"Excuse me, do you mind if I ask you where you got your hat?"
"Oh! Well, I think my brother got me this hat while he was in Peru."
This is fantastic. What are the chances of that? We then went on to have a 5 minute conversation about Alberta, the trail system in Canmore, the trail system in Anchorage, biathlon, and how tough sports are. He was a genuinely nice man. As he stayed straight on the trail and I turned right, I yelled after him, "Have a wonderful ski." He replied, "You too, have a good ski."
As I continued skiing, I was thinking about how, even if it is just for a second, a complete stranger can still manage to put a smile on your face.
And suddenly, I wasn't quite as chilly as I had been before.
Also, I saw a man mountain biking while I was skiing.