I wake to the persistent shriek coming from my alarm. Its 6.00am, light is just starting to spread across the sky, highlighting the silhouettes of the still sleeping mountains. If we want the first lift, we need to be there early. My uniform for today is yet another contrast in my multiple lives. Its bright block colours instantly cheer my mood. I swig the last of my hot drink, pack skins, shovel and probe into my pack and out the door.
I think to myself as I am desperately sucking in deep breaths to get oxygen down to my burning thighs, the girl I am today is worlds away from the girl I was yesterday. Taking a sip of my frosty water I look back at the zig zags I’ve just freshly pressed, weaving their way up the steep snowy slope. I’m excited for what comes next. The reward for my hard work, slogging upward for the past few hours is now only moments away. I stand looking out at the mesmerising view. Icy peaks jut out of the horizon line for as far as I can see. Cliff faces fractured by steep snowy gullies, the swirling mountain breeze whipping surface snow off the tips of sharp edged peaks. Its magical. Beautiful. I feel truly alive.
Clipping into my skis I feel the buzz for whats to come. I take a deep breath, bite my bottom lip with anticipation, then cautiously tip my weight forward and slip off the edge. The sensation of falling hits the pit of my stomach, but I remain in control. Sliding, carving and picking up speed, my body lets out a squeal of adrenaline. The smooth weightlessness of floating over powder is an unbeatable sensation. Dodging rocks and picking up speed as I descend this glistening white slope, no rules or path to follow. I choose my own line, just like in life. I could go anywhere. If only life could feel this smooth. The scenery whipping by as fast as it does when I’m sitting in the bus, but this I love. This I live for.
Even the falls make me laugh, soft cold snow tucked in every fold of my jacket and sneaking into any gap that exposes my skin. Hair ridged with the frozen moisture, I feel invincible. I am an outdoor girl and this is my Alter Ego. The super hero I wish I could be every day.
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