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What do you trade with your family to get your Ski Fix?

post #1 of 19
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In the thread about getting spousal approval for a Guy Ski Trip, I got an inspiration about the trade off's in my own life to get my "fix" for this passion I have for skiing.

Its no secret that Mr TC is more passionate about Dirt Bikes and is crazy about racing and trail riding. I have spent a lot of years sitting in the middle of the woods running pit crew for him and his buddies, most of whom have wifes or girl friends who show little interest or support in their dirt biking.
I honestly have a great time doing this for/with my husband, due in part to bringing the right attitude to the game!
I know in advance I'm going to have fun, so I have fun!!!

Mr TC has always encouraged me to do my things, volleyball, mtbiking, golf, and skiing, but the only one he shows any interest in participating in is Skiing.
Good for us to have this in common, however he is not Passionate about skiing. So, he's happy to send me off on my ski trips.

Being happy doing something he's not Passionate about, does not come as naturally to him as it does to me, but he's getting it.

What do you do for/with your family, so that you can afford the time to feed your passion for skiing?
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
What do you do for/with your family, so that you can afford the time to feed your passion for skiing?
I grace them with the presence of my shining personality when I'm not off on a ski trip. What more do they need?
post #3 of 19
Good dubject TC. I'm at the stage in the family lifecycle where the Mrs and I spend most of our disposable $ and bandwitdth on the little kids doing what we all can agree on. Some of that involves skiing and beach trips, maybe add some fishing and an amusement park this year? I'm sure that will change a lot when the kids are older and off doing "their" things with their friends. Deciding what we do when we have child care set up -like if the kids spend a day or two with the Godmother- can be kinda competitive sometimes. But, It usually works out wo that we both get to do something we wanted to.

It's fantastic to have a SO that cares about me and wants me to get to do the things I like to as much as possible and vice versa.
post #4 of 19
I have to sacrify a week of my vacation days this year.
For the firsttime in 8 years we are going on a summer holiday!!!
To tha Swiss mountains I must add but there 'll be no skiing involved.
post #5 of 19
Family? What's that? My nearest relatives live 400 miles away.
post #6 of 19
I still haven't figured out a way to reconcile my skiing obsession with my wife's more moderate (sane?) interest in the sport. Probably never will. Thankfully, she is happy to let me go off and day-trip by myself, and I normally do at least 2-3 solo overnight trips per season. No trade or bargaining needed. We normally get in about 10 days skiing together, and I get another 15-20 by myself. I know if we ever decide to have kids, it's going to be a lot tougher for me to ski, at least in the beginning. I have not even begun to think how I would handle that...

If anyone has to sacrifice for my skiing, it's my boss and my job. Thankfully he's cool and has no problems letting me burn up leave during ski season. I just make sure I do a good job the rest of the year!
post #7 of 19
I ski with the little ones, 4 and 6 (we have 5 kids total,all girls),The 4 year old just got off the leash. I let my wife go ski with out the kids as much as she wants. I pack and unpack all the stuff. I do all the driving and let her sleep,and/or listen to her horrible music.This would total about 15 family days a year. Then when I do my guy skiing, about 5-10 days a year she understands. Don't get me wrong I love skiing with the little ones and the whole family for that matter, but I also need to ski sometimes where the only time you stop is to look at the view while taking a piss between your skis.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
No trade or bargaining needed.
I am not sure about most, but in my case the trade off is in the idea that we support each others passions, and don't expect the other to be out of sorts when doing our thing. No bargaining involved, just a mutual respect and understanding.

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Originally Posted by peatmoss View Post
...............but I also need to ski sometimes where the only time you stop is to look at the view while taking a piss between your skis.
Gives a whole new meaning to the term, Get out there and let go.
Ahhhhhhhhh!
post #9 of 19
I took the spousal unit to Steamboat for a week this year as she likes tree skiing. 6 days of skiing and she's good for the winter. VT is a non-starter for her unless it's not uber cold, icy and a human demo derby (when's that?).

She knew I was a fanatic going into this gig, so of my 34 West days so far this year, she's missed 28, and doesn't mind as long as she's on all the Florida trips. I'll call from Tahoe on our anniversary (again) this year.
post #10 of 19
Divorce. It's worked great so far.
post #11 of 19
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Divorce. It's worked great so far.
That just made me laugh out loud!
I'm sorry for you rmisfortune but thank you for that. :
post #12 of 19
Got the 4 yr. old out on skis as much as possible this year, so next year I can take her with me to hills up north that have day care; she'll be excited about skiing and will enjoy the daycare when she tires, and I'll get in some good skiing. Best part, it gives me wife freedom when we go to ski, instead of the "stuck home with kids while my husband has all the fun" syndrome.

She does ski, but not often or not really too into it. I put the offer out the other night that if maybe we should make a trade: she skis more often, and I'll pick up on . . . OMG . . . ballroom dancing with her. Brave man, I think

Oh yeah, she usually picks the spring break location, and I don't complain. This year it's once again the anti-skiing capitol of the world . . . Orlando.
post #13 of 19
Travel to the Beach. My wife grew up in a seaside village in Italy. She likes the sun, sea & surf. I like the steep 'n deep. We try to do both each year.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by jerry5757 View Post

She does ski, but not often or not really too into it. I put the offer out the other night that if maybe we should make a trade: she skis more often, and I'll pick up on . . . OMG . . . ballroom dancing with her. Brave man, I think
I know of another Bear who has taken up dancing with the wife so he can grin more on ski trips.
post #15 of 19
I don't go with the wife and kids when she visits her family, that way everyone has a nice visit
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
I grace them with the presence of my shining personality when I'm not off on a ski trip. What more do they need?
LOL....good answer.

.....that and wine tasting, what feels like every weekend after ski season.
post #17 of 19
I work my butt off and pay for our trips. My fiance won't spend any money on any of the trips I plan, which is mostly all of them.

Funny considering she claims to love skiing as much as I do.
post #18 of 19
I don't need to trade anything as the kids are grown up and do their own thing and my wife is my ski partner. The kids still like to go with the old folks some though. We have a group of older skiers that really like to rip it up and have fun. We really enjoy our way of life right now.
post #19 of 19
Oops. Sorry. I thought you were asking what do you trade FOR your family to get your ski fix.
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