Originally Posted by John Mason
Is the "skiing" addiciton partially caused by the "runners high" endorphine effect?
Is there enough sustained elevated heart rate to create this effect?
I figure someone out there will have some facts.
Somewhere I read that it takes 40 minutes or more to get the endorphine high in running. As a runner for 40 years I experienced it on occasion and it was great. Injuries and wear and tear now prevent me from running and I miss it.
I have skied for 50 years and never experienced a running high. At high speed you are down the longest run in a few minutes. In running I had to run 10 miles or more (well over an hour) to experience a high.
However, I have experienced the adrenaline rush of speed while racing or free skiing and the absolutely indescribable feeling of skiing in a snow storm. Quiet, sensual, and certainly magical. If I had to rate running and powder skiing, skiing in a storm would win every time. Nothing else that I have done compares.
Of course, I have not tried sky diving and base jumping but maybe that would too.