more than two decades of ski writing, ski teaching, and ski publishing by Lito Tejada-Flores
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.’