I read this on a college basketball message board, regarding the upcoming NCAA Tournament:
When you step onto the field of sport, you're primarily proving something to yourself. That you can compete. Maybe that means you are competing against your past performance, competing against your own sense of limitation, your fears or naturally maybe it means you're proving to your opponent that you are there to compete with him or her or them.
It got me thinking: is skiing "a field of sport" like that? In their heart of hearts, do passionate skiers see skiing as a proving ground? Do you?