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Steve Says Thanks

This is crazy. It’s been 10 years since I left Powder and people still remember. People still track me down, send me notes, thank me. Not even a month ago, an American living in Sweden wrote an email and told me that something I wrote at Powder helped change his life. It was pretty simple advice, I only said, basically, follow your heart, but that helped him to leave school, go skiing, move to Crested Butte, and see where it would take him. It led eventually to Sweden, to a happy marriage and kids who ski and a career that was much as he’d imagined it before he left, only now with many of the questions answered.

Can I tell you how much this means to me, that people still remember? That they care enough to contact me? How flattered—no, blown away—I am? It stuns me.

The ideal of Powder existed long before I was born and will burn on long after I’m gone. It is the unfettered joy that you feel when you’ve given yourself not just to the sensation of deep powder skiing, but to the compulsion of it, too. When you’ve devoted a big chunk of your spirit, your heart, your time, attention, and bank account to the crazy ephemeral pursuit of it. When you’ve broken rules and skipped work and ducked ropes, not against your better judgment, but in following your better judgment as you chase the promise of perfection. The founders of Powder knew that as well as anyone, gave form to it, and passed it on to us. If the intros I wrote resonated, it can only be because they tapped into that power somehow, some way. Really, all I ever tried to do was put words to what I felt when I was on skis.

I’ve had the intros posted to my website for years, but a few months ago my dear friend and fellow skid Rob Haggart encouraged me to put them on their own site. He’s the one who suggested the domain name and who did the work putting them into these pages. I owe him a debt of gratitude for making this happen. I can’t claim that the intros are any good, that the writing is comprehensible, or that they stand the test of time. But I hope, anyway, that they tap into something much larger, the something that connects all of us who ski. Rob seems to think so, and I hope you do, too.

So, thanks. Thanks to Rob. Thanks to Dave and Jake Moe, who created Powder. And thanks to you, for keeping the faith in skiing.

—Steve Casimiro, September 2008