I don't like skiing. This is partly because I ski with all the elegance and grace of a drunk giraffe but largely because I think that climbing up a mountain is vastly superior to slipping down it. I have yet to find a feeling that matches the sense of achievement and (once I've got my breath back from hauling up there) relaxation that I get from sitting on top of a conquered peak. Horribly clichéd though it may sound, you really do feel far away from the irritations and stresses of everyday life when you're looking out across mountains which have stood for millennia. Whilst I don't love skiing, I do love mountains and a visit to the Dolomites provided some of the most beautiful I've ever seen.
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