Aubrie Mindock

Professional skier, author of "When I Saw Heaven" and "Back Up On Skis," Olympic hopeful

Lets go Skiing

She sits down on the chair for the first time on the first day of skiing. Many thoughts are running through her head as the chair brings her to the top of the mountain. "Will I be as good as last season? Am I going to pick it up again? It has been a while since I have skied. The summer was too long," She quietly says to herself as she nears the top of the chair. It is time. She is ready to go skiing.

The girl points her skis and quickly exits the unloading area. She makes her way to the first run. It is a black, an easy warm up for the day. Her fears dissipate and she puts herself in a tuck and goes. 

As she picks up speed she feels the nice cool winter air rush into her face. Her skis grip the snow and her breath can hardly be heard as the sound of the ice cracks as the skis cut through. The feeling is amazing and the only thing on her mind is seeing how fast she can get her skis to go. 

The run soon comes to an end and the girl can hardly wait for another. Quickly, she makes her way back to the lift. Clouds are rolling in. A storm is on its way! There will be snow falling soon. There is a peaceful feeling as she gets back on the chair for her other run. The sound of the forrest and the wind relaxes the girl. There is nothing like being in the quiet forrest. 

Run after run, the girl begins to get a rush. She pushes herself more and more and soon she is hitting speeds close to 80 miles per hour. It is not fast enough though, and she pushes to go even faster. 

The day grows old and it is time to head home. Bummed that the mountain is closing the girl slowly makes her way down the mountain. She wants to enjoy her last run for the day so she stops frequently to take in the beauty. Often, she is the last one off the mountain. 

That girl is me. I love everything about skiing. The wind against my face and the feeling under my feet as my skis crush through the snow is one of the best feelings in the world. I cannot get enough of this sport. 

These are some of the reasons that I did not quit skiing after my accident. If I would have decided not to get back up on skis then I would have missed out on the fresh air, the sound of the wind against my coat as I speed through the bumps. I would have missed seeing the snowflakes fall on my lap or trying to catch them with my tongue while sitting on the chair. I know that these are not huge reasons but sometimes the simple things bring the most pleasure in life. 

If you have never tried skiing I urge you to give it a shot. The sport will have you hooked and you will be unable to think about anything except your next run or next vacation. If you ski once, you will ski again. Skiing to me is the best sport in the world and I would never quit. Come on, the first snow of the season is on its way. Lets go skiing!