Skiing is breath taking, as you stand on top of a mountain, engulfed in glistening white and tranquility. You begin dancing toward the valley with a sense of floating on clouds.
Well, it may not be that way at first, until you invest in skill. You have the option of drawing all kind of radius turns from skidding, carving, railing, to wide open or short wedel. You may fine tune the edge play for cruising or staying in the fall line. You may add dynamic, rhythm, flow, and personality, and not just steer skis but have them follow you - just like in dancing where three steps of a waltz are the turning technique and choreography unlocks an other world.
Thus, it's not how quickly you reach the bottom of a mountain but how you experience making your trip last. (Obviously, racing is another ball game.)