One of the great life lessons I learned comes from an aphorism involving another winter sport. It goes like this: You learn to ice skate in the summer.
That does not mean that all of us skiers should rush to Ham Arena in Conway, N.H., this summer, though the cool air inside may provide some welcome relief from the heat. It simply means that leaving a sport — or a musical instrument — or any kind of diversion requiring skill — alone for a fallow time can actually serve to enhance the activity we love once we resume it in season.
So it is with our winter sport. For some reason, best left to philosophers and psychologists, summertime actually makes skiing more attractive. And for some reason — best left to physiologists — we oftentimes return to the slopes with renewed enthusiasm and athleticism after the summer interregnum.
So let’s think of the summer entirely differently.