You can meet the love of your life heading up the slopes, though it could be all downhill from there. Photo submitted

RED, Whitewater bring skiers together in season of love

‘Skied-Dating’ gives lonely skiers a chance to get out of the singles’ lane

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Is your love life heading downhill? Does your romance need a lift?

Then Skied Dating may be for you!

Skiers are being invited to Whitewater Ski Resort on Feb. 9 and Red Mountain Resort on Feb. 27 for a novel way to meet new people who share your love of skiing and snowboarding.

Skied Dating is speed dating Kootenay-style, a chance to have numerous mini-dates in one afternoon or evening.

Skied Dating arose in answer to the challenges of dating in a small town, and dating in general. The resorts say they’ll provide the venue for meeting; your date is a ride up the lift, so you already know you both like to ski/board. If all else fails you can talk about the snow.

At the end of the date you fill out a form and check off who you would or would not like to see again. If they want to see you again too, it’s a match! You’ll be alerted via email if you have any matches and then it’s up to you to take it from there.

It’s all about having fun and meeting people in a low-pressure social environment.

“There have been some successful relationships, and a number of new friendships come out of the event over the past few years,” says Tara McClary, Skied Dating founder. “I hope we can continue this trend and help more people make connections!”

This will be the sixth year Skied Dating has run at Red Mountain Resort, and the fourth year at Whitewater.

The Whitewater event takes place Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m, and the Red Resort event at night skiing from 7 to 9 p.m. After the lifts close, both events will also feature post-ski minglers for participants to head inside, warm up with a drink, and chat with people they may not have had a chance to ride the lift with.

“It is great to be able to continue Skied Dating at both resorts,” says McClary. “It helps expand the dating pool in our communities and gives people a chance to meet other skiers/boarders they may never interact with if it wasn’t for the event.”

You can pre-register online at facebook.com/skieddating, by contacting Tara at skieddating@gmail.com, or by visiting guest services at either resort. There is also same-day registration from 11 a.m. to noon at Whitewater, and 6 to 7 p.m. at Red.

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