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Old 01-05-2012, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Do you guys ever invite your friends who don't ski or ride on snowboarding trips with you?

I'm lucky enough to have avid skiiers for an aunt and uncle who have a house right between Mount Snow and Stratton. I'm also lucky enough to be in college and grabbed a college pass to Stratton (where my aunt and uncle are skiing this year).

My aunt says she has a coupon to get about $20 off on lift tickets if I wanted to invite anyone this weekend. I would like to invite my boyfriend to come up but he doesn't snowboard. I'm sure he'd love it but I feel bad because it's so expensive even with that coupon.

So I'm just curious if you guys ever invite your non-rider friends on your trips to more expensive ski resorts and how do you avoid feeling bad about how much they have to pay to fall on their asses all day?
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Olivia,
I kind of feel that we are exposing them to a new sport they havent tried before. In my opinion, I say why not? The more people you bring, the more fun you can have... The only thing is: Dont expect to be hitting those black diamonds all week with the newbies. Expect to just do some slow solid runs on the Greens and bunny hills. My GF is just starting, and she doesn't go as often as I do... When we go together this saturday, it will be a "back to basics" day for me... Which never hurts!
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Invite some other guy who snowboards and I bet your BF will be very motivated to learn. J/K.

FWIW, I don't invite non-participants.
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Heck yea! What do you have to lose besides some new shred friends? I know money sometimes can be an issue however whenever I ask friends to go along that haven't tried the sport they end up loving it despite the monetary cost.
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Heck yea! What do you have to lose besides some new shred friends? I know money sometimes can be an issue however whenever I ask friends to go along that haven't tried the sport they end up loving it despite the monetary cost.
I would do it only if they understood that I wasn't going to spend my entire trip on the bunny slope with them. BF/GF expectations can be weird, so I guess it depends on the relationship.
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I would do it only if they understood that I wasn't going to spend my entire trip on the bunny slope with them. BF/GF expectations can be weird, so I guess it depends on the relationship.
Truth man. I always try to give my friends a good run down as to what they're trying to accomplish in terms of manipulating the board and practice with them a bit on the bunny hill. It gives me a good workout for switch (which I desperately need to improve on) so I'm not completely bored haha. Usually I go with just my friends while I'm single atm so I don't have to deal with those other complicated dynamics.

But If I'm droppin bucks to board/stay at a nice resort there's no way in hell I'm spending all my time on the bunny hill. However I do try to set my friends up for a good time as I try to look at it as an investment.

Maybe next time I go then I won't be so lonely haha
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Livy,
Invite said bf and note that this is a critical relationship test. Learn to ride, of course with your encouragement but this does not mean you are teaching him or this relationship is done.

It is then his choice of if he wants to incur the expense, if he wants to get his ass kicked but learn something new that you can both enjoy and if he really wants you.

Good luck!
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Skiing/snowboarding are expensive sports, just like golf. But they both have their rewards. I think your best way to approach this topic with your BF is to let him know about the prices up front and let him decide whether or not he thinks its worth it.

I remember the first time I went snowboarding my GF took me and another couple to Stowe. She was an avid snowboarding with 10 years under her belt. The girl from the other couple was also an experienced snowboarder but her BF was not. This worked out best for me because I had someone to learn with. Before we went on the trip my GF broke down the whole trip to me. It was going to be expensive and there was going to be a steep learning curve. I was fully aware of this had a really fun time. I loved the Stowe resort and the town. Vermont is beautiful and has a lot to offer. Just be straight forward with him and I think you will be fine.

Also, DO NOT help him learn. Make sure your BF take those instructional classes so that he learns how to board properly. Personally I would have never listened to my GF and I wouldn't want to ruin her trip. If he doesn't start getting better by the 2nd day or starts hating it then you know that snowboarding is not for him.
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Also, DO NOT help him learn. Make sure your BF take those instructional classes so that he learns how to board properly. Personally I would have never listened to my GF and I wouldn't want to ruin her trip. If he doesn't start getting better by the 2nd day or starts hating it then you know that snowboarding is not for him.
This.

I made my wife get a lesson first. I was more than willing to help after she had taken the lesson - and actually did spend the remainder of that first day riding mostly switch so that I could help explain & instruct for her. She says she learned more from me than she did at the lesson but that still doesn't change my mind. Get the lesson first. Almost every time I ride I see couples in screaming fights halfway down the hill - obviously one partner is trying (and failing) to teach the other. You don't want to be in that position if you can avoid it.
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My ex GF was the one who introduced me to snowboarding. She bought me all my equipment and we spent every weekend at her mt house. Now were broken up and snowboarding is such a huge part of my life which is cool. I also just bought my GF a board and I really opened her eyes to snowboarding as well. So yeah it sucks she now has an expensive hobby but now when I want to ride it's time we have together rather than a weekend where I ditching her for POW. As far as the amateur stuff I just have her do easier runs and meet me at the bottom. I get way fewer runs in with her there but it's worth it in the end. Just whatever you do don't attempt to teach him!!! I almost killed her the first time we went to Killington. Now I just let her do her thing.
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