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Approximately 3 Minutes Of Joy & Peace -- Ski Rex Says...


An interesting title, isn't it?

While there are those that could make some off-color, adult-themed jokes about such a title, and those jokes would be welcome at another time, this has nothing to do with the subject matter of said jokes. No, this has everything to do with one of the main topics here at Ski Rex Media...skiing. Though, the thoughts I am about to present can work for snowboarding, other snow sports, or just about anything else that could fit within the context of what you're about to read.

Just the other day, January 6th, 2021, I took myself down to Pat's Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH for a day on that hill. That's right, I threw the idea of isolation after my return to Vermont to the side, mostly because I didn't think about it until a few days before I went to the mountain, and made the hour drive to Pat's Peak.

The need to isolate from the rest of the world for two weeks is worth the trip. The mountain was great, I had a good time, and I got to see and do things that I had never done before. It was a great trip, though this written piece isn't really about the whole trip as much as it's about a specific feeling that I had during the trip.


That feeling, simply put, is one of joy and peace.

You see, one of the runs I took lasted about three minutes. I know this because I am using a run that I recorded on video for the example. So, by watching the time on the video, I know it was about three minutes.

In those three minutes, I thought about only one thing...the run.

As with many people, though I was having a good time on New Year's Eve, I ended getting really down on myself. I don't think I need to get into details, but I will say that the worst image a person can see can be a photo of a good memory. I think you understand what I mean.

So, leading up to my trip to Pat's Peak I was down and out, depressed, and just not feeling like myself at all. This isn't a too uncommon feeling that a lot of people can relate to. Believe me, I know that I'm not being original here. But, as anyone would, I wanted to feel better about who I am, what I have done, and what I was doing.

For me, skiing is one of those things that allow for that. Just getting on the chairlift usually has me feeling better about life and all the things that go with it. Once at the top looking down about to start my run I feel 100% better about everything. 

This day at Pat's Peak was no different. I found myself caught up only in what I was doing, not in anything that had to do with the rest of the world. I was only concerned with the trail I was on and negotiating that run.

That should make perfect sense no matter the context. Skiing, snowboarding, and similar sports can be dangerous for those who participate in them, not to mention the others around them that are also participating in those sports. One should be paying attention to what they are doing at all times when sliding down the mountain, whether at high or low speed. Safety is 100% the priority and always should be. I'm talking about something else, however.

For those three minutes, I was probably about as balanced as I can get currently. I don't want to say it was a zen moment, for various reasons, but I can say that I was very balanced. Everything worked together in a way that I am having trouble finding the words to describe the feeling accurately.

Well, maybe Master Yoda put it best when teaching that the Force binds all in the universe together. I'm not Jedi to be sure, nor do I ski as well as a Jedi likely would, but I do feel as if I was bound to the universe in some way, or at least bound together with other parts of it.

I felt as if I was one with my gear, one with snow and the mountain beneath it, one with the air that I was breathing, one with the trees that were off to the side...I'm sure you get the idea. It was almost as if everything slipped away, yet I was still in tune with everything around me.

That example might be a little overdramatic, but fitting if it gets the point across. 

In any case, any kind of feeling of being depressed or sadness or regret was replaced, at least for those three minutes, as well as the minutes that followed as I spent many hours on the hill, with nothing but thoughts of the run and the good feelings that came with each run.

While I am not sure if I am doing these feelings justice with this description, I do know that a great deal of those folks reading already know what I am talking about. As I said, this piece isn't the most original, but I know there are those out that can relate.

Now, the reason that I'm using just a single, three-minute run as an example is that maybe that's all a person will get in a day. I know there are those that only have enough time to get outside for a little bit, especially these days. There are also those that go uphill, which obviously takes more time per run, but the feeling is the same, even if a person can only get in one run per trip. But, that's all it really takes.

One ski or snowboard run can take anyone who truly and honestly loves the sport to nirvana.

Another reason that it makes sense to use the three-minute run scenario is that while it may only take one run to achieve a sense of peace and joy, it may not last beyond that, not to be a bummer. The feelings one may experience during the run could be described as a high, which one can come down from, and in that case, each person will be different. Similar to doing a drug, which I have spoken on before.


That also holds true for the want to get out on the hill more. Almost as if one needs to feed an addiction. It's almost as if one has to be out there, in touch with nature or the universe while sliding down a mountain or hill covered in snow, to feel any sense of peace or serenity.

Just so it's said, by the way, this doesn't only hold true of skiing, snowboarding, or other snowsports, which are the focus of Ski Rex Media. These ideas hold true for anyone doing something that takes them to that level, the almost balanced or zen level. Like many of the ideas and lessons presented by me here at Ski Rex Media, these can be applied to other parts of one's life.

In the end, I don't have the answer as to if skiing is like a drug for me or a crutch, or if it's just an activity that I enjoy and is a good way to let go of the world for a little while. Something akin to a reset, in that case. Maybe? It's possible that my feelings really are just me being overdramatic and that's something I'll have to think about while I'm still isolating after the NH trip.

I will say,  though, that now that I am getting that feeling again, that I am back on skis and enjoying each minute that I am, I am going to stick with it. As I have been writing this I have had thoughts in the back of my head as to where I will go once my isolation is over, which will be in-state so I can get out more without having to wait out isolation. Plus, you know me, I love Vermont and always have.

I also hope that you find something that makes you feel as good as some of us when we are on the mountain. Hmmm...when put like that it seems much more simple than I made it, huh? When I'm skiing, I just feel good. I hope that you do also, or you have something that can bring you that good feeling, that balanced, zen-like feeling. I also hope that you can get into as much as you'd like.

For now, I will see you all out on the hill. Enjoy and Later!

Photo: Pat's Peak Ski Area parking lot & base area - Credit: Tim Meyer for Ski Rex Media

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