February 2001
Bad snow
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,

are one!

             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.’

   February 2001
photo above:
Ace Kvale, turns tricky windblown snow into a playground, Verbier, Switzerland.
photo © Linde Waidhofer
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