Joy of snow skiing
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved snow skiing. Skiing has been a large part of my family for generations, and ever since I can remember, we have skied over nearly every long weekend or break during the winter, even if it means making up our own holidays or leaving school before the weekend really starts. Luckily, my father filmed my sister’s and my first days of skiing so that we could go back when we were older and smile at the memories. Whenever I hit the snow, I was, and still am, guaranteed to have a unique and fun experience.
I never know what I am going to be in the mood for until I am on the snow. Typically, I set apart a day just to see where I feel like going. Skiing is independence and adventure for me, although it means different things to different people. I love hitting the snow with no plan whatsoever, then deciding where I want to go when I get there.
There are many different types of skiing, and lots of different ways of looking at the sport. I recently had the opportunity to go to the World Championships in Park City, Utah, to take photographs and talk with the athletes about their love of their sport. The event featured many types of skiers from all around the world and included legends like Chloe Kim and Red Gerard. For world-championship bronze medalist in mogul skiing Tess Johnson, skiing is about adrenaline. She said she loves “to hear the energy from the crowd, and the feeling of nerves in [her] stomach is irreplaceable.”
Since skiing is a straightforward sport, I have always enjoyed coming up with ways to have fun on the slopes. I love trying to find the little joys, the things that make me happy. Going fast might be one day, or feeling the wind on my face might be the next, even if I am freezing my toes off.
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