Lost Ski Mountains poem

frozenforeverfrozenforever novice
in NELSAP Forum Posts: 11
Hey, everybody.  Long time reader, occasional poster.  I also write poetry for several forums and recent wrote one about our favorite topic: lost ski areas.  Not one place in particular, just a melange of the experiences I've had poking around lost mountains.  Thought people here might like it, so here you go.

LOST SKI MOUNTAINS
By David Welch

For fifteen years the peak has sat fallow,

abandoned to time as trees and bushes grow,

driving by always evokes a sigh in me,

long ago this hill was where I learned to ski.



But the industry is not what it once was,

snowmaking and insurance drove up the cost,

this place where families once spent the day,

now sits shuttered, slowly rotting away.



The old lodge has lost half its windows,

its siding faded by the sun's harsh glow,

there’s a giant hole up on top of the roof,

and graffiti sprayed by some drunken youth.



Lifts still stand, but all the chairs are down,

stacked in rows, rusting on the ground,

the cables now vanished into the trees,

paint is peeling, the lift shacks all moldy.



Laying nearby, twisted and half-stacked,

as if subjected to medieval torture racks,

sit piles of broken, old snowmaking pipe,

now simply scrap, glinting in noon-day light.



Saddest of all is the half-visible ski trails,

now covered in saplings, young, health, and hale,

where once me and my sibling fiercely raced,

where more than once I fell flat on my face…



The white swath of beauty clad in snow,

that once adorned this peak’s long slopes,

now grows in like pasture gone to seed,

it's become a place where mosquitoes breed.



It may seem bizarre, to some out there,

mourning for the cold and frozen air,

but this place once meant so much to us,

now given over to saplings and rust…



sigh

Comments

  • NELSAPNELSAP advanced
    Posts: 368
    Thank you for sharing this poem! That's what is so great about the contributors to this board - the quality of posts, trip reports, deep thoughts, all while keeping civil.
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 2,251
    +1
  • bousquet19bousquet19 advanced
    Posts: 271
    David,

    Thanks for sharing your poem in your post here.  Your final stanza is especially poignant, probably to most of us who have visited a ski area that has closed:

    It may seem bizarre, to some out there,
    mourning for the cold and frozen air,
    but this place once meant so much to us,
    now given over to saplings and rust…


    Woody
  • lotsoskiinglotsoskiing expert
    Posts: 1,146
    Man, this piece brings memories of ghosting around Silvermine, The Big A, Oak Hill, Mittersill (pre-rebirth), Norwich and others, as well as the odd motivation to drive as close as I could to Pinnacle (VT), Oxbow, Silver Bells and Mt. Whitney...great stuff

    Now you need to write about the rebirth of lost areas!
  • bmwskierbmwskier expert
    Posts: 539
    Awesome job! Many kudos!
    "Making ski films is being irresponsible with other people's money, in a responsible sort of way..." 
    Greg Stump
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