The Life Of A Skier

The Life Of A Skier

Skiing is about more than simply making turns down a mountainside. It’s the feeling of freedom that comes from standing on a quiet mountain peak. The excitements of breaking new ground, of going further than you’ve gone before. Of taking on new challenges, and exceeding expectations while never forgetting how to enjoy a regular day of lapping slopes.

To fully understand skiing, we need to peer into the small spaces between the big experiences. The meaning of the sport isn’t to be found only in the greatest runs and most impressive achievements, but in the moments leading up to them.

Here—where we witness real progression and sense true inspiration—is where we’ll find the life of a skier.

Travel

Heading to the train station early in the morning while the streets are still asleep. Sunken deep in the backseat of a car watching the landscape roll by. Whatever the scenes from our own journeys, travelling is an unmistakable part of a skier’s life.

The sound of travel-bag zippers long before sunrise. The clattering of wheel bags rolled down a silent street. Leaving the city behind, riding waves of transportation. Longing for the creaking of cold snow under our ski boots. Wild nature. Crisp air. Steep forest and silhouetted peaks reaching towards night-blue sky.

Travelling… Some of us see it as necessity, others as an essential part of skiing’s ethos: exploring new areas, collecting new experiences, going beyond previous boundaries, seeing new things with fresh eyes. But travel also brings opportunity to treasure the spaces “between” destinations, to tune out for a while, to reflect and gather our thoughts for what lies ahead.

Skiing takes us places we might otherwise not think of visiting. Places we never knew existed. Removed from our everyday surroundings, we broaden our horizons, discovering more than just new mountains.

Around The Mountains

Life in the mountains is more than just time spent buckled into ski boots. It’s also about widening our horizons and finding inspiration. Preparing ourselves for what tomorrow might bring.

During stormy weather, the mountains often aren’t in the right mood for us. These “downdays” are an inevitable part of skiing. And to be honest, after long days of consecutive skiing have made your legs heavy, waking up to screaming winds and closed lifts can sometimes feel like a blessing.

We use this time to recover. To prepare to go up another day, to do things we’ve put aside, or to simply put our energies into something else. Maybe we go running and connect with our surroundings. Or we rest, dig into that book we’ve been hoping to read, or stretch out with some yoga. Maybe we invite friends over for dinner, sharing stories from the past and inspiration for the future.

A good ski day doesn’t necessarily start on the lift, or when putting on ski boots in the morning. It can start much earlier—when our expectations build along with accelerating snowfall. A good ski day starts with restless anticipation, imagining what’s to come. When that familiar eager tingling tells us that all we want is to get back out into the mountains.

On The Mountain

For some of us, life in the mountains is like a drug that we crave. When away from it for too long, urges call us back. When we close our eyes, we imagine that feeling of a good day in the mountains.

Many of our best experiences in the mountains aren’t necessarily the extraordinary times, but those we have to look closer to actually see. The overlooked or hidden moments: waiting in line for the cable car and catching a smile from a liftie; playing around on a piste with friends during a whiteout, having too much fun to quit for lunch; doing just one more run—and maybe one more after that.

When we cherish these smaller moments, the good times tend to get even better. Not just in the excited high-pitched cheering after the best run of the season, with hugs and high fives all around, but also in the silent understanding after a perfect day, when a quiet smile says it all, and no words are required.

These are the memories that leave us with an overall feeling of good times in the mountains. And that’s what keeps us coming back. What keeps us curious to find out what the next ski day will bring.