Eastern alpine skiing is an icy challenge.
Downhill = West
Cross-country = East
I hate flying. Do you know how much I HATE flying? Anesthesia is often compared to flying. Lots of machine and procedure check-out before you start. The doc has to be well-trained, and well-rested. The machines, increasingly computerized, need to be continually maintained. The start of anesthesia can be difficult. That is the take-off. The emergence is sometimes rockier. That is the landing. So how about those airlines, and cutting costs on maintenance, and having no spare equipment, and not knowing how well your pilot thinks in a clinch?
Western skiing = flying. This picture was taken from the plane, returning home from Utah. I love looking out the window at the landscape. The topography reminds me of the diversity of our geology, and of the amazing place we live. The views almost take my mind off where I am and and how I got up there.
The resemblance to the surface of the brain was not lost on this tired skier.