Skiing is an amazing sport. It transcends the barriers of age, class, gender, political affiliation, and so many more. This winter we asked a handful of skiers and riders at Kirkwood Mountain in California the simple question, why do you ski? The answers ranged from simple to complex, but the bottom line was that skiing is more than a sport, it's a way of life. For those who live or dream of a life in the mountains, we hope this hits you hard, because this is why we ski: