When their family was getting ready for their annual ski trip Chris’s mom had bought him a new pair of long underwear. When he tried them on he couldn’t help but notice how they clung to his legs. “Mom they make me look like I have chicken legs!” Chris had always had a small frame and had been teased for it in the past.
“It’s not as if anyone’s going to see your legs Chris. You’ll be wearing your ski pants. They’re just long johns.”
“But what about in the chalet?”
“Well I never expected you to wear them on their own, wear some sweatpants over them if you think you’ll need to take your ski pants off.”
“Go make sure your sister is packing”
On his way back to his room Chris knocked on his older sister’s door. “Yeah what?” His sister Kathryn opened the door and saw her brother. “Why are you wearing leggings?”
“They’re not leggings, they’re long johns for the trip. Anyway mom wanted me to make sure you were almost packed. Are you seriously bringing a suitcase that big?”
“Whatever you say, looks an awful lot like leggings to me and yeah I’m almost ready. I’ve gotta be ready for any eventuality there could be cute boys there I have to have lots of dresses and stuff for the evenings and dresses means shoes and lots of make up even a couple hair extensions in case I want to change things up, a couple swimsuits in case I get invited hot tubbing.”
As he went back to his room to finish packing Chris felt even more self-conscious. He finished packing making sure he had pants to wear skiing over his long underwear.
In a short time they had loaded the car and were off. They arrived in a few hours at the lodge they usually rented. The family all piled out of the car and into the lodge.
“You’ve got a few hours before the lifts close, why don’t you guys hit the slopes for while. Your mom and I will unpack the groceries.” Chris’ dad told the two kids.
Chris and Kate got ready. Chris making sure to put his track pants over his long johns before putting on his ski pants and boots.
Chris and Kate headed out to the slopes. For siblings they got along fairly well. Kate was 20 and went to college close to home. She was quite pretty and had been reasonably popular around school, a cheerleader and volleyball player. She knew her brother didn’t have a lot of friends so she was nice enough to him and even let him sit with her at lunch in school now and then when they had been in high school together. Chris was 18 and what a lot of people would call a nerd. He enjoyed Dungeons and Dragons with his few friends as well as being interested in Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and the like. He was part of the local swim team and was pretty good despite his small frame as his muscles were toned; he was actually shorter than his sister. (The swim team was in offseason now so his hair was longer than the brush cut he kept when he was swimming 6 days a week)
Their family had been taking this ski trip for as long as Chris could remember so they were both quite good. To warm up they went a few times down a couple of the easier runs. Eventually hitting a black diamond before heading into the chalet. They propped their skis up outside and headed inside pulling off the rest of their gear and hanging it up in lockers. They ordered hot chocolates before sitting down in the lounge. They had both worked up quite a sweat and were chugging water while they waited for their hot chocolate. “See anyone you know around?” Chris asked Kate.
“Can’t say I do, most of my friends are gone to the beach this year for spring break. Your track pants are all sweaty, you know you don’t have to be so worried about your long underwear, see all the guys around here are wearing Under Armor compression pants and stuff.”
Chris looked around and realized that the new trend seemed to be wearing these sorts of compression pants and almost everyone was wearing them. A lot of the girls were wearing spandex leggings and a lot of guys were too though some were wearing track pants like Chris. “Yeah I guess it’s not that big of a deal is it. It’s not that different from my swim team shorts, just longer.”
“Exactly, besides it looks like you sweat all the way through your track pants, maybe one layer too many don’t you think?”
“Yeah I guess.” They received their hot chocolates and drank them, chatting about the rest of the trip. There was a concert on the weekend featuring a band they both liked so they bought tickets before heading back to the lodge for dinner with their parents. They ate their supper, showered and headed to bed, as they were pretty tired.