....mountain biking in the fall on a fast flowing trail that meanders through a grove of aspens.
or when skiing a chute
That moment when you were supposed to do a couple of turns but something (or someone) got in your way and now you're doing 60-70mph and waiting for the slope to dish out so you can breathe again and rejoice in the fact that it's likely you'll live.
That shit concentrates your mind. I love it.
This may be anathema on this board, but I feel most alive when I'm using my body, mind, and soul to link up with others toward a common goal. The hight of this for me is when I'm making music. Skiing is about third on my list.
...when I'm in the mountains.
To me, it's the ultimate religious experience. It doesn't matter if I'm backpacking, hunting, skiing, snowshoeing or snowboarding, to me, the topography, weather and wildlife is some type of conduit to the idea of God.