By Kristen Lummis
Like everyone else on the planet, my role in life changes from day-to-day and minute-to-minute.
While I’m always a mom, a wife and a daughter, my other identities vary with the responsibility of the moment and the season.
But there is one predictable constant: from the time the first snow flies to the time the last snows melt, I’m a skier.
Why I Ski
Joy. Last season, our youngest son asked me if was “smiling or grimacing” when I ski.
Funny kid. He knows it’s a smile.
I smile when I ski because skiing gives me joy.
I find joy and exhilaration in the speed and motion of skiing and in the ephemeral accomplishment of linking turns.
Whether I’m ripping the corduroy or working to master a mogul run that’s bedeviled me, there is nothing else I’d rather do.
Challenge. I love the mental and physical challenge of skiing. Skiing is a potent combination of thinking and not thinking.
To improve, you have to consciously build your skills. But sometimes, the turns come best when the mind is off. It’s a subtle balance.
On the physical side, I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to get exercise during the winter.
Family. Skiing and families go well together.
Chairlift time gives everyone a chance to chat, share ideas and enjoy each other’s company.
Riding the lifts with our children gives us an insight into their worlds and their minds. Skiing with them gives us a view to their developing bodies, sense of self and growing confidence.
Plus, its one of the few sports we’ve found that we can do together for the rest of our lives.
Friends. Chairlift time is also good for friendships. My friends and I don’t always ski or ride at the same level, but on a girls day out, we do meet up after each run to ride the lift together.
Whether I’m skiing with just one friend, or we’ve got a group large enough to fill Gondola One at Vail, skiing takes us away from our responsibilities and, hopefully, our cell phones.
Beauty. I love being outdoors and skiing provides clean air and long views like no other sport. I can’t get enough of standing on top of a mountain and taking in nature’s glory.
Skiing is Good For My Family
For all of the reasons skiing is good for me, I think it’s also good for my family.
We started our kids young, and we started them in lessons, so that they could build their skills quickly without any bad habits handed down from us.
Luckily, our sons took to skiing as naturally as they took to breathing. And while I appreciate the exercise they’re getting, the unplugged time in the outdoors and the time they spend with their friends ripping and hucking, I also love that they enjoy being with us.
Skiing is where we make memories. Epic Mix photos from ski days, ski races and ski vacations fill our photo albums and flash drives.
And these memories bond us together.