The Catch: My Favorite Sounds of the Ski Hill

The Catch, a new standing feature showcasing select works from Cordova's arts and literature magazine.

Photo by Teal Barmore

By Sierra Westing
For The Cordova Times

There are lots of sounds that please me
but nothing more than the sounds
of the Ski Hill.

The “Buzzzzzing” of the chair lift sliding across its wire
along with the "Whoosh" of a jump
landed on an extreme powder day
with a clack of poles
Accompanying it at the end.

The beautiful sounds of the Ski Hill.

About the author

Sierra westing is a 4th grader at Mt. Eccles Elementary School. She enjoys reading, skiing, running, and writing. Sierra’s Battle of the Books team will be going on to compete at state level.

About the photographer

Teal Barmore is a professional photographer and net mender based in Cordova, Alaska. Visit her website,, to see more of her work.

What’s The Catch?

This poem and photo were originally published in the “Tracks” themed Winter 2022 edition of The Catch, Cordova’s literary & arts quarterly publication. The Catch is available at the library and the museum or at The Catch is edited by Librarian Jillian Gold. To receive a free digital copy of The Catch or for more information, email [email protected].

Submit to the spring edition

The Catch is accepting submissions for the Spring 2022 edition until March 15. The theme is “Fresh”.

Submit to [email protected], or mail Cordova Public Library, ATTN The Catch, PO Box 1170, Cordova, AK 99574, or stop by the library’s circulation desk. All ages. All mediums. No entry limit.