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Money can’t buy happiness, but at least it can buy a ski pass

Erica Robbie
The author hiking the Highlands Bowl this spring.
Courtesy photo

“What’s your favorite thing about (skiing)?” the stranger posed.

Although likely intended as nothing more than friendly chatter — we were facing each other inside the confines of a bucket, after all, skiing being the only known and obvious common denominator — my reaction was as though he’d asked me to recite a monologue from Hamlet or share my views on the meaning of life.

“What a ridiculous question,” I thought to myself. How is one supposed to reduce something she spends upward of 15 hours a week, six months out of the year, into one singular aspect?

That particular morning was a powder day, so short of a better answer, I responded, “powder.”

After a chuckle followed by a semi-awkward silence, I expanded: “It’s freeing and fun.”

(Fortunately, his next question didn’t force me to admit I use words to form sentences for a living).

While not a lie — skiing is liberating and fun and powder days are considered the pinnacle — I felt guilty for offering such a vapid, incomplete picture — like I hadn’t done justice to skiing and its many forms.

I realized then the many important roles that skiing serves, not only in my day-to-day life, but in my friends’ lives, as well.

Need some alone time in the fresh mountain air? Go skiing.

Want to spend quality time with a friend? Go skiing.

Feel like being social and hanging with friends? Go skiing.

Want an awesome workout? Go skiing.

Feel like escaping from the real world? Go skiing.

Need to be productive? Schedule a gondola meeting — then go skiing.

Skiing can be anything we want it to be and then some, be it a physical, therapeutic, creative, social or productive outlet. What other activities can satisfy and fulfill this many aspects of our lives?

If money can’t buy happiness, as they say, at least it can buy a ski pass.