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Poll Results: Are You A First-Generation Skier?

 
  • 68% (98)
    YES
  • 31% (45)
    NO
143 Total Votes  
post #61 of 63
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Originally Posted by medmarkco View Post
Wow - the results are the reverse of what I expected. Interesting.
Just wondering why?

I think if you look at the average age of this message board, most of us were kids and young adults back in the 50's thru 70's when skiing was I would think on the way UP, based on the number of areas that were being created, especially thru the 60's. Most ski areas were founded subsequent to WWII if any of the history of skiing that I've been reading is true. Given that take off point for ski areas and lifts, it would be unlikely that previous generations would have had the time, access to convenient transportation, or the inclination (pre-chair lift) to ski. So, even though some of the younger folks on this board might be second generation and some of the older folks might have had ancestors from Europe who skied, I think given our demographics we'd have to mostly be first generation skiers.
post #62 of 63
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post
Just wondering why?

I think if you look at the average age of this message board, most of us were kids and young adults back in the 50's thru 70's when skiing was I would think on the way UP, based on the number of areas that were being created, especially thru the 60's. Most ski areas were founded subsequent to WWII if any of the history of skiing that I've been reading is true. Given that take off point for ski areas and lifts, it would be unlikely that previous generations would have had the time, access to convenient transportation, or the inclination (pre-chair lift) to ski. So, even though some of the younger folks on this board might be second generation and some of the older folks might have had ancestors from Europe who skied, I think given our demographics we'd have to mostly be first generation skiers.
Guess my own twisted perception of reality and didn't give it enough thought. Born late 50's in CO and introduced to skiing by my parents (CO natives). Many of my early childhood friends skied, as did their parents. A couple of my elementary school friend's fathers were patrollers. Many of our family friends also skied. My grandparents on my father's side skied periodically. Just was fortunate to grow up around skiers I guess.

If I think about the mass migration that occurred into mountain states over the past 20-30 years, it makes sense that many would be first generation skiers. Should have thought of my wife, who is a 1st gen skier.

Obviously the early generations of skiers were too busy skiing and not procreating enough.
post #63 of 63
Unclear if "first generation" means founding/initial since half the questions are about parents. Which makes poster second generation. Anyway:

Attitudes towards the sport - Yep, carry a sense of connection between the sport and my parents.

Discover the sport - My parents skied with a guy named Dave McCoy who had just opened a place in the Sierras. Truth.

Family react to your taking up of the sport - Dad had me on skis at 4, on a tow at 5.

Family have a very different "sport culture" from you - Not when they were young. I've just held on to it longer.

Standard bearer for the sport for your extended family now -- My 5 year old will begin his third season next month. I have skis waiting for my toddler and I got my wife into 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? I'd say: Shut down the damn computer and go ski!
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