Here’s an interesting snowboard topic I stumbled on:
How do you balance snowboarding with having a girlfriend? Do you ride with her? Do you visit the ski resort together? What if she doesn’t ski or snowboard?
It’s an interesting topic and I can only answer from my experience with my girlfriend and seeing my housemates’s deal with their girlfriends/boyfriends, but here’s what I think works.
For this purpose, I’m going to assume you’re a guy and you’re dating Jessica Alba.
Do your own thing – it’s okay!
You have to do your own thing and keep it balanced. There’s absolutely no reason you have to ride together all the time or even snowboard together at all if she/he isn’t a skier or snowboarder.
No one likes that guy who has to be with his girlfriend 24/7, that’s some clingy nonsense.
Feel free to ride with your buddies or by yourself.
For me, in the 2 and a half+ years I’ve been with my girlfriend, I’ve only ever snowboarded a proper full day with my girlfriend once, even when we both live in Whistler. That’s out of the 8+ seasons I’ve spent on snow.
She loves the snow, but we’re different skill levels and like different types of riding, not to mention I’ll hit the slopes a lot more often then she will. I do my own thing and meet up with her later and she’s 100% fine with that.
It’s rare that I see any of my housemates with girlfriends/boyfriends who enjoy the same amount of riding they do. People enjoy snowboarding to different amounts and that’s 100% okay.
If you go riding 5 days a week and she only likes to go once every 2 weeks, that’s fine. It’s not like you never see each other anymore.
What about ski trips?
I guess this depends on whether your partner is an avid skier/snowboarder or not. If you’re in a good relationship though, I don’t see any problems with taking random small ski trips from time to time with or without your girlfriend.
It goes back to being your own person after all. If your partner can’t handle the odd weekend without you while you take a ski trip with the boys (or girls!) then I’d say you have bigger problems than being able to snowboard.
I prefer to travel with my girlfriend, but if I end up on a short ski trip without her, it’s not the end of the world. Heck, I’ve travelled all the way to NZ without my girlfriend. It wasn’t ideal, but you can make things work.
The one warning I’ll give:
There’s only one situation which I think you have to be cautious with when it comes to snowboarding and relationships.
Be very careful about doing a season away from your girlfriend/boyfriend. I’ve seen a lot of people come to Whistler for 3-6 months without their partner and end the trip single again.
I’m not saying it can’t be done (I’ve gone on solo seasons without my gf), but honestly you have to be in a really good relationship if you’re going to spend 3-6 months away from your partner, especially in a ski resort.
So to sum up, go out there and go snowboarding! As much as she likes you, I’m sure Jessica Alba, can handle a couple days without you.