More or less that’s what Pope Benedict XVI said  in a meeting with Italian ski instructors. “Your engagement as ’ski masters’ helps to boost certain capacities, for example steadfastness in pursing aims, respect for the rules, tenacity in confronting and surmounting difficulties,” the pope said, according to The Telegraph of England.

Reported by the Telegraph, the 83-year-old pontiff, a native of Bavaria, said:

“The mountains are “an environment that in a special way makes us feel small, returns us to our true dimension as creatures, makes us capable of asking ourselves about the significance of creation, lifting our eyes to the top, opening ourselves up to the creator.”

So come on snow!

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