a road where we could take turns using a car as a lift back to the top. I started sliding on skis by myself the next year when neighborhood high school kids organized walks to the golf course half a mile away from our street where we could slide down the sides of a gulley.

The year after that, the community experimented with a rope tow on a piece of bowl-shaped property near the edge of town, where someone showed us how to snowplow. That got such a good reception the Parks department developed several runs on some slopes the city owned.. They hired a guy to give lessons to kids and the program blossomed. The city-owned ski hill still operates.

Dad never skied that I know of except for those outings. He had polio in 1948, and that limited a lot of his recreational activities.

My daughters both ski (one's a patroller) and the one who has sons got them skiing. My grandsons now are accomplished boarders.
This is an amazing glimpse into ski history in America. Really interesting reading.
post #23 of 63
Yes, I am the 1st generation in my family to ski.

How do you think being a first-gen skier shaped your attitudes towards the sport, if at all? had to learn as I went and from others... Lots to learn that is non-physical (edicate, gaperisms, etc.)

How did you discover the sport? Always loved winter but family was non-skiers. at 29, my boss says "you are going skiing with clients, go get some lessons and we leave next week" that was 14 years ago, I took a lesson with in borrowed Spyder outfit at Craigmere in NJ. 5 days later I was in Beaver Creek. Broke my thumb the second day skiing Gold Rush. Skied the rest of the week in a cast.

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? They thought it was great for me... My wife is not a skier and she was not thrilled at the time with the expense of the sport to say the least.....

Are there any ways that being a first-gen skier continues to inform your thinking or actions related to skiing? No. We don't have kids and my nieces and nephews don't really have an interest, So that sucks. I would love to take more of them.

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? No, the rest of the family thinks I'm nuts about how obsessive I am about skiing. I tell them they should talk to some of you!

If you have children, does being a first generation skier change how you think about addressing your own children's skiing lives? see above

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? Go take lessons and don't listen to ski and skiing......
post #24 of 63
  • How do you think being a first-gen skier shaped your attitudes towards the sport, if at all?
    • I started late and was timid about it, having come from parents who believed more in reading than sports.
  • How did you discover the sport?
    • Spent my junior year of college in Austria, hated it, but found out that back home the skis were shorter and lots of hot guys were skiing.
  • 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?
    • My mom has always written it off as some aberration and actually told my daughter that the reason SHE likes skiing is that I have brainwashed her and that in actuality my daughter doesn't really like skiing. My dad is dead now, but he was never really on the jock wave either.
  • Are there any ways that being a first-gen skier continues to inform your thinking or actions related to skiing?
    • No.
  • 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?
    • No. My brother skis because he went to Dartmouth. We arrived at skiing independently.
  • If you have children, does being a first generation skier change how you think about addressing your own children's skiing lives?
    • I made sure my daughter started early.
    • I would have started her racing earlier if I'd known more about the racing scene and the short amount of time to "make it".
  • 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?
    • Learn to love the journey and don't focus too much on being a perfect skier.
post #25 of 63
My Dad got interested in skiing after listening to Lowell Thomas broadcast his radio show from Mont Tremblant in the early 1940s.

After he got out of the service, he picked up some Lund skis and some beartrap bindings, but he didn't really get into skiing in a big way until the early 60s, when I was about 11 or 12. He never got past a solid advanced intermediate skill level, but he was a fine athlete, and I know he would have developed into a superb skier if he had had the time and the money to work on his skills for a solid season or two rather than for a week or so each year. Instead, he spent his energy and time getting my brothers, sisters, and me to the slopes and making sure that we got the goods. What a gift that was.
post #26 of 63
Thread Starter 
Absolutely awesome responses here! Keep 'em coming!
post #27 of 63
When my mom remarried when I was five she married an avid skier. He took us weekly to one place or another all around the western Washington cascade resorts.
His favorite ski was made by Kneissel . The long thongs and the leather boots were what I first learned on . I remember my first buckle boots ..It was so cool not to have to tie them down as tight as you could stand it in the leather boot days.
Dad would ditch us early and often leaving us with Mom a veteran wedger and happy to stay at that plateau.
She would ski with us on the rope tows and would later tell us of tales of our first experiences. She just told me the first trime i tried it I said' hey this is easy 'and starightlined the bunny hill ending with my patented control fall stop move. When I got into first grade she put my brother and I both into ski school and did so every year except for two years in Houston.
It was cool having a Dad and Mom that skied. My new Dad shared his love of skiing and gave me the gift of learning that for myself .
post #28 of 63
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Originally Posted by pattongb View Post
My Mom skiied when she was pregnant with me.
LOL!!!!
post #29 of 63
  • How do you think being a first-gen skier shaped your attitudes towards the sport, if at all?
I'm not a 1st gen skier, my mother is, but even my grandmother experimented with skis in her youth. Probably living within short distance from the mountains and having relatives living there did help.
  • How did you discover the sport?
My mom, being the "drill sargent" in the family and loving the sport
simply "ordered" me into it (and had the same success with swimming, althought,since when I was barely 10 months old I was attracted, strongly, by the sea waters, in fact I love(d) to swim...so that one came easily to her)
My father, being a kind and withdrawn man, did not have the same degree of success with me and Tennis and mid/long distance running (his sports of election). 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?
N/A
  • 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?
Yes,sort of. My uncles (my mother's brothers) started to ski at age 35, with us. My son both ski as a consequence of me loving to ski. But in one case at least, the opposite happened. My ex-wife stopped skiing the instant our lives parted. AFAIK she still has in the basement a new pair of HEAD SL skis (never-ever used)...my last gift to her.
  • If you have children, does being a first generation skier change how you think about addressing your own children's skiing lives?
N/A (I have children but am not 1st gen)
  • 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?
Every one, even those who profess to not to be interested, and who claim that can't stand the cold weather, once started, remain hooked.
post #30 of 63
Nobody, non sei per caso parente di Giorgio Bonfanti?
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