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When I ended a five-year relationship in the fall of 2016, I had no desire to rush back into the dating scene.
But there I was, six months later, trying to get out of my comfort zone by skiing with complete strangers at a chairlift speed-dating event.
Luvbyrd, a dating app for outdoorsy types, has organized these speed-dating events since 2015 and hosted a day at New Hampshire’s Crotched Mountain and two days at Colorado’s Loveland this year.
I signed up for one at Loveland the weekend before Valentine’s Day.
The basic gist: I show up and pin a ribbon indicating my age group (18 to 35) to my jacket, and an event organizer matches me with someone in my age bracket.
Then my date and I head off to ride the lifts together and ski any runs we choose.
I’m a pretty cautious skier, and I figured everyone there would be shredding.Not to mention, in the aftermath of splitting from the person I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with at the age of 30, the very concept of dating seemed absurd.The closest I’d gotten to another living being in the past few months was spooning my dog every night.My biggest anxiety, though, was that I had no idea how people would pair up to ride the lifts together. When I arrived at the bottom of the lift, I was surprised to see so many other speed daters milling around.More than 200 people had signed up, with an almost equal split of men to women and far more skiers than snowboarders.
Curiously, there seemed to be a lot of women in the older age brackets (35 to 45 and 45-plus) and a lot of men in the youngest one.