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Should you listen to music while skiing?

post #1 of 18
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I thought about using earbuds this season, but a few things held me back. Of course, the advantage is that I can jam it out and get in the mood. But then I thought that my noise cancelling earbuds, plus a helmet, would essentially make me deaf to the outside world. Have any of you ever had problems with this? Maybe a guy or patroller says something, and it looks like you're just ignoring them.
post #2 of 18

There are accessory ear pads available for many helmets that include ear bud speakers.  I prefer to listen to loud music on the way to the mountain but not while actually out on the mountain.  Most folks I know either use one ear bud or the ear pad/headphones but keep them at low volume or pause the music when in the lift line or when riding/skiing in contested traffic areas where you really need your ears listening to your environment to be safe.

post #3 of 18

It depends on whether you're wearing a helmet. :D

post #4 of 18

No because then you can't hear that amazing sound of your skis running along a cushion of fresh powder.

 

Or the edges of your GS skis slicing like a knife through freshly drawn lines of corduroy. 

post #5 of 18
post #6 of 18

I bought these to try out this season.  They allegedly leave you nearly as able to hear your surroundings as going without headphones with.  I've tried them out on a run and they worked well there, will be interested to see how they work on the mountain.

post #7 of 18

Absolutely not! You will not be able to hear me coming behind you.

 

Seriously, though, I think they are unsafe on the hill. You need all your wits about you when you're skiing and there are people around you. If I every ran into someone because they had ear buds in or they ran into me because of it, let's say there would be some trouble. 

post #8 of 18

Opinion:  Earbuds are a no no as they shut off 99% of outside noise; like skiers coming out of the trees across your path, skiers coming up behind you,  fellow skiers in trouble and verbally telling you or others, warnings of danger ahead from fellow skiers etc..

 

Personally I like music sometimes when I ski.  Have helmet with speakers in helmet and an ipod.  Have the controls with a mute button (if riding up with partner or someone interesting I mute so can talk etc.). 

 

I usually listen to tunes when skiing alone or even sometimes with others.  BUT, I never have music on when   skiing in the trees or more challenging or unknown terrain.  I want to be able to hear if one of my partners goes down, gets hurt, is warning me of something or just telling me it Beer time.

 

I personally don't think skiing with tunes is dangerous if you use some common sense and are aware of others when you need to.

 

I feel that sometimes when I am not ON IT for the day that music will set some rhythm for me and get me in tune with the snow/timing/speed better.

post #9 of 18

I remember back during the height of the Walkman craze that headphones (and, by extension earbuds or whatever the equivalent technology was at the time) were banned at Mammoth. They had signs at the base of the chairlifts with a graphic of a pair of headphones with the international NO symbol over them. Of course, this had interesting side effects; one day I was riding up the chair with a guy that had a fanny pack with a Walkman and two small speakers in it. He'd crank the tunes on the chairlift, then kill it when he got off the lift. I thought that was pretty cool.

 

Personally, I like the wind noise and the sound of my skis on the snow (a useful source of feedback).

post #10 of 18

I'm one of those people who doesn't enjoy ear-phone-based music when I want to perform at my best. It's strange, but if there are speakers (like in a climbing gym, or mounted on a slope, or on a buddy's bike) it's fine. But once I put on earphones and crank it...  I feel like my focus goes to the music. Weird things happen, like I adjust the rhythm of my turns to the music instead of to the terrain. Instead of the almost unconscious act of doing the sport I come back out and I'm aware of the music, my thoughts, etc. I suspect for many people the experiences is the opposite... earphones drowns out the thoughts/conscious part and lets them release. Not me.

 

It's odd because I can perform with music in the environment... I can still zone out and get in the flow. But with earbuds it cramps my style.

 

Also, pretty annoying when your partners can't hear you say stuff like, "I just carved right into that little f#$cker! I shoulda came in hotter!" (ref: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcY-h32V1s0&feature=youtu.be&t=1m28s)

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post
 

http://www.epicski.com/newsearch?search=music


I know....haven't we beat this topic to death yet?  If you listen to music, just keep your head on a swivel and be careful.

post #12 of 18

No.

post #13 of 18

The only music I'm interested in listening to while skiing comes from the skis, the snow, and the wind.

 

I don't care what anyone else does as long as they don't whack me.

post #14 of 18

Topic has occasionally been kicked about in the past:  

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/126460/why-listen-to-music-while-skiing

 

Never wore a helmet until a couple years ago when I figured it would be a much improved way to listen to music.  So put the speakers from Sennheiser PX 100-II mini-headphones into a  Variant Brim helmet.  Since then just occasionally listen on solo lift rides but sometimes when skiing groomers with few others about or on stormy powder days.  As noted in thread link, listening to music while skiing more difficult terrain gets in the way of focus on terrain and what is going on inside my mind with body and skis.

post #15 of 18

It is worth noting here that every helmet audio system I have put on my head has been designed NOT to block out outside noise- unlike headphones/earbuds.

 

I have always been able to listen to music at an enjoyable volume and hear chairlift conversation, etc.

 

I wouldn't ski with earbuds, I do ski with helmet audio.

post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post
 

It is worth noting here that every helmet audio system I have put on my head has been designed NOT to block out outside noise- unlike headphones/earbuds.

 

I have always been able to listen to music at an enjoyable volume and hear chairlift conversation, etc.

 

I wouldn't ski with earbuds, I do ski with helmet audio.

+1  I pretty much do the same.  Love my Giro with helmet speakers.  Music helps to put me in a rhythm when skiing and to calm me when things get dicey.

 

Rock on!

 

Rick G

post #17 of 18

Other than crushing your soul I see no harm in it.

post #18 of 18

I have always wanted to manage my smartphone better on the hill. Not so much for the music, but being able to stay in touch without smartphone fumbilitis. My son is more into the music, but I won't let him wear earbuds.

 

Frustrated with the "headphone" solutions out there, so over the last year worked with skiers / snowboarders and a manufacturing partner to create something new.

 

Not wanting to be commercial, but we are now launching on Kickstarter.

You can see notice on different EpicSki posting ...

See http://www.epicski.com/t/130300/hassle-free-snow-helmet-audio-on-kickstarter

 

Would love your feedback and comments.

 

Thx, Martin

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