By Cassidy Randall Let’s begin with our first case study: He lives in his Sprinter. He’s in his late 30s, touring mountain towns, and hoping this ski bum vision quest leads to a new direction in life. To the modern ski town woman, it’s a crucial distinction.
As skiing has evolved from the male-dominated sport it once was, the dating scene has evolved alongside it.
Assuming he can’t possibly be an emotionally evolved option shows that women in ski towns possess just as much capacity for immaturity.
In fact, none of us who live in ski towns are all that emotionally mature in the classic sense, are we?
I had a little better luck on the Coffee Meets Bagel app, where I connected with a cross-country skier. After all, I love the crisp mountain air and endorphin highs that come with outdoor recreation; I’m just not willing to risk life, limb, and budget to experience them.
Sadly, the relationship went downhill before snow even fell.
As I wallowed in my house, streaming on my laptop, I began to wonder if I’d ever find a partner who didn’t require me to “slay the pow” (dear God) in order to prove my love. Eight months later, when Sean could finally use his three ski passes, I developed a plan to accompany him on his adventures—and create some of my own along the way.
My next rendezvous didn’t seem to offer much hope: On our first date at Crooked Stave Artisans’ taproom, Sean told me he skied about 30 days a year. Not skiing didn’t mean I couldn’t explore the Rockies.Do we want to ski steeps and hunt powder or carve up some groomers?We scouted some lines from the tram, then took turns deciding what run we’d ski next.In Aspen, with found numerous examples of the late-night inebriated ask-out, complete with next-day sober backpedaling: [am] Him: What’re you doing right now? There’s also the born-and-raised Tahoe local who’s been single since college, unable to shed his reputation as emotionally unavailable thank to the warp-speed grapevine of rumor communication in small communities—but is actually just shy and ready for a committed relationship.Back to that #vanlife Ikon Pass holder in case study no. He turned out to be more emotionally mature than most, working remotely along the road to keep money coming in, reading a lot to cut down on wifi use, and with the self-awareness to recognize he wasn’t happy and make change.We booked a week in a condo near the base of Snowbird, brought my mom along to help take care of our two young kids, and as soon as the lifts started spinning, basically sprinted out of the house.