Originally Posted by DoWork
Wow guys and gals, some great responses here.
We talked about it at great length last night over dinner and we figured out that she'd rather have me try to teach her than be with a stranger on the slopes. We did also say that if she gets frustrated with me, THEN we will seek out lessons. I think it would be great to teach her because not only would it save money but I get to see every bit of where she's at technically and mentally when she's on the skis and she gets to have that "safe" feeling of having me right there every step of the way. I've taught a bunch of my friends to ski so I think I've got this (I hope!).
Those are all the same things my GF and I talked about. I also taught many friends and kids and thought it was easy. Despite the advice of other people, including instructor and patroller friends, I decided to teach my girlfriend the first time and it was a big mistake. What allows you two to be frank and honest with each other off the slopes will make it real easy to get into a fight on the slopes. I think all married couples will know what I mean.
A good intro class will teach her simple things like how to get back up when she falls, how to retrieve skis and click back into them, how to stand, walk, etc on ski boots, and many other things that didn't even cross my mind. People teaching these lessons are paid to be patient and know how to take care of their students. I had no idea how my GF would handle the cold, how easily she might tire, when to take a break, and so on. Any of these situations can ruin the experience for a beginner.
So, while I think you both have great intentions, you have now showed two significant indicators that raise flags. I have seen and been involved in this type of train wreck many times, and I strongly reiterate my advice to get her into a lesson for her first time on skis. It will easily pay for itself in the long run. As a bonus, you may very well be skiing the full length of regular green trails with her by the end of the first day, rather than still struggling with each other on the bunny slope.
When my wife came back to skiing a couple years later, the best thing we ever did was to get her into a lesson right from the start. I know she progressed faster, had more confidence, and skied better than if I had tried to teach her.