|Can You Hear It Now?|
On other rides I would notice the characteristic whisper of skis riding through the soft snow and the occasional scraping sound on the exposed hard pack. Occasionally a snow machine would roar up the slope for a maintenance task. At other times we have suffered the whooshing roar of the snow guns. Some snow gun designs have a piercing harsh noise. Other have a more pleasing whoosh with lower decibels. At the loading station we will hear the hum of the electric motor drives.
All of the above are the man made sound of the ski slope. There are also the natural sounds of wind whistling and whirling during the stormy days. And on the quiet days there will be the rattle of tree limbs, the cracking of ice on the coated limbs and an occasional bird song. Springtime will bring the honks of the returning geese. Other times I have seen and heard turkeys and foxes sounding off and travelling across the slope.
Recently I have been introduced to the books of Eckhart Tolle on spiritual enlightenment. He discusses the matter of living in the now. i.e. Being aware of the present moment. My revelation of ski slope sounds probably arose out of my focus on the now as I rode the lift last week. It was soothing experience. Next time that you have a lonely ride on the lift I challenge you readers to see how many sounds you can identify.