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I started in my early thirties but wish Iíd found it earlier. I was tempted by a friend to join them for their annual trip and never looked back. Iíve heard many comments about people who donít enjoy skiing and the general feeling is that they just donít get it. I donít understand whatís to get. snowHead
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School trip when I was 15. I donít think showed much aptitude then. One or two trips in late teens early twenties, those ghastly boots, long skis, and not much more till we started taking the kids 9 11 and 13 (old nowadays!), when I must have been 40.
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... about 4 or 5 ...

Can't really remember the learning process. Do remember my first carved turn though!
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About 30 I think when we went on our first holiday.
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26 was first time on skis and first ski holiday.
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26.
24 of of us, mostly lawyers and their mates in 2 chalets next door to each other with overspill in a local hotel in LDA. It was a riot. The duty free gin (Gordon's export strength) was guzzled on the first night, mainly by me I think, and my first on snow ski lesson was consequently a bit of a disaster.
Wish I had learned as a kid though. When the annual school ski trip was mentioned it never occurred to me to see if I could go as I knew my folks (or my friends' parents) could never have afforded such a inessential jolly.
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Fifty Eight!

Skied twice a year since January 15. Three trips booked for '18. Obsessed isn't over stating it.

CG
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Apart from a couple of early abortive attempts, at the age of 27. But I only started learning how to ski properly, with focused tuition, about 7 years ago (I'm now almost 71) and now there's no stopping me. Thank you snowHeads and Inside Out Skiing!
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First trip at 24, and hooked from the first day.

The important thing is your first experience, which I think determines your future or otherwise on snow. I know a few who had a terrible first trip and vowed never to ski again. For some it was too hot, some too cold, and others they had all the coordination of bamby on ice.
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@Charliegolf, Seems par for the course. Toofy Grin
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25 I think, apart from one afternoon when I was about 16. One week the first year, one week the next, two the one after, three the one after that... sadly I haven't been able to keep following the fibonacci sequence but I do spend pretty much all of my annual leave on ski trips these days.
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@Charliegolf, snap! Fifty eight for me as well!
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Ski obsession: how do you make a small fortune from skiing? Easy, start with a large fortune Very Happy

Worth it and more! Wifey is hooked too, and we're gong to do a season somewhere in France when she retires in a couple of years.

CG
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13. School ski trip-cost £43 which was about 2 weeks wages for my Dad back then - how my parents found the money I really don't know. Was instantly hooked and got a paper round and weekend job to pay for myself in future years.
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13. School ski trip-cost £43 which was about 2 weeks wages for my Dad back then - how my parents found the money I really don't know. Was instantly hooked and got a paper round and weekend job to pay for myself in future years.
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14 I used to go to Aviemore with my parents in easter holidays and saw all the folk going around with skis and went up to mountain cafť and watched them. So the next year I saved up my Saturday job money and had a week of lessons, no proper clothes though, an old anorack a pair of jeans and leg warmers, I looked a proper tragedy.
But I loved it so much that I kept saving and the following year we went up and I bought the whole kit and had a fab ski suit from C&As and my cousin knitted me a jumper and matching hat. I had another week of lessons and have skied ever since, 37 years.
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15 - 50p a go at Rossendale.
Charliegolf wrote:
... how do you make a small fortune from skiing? Easy, start with a large fortune Very Happy ....

In my case it's the opposite - I noticed back then that skiing was mostly rich people, so I thought I'd better make some money.
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9. Went on 4 school trips between ages 9 and 16. Then a couple of Uni trips, then a season straight after Uni. Then a gaping big black hole for over 10 years until I could afford to go again. Trips were sporadic until about 8 years ago when post-cancer I stopped caring whether I could afford it or not...

Now I live here...
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35 - Annual company Ski trip to Leogang.

Been obsessed ever since...trying to introduce all my family to it : - D

Getting marrried in Saalbach in Feb 18, and have 3 trips (hopefully 4) booked for next year.
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27 was my first time on skis, only really learnt when I went on a trip to La Plagne a few years later though. Then the bug really bit.
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@queen bodecia, Itís stories like this that my post was aimed at. Good for you. Very Happy
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I was 12 (nearly 35 years ago!) A long weekend in Aviemore the week before a school trip to a tiny French resort in the shadow of Mont Blanc.
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At 15 my parents said if I could afford it I could go with friends.. I assume they never thought I'd get the money together, but I got an office cleaning job after school and saved up enough to go to Val d'Isere with a couple of mates. It was awesome.
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37 (now 41)finally convinced by my wife, obsessed since then.
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30 hooked from the first day.

Now 70 and looking forward to 3 weeks on the white stuff next Feb based out of Salt Lake City.
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Started skiing 1996 at 28, my brother convinced me to go on a ski trip although I was totally against going on a "cold holiday".
Moved to Austria in 2000.
Started skiing offpiste around 2005.
Started ski touring 2006.
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Four, when growing up in Austria. Had a fairly long hole when moved back to Scotland at age 17, only skied in Scotland a couple of times. Then got offered a job in Munich at 25 and have not looked back Madeye-Smiley
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42.
My wife/ family clubbed together to get me an experience day.... driving a tank.
I have no idea why they thought that was something I wanted to do! After much procrastination about booking the tank driving I discovered I could trade the experience in for anything to the same value from the companies website. Managed to swap it for 6 lessons at Skiplex (I'd always wanted to try skiing, but never thought I could afford it) and afternoon tea with the missus at a posh hotel. So she wasn't too upset I swapped it out.
I was hooked immediately and bought her lessons for Christmas that year.
I think she realises now how lucky she is - had things gone to plan there would be a tank on the drive now.
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Too old, about 45/46, 13 years ago. Made up for lost time though, 2 full seasons and 2 half seasons since I took early retirement 4 years ago, about 35 weeks before that Very Happy
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@Steilhang, you lightweight. I started sking around 4 in Scotland!
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@under a new name, yep, I confess to being a lightweight. But back then we had leather boots and tbh I can not imagine what skiing in leather boots in horizontal rain with clothes that are not waterproof must be like Shocked
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I skied in Scotland when the TV screens in the lift station were stating gusts up to 119 mph. With the wind in your face, you had to adopt a tuck position downhill just to move anywhere.
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Although according to the Crystal pub quiz I did in Scheffau last season it's not called a tuck position.
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30...and my 31st birthday was in the middle of the Crystal Learn to ski week
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Probably at about 6. My Dad ran school ski trips back in the 70's and I tagged along sometimes.
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10 years ago at 60 - it was on my retirement bucket list and I became addicted - but regrettably heading for ski retirement Sad Sad
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6 or 7.
I don't remember much of that trip to Cervinia apart from endless sidestepping up the beginner slope, tobogganing/sledging with my Dad and getting stuck in a snowdrift.
Hideously addicted since then although have missed a few seasons due to various injuries!
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24 Y/O for me 25 years ago now (25th birthday whilst in val thorens), I was hooked and it was a truly life changing experience, as it eventually led me to working in the alps and meeting my now wife and having the sprogs Toofy Grin

was supposed to go a few years before with one of my best friends and then flatmate, but had to abandon those plans as he was involved in a skiing accident a few weeks previous, and spent several weeks in Grenoble hospital before being transported back to blighty.

school ski trips were not on the radar for me or my siblings, could just about manage camping trips to the south coast, many years before camping became fashionable.
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27, first year was a bit hairy, but I thought I would give it a second chance, and am addicted since.
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Started at 8, skied until 14, then horses and girls took over, had a break until I was 18 when I realised Skiing was more fun and less hassle and have been at it since. Do wish I hadn't stopped for those few years in between, but hey ho
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