The Rules of the Mountains
Skiing is my one true love.
My mum is convinced that I left the womb with skis strapped on, ready to go explore the mountains. And so I did, with my first turns in the frosty white, not even being 2 years old. Snow now runs trhough my veins.
The joy of skiing is an indescribable feeling. The thrill of finding the best lines, the rush of adrenaline as you navigate through challenging terrain, and the sense of freedom that comes with skiing down a slope is truly exhilarating.
For many skiers, the mountains provide a sanctuary from daily life. It’s a place to rechage, to connect with nature, and to challenge oneself physically and mentally. The joy of skiing is not just in the act of skiing itself, but in the entire experience – the camaraderie with fellow skiers, the beauty of the mountain landscape, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering a difficult run. It is the best feeling ever.
Respect the Mountain
However, it’s important to remember that with this joy and passion comes responsibility. As skiers, we have a duty to Mother Nature. She reminds us of the incredible power she has and at the same time shows us incredible beauty. This is the way to connect with something greater than ourselves, and to appreciate the majesty of the mountains. As skiers, we are privileged to experience this beauty firsthand, super close up and smack in the middle of it all. Respecting those powers is essential.
It’s important to remember that freeriding/skiing is an exhilarating sport and also a dangerous activity that requires a great deal of skill, preparation, and respect for the best outcome of your experience.
Here are some of my rules how I prepare and feel the respect for the mountains and Mother Nature while enjoying freeriding:
1. Enjoy the ride with a friend or more. Together it is way more fun exploring the unbeating tracks. You can share the stories and then there is someone to help you in case something unexpected happens.
2. Always check the weather and snow/avalanche conditions before heading out. Be aware of any warnings or alerts, talk to the lift employees and skiinstructors around to get the latest updates and adjust your plans accordingly.
3. Be prepared by wearing appropriate gear and equipment, including carrying a first aid kit, a LVS system, avalanche equipment like shovel and probe and communication devices. Practice beforehand and make a plan for just in case.
4. Bring snacks, coffee and or sweets to share. It lightens the mood, gives you that extra sugar to tackle the next slope and brings that beautiful connection with others. What a simple gummibear can do 🙂
5. Follow the Leave No Trace principles. Leave the mountain as you found it, except for your beautiful lines that is 🙂 Pack all your trash, avoid disturbing wildlife, and bring back loads of memories.
6. Know your limits and skill level and most of all follow your gut feeling. If it ain’r right, it ain’t right! I know the feeling of having climbed for hours to that one spot and that feeling in your gut is more then just adrenaline for the run, then don’t do it! It’s important to know when to turn back and come back another day.
7. The community is amazing with a deep sence of camaraderie and at the same time thrill seeking with high skill levels and such a deep passion. An unsual species of human with a big love for life, respect for mother nature and the power of snow.
Feeride skiing is an incredible and rewarding experience, but it’s important to approach it with respect, and a deep appreciation for the natural world. By following these tips, you can enjoy the thrill of the mountain while making the best memories that will last until next season.