You can get into mountain ecology to learn more about the mountains you ski. One resort offering guests a view into local ecology is Whistler Blackcomb. From rainforests to glaciers, Whistler Blackcomb's eco tours help the skier realize the environment around their favorite sport. There's even a visit to a bear's den!
Skiers, like hikers, enjoy their outdoor sports on varied levels. Hiking trails come in a range of difficulties, not unlike skiing trails. When you hike in the mountains regularly, your body may be better prepared for the lower air pressure that slows some skiers. You can probably find great guides on how and where to hike at your favorite bookstore or library.