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Ski Philosophy

Ski Philosophy, Its Relation to Every-Day Living

by Alton C. Melville

1. Be Physically Fit.

It is essential to a skier’s safety and enjoyment. Important to everyone.

2. Ask Not That The Mountains Be Smaller.

We make the mountains seem smaller by our increased proficiency. The principle has application to every-day problems.

3. We Do Not Expect That All Falls Will Be Eliminated.

We seek the strength and ability to control mishaps and to rise again.

4. Operate Under Control and According To Ability.

Applies equally in driving a car and other activities.

5. Utilize Nature’s Forces For Our Benefit and Enjoyment.

Nature’s forces, such as gravity, will be utilized, but it will not entirely determine our speed or direction. We will reserve self-determination.

6. Keep Good Traction.

Driving to a ski area you are less likely to get stuck if you are carrying a load than if your back seat is empty. By giving your neighbor a ride you may be helping yourself as well as him to get there.

7. Absorb the Bumps.

Skiing down a bumpy hill one doesn’t fight the bumps–he absorbs them. Should be carried over into everyday living.

8. Don’t get panicky.

In a tight place it’s usually best to ride it out until there is an opportunity to maneuver into the right line.

9. Don’t Lean Against the Mountain or Hang Back.

The best philosophy is forward and out.

10. Fill Your Sitzmark.

Don’t leave hazards for those who follow you.


These were printed on the back of his business cards when he was president of the National Ski Association.