by James Lummis
I am married to my main skiing partner. My wifes passion for skiing exceeds mine and we ski together thirty days a year. Lifelong skiers, we met in college and have skied long enough to raise two teenage skiers and feel very fortunate to enjoy such a great sport together.
Participating in sports with a spouse, partner or girl/boyfriend can be incredibly rewarding, butalso has large potential to not end well.
Once, we were enjoying the fireplace in the lobby of the Grand Lodge at Crested Butte, speaking with a young couple from the southeast on their first ski trip together. We spoke about things to do and we suggested the woman take a lesson since it was her first time on skis. Twenty four hours later walking by the fireplace, we spied the same couple sitting by the fire with a new set of crutches. Turns out he tried to teach her and she sprained her knee. End of trip? Maybe. End of skiing together? Maybe. Endof relationship? Hope not.
So here are a few ideas from my experience skiing with my wife to help make your ski time with your significant together more fun than not.
Lastly, smile broadly. The happier you are the happier your partner will be and the better chance you will be able to repeat the experience. Good luck and enjoy your time together!