Love at First Shred- How Skiing & Boarding Strengthens Relationships

No matter your level or whether you choose skis or a board, shredding some pow may just be the spark that ignites a flame. Just ask Christy Sport’s marketing manager Tim Held, who met his now wife 6 years ago slopeside in Steamboat Springs. The sport of snowboarding was undoubtedly a catalyst for their relationship.

Living in a mountain town isn’t the easiest way to meet your life companion, but if you are lucky enough to find that special someone amongst the distractions a ski town throws at you it can create a strong, lifelong bond based with endless laughs and adventures.

Tim and Krissy Held met at the Gondola Pub and Grill. He was a rental tech working for the Christy Sports Gondola store in Steamboat and Krissy was a server at the Gondola Pub, where he frequented for drinks after work.

The pair started dating after hanging out at sunset happy hour at the top of the mountain. Could one create a more romantic setting? Enough time spent on top of the mountain naturally led to them shredding down the mountain together, side by side, to Tim’s delight.

“I knew she was the one after the first ski date. While bombing the first run I looked over to see where she was and she was right next to me.” Recalls Tim.

It was love at first shred!

Now Tim and Krissy reside in Denver and head west, including to their beloved town of Steamboat, as often as possible to get some runs in.

Couple snowboarding

The Helds after a day of shredding.

At Christy Sports, we believe those who ski, stay together. Hitting the slopes is a way to bring couples closer and keep relationships strong. A love for shared activities is a crucial part of dating, but cozying up together in a gondola is much more than just an enjoyable way for a couple to spend a Saturday.

We don’t claim to be professional matchmakers, but hear us out. Heading up for the day together requires communicating strategy. “What lift are we headed to next?” “Do you need a warmup run?” or “Stay away from the right side, sweetheart, there are moguls.” If both skiers/ boarders are at different levels, hitting the slopes can encourage patience and understanding.

In addition, couples can help push each other towards improvement while mixing in words of encouragement to build one another up. And an après beer after the adrenaline’s been pumping and the energy has been high all day is arguably better than any ol’ dinner date.

Looking for love? Maybe, just maybe, you should go out and shred the gnar.