Muttman70 saidHey RJ peeps need your help with planning a first time ski trip that I would like to take early next year. Learning to downhill ski or snowboard has been on my bucket list for a long time and this is the winter I am going to make it happen. Looking for someplace good for beginners and someplace fun where I can meet other cool guys. Will probably travel alone unless someone wants to join Any suggestions on great ski destinations for the beginner?
Go to a gay ski week in Aspen, Telluride, or Whistler (use google to find them). You will have lots of gay company on the slopes and après-ski . If you are a rank beginner, since you live in Wisconsin, (where there is snow and hills not too far away) start now
, and learn the basics by taking lessons at some local ski hill. You don't need a 4,000 foot drop to start with. I actually first learned to ski taking lessons at night at a hill in suburban Chicago as a child. I've never snowboarded, but for skiing, it is absolutely imperative that you take lessons to start with, so you learn the correct technique, don't have to unlearn bad technique later, and avoid knee injury. Start with a group lesson. Cheap. And since you are athletic (I assume) you will quickly advance faster than the out of shape men and soccer moms in the class with you. Then take a private lesson or two, and practice, practice, practice. I would guess there is a gay ski club in Chicago or perhaps even Milwaukee you could hook up with at some point. Finally, if you are not already in shape, work on your legs/thighs - lots of squats. After you get to be good (beyond intermediate level) it's all about having powerful quads and jumping.