By Heather Burke, Boston.com Correspondent
Everything comes with a warning these days. All things from children’s toys to plastic bags can be “hazardous to your health.” So downhill skiing should have a disclosure too. There’s the boiler plate liability language on your lift ticket, but that doesn’t cover all the risks and rewards inherent in alpine skiing. Take these, for example.
Skiing is addictive, you might find yourself using excuses to go skiing instead of going to work – like you have the “powder flu.”
Skiing is expensive – the best things in life are not free, and skiing is no exception. Lift tickets, equipment, lessons and lodging – they all cost money.
Skiing will bring you to new places, new heights, with previously not experienced exhilaration.
Skiing is cold — it’s the very nature of the sport, the snow and freezing temperatures.
Sticking your tongue to metal chairlift bars could be hazardous to your mouth – knucklehead.
Skiing does not defy gravity, it embraces it.
Skiing is not a genetic predisposition, but it is contagious.
Skiing is a skill — this is not a sport you discover and do with finesse overnight. If the best things in life are not free, they also are not easy – skiing takes time, a lifetime, even, to master.
Skiing will change your life.
You can’t après ski until you ski, even if it is just one run and done.
By Heather Burke, Photo by Greg Burke