Letter: To ski or not to ski | AspenTimes.com

Letter: To ski or not to ski

Let’s face it: Skiing is a dangerous activity, much more so than your average person’s everyday life. Wherever you live, if you are fortunate enough to have a safe and warm house to stay in, there are many inherent dangers as soon as you step out your front door — driving down the highway, walking down the street, competing in sports — but they are really nothing compared with going at speed downhill on pair of skis or a snowboard. The absolute thrill of the possibility of complete failure of control and its consequences are really why we do it. When you get to a high level in this sport, you pretty much understand that at almost any moment when you are going fast or on a super-steep slope or skiing in the backcountry, death is a definite possibility.

If you are a real skier, you realize that when you walk out that door to go up, you really may not make it back. It is a chance that you take, but what is life worth if you are not willing to go for the gusto every now and then?

Prentice Boyd Billings


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