what to do if your partner doesn't snowboard

What To Do If Your Partner Doesn’t Snowboard?

by Fraser

You watch the snowboarding Olympics every year; you proudly hang your old snowboards on your office walls. You even have ‘ride to live’ and ‘live to ride’ tattooed on your forearms. So what do you do if your new partner doesn’t snowboard?

If your partner doesn’t snowboard and shows no interest in learning, don’t let that deter you from hitting the slopes on your own or with like-minded friends. Additionally, take some time off the hill to find activities that you and your partner can enjoy together. 

Remember, it could be worse; they could be a skier! I’m (mostly) joking of course. Let’s take a look at the importance of maintaining individual hobbies while dating and some other bonding activities for sporty couples.  

What To Do If Your Spouse Doesn't Snowboard (Or Ski)?

Establish Individual Hobbies With a Life Partner

For a long time, I thought my partner and I would have to love the same things.

Snowboarding, rugby, music… you name it. 

It took years of dating experience for me to realize that having individual hobbies is integral to a happy, successful relationship. 

We all know people whose preferred winter activities involve… flying somewhere sunny.

If you’re a snowboarding fanatic, it can be discouraging to accept that your partner doesn’t enjoy the sport as much as you do.

what to do if your partner doesn't snowboard

It may be upsetting to think of hitting the slopes without your partner by your side. 

With time, however, it becomes clear that you can be committed to another person without sharing all of their interests.

In the end, our partners aren’t supposed to mirror us; they’re supposed to support your individual endeavours. 

The main thing is that they support your solo snowboarding missions and don’t curb your enthusiasm. 

Encourage Them To Try Snowboarding (Or Skiing)

Some gentle encouragement can’t hurt… Can it?

If they’ve never tried snowboarding (or skiing) then it’s worth them giving it a go. 

Gifting them some lessons can be a good way to start. 

You could also of course, teach them yourself… however this is a slippery slope (pun intended). Arguments may ensue! 

You can also try tempting them into it with the associated benefits. The promise of cocoa, mulled wine and toasty fires works wonders!

Bonding Activities For Sporty Couples

So, snowboarding isn’t your partner’s thing.

This doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy sporty activities together when you aren’t shredding.

Below are a few simple outdoor activities that you and your partner may enjoy:

  • Hiking in nature
  • Cycling – try a tandem bike!
  • Rollerblading
  • Volleyball on the beach
  • Camping 
  • Outdoor bouldering or rock climbing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Building a snowman army

If you and your significant other want an activity to do with other couples, consider buying a Spikeball 3-Ball Kit (Amazon affiliate link).

This competitive game can let up to four people in on the action, making it a great activity for group events and double dates. 


In conclusion, if your partner doesn’t snowboard… it’s ok.

Keep hitting the slopes with friends who do like to ride.

Appreciate the importance of maintaining individual hobbies outside your romantic relationship.

Then look for alternate activities you can enjoy together. 

In the meantime, indulge your snowboarding habit by browsing more of our super entertaining snowboarding blogs. 

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