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

Ski Writing

          Powder by the Numbers

















One powder morning


Millions on millions of snowflakes


Thousands on thousands of ice crystals

sparkling in the frosted trees


Hundreds of skiers waiting in line

for the first chair, the first gondola


Dozens of lines, untracked slopes

to chose from


Sometimes a couple of tracks

from skiers who got there first,

woke up earlier than you did,

it doesn’t matter…


One mountain blanketed in fresh snow


One turn becoming two, three, four,

and on and on and on

till you lose track,

till you can hardly stand up


One perfect turn, effortless, floating

that repeats itself and never stops

that goes on forever

or at least until

this powder morning

is only a memory


One powder morning