From a recent article on Wildsnow (link on my blogroll for the full-article) about the life and recent death of skiing pioneer Dolores LaChapelle, I was touched by her personal philosophy regarding powder skiing.
Powder snow skiing is not fun. It’s life, fully lived, life lived in a blaze of reality. What we experience in powder is the original human self, which lies deeply inside each of us, still undamaged in spite of what our present culture tries to do to us. Once experienced, this kind of living is recognized as the only way to live–fully aware of the earth and the sky and the gods and you, the mortal, playing among them.