THE MOUNTAIN — Growing up, I was a big skier. What I mean by that is I was an overweight kid who liked to ski. Therefore, I was a big skier.
I was never that good at it, but I liked going. However, there were two things that always gave me anxiety. One was getting off the lift. I wouldn't fall very often, but the constant fear was there. I thought I'd make a complete fool of myself on what is likely the easiest part of skiing, gently sliding away like a slow-moving chair.
During the actual run, I was usually pretty calm and collected and had a great time. No worries.
But then I'd get toward the end of the run. That's when the anxiety would start to bubble up again. That's because on more than one occasion I ran out of speed before getting back to the line for the lift, which got awkward fast. It was uncomfortable since everyone could now see the "big skier" as he bumbled his way on flat ground toward the lift with the grace of turtle flailing helplessly on his back.
These worries may be the reason I haven't been skiing in years. Well, that and the small fortune it takes to go. (I'm not sure you all know this, but writing about being a chubby kid who didn't ski well doesn't pay as well as one may think.)
Regardless, I don't ski anymore. But that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the dickens out of this video.
Pro skier Chris Benchetler rode this incredible line at Mammoth Mountain in California. Not only is the line amazing, he skis it so smoothly that butter has filed a restraining order against this video.
Honestly, the ease and perfection with which Benchetler completes this run is mind-boggling. I can't stop watching it. According to this video, skiing is super easy and I just didn't have the work ethic or body proportions to pull it off successfully.