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Skiing and the
Poetry of Snow


Poetry comes as close as language can to capturing that out-of-body lightness of swishing through the trees, of jumping off a cornice, of floating through the bottomless powder. This book is about joy and loss. It is about danger and consciousness. It is provocative, full of wit and insight, and helps us meet the challenges of self-discovery.

Peak experiences give us a glimpse of a world beyond what our senses report. It is a world we can feel but not articulate; know but not describe. In the poet’s words, the sight is within us—speak and it is gone. The bliss of memory persuades us it is real.

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