more than two decades of ski writing, ski teaching, and ski publishing by Lito Tejada-Flores
Nothing is free — the child
must pay his dues to walk
as we must too to ski,
we too bruise body & ego
(knee & me) pick ourselves up
(dusting off snow) & return
to the same mindless repetition—
humiliating, liberating exercise.
Again & again we try the same
simple turn on the same
featureless snow & eventually learn
to say yes to our skis instead of no.
Nothing is free — but the skier
is as free as anyone, or freer.