“The true skier does not follow where others lead. He is not confined to a piste. He is an artist who creates a pattern of lovely lines from virgin and uncorrupted snow. What marble is to the sculptor, so are the latent harmonies of ridge and hollow, powder, and sun-softened crust to the true skier. By a wise dispensation of providence, the snow, whose beauty has been defaced and destroyed by the multitude of piste addicts, does not record the passage of the “lifted skier.” It is only soft snow that records the movements of individual skiers, and it is only soft snow that the real artist can express himself.”
  — Sir Arnold Lunn (1888-174), British skier, originator of slalom gates.