Skiing is a winter sport used for both leisure and competition, common in Colorado as well as various states and countries around the world. Skiing utilizes a simple concept which relies on gravity and the inclination at which the slope of the terrain is situated. The mission is simple: go fast and don’t crash. However, such a simple concept poses many challenges to different skillsets which in return makes the sport enjoyable.
Some of you may wonder why skiing can be classified as an aesthetic, and I think the answer is simple. Skiing encompasses multiple contrasting aesthetics: a design/technology aesthetic, nature aesthetic, and lastly an aesthetic of strength and power.
In the practice of skiing, the skis themselves are a well designed and engineered semi rigid material. Skis are unique as they look like simple long rectangles which propel the rider down the mountain, however in manufacturing they encompass an intricate design. To me, the unique layers and other features seen on skis, resembles the intricacies of a clock which can only be seen underneath the clocks face. Thus, the deeper meaning behind a skis technology is a unique and enticing aesthetic.
The next aesthetic which skiing encompasses stems from the open terrain and uncharted territories which skiing provides. Mountains are treacherous terrain with many unmapped and unexplored areas. These areas provide the rider with an escape from reality and enables them to be one with nature. The aesthetic of nature speaks to my soul as it provides a sense of fulfillment and calmness. Nature is a visual enterprise which we are lucky enough to exhibit without any change to our current environment. However, urbanism is slowly destroying the aesthetic of nature which is why this aesthetic speaks so highly to me as a human.
The last aesthetic which I believe skiing achieves is one of strength and power. While skiing, a skier will encounter a magnitude of high speeds, large inclinations, jumps, trees, and even rocks. These features create an increase in the riders heart rate and intensifies the sport. Although strength and power are not visual aesthetics, I believe they encompass the overall goal behind the sport. Skiing is made for people to raise their heart rates while feeling free in an abyss of white snow. Therefore, I believe that not all aesthetics must be visual.
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