Bad snow, most experts agree
is a phenomena of transition: snow
whose crystals have not yet
assumed their final form
as hard spring ice or perfect corn.
Skiing bad snow, you get another view:
from time to time a few
turns simply happen, perfect turns
where snow & skis, radius & arc,
It takes you by surprise.
Afterwards with closed eyes you wonder
about the descent, the snow & what it meant.
Perhaps we are phenomena of transition?
Bad snow only fear & superstition?
When we have learned enough, skied
& fallen enough, we will know
that snow is only snow, that words
like bad & good are just as absurd
as those others, ought & should.
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Ace Kvale, turns tricky windblown snow into a playground, Verbier, Switzerland.
photo © Linde Waidhofer
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