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Any way to get parents back into skiing?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey all,
I was wondering if anyone had a creative way of getting my parents back into skiing? We used to go up as a family back in the late 80's early 90's to Tahoe a few times a year to go skiing, but we stopped after 92 or so. I picked back up when I was in HS going up every weekend and sleeping out in the car, but my parents never got back into it again.

Skiing by myself and with friends is fun and all, but I'd like to go up as a family again once in a while too. So, i'm trying to get them started up again, but I'm having problems convincing them...

i can understand my dad not wanting to go since the last time we went up, he broke his wrist or something skiing lol. While we were skiing, we never got past snow plowing (i got past that afterwards tho), but my mom was a decent parallel skier. I'm sure that with shaped skis that it'd be alot easier for the both of them as well...any ideas? Should I just drag them up to some ski town with me one season and force them to ski?

They're about 50 if that makes any difference?

Thanks for your help [img]smile.gif[/img]

post #2 of 16
I have been trying to convince my Dad to go skiing for years now. He has tried it about 3 times in his life, last time was probably 25 years ago. Each season I pester and pester him and try to convince him it is safe, but he claims that too many people get knee injuries. My Mom was the one who taught me to ski, but because of knee problems (ironically from skiing) she can't go now even if she wants to. Both my sisters are intermediate skiers who only go a few times a year. So I know how it is not being able to ski with your family. I have pretty much given up on mine.
post #3 of 16
I guess you could try do get them on the snow in a subtle way. Always talk to them about how much fun your latest trip was. How good it was to be in the mountains. How clean the air is etc, etc.
post #4 of 16
I had grown up skiing with my parents every winter up until high school, where due to other committments and interests(sports, girls, etc..) it tapered off. After my brother and I graduated from college and started to see less of our folks we decided that a family ski trip would be nice idea. My mother (who is in her mid 50's) hadn't skied in years and was apprehesive, but was sold more on the spending time with her sons idea. The first year we took her to Breck, and now SHE's the one pushing the trip on us every year (not that she has to push too hard [img]smile.gif[/img] ). My brother and I bought a small condo in NH last year, and she even bought a pass to Loon for this upcoming winter. My dad, who had been an avid skier in his younger years, has even caught on a little more now that his daughter is old enough to get on the slopes, so we've planned a trip with them as well.

Selling the family togetherness idea worked well for us and may for you, and once they get back on the hill it may rekindle their interest in the sport. It's a nice feeling to get back to those family trips that were so much fun back in the day.
post #5 of 16
You might try selling the family on "Christmas at Tahoe" or somthing to that effect.
One thing to consider: if they have not been up for many years please push for a private lesson or even an all day session. I have witnessed too many 'over the hill' types return to skiing by going up with the kids (or grand kids) and it is ugly. The body they had at thirty is long gone and the skills they knew then are less then a memory. Make the new experiance a good one.
Raymond "over the hill" Ryel

[ October 21, 2002, 06:45 AM: Message edited by: Ryel ]
post #6 of 16
I used to love to ski with my step daughter when she came up to visit from Florida. But thw last time we skied together, she made some snide comments about my technique, as 14 year old girls can tend to do. One might say ! overeacted a bit! [img]redface.gif[/img]
Never skied with her again. She is coming up during Christmas, and we are planning to go skiing. I am both looking foward to it and dreading it.

Keep in mind that your parents, even though they probably have skied longer than you, will probably not ski as well as you. Its not just the physical deteriorzation of aging; younger people simply learn faster. if you make tyhem feel comfortable about their skiing, they will be more likely to join you,
post #7 of 16
Here's an article* that you might share with your parents:

*The photo of the author and her husband ripping it up on their short skis says it all. Too bad it wasn't included.
post #8 of 16
Well, a confounding situation. I think I would approach it, as was suggested, as renewing one of the fun family gatherings. But, I'd start with a weekend somewhere with interesting shops, good restaurants, fun place to be. Don't oversell the hard-core skiing line, otherwise if they don't have an interest you'll lose your audience. Make it clear that they don't have to ski every day, can quit when the want, but it would be fun just to be up there. Fireplace, hot cocoa and all that. A great weekend getaway and if you get in some skiing, Great.

A lot like my 5 yr old daughter learning to ski, quit when she's ready and just make it fun. Then she associated skiing with fun and as a result has been a keen skier for the last 7 years.

Make it fun for your parents and they'll be back. Though, they'll never be avid skiers as you are. So you may need to adjust your expectations of them. Good luck, keep us posted.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
a place like Whistler/Blackcomb that has a nice ski town at the base where there aer things to do throughout the day or S. Lake Tahoe might be a good place I'm thinking?

We've been to whistler as a family before, though it was during the summer/autmn, but there's alot of shopping there from what I remember so they might have fun there.

On the other hand, my parents ARE looking for property in S. Lake Tahoe, so they could go property hunting occaisionally while we're there. The Biggest problem that I forgot to mention is my dog :| Mello(the name of my dog...and no, i didn't take my name from him, he got it frmo me) likes the snow alot, so my parents are HIGHLY inclined to bring him wherever we go. And they're my parents are really adamant about not putting Mello up for boarding for a few days...nor having a friend take care of him :| Are there places that allow for dogs on the resort, not on the hill of course, but that way, we could rotate schedules walking him while the other two are skiing etc?

MelloBoy [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 16
My parents are 62 and had not skied in 15 years. I say this tongue in cheeck. Couldn't wait to get on the hill once their granddaughter was skiing. Previous time before that, when I got engaged. So the best way to get parents skiing, get married and have a kid.
post #11 of 16
You could threaten to live at home FOREVER . That might motivate them.
Or, you could take them to the EpicSki Academy.
post #12 of 16
I had the reverse problem to this. Several of my kids learned to ski at school and were always pushing me to try it. I always refused arguing that I was more into warm weather sports such as cycling and marathons. I didn't start skiing until I was 58 when my new partner (and now wife!) encouraged me to try it and of course I loved it.

Since then I have skied as much as I can and have really enjoyed skiing with my kids and catching up for lost time. The motiviation in my case was a new lady in my life, but I agree with the general sentiment that the mountains and the general outdoors environment can also be a big motivator. I strongly support Ryel's comments about having lessons and whatever you do don't let them out on their old gear!

Unfortunately none of my grandchildren ski yet but when they do I plan to have fun with them as well as their parents. Some of them are a bit wary after in-line skating with me a few years ago when I wore them out pretty quickly.

Nolo. Thanks for the article re older folk and short skis. We regularly ski on 120cm Atomics as part of our Masters classes. Great training for balance and centreing. Don't know that I would want them as my only ski but a short ski can make a fun addition to the quiver. We are currently looking for a 150cm radical side cut (8-9m) as second fun ski for playing on, generally without poles. The Stockli Raver is one possibility and also the Elan NRT or Head Cyber 90 although I haven't seen either in Australia yet.
post #13 of 16
Buy their lift pass and ski rental.
post #14 of 16
Yeh, pay for their holiday and throw in a couple of Bogner one-pieces. Once they have had a taste (and gone skiing) they will be back year after year.
post #15 of 16
Yeh, pay for their holiday and throw in a couple of Bogner one-pieces
Umm.. getting them laughed at for wearing Bogner one-pieces probably won't keep them coming back.

On a more serious note, as stated above, DO NOT let them use their old equipment. A big factor in both my parents return to the hill has been the easy transition back into skiing, due in a large part to the technology out there in terms of skis. I'm pretty sure had they dragged out their 1974 Rossi Comp SL's (I think that's the model hehe ..old orange and white ones) they would not have been so happy back on the hill.
post #16 of 16
I know they are better, no need to sell me. But after 2 days on new skis my dad went back to the old. Just like a good chair, you are more comfortable with the familiar. Didn't want a challenge just wanted to be out on the mountain in the blue.
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