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post #31 of 47

A baby learns to crawl so he/she can "go" from one place to another.  Then we all walk in order to "go" somewhere in a way that is more efficient and fun than crawling.  We ski because we can "go" somewhere in a way that is more far more exciting than walking.  Some people race because skiing efficiently when "going" is more fun than just skiing (even if they know they will never be strong enough to be great racers).  Some love powder because "going" in powder gives off a wonderful  sensation that can't be had on a groomed run.  Some skiers like to get better and they seek new challenges when they "go" on skis, while other just want to take it easy and simply "go" for the sake of being outdoors (the Deer Valley crowd).  Some skiers can give you 5 reasons why they prefer to "go" on UT powder over Sierra cement, while others are happy to just "go" on the man made snow of an upstate NY ski area.  I simply like to "go" just like I did when I was strong enough to crawl. My knees hurt because I'm getting older, but that is OK with me since I realize the day I spend on the snow w/o pain is the day I'll be dead.  The exercise, great views and quality time with the family when we "go"on the snow is all a bonus.  Srop worrying about why we "go," and just "go" down!

post #32 of 47

Others have already pretty much given the good reasons, but my 2 cents is, skiing is like surfing, as it is just a great sport for those of us that like to compete, but not against another person. (I hate to lose)  The thrill of finally skiing a line that has scared you off or dumped your butt repeatedly, can't be over stated. The absolute beauty of Mother Nature, whether sitting in the line up or at the top of a peak and just taking it all in, makes this agnostic feel a lot closer to something much bigger than myself.  The feeling of your board or boards, as they interact with the surface, whether water or snow, is just an incredible feeling. The different feelings you get as you weight and un-weight, carve, cutback, smear, drive the board/boards, is just so incredibly fun, I feel sad for the majority of the people out there that will never share the sensations we do, the lucky few. 

The best thing about skiing is, unlike surfing, once the snow shows up, you can just gorge yourself on a many runs as you want.  Whether your getting lift served for 7 hours or spending your day in the BC, you don't have 3-5 guys dropping in on your line with you, trying to cut you off, after you waited 15-30 minutes for a good one to come your way. That is what I like the most about skiing.

post #33 of 47

Something I wrote in 1999 with a gift for my then 13 year old niece - more then anything else this was to convince her mother to let me take her skiing.  Gift was rental, lessons and lift ticket and afternoon ski with me after her lesson.

 

 

It's fun!

 

 

To learn about yourself and how you develop skills.  Progress is easy to see, and the feelings of accomplishment are phenomenal.

 

Skiing is not a competitive sport.  You are developing only for yourself, not to "beat" someone else.

 

To learn to conquer unreasonable fears, and to respect real ones

 

To learn how to be completely in the here and now.  Skiing develops an understanding of what focus is really about.  Being in the "zone"  totally aware without the inner monologue and internal chiding.

 

 

But most of all:  It's fun!

 

You don't have to ski often to love it.  The memories of a few times a year will stay with you forever.

 

Skiing is a conversation with the mountain, at best, a dance with the mountain.

 

post #34 of 47

Because I still can !

post #35 of 47

Flying is too expensive.

post #36 of 47

So that I spend less time on the internet answering questions. yahoo.gif

post #37 of 47

Not sure I can come up with a better reason than "it's fun!"

 

Maybe it's "in my blood". Both sides of my family are from mountainous places (dolomites and carpathians), and I've still got cousins who live in areas where every town has a lift and you can go hundreds of miles on skis.

post #38 of 47

Because I've been doing it so long I don't know what else to do.

 

Because when I string together a bunch of well balanced turns in uneven terrain it makes me wag my tail.

 

As mentioned before, because it's grey here in Western WA and it's always bright in the snow, even when it's cloudy, which is most of the time.

 

Because it clears my mind and takes me to a primal place, where it's just the mountain and me working together in transcendent harmony, bringing me close to a true understanding of the universe.

 

Because if I don't I'll have to clean the garage.

post #39 of 47
what I see
what I hear
what I feel
the annihilation of ego
by the beauty of it all
post #40 of 47

I'd say my answer includes all of the above, but what stands out most in my memory is skiing the winter of '99. It wasn't long before that, late in the previous summer, that I got sick... really sick. Long story short I found out that the reason my left hand stopped working and I had a limp was because I had Multiple Sclerosis. I went out to the local hill the first day possible, got to the top of it off the lift and stood there. I had just had a horrible time simply walking to the base area from the car and was about to attempt to ski back down in a neurologically poor condition. I debated that it might be extremely cruel that I was subjecting myself to such bitter potential disappointment. It was truly debatable that I would be able to ski having had such a tough time walking well and not being able to actually run for months, atrocious balance, and getting progressively worse as the days went by.

 

I pushed off over the lip and relaxed into a sheer bliss of being able to move, to go forward and with grace. That was the day I learned that walking itself is a far far more complex task for the body and brain to accomplish. Watch any child learning to walk. It looks far more difficult to master than the newbie wedging down the bunny slope. Skiing saved part of my sanity that awful time in my life. I went on to recover into a remission from the MS that lasts to this day.

 

I still get a little philosophically misty eyed after the first run of the season or an especially good run at any time of the year, giving a little deep thanks to my creator for having the gift and being able to appreciate it in such a profound way. Any day I could fall back into a relapse of all the old symptoms and even new ones.... but I could also get hit by a bus crossing the street. Any time you ski, you did it because you can. From death cookies littering a frozen trail in the rain to deep powder, its all good in its own way, all the time..... and god knows it could be your last.

post #41 of 47

Somebody threw me up in the air when I was a small child, then caught me when I fell back to earth!  

 

The first time I was terror stricken, but once I was caught in the safety of someone's arms, I giggled and said "do it again", and again, and again!

 

I am too heavy now for anyone to throw me very high, so I SKI!

 

Skiing offers me the catch and release, catch release with every turn I make, all day long!

 

I like the RELEASE!  The surrender to gravity, free falling weightlessly if only for a split second with every turn.

 

Trusting yourself enough to surrender to gravity is discovering the true joy of skiing for me!   

 

 

 

post #42 of 47

Why do I ski?... Simple, my parents were skiers, I grew up in Vt, started skiing when I was 2 and 54 years later it's just a part of life that I do without thinking.... like walking. It's just something I have always done.

post #43 of 47
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Somebody threw me up in the air when I was a small child, then caught me when I fell back to earth!  

 

The first time I was terror stricken, but once I was caught in the safety of someone's arms, I giggled and said "do it again", and again, and again!

 

I am too heavy now for anyone to throw me very high, so I SKI!

 

Skiing offers me the catch and release, catch release with every turn I make, all day long!

 

I like the RELEASE!  The surrender to gravity, free falling weightlessly if only for a split second with every turn.

 

Trusting yourself enough to surrender to gravity is discovering the true joy of skiing for me! 

 

Nice analogy, Bud.  I like it!  There is something about playing with gravity that strikes a central chord in us.

post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by bud heishman View Post

...The surrender to gravity, free falling weightlessly if only for a split second with every turn.

 

Trusting yourself enough to surrender to gravity is discovering the true joy of skiing for me!   

 

 



 Well put! Similar deal for me...

post #45 of 47

These are all great reasons.  

 

Check out the new trailer for Y The Movie -- http://WhySki.com 

 

It's a feature documentary seeking to answer this very question.

post #46 of 47

Here is the first official trailer -- Enjoy!

post #47 of 47

Y THE MOVIE

 

Coming October 2011

 

http://whyski.com

 

http://whyski.wordpress.com/

 

Tell us Y!

 

This is a website and film about why we ski, why some snowboard, and why everyone should pursue their passions in life!   snowfight.gif

 


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