It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport.
Fridtjof  Nansen

Skiing - as others see it

"As in any alpine region, the weather is changeable, protection questionable,   route-finding bewildering, rockfall frequent and descents tedious.  In short, it's  everything you could ever ask for."    from the Canadian Alpine Journal, 1993  

“The sport of skiing consists of wearing three thousand dollars’ worth of clothes and equipment and driving two hundred miles in the snow in order to stand around at a bar and get drunk.”– P.J. O’Rourke

“The sport of skiing consists of wearing three thousand dollars’ worth of clothes  and equipment and  driving  two hundred  miles  in the snow in order to stand around at a bar and get drunk.”    P.J. O’Rourke

“Finally there was the great glacier run, smooth and straight, forever straight if your legs could hold it, your ankles locked, you running so low, leaning into the speed, dropping forever and forever in the silent hiss of the crisp powder."  Ernest Hemingway

“For me, personally, skiing holds everything. I used to race cars, but skiing is a step beyond that. It removes the machinery and puts you one step closer to   the elements. And it’s a complete physical expression of freedom.”               
Robert Redford