Ten years later, we still struggle with the differences between our on-snow and off-snow romance. With our skis on, everything seems to flow beautifully, life is a magical dance - but as soon as the skis come off and the gearvis hung, the claws come out. Both Aries, our heads ram together on just about every topic from how to wash the dishes to paying our bills. Our indoor arguments can be painful but completely forgotten as we feel the wind nipping our noses. Every relationship has it ups and downs, but put two ski bums together and you better pray for snow.
To love is not to look at one another, it is to look together in the same direction.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Recently, I have found myself watching and rewatching a short ski film by Right on Brother Films. Downhill Affair: A Love Story focuses on a young couple who have fallen in love - but is it with the ski buddy or the person? Pro Skiers Molly Baker and Zach Griffin struggle with this question. If my loved one doesn't see the same vision in the snow, what good are they? If he wants to take one line and you another, is that grounds for divorce?
Every skier must answer these questions for themselves. We have lost several good ski buddies to non (or even anti-) skiing ladies. These brave souls were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for love. Do we ever see them on the hill for a few turns and a few laughs? Do they get to even stop by for a beer and wings with their ski family? Not on your life. They have obligations and commitments and families and...wives.
Fall in love with your bestest ski buddy...
...and work hard to make the rest of it work.
May You Find the Spirit of the Mountains Within You,