@pastanaga - I know what you mean! My mother loves telling the story of the first time she and my dad went on a skiing vacation. I was still quite little, so they had left me with my aunt and gone to go skiing.
Mum had never been on a ski vacation before and she was quite awkward on the skis, so when they went to get on the ski lift she didn't make it on properly. Unfortunately, my father is quite strong and when she just about fell off near the start, he held on to her. If she had fallen near the start it would have been a very short drop, but of course the drop got higher the longer he held her.
He kept hold of her until they managed to get almost to the other side, so she only twisted her ankle a little bit, but she still teases him about it.
She still calls it the best ski vacation she ever had though.