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Couples skiing together but at different ski levels

post #1 of 21
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Hi

Im going to be in America over christmas and am looking to go skiing round the first week of january. Im an agressive level 8-9 skiier but my girlfriend is probably an even intermediate. I went to jackson hole last year and loved it but couldnt possibly take my girl there. I would like to ski with her but at the same time i have no interest in skiing blue cruisers all day. So my question is, where can we go, preferably in colorado, where we can ski together but perhaps down parallel runs where we can both enjoy the skiing. I am looking at vail or aspen but i've heard lots of good things about telluride, although it does appear to suit my needs more than hers.

Thanks guys
post #2 of 21
Steamboat.

Added: Recommend steamboat becuase there is a lot of varied terrain served by most lifts, so you can ski "together" on adjacent runs and ride same lift...or you can ski trees next to a run your gf is skiing. This worked well for us last year when we were there with another couple and varying degrees of ability. Plus the snow is SO nice there...but i'm from east cost so all powder is nice.
post #3 of 21
Steamboat is probably a very good suggestion, esp at that time of year.
Winter Park offers a notable combination of challenging expert terrain and easy lower intermediate terrain. Crested Butte is another with such appeal, although the more extreme stuff might not be open at CB in the first week of Jan.
Honestly, all the major ski areas in Colorado with perhaps the exception of mostly advanced Ajax (at Aspen) will have good terrain for all levels.
post #4 of 21
Get her a group lesson, then take off and ski everything you want to ski. After you get that out of your system you can ski with her the rest of the time.

Vail isn't too bad of a choice - most of the terrain funnels to the same place and they groom some of the bowls, so you can ski on the ungroomed part and she can ski on the groomed part and stay within sight of each other really easily.
post #5 of 21
Even Ajax is pretty good. My wife is good, but just doesn't have the drive she once did. We ski Ajax and Highlands all the time and they both have plenty of expert terrain for me and the boys, and we can still meet Mom at the lift.


You might try snowboarding with your girlfriend, it changes the dynamic quite a bit.
When my boys were little, I would get board quickly at Buttermilk. So, I took up Snowboarding and suddenly the hill was much, much harder and my wife and kids were very fast.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
I guess my next question would be - where is the best snow at that time of the year, specifically from the 2nd of jan to the 9 of jan.

I'm from australia and have only been to america to ski a few times but never that early in the year.

thanks again
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Fint View Post
I guess my next question would be - where is the best snow at that time of the year, specifically from the 2nd of jan to the 9 of jan.

I'm from australia and have only been to america to ski a few times but never that early in the year.

thanks again
Sorry, but here in the states we cannot get a good weather prediction 3 days in advanced let alone 6 months.
post #8 of 21
Tony Crocker's site, bestsnow.net, has early-season recommendations.

When my wife was an intermediate, we enjoyed skiing the lower mountain at Squaw, which has many intermediate runs with off-piste advanced and expert dropoffs. Tahoe might be great in early January (it certainly was this year), but it's variable.
post #9 of 21
I don't really get why guys feel obligated to ski with their SO's all the time. My best solution to date is to put her in a group lesson in the morning, ski my butt off, then ski together with her in the afternoon when my legs are toast and cruisers are just my speed. She can show you what she learned and practice stuff before the next day. By the end of the week, you'll both have had a great time, she won't be ready to wring your neck (after listening to you give her "lessons" all week), and her skiing will have improved dramatically.

As for where to go? If the snow is critical, then just wait until the last minute and book wherever there's decent snow. As long as it isn't over MLK weekend, you should be able to find a place to stay at a reasonable price. If you need to book your trans-pacific flights now, just book yourself into/out of SFO or LAX, then fly wherever from there (or drive to Tahoe from SFO if you want). I don't know anywhere that can claim truly reliable, good snow in early January, but obviously the higher and further north, the better the chances. Tahoe was amazing last January.
post #10 of 21
Pick a resort in Summit County. You'll be able to ski more than one ski area. Although Breck. is go lots of blue cruisers. But you'd be able to sample Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper.
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post
I don't really get why guys feel obligated to ski with their SO's all the time. My best solution to date is to put her in a group lesson in the morning, ski my butt off, then ski together with her in the afternoon when my legs are toast and cruisers are just my speed. She can show you what she learned and practice stuff before the next day. By the end of the week, you'll both have had a great time, she won't be ready to wring your neck (after listening to you give her "lessons" all week), and her skiing will have improved dramatically.

As for where to go? If the snow is critical, then just wait until the last minute and book wherever there's decent snow. As long as it isn't over MLK weekend, you should be able to find a place to stay at a reasonable price. If you need to book your trans-pacific flights now, just book yourself into/out of SFO or LAX, then fly wherever from there (or drive to Tahoe from SFO if you want). I don't know anywhere that can claim truly reliable, good snow in early January, but obviously the higher and further north, the better the chances. Tahoe was amazing last January.

I'll concur with most of this although you knowing the SO much better than we will help you decide. Unless we're at a pre determined get together that I'm sure will have people of like ability for my wife to ski with I get her some lessons. She enjoys the group dynamic and while progress has been a little slow, she's a significantly better skier than when we got back into the sport 5 seasons ago.
post #12 of 21
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I don't really get why guys feel obligated to ski with their SO's all the time. ..

I don't feel I have to ski with a guy that can't keep up either. Plus it just bruises their ego all day.

BUT... when you take them on a 'vacation' they want to spend time with 'you' and unless you figure out how to make them feel like you are doing things 'together' you might be stuck next time at the beach instead of skiing.
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by bklyn View Post
BUT... when you take them on a 'vacation' they want to spend time with 'you' and unless you figure out how to make them feel like you are doing things 'together' you might be stuck next time at the beach instead of skiing.
... or alone.
post #14 of 21
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I don't really get why guys feel obligated to ski with their SO's all the time.
Obligated is a really funny choice of words.
post #15 of 21
As the one in our marriage who is woefully intermediate, I hope no one ever feels obligated to ski with me. Uncle Louie is the expert, and I often shoo him off to the gnarly stuff so he can get his fix; I'm alone to do whatever I feel like doing (easy stuff, practice stuff, whatever stuff).

While I know I learn and improve by skiing with those who are better than me--which incorporates most with a pulse--I frankly enjoy time alone on the hill just to enjoy myself, feel no pressure to keep up, tip more, get forward, watch my hands, growl at the terrain, so many things to remember!

And to the OP's question, Breck's a good place as is Vail for both of you to ski on the same or parallel run and challenge/enjoy yourselves.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by SugarCube View Post
As the one in our marriage who is woefully intermediate, I hope no one ever feels obligated to ski with me. Uncle Louie is the expert, and I often shoo him off to the gnarly stuff so he can get his fix; I'm alone to do whatever I feel like doing (easy stuff, practice stuff, whatever stuff).

While I know I learn and improve by skiing with those who are better than me--which incorporates most with a pulse--I frankly enjoy time alone on the hill just to enjoy myself, feel no pressure to keep up, tip more, get forward, watch my hands, growl at the terrain, so many things to remember!
Amen to all that!

Has your SO said, "Don't leave me alone the entire time we're on the slope?" If not, ASK her if that's what she wants or if she's OK with you going off every so often and doing your own thing for awhile. Maybe she's not sure of her skills and does want you around all the time, which is fine. In that case, do what some of the others said and put in her in lessons for part of the day while you do your own thing, then let her show you what she learned for the rest of the day.

If she's OK with you taking off every so often (and make sure she really IS OK with that), find a lift that drops you off at runs of different levels. She can take the blue, you can head off down the black, and you both meet at the bottom for your next run. After a few of those, make a few runs with her. Maybe give her some pointers. Then go your own ways again for a bit while she works on those things.

Biggest thing is, don't get frustrated that you aren't skiing the trails you want to ski. Because that will come through loud and clear. If you make the decision to stick with her on the lower-level trails, make peace with that and have a great time.
post #17 of 21
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I don't feel I have to ski with a guy that can't keep up either. Plus it just bruises their ego all day.
Mr TC will never recover from his time on the slopes with you!!!:
post #18 of 21
I will ski with Lola, she won't ski with me.
post #19 of 21
I think Alta would work well for this kind of skiing. Certainly Deer Valley would. Copper. Maybe Keystone. Big Sky?
post #20 of 21
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Mr TC will never recover from his time on the slopes with you!!!:
Me neither
I did learn all about the world of motor sports on the chairlift rides, and I'd certainly be in the reverse position if we were on dirtbikes instead of skis.
post #21 of 21
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the more extreme stuff might not be open at CB in the first week of Jan.
It's open by Jan 1 only 15% of the time. Not a good choice for advance booking before February. Last season CB set its snowfall record of 422 inches; average is 250.

If you are going that early and want Jackson-level terrain to be open, the list is fairly short. Whistler, Alta/Snowbird and Jackson are safest bets. A lot of places will have some, but not all of that type of terrain open. The Sierra is more likely feast or famine. Close to half the time it will be loaded with snow and everything open. Up to 1/4 of the time Squaw (the best area for steeps) will be marginal at best.

If you're not insistent upon extreme steep, the first suggestion of Steamboat is good. Excellent early season snow history, should work with the SO and you'll be happy if you get the powder in those trees.
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