So, why do you ski?
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So, why do you ski?
I ski because I tried it at the tender age of 13 - to meet cut guys. I ski now because I can't stop. Like others I am an unashamed addict. In my 20's I decided skiing was important enough to be a dating criteria. I only dated skiers which, in SoCal, can be a bit limiting. Happily, it was a good rule and it worked out well. I can't define why I love skiing. I just do. It's a driving force that determines all our family vacations, eats up all our "disposable" income, and I wouldn't change a thing.
Litterbug, I think I'm going to have to print out your post and put in in my pocket and read it before I take my first run back on skis! Thank you!
This. Does anyone else see the first flakes and smile and feel better...and feel that way anytime it snows? For as long as I can remember, even as a little kid in Wisconsin, when the first weather reports would mention snow, I would sit by the window and wait...and wait...and wait...brother and sister in bed, mom reading...and me just sitting and staring out the window. There seems to be a difference btwn "people who ski" and "skiers." When I was a kid, I remember walking into the lodge at closing and getting yelled at b/c my family had been waiting to leave for an hour or so....nowadays, my friends who ski, get really sick of me yapping on and on about skis, ski gear, boots, ski movies, mountains, etc. I don't know what it is...but it's something that's inside that believes that skiing and snow is magical and good for us.
One other reason: since I started him skiing at the age of 4 (my son is almost 9), we've been bonded by it. We can go skiing together and everything seems the way it should be. We don't need to be at the same level to ski together...it just works the way it should be. If he messed up in the a.m., once we're riding the lift, I put my arm around him and everything seems the way it should be. If I yelled at him and I shouldn't have, once we're skiing, it seems to go away and everything is the way it should be. Skiing connects us and I hope it always will...just the way it should be.
Well lots of reasons I ski, I'll bet most of 'em have already been listed. However, I've been reading this thread: Time for the Code of Conduct to be updated and it's reminded me of another reason I love skiing.
So, the thread is a discussion of right of way on a crowded slope. Many of the posters have stated that 'defensive' skiing is key. That is, to assume that the folks you're sharing the hill with are going to do any and all sorts of stupid, random stuff, oblivious to their surroundings.
Which makes me think, this is often how I'm forced to think in my professional life and it's how I think when I'm driving in traffic and once in awhile it's how I feel I need to think in my personal life. But, ya know, I kinda like the feeling of leaving that behind when I'm on the mountain. I love the feeling of kinship between snow sliders, the feeling of being among my own kind, the spirit of cooperation, the feeling that the oblivious folks ya gotta watch out for do not inhabit my favorite places.
I understand. I've skied on crowded groomers and I've even had a couple of close calls, I know the value of defensive behavior in these situations. But if this is how I had to behave the majority of my time on skis, I don't think I'd be to awfully drawn to it.
So I guess I'll say that one of the reasons I ski is that when I'm in the bumps, trees or on a sweet empty groomer.... or in my fave parking lot, I feel like I'm with like minded peeps and the dummies are back down there closer to sea level.