there is something to be said about perseverance and doing that which feels "good". and i will say this: when it comes to snowing around on mountainous jewels of ice i choose to ski, not snowboard. it may be the way in which one feels composed upon two skis with two poles, like a strong and confident praying mantis, or the divine music of swish, or the savoring of air at crackling speed that bring my heart such joy. yet, nearly half of the mountain population are on snowboards! and so, i gave the board and her cohort of bangs and spills and wipe-outs a shot. yup, i am most definitely a ski girl, not a boardy.