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I was the first person to ski off of the chairlift that day arriving at the summit of Whitetale Mountain It was the type of day when the clouds seemed to blanket the sky leaving no clue that the sun with its powerful light even existed anymore It was not snowing but judging by the damp musty stale scent in the air I realized it would be only a short time before the white flakes overtook the mountainAs I readied myself to make the first run I took a moment to appreciate my surroundings Somehow things seemed much different up here The wind nonexistent at the bottom began to gust Its cold bite found my nose Its quick and sudden swirling movement kicked loose snow into my face forcing me to zip my jacket over my chin Its strange how the gray clouds which seemed so far above me at the bottom really didnt appear that high anymore If I had a tall enough ladder I mig ht be able totouch them As I gazed out over the landscape the city below seemed unrecognizable The enormous buildings which I had driven past earlier looked like dollhouses a child might play with The towering smokestacks of the factories wou ld not have caught my eye had it not been for the tiny stream of gray emerging from them At this distance the smoke spiraled upward like tree branches reaching for the skyThe air was raw and stung me through my many layers of clothing There was snow all around me It was on the trail and in the trees There was so much white that my eyes became blinded by so much absence of colorIt was too cold to remain at the top forever so I decided to make my run I gave a strong push with my poles starting my skis sliding gently across the snowy terrain I kept my speed slow in order to
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