Best-Ever Ski Quotes, Sayings, Phrases

By Dom Nozzi

The following is my personal ranking of the best ever quotes, sayings, and phrases regarding skiing. They are comments that are commonly heard on a ski lift chair.

Each of these have become an important part of our cultural lexicon. They are therefore endlessly repeated by others.

I acknowledge that there are many wonderful lines or phrases that are not on this list. Please let me know if there are others I should add.

Best-Ever Ski Quotes, Sayings, Phrases

There’s no waiting for friends on a powder day.

While the skier denied that he lost his skis and poles in the fall, everyone that saw it knew that in reality his fall was a classic yard sale.

Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.

Gotta use your brain, it’s the most important part of your equipment.  ~Kevin Andrews and Warren Miller, Extreme SkiingDom at Mt Bachelor3 OR Feb 2012.JPG

The sensual caress of waist deep cold smoke…. glory in skiing virgin snow, in being the first to mark the powder with the signature of their run.  ~Tim Cahill

Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country.  ~Steven Wright

Traverse: One of two ways to stop while skiing.  Tree: The other method.

Snow: a form of precipitation that usually occurs three weeks prior to and the morning of your departure from your ski vacation.

If you aren’t crashing, you aren’t skiing.

Snowboarding is an activity that is very popular with people who do not feel that regular skiing is lethal enough…. I now realize that the small hills you see on ski slopes are formed around the bodies of forty-seven-year-olds who tried to learn snowboarding.  ~Dave Barry

Faster, faster ’til the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.

Tree? What Tre

Every turn is a sign of fear. [Or] Turning is a sign of weakness. [Or] To turn is to admit defeat. [Or] There are only two reasons to turn: Fear and boredom.

If you want a good taste of powder, you’ve got to eat some.

One nun to another — They say it is the second best thing!!!

Powder — Like trying to explain sex to a virgin

If you feel you’re in control, you’re not going fast enough

Ski fast enough and the trees will jump out of your way.

Fear and pain are temporary, regret is forever


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.


About Dom Nozzi

Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable & bikeable streets & trails specialist, writer, editor, speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, urbanist. Make my own beer, wine, pasta, bread. Live by the motto that it is the things we do NOT do that we later regret. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
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