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How many of you ski solo?

post #1 of 129
Thread Starter 

Back in the '70s, '80s & '90s, I skied a lot with friends.  As is often the case, my friends moved and I "dropped out" of skiing.  In 2007, my son tried skiing at a local hill and he fell in love with the sport.  As a result, I got back into skiing and my son and I were ski buddys.  We skied a lot together and took many trips out west.  When he turned 15, however, he preferred to ski with his friends.  Honestly, he had progressed (and I aged) to the point where I could not keep up with him and he got tired of waiting for me.  We still go out west, but he always brings a friend or two and I end up skiing solo.


At first, I didn't really like skiing solo.  However, the more I skied by myself, the more I began to like it.  I like being able to ski what I want, as fast as I want, and nobody is waiting in the chairlift line for me.  That said, skiing solo can be lonely.  I've tried to persuade my wife to take up skiing, but she really has no interest.  I live in a small town and finding people to ski with is diffcult.


So, to the original question, how many of you ski solo?  What are your thoughts?

post #2 of 129
  • Never have to wait for people
  • using the single line
  • always doing the runs I want and the number of time I want...


The only problem I have is to motivate myself for ski trips... As long as I ski at mountains nearby, there is no problems but the further the mountain, the more I would like to ski with someone... And this is especially thrue for trips implicating air travel...

post #3 of 129
I too ski in MN Tom... Where do you ski mainly?

I do a lot of solo skiing out at Welch Villiage and have at Afton as well. I also didn't like it much at first and would feel lonely, or whatever you want to call it. But, like you, I have grown to love it. while I prefer to ski with others of similar ability I've learned to ski solo without thinking twice about it.

The worst part for me was always riding the lifts, as that's where I'd get bored. I now listen to music 99% of the time I ski solo and it's cured most of the lift boredom for me.

One thing I do is jump on the lift with someone else I see skiing solo. I've met some really cool people this way. If Iget some lame person who ignores me I'll just ski away at the top and forget it.

As I've learned to love it more and more I've actually though about going on a solo trip out west or to Bohemia or Lutsen. My wife just doesn't seem very interested in 'travel skiing' at this point for whatever reason, even though she seemed to be a few years ago. That's lead me to look into going to some of these places solo, or risk not going at all.
post #4 of 129

I enjoy skiing solo for the reason stated above. It give me time for my self and I can work on my technique or just have fun on the run I like and do as many run has I want without stopping for breaks or anyone.

post #5 of 129

I do a fair amount of solo skiing, and a fair amount of skiing with one other person.  I don't remember the last time I went skiing in a group of more than that.


I like both.  Skiing solo gives me time to work on things I need to, without feeling like I'm holding anyone up.  I also like to ski my own pace top to bottom and not have to worry about anyone else.


I usually ski with my FIL who's been patrolling for over 40 years.  This provides good company/conversation, and it always helps to ski with someone who's at a more advanced level.  It also gives a great chance to meet some other more advanced skiers and try to pick their brains for some gems of information.


If I had to pick one, though, I would choose to ski with one other person.  It just makes it more fun.

post #6 of 129

Being that I ski mostly mid week I ski solo most of the time. Don't mind it at all. The only downside I can think of is I'm reluctant to go in the woods by myself most of the time, although I do on occassion. I've only gone on one plane trip to go skiing by myself and I had a great time. When I worked full time I skied with large groups all the time being I belong to a ski club. While I did enjoy most of those days I really don't miss them. My wife gave up skiing years ago so my only choice if I want to go skiing is to go solo. I refuse to put up with weekend crowds so that I can ski with others when weekday skiing is far better. A weekday only pass is a heck of a lot cheaper than an unlimited pass also. Going where I want when I want is also a big advantage of skiing solo.

post #7 of 129

Last decade plus have mainly skied solo with maybe 10% of the time with others.   In 80s into early 90s skied more often with others however from earliest years have always had more hours skiing solo than not mainly because I would often choose to do ski weekends even when other skiing friends would not.  The older I got the more I found the only way to get lots of days in was to hit the road whether or not others were motivated. 


Another issue was my skill level is too advanced for average skiers and as an advanced skier my terrain interests didn't mesh well with other advanced skiers at my ski resort because most got into challenging all mountain skiing.  Thus groups of all mountain enthusiasts going around hucking drops and ridgelines, getting air off jumps,  ripping through junk snow and the like, bombing groomed steep faces making few turns, generally skiing in a rat pack fast.  Tagged along with acquaintances occasionally but always quick to bail off on my own to ski more loose skier packed and bump slopes.


In any case not lonely because continually meet people riding lifts, some of which also enjoy conversation.  And not a few strangers will come right up to meet others with strong skiing skills.     Not many things a person can do in life where they get a chance to talk to such a wide variety of others coming from an A to Z spectrum of life including some attractive athletic women.


From accomplished advanced skiers to intermediates, to novices and beginners, from old grey hairs to teenagers to young kids, from singles to marrieds, from the rich resort condo owners to dirtbag skibums, from destination skiers per remote parts of the country to other urban weekend warriors to resort locals, from fellow hi tech workers to those working Reno hotels and casino tables. 


And nicely many are rather excited about how their skiing day has been going.    Thus riding chairlifts solo can be a fine hobby for gregarious personalities like this person.  

Edited by dave_SSS - 1/19/15 at 1:33pm
post #8 of 129

I almost always ski solo, and I prefer it that way. I don't enjoy waiting for others to catch up and I don't like holding others back. I also don't like having to make trail decisions by committee. "Should we take this trail or that trail? Does anyone need to go pee? Does anyone need to rest?" When I go solo I can pick trails on the fly, and can hop right on the next lift if I want or I can stop if I want. Solo trips are also fun in this way but I'll admit the apres is not as fun without company. 

post #9 of 129

I like skiing, cycling, hiking, traveling solo. Here's my pros/cons list:


- Set your own pace. Go fast, go slow whenever you want. Nobody has to wait for you, and you don't have to wait for anybody.

- Ski whichever trail you like.

- Give breaks whenever/wherever you want and as long as you want. Start/finish your day as you wish, no schedule to keep up with.

- Singles lift lines move faster.


- Typically more expensive. No one to share gas, lodging costs. (assuming you are driving yourself and not staying at a dorm/hostel)

- No one to look for you in case of an emergency. (I would never go to the glades if I am alone)

- No one to hang out with after an exhausting day (could be an advantage if you are looking to meet new people).

post #10 of 129

I ski by myself most of the time. I have one buddy who also skis, so if we both have the same plans we'll go up to the mountain together, but otherwise I'm going solo. Personally, I like skiing solo better. I can do what I want, when I want, how I want. My buddy is less skilled than I am, and he also skis with a different style -- I'm more about slower, technical progress, and he just wants to bomb the mountain. I have no problem ripping groomers with him, but if it were up to me I'd spend the day in the moguls and trees.

post #11 of 129
Thread Starter 

Focker..............After skiing out west (MT, UT & CO,) I'm spoiled and don't ski MN anymore.


Thanks, everybody, for your feedback.  I guess the major drawback to solo skiing is during the chalet breaks.  I try to meet up with my son and his friends for lunch, but it's often difficult coordinate (they are skiing some narrow chutes and often don't keep track of time.)

post #12 of 129

I most often ski and most often have skied alone.


Pros: no waiting for people to catch up; ski where you want, when you want.


Cons: not so safe if doing BC.  Don't get to share enjoyment with others.


I find now a days I enjoy skiing greens with others who prefer greens just as enjoyable as skiing blacks by myself.  It's all good.

post #13 of 129
I ski solo the vast majority of the time. That's how I've done most of my outdoor activities throughout my life, so it feels natural completely natural. I don't get lonely at all. I like letting my mind go blank as I observe the mountain and other skiers on the lift, and as others have said, it's great to ski at my own pace and be able to follow an impulse to go somewhere else, and I enjoy ending a run by skiing straight onto the chair without having to wait for even a minute for someone else to come. And not having to decline to ski something that looks scary, or limit the terrain a partner skis because I'm doubtful about my ability is a definite plus.

I also chat on the lift if someone seems amenable, though I try not to intrude on people who want to just space out or listen to their music. Last week I was riding with a younger woman right after having a particularly fun run. I was just bursting with joy, but thought maybe I shouldn't impose my excitement on her. But just as I decided to simply sit there and be happy, she said "I LOVE skiing!!" so we proceeded to babble on about skis and snow and all good things. It was one of the more enjoyable rights so far this season.

But some pros can translate to cons. Not skiing with others means I don't tend to push myself onto challenging terrain that I could ski, and I miss out on the fun of trying to keep up with someone who's not too far above my level. Having a date with a ski buddy would probably mean more skiing, too, because I wouldn't leave them hanging, while when it's just me I don't get on skis until way later than I'd like after dinking around at home with one-more-thing-itis.
post #14 of 129



I ski 3-5 days per week, for maybe an hour or two at a time. If I always had to coordinate my schedule with someone else I'd hardly get up there. I think of it like going to the gym or going for a run. If I want to go on a regular basis I have to be able to go alone.

post #15 of 129
Nordic, I can go either way. Hard contemplative solo workout,n or somewhat easier social event - groups are always net slower - with aerobic endorphins as a bonus. I can do this because overhead is relatively low.

Since I'm over an hour from the nearest mountain and don't have a pass, alpine is always a production, and going solo generally doesn't get me over the activation energy threshold. Exceptions are when I know I need to spend a day just burning in turns to get back in the groove after - cough - a prolonged off-snow spell.
post #16 of 129
Generally no. Much prefer to ski with people.
post #17 of 129

I usually start off alone and pick up friends as I go along, by the end of the day it can be up to 10-18. Most of my posse meets for the last couple runs of the day, the joy of Telluride.

post #18 of 129

I have no friends! :(

post #19 of 129
Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post

I have no friends! frown.gif

Hmm. There's a whole thread right there.
post #20 of 129
Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post

I have no friends! :(

I'll be your friend... if you come skiing to Tremblant!:D

post #21 of 129
Originally Posted by mogsie View Post

Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post

I have no friends! frown.gif
I'll be your friend... if you come skiing to Tremblant!biggrin.gif
Aman mogsie basically has his own demo fleet too of premium skis you would even like. Though maybe he sold them off last year.
post #22 of 129
Ski with son and sometimes wife on the weekend, and ski solo during the week.
post #23 of 129
Originally Posted by Tog View Post

Aman mogsie basically has his own demo fleet too of premium skis you would even like. Though maybe he sold them off last year.

I don't know how I do that but I keep selling skis ( a new batch is coming this week) and I keep having too much skis in my basement! Must be my Mr Hyde...:D

post #24 of 129

I guess as I step further and further into my curmudgeon days, I look at this way.....skiing solo is for skiing, and skiing with others is for socializing.  Yes, I know there are exceptions, that's not always true, etc., but just generally speaking...


So, I usually ski solo, whereas when I was younger I usually skied with other people.  Skiing in a group on rare occasions can be fun, but I think it would be a pain in the tushie if done routinely.  Skiing solo has the advantages folks above have already pointed out.  I do like skiing with one other person sometimes, though, especially if that person is just a smidge better than me...I like being pushed a little.


The lift is a good place to talk to people or pick up a ski partner for a few runs anyway.  It's also nice to bump into other skiers I know, share a few runs, and then go our separate ways...I think that's the best combo of the two options, actually.  IAC, skiing solo doesn't limit where I'll go at all, and I love ducking into our many treed areas at my local hill.  I figure if I get hurt, someone will be along eventually.  If not, well, doesn't the hard-working local coyote pack deserve an occasional gore-tex-skinned change of pace for dinner?  ;) 

Edited by Skierish - 1/19/15 at 6:25pm
post #25 of 129

I had never skied solo until this year, but find I enjoy it a lot. I decided I wanted to ski more this year than my skiing friends (who have family commitments that I don't), so solo is the answer. Nice to go with friends when they go too, but not more than a couple in my book... more than that and the waiting, coordinating, etc. get a little tedious.


I've got a trip with 7 people planned, and I'm assuming we're not going to all travel around as a pack, but we'll see - maybe I'll just head off on my own for a little while!

post #26 of 129
I get antsy with groups larger than four and will take off when it happens as soon as I can.

I go through phases of wanting company and shunning company, usually related to my skiing success. You don't want to be around when I'm whiny. And I don't want you around, either.
post #27 of 129

In my quest to get more time and experience on the mountain, I find myself making midweek solo outings.  Weekends are with my son, weekdays I get to play hookey and he doesn't! 


I really enjoy skiing solo.  Probably a bit of my reclusive tendencies coming out, but also because I can ski what I want when and how I want to.  I've had some [weird] lift rides, but by and large always find friendly conversation.  


My drives are anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on where I'm heading, so I have to do all the driving, but I also don't have anyone (else) to argue with over musical choices!

post #28 of 129
Toecutter brought up a good aspect - the length of the ski day. I tend to ski for the entire day and mostly travel for skiing, so it also involves transportation and lodging.

I prefer having a ski buddy or two - do a few runs together, ski separately, meet up for a break. Rinse. Repeat. I'm usually with skiers who are better than I, so the together time is social skiing. I prefer having some alone time every day - y'know, the runs where it's just you or maybe you and a stranger or two on the entire run.

That's my preference. Reality is that I tend to ski alone because I don't know that many skiers. I hope to change that.

Skierish brought up the coyotes. I started skiing on the east coast and really liked knowing that someone was going to be looking for me at the end of the day, should I fall off a narrow trail.
post #29 of 129
I go solo the vast majority of times. I only have a handful of friends who ski and they are much more casual and infrequent about it than I am.
post #30 of 129

You mean like monoski? 

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