Skiing quotes and snowboarding sayings

The San Juan Mountains in May 2023. Photo by Mitch Tobin/The Water Desk, with aerial support by LightHawk.

Part of the slang surrounding skiing and snowboarding are a series of oft-quoted sayings and one-liners. These quotes, mantras, jokes, and expressions capture nuggets of mountain wisdom. Here are some of the more popular skiing quotes and snowboarding sayings. If there’s a link, check out the in-depth entry on the saying. And, as always, let me know if you have any suggestions!

“A bad day on the slopes beats a good day at work”


“If you’re not falling, you’re not learning”


“I love big dumps”


“Let it snow!”


“My drug of choice is white powder”


“My life is going downhill”


“No friends on a powder day”

No friends on powder days.

“Ski good or eat wood”


“Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads”


skiing quotes skiing is a dance


“Skiing is expensive, but it’s cheaper than therapy”


“Skiing is more than a sport, it is a way of life”


“Skiing is the only sport where you spend an arm and a leg to break an arm and a leg”


“Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal 



“Sometimes you shred the gnar; sometimes the gnar shreds you.”




“The mountains are calling and I must go”



“There’s no such thing as bad snow, just bad skiers”


“Think snow!”


“To ski or not to ski, that is not a question”


“Turn right. Turn left. Repeat as necessary.”


skiing quotes turn right turn left repeat

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a ski pass”


“Wax ’em up!”


“When life gets complicated, I go skiing (or snowboarding)”

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