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Poll Results: Skiing Setup

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 10% of voters (11)
    You ski with music
  • 26% of voters (28)
    You ski with helmet
  • 22% of voters (24)
    You ski with helmet + music
  • 14% of voters (15)
    You ski with neither
  • 11% of voters (12)
    You think no helmet while skiing is wrong
  • 11% of voters (12)
    You think music whle skiing is wrong
  • 2% of voters (3)
    You think skiing with a helmet and music is wrong
105 Total Votes  
post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
***Multiple Answer Poll***

My question to everyone is weither anyone has ever tried or does ski with music, whos thinks thats dangerous, who skis with a helmet + music, who thinks helmet only is fine, and who enjoys the wind through the ears and hair beats anything.

I would like to find out everyones opinions outside the poll aswell, as to what is safe on the hill and what is just plain stupid. Post freely.


***Public Poll: Your name and response can be publicly viewed***
***Multiple Answer Poll***
post #2 of 29
I would be willing to try it.
The wind hurts my ears.
I think coreographing my turns to some heavy rockor any music, would be fun, if a little dangerous.
I'm too cheap to buy a good helmet, and too picky to buy a cheap one.
post #3 of 29
I used to occasionally listen to music, but don't anymore. I ski with a helmet and probably will not ever ski without one again.
post #4 of 29
Personally, I have no problem with people skiing with music in the backcountry (although I think it'd be kinda dumb - inhibiting communication between skiers) or on the lifts. However, I've pretty much always had a bit of a problem with people skiing/riding with music on inbounds trails. To me, its just a safety hazard, not allowing you to be fully aware of those around you (afterall, its not normally you that creates a problem, its those around you who involve you in their disasters, and if you can't hear em, you're asking for trouble).
post #5 of 29

Silencio

If you really like music, you have to focus on it and surrender to its power in a situation which allows you to savor it... I enjoy it with my eyes closed for the most part... its wonderful in the car or while doing other mundane tasks, but no music can compare with the sound of the wind and your ski edges slicing through the snow... too many people are addicted to music and need a soundtrack to their lives (lifestyles) when silence is golden... I absolutely hate it when I pull into the parking lot and all of the ragin' dudes have their growling wimpcore music blaring out of their SUV's... count me as one who wants no soundtrack to my own intense experiences... whether it be sex or skiing, I dont want anything getting in my way of my enjoyment... leave the tunes for the living room or the car...

Andrew
post #6 of 29
The fact that the group that think not wearing a helmet is wrong is (at this point) among the top three reponses to this poll shows how exceedingly arrogant some helmet wearers are. Thankfully, at this point, those who don't wear them are also among the top three responses.
post #7 of 29
I ski primarily alone and I enjoy having music on when I ski. However, I set the volume at a low level. If I cannot hold a conversation on the lift in a normal tone, it is too loud. I find that this level is also perfect for hearing things going on around me when I am not on the lift.

As for helmets, that is a personal choice. I choose to wear one. If an individual chooses not to wear one, who am I to tell them otherwise?


Glenn
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by AndrewJ View Post
If you really like music, you have to focus on it and surrender to its power in a situation which allows you to savor it... I leave the tunes for the living room or the car...
I don't want to be on the road when you are driving.
post #9 of 29
I ski with helmet and music (Giro G10 w/Tune Ups hooked to a 30 gig ipod).

I love skiing with music, but I do recognize it limits my senses of perception. So I make sure I am more visually aware of my surroundings and that I avoid bad situations!!!

Unfortunately, no matter how aware you are, accidents still happen.....but that's why they're called accidents. The real danger to skiers is not music, but not enough understanding of how to avoid bad situations.



On another note:

I think the real danger of listening to music while skiing is the volume level. Whenever I am moving and the air is rushing around my earflaps, I have to increase the volume because I cannot hear it. Then as soon as I stop, it is way too loud!

Pete Townsend of The Who, who has massive hearing problems, said that the majority of damage done to his hearing was not done at live Who shows, but rather in the studio. Wearing headphones can destroy your hearing very quickly. Making people aware of this danger is important as well.



-nerd
post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
The fact that the group that think not wearing a helmet is wrong is (at this point) among the top three reponses to this poll shows how exceedingly arrogant some helmet wearers are. Thankfully, at this point, those who don't wear them are also among the top three responses.
This is funny, wearing a helmet is good i mean you are alot safer, but not wearing one isnt going to kill anyone. I personally think music is the more dangerous factor of skiing. High volume completely alienates your outside senses, which may not be a big problem if you a good skier but realistically others skiers can be crap, and if you dont see or hear them comming it can be dangerous. But is it wrong? no. I think it gives alot more to the sport of speed, just gotta look around more .
post #11 of 29
I interpretted that question as whether or not I thought it was wrong for me. I personally wear a helmet, it doesn't mean that I think everyone has to wear one. I think it's silly not to, but that's someone elses decision to make.
post #12 of 29
I've skiied with a helmet all my life. For music, I have it in one ear on low.
post #13 of 29
Music: If I'm skiing alone or with hubby I usually ski to tunes. If I'm with a group or someone else, I usually don't. When I do, if I can't carry on a conversation on the lift, it's too loud.

Helmet: I've been knocked down by out of control skiers and boarders, and thwacked on the head by gates, too often to not wear one. I don't leave my driveway on my bike without one, and I know I ski faster and take more chances on skis than on the bike. What others choose to do are up to them (although we require helmets for anyone who choses to mtn bike with us).
post #14 of 29
I am undecided on wearing a helmet skiing full time.

I own 2.

I've skied 47 yrs. without.

I do wear a helmet in the race course. I slammed my face into a paneled gate a few years back and ended up with a few stitches. I ordered a helmet that day, and vowed never to run gates without it again. I wear glasses under my goggles & the helmet protects the goggles and my face.

I have mixed feelings about reduction in injuries. Last year, I was skiing an easy run in flat light, stuck my ski in a hole & landed on my head. My head was fine, but my neck took a good snap. I think I could've broken my neck had I been wearing a helmet.

I've had my share of headaches from bad crashes, none have split my skull. The trauma has occured from the brain slamming the skull.

Personally, the reduction of peripheral vision and ear pressure outway the advantages of a helmet for me in most situations.

Don't quote me, but I think the impact most helmets can withstand is about 15mph. I usually ski faster than that.

If I slammed my head on a tree or a rock, I would probably have wished I had a helmet on.

I never ride my bike without a helmet.

Like I said, I'm not sure. I'll keep checking this post, maybe it will convince me one way or another.

I've tried headphones skiing, doesn't work for me. I rely on the sounds of my surroundings way too much.

Tunes on the lift would be nice though.

JF
post #15 of 29
Consider the 15mph impact as how fast your head is going down to the ice, not how fast its moving along. You could be going fast, but only glance your head of the ice and keep going. Your helmet protects your from an impact in the vertical direction due to your head falling down just a couple of meters even if it won't do much for nailing a tree-trunk.
post #16 of 29

I used to ski with music...

...but I did a lot of Bad Things back in the Seventies, when Altered States was a lifestyle. Every time I skied with tunes, I ate $hit. So, no more. Now I wear a helmet and try to listen to my skis and to what's happening around me...skiing powder, you hear lots of music without an I-pod.

I don't care what anybody else does, as long as y'all stay out of my face. Having said that, my last injury was a broken collarbone and a slight concussion (I was wearing a helmet, otherwise I'm sure it would have been worse...) at Keystone (you guessed it: Schoolmarm) where I got turfed by a snowboarder coming out of the woods...and yes, he was listening to tunes...
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
Well i have a neat little video about helmets and crashes from a telemark series. Can't remember where i got it but it's on youtube now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vpvOKbhVk
post #18 of 29
Never skied with a helmet in 22 years of recreational skiing. Trained as a ski racer for a couple years among those 22, never wore a helmet in training (never ended up joining a race team, though). If I had joined a team, I'd race with a helmet. If I ever do enter a legitimate racing event in the future, I'll wear a helmet. If I ever get into invert aerials, I'll wear a helmet.

Skied to music a few times, but mostly leave it for the ride to and from the mountain. Can take it or leave it.
post #19 of 29
Give me the wind in my ears. IMO listening to music while in nature is an Urban habit. I can understand the need to mask the sound of traffic and sirens, but part of the joy of skiing is being in nature and hearing the wind in the pines. But that's just me. Tunes on the lift. Yea, I can see that, if your unsocialble (sp?)

I have heard it said that some urban types do feel uncomfortable if things are too quiet. I also understand that some folks really like thier tunes and they feel they can ski better with the right song.

As for a helmet; when I get good enough to be a fast skier, I will get one. When I start doing the trees, fast. Yep.
post #20 of 29
I am considering getting a helmet this season (demoing the Titan 8's last year kind of woke me up to the need).

As for listening to music on the hill? Not my thing. My ears are already bleeding from years of attending concerts and transcribing interviews, so i welcome the quietude of the hill.

I do, however, pack massive amounts of CDs into the small of my Tacoma cab to listen to on the way to and from the slopes. I'm not a fan of bumping tunes in the parking lot, though, and often find that folks we seriously debatable taste in music often are the ones with the subwoofer rattling their windows and subjecting the rest of us getting our gear on to their horrible taste. In that instance, I'm all for headphones!
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
. I'm not a fan of bumping tunes in the parking lot, though, and often find that folks we seriously debatable taste in music often are the ones with the subwoofer rattling their windows and subjecting the rest of us getting our gear on to their horrible taste. In that instance, I'm all for headphones!
Can anyone tell me why some people think that noise pollution is acceptable in a resort parking lot?

Music is a personal thing and should be confined to one's self or like minded individuals.

I like the sound of the wind in the pines and conversation among friends in the parking lot.

Of course, that's just me.
post #22 of 29
Enough about the wind already, Pete. Wind doesn't sound good. Try selling a CD of wind. Blast your car radio in the parking lot tuned between stations. Ahh, sounds like wind!
post #23 of 29
I wear a helmet and most of the time I listen to music.

I really don't understand the dangerous part of the argument against music.

Usually I am moving faster than almost everyone else and hence I am the one comming up on others (how am I in danger from others? % is low of others moving faster than I and those that are, are way better skiers than me.)

Merging into / onto a trail takes vision not hearing.

It's common sense to pay attention and look around isn't it. I mean common with so many gapers out there you'd be a fool not to keep your eyes out.

I play it so I can hear the music, mostly, but still hear the nuances of the ski reacting with the snow.

Helmet well it just makes sense, it's cosy, it's warm, it holds my music rather well, I'm sure the ladies think I am far sexier in it than without.

Oddly I extremely enjoy riding my motorcycle without a helmet (stupid yes, but I still like it on occasion). I'm on a bike, I'm sexy helmet or not.
post #24 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
.....Try selling a CD of wind. Blast your car radio in the parking lot tuned between stations. Ahh, sounds like wind!
Hahaha yeah you really would have trouble with that. Good point telerod.
post #25 of 29
Yeah, I get Pete's point too. Just having some fun.
post #26 of 29
I wear a helmet when racing and it just carries over to recreational skiing. Kind of a habit I guess. As for tunes, I have thought about it a few times but am too cheap to buy an MP3 player and too lazy to load it and carry it to the slopes. I thought about a CD plater but so much music and so little time how can I chose what to bring? MHO.
post #27 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Yeah, I get Pete's point too. Just having some fun.
No problem. As you no doubt know one can purchase a CD of wind. One of those situations where I mock the purchaser of said CD. Then I turn around and praise the marketer of said CD for his business smarts. Kinda like the pet rock thing from the 70s.
post #28 of 29
i vote neither.

skiing with music would be nice sometimes but, being one that you fast cats are coming up on, i need to rely on my hearing to hear you tearing up behind me.

i think helmets are a good idea. it's just i have never found one i like, plus, i know this sounds awful, but i feel like a dork with one on. i feel that way when i ride my bike too. sort of short bus. but that is just for me personally. i think others look pretty good in them. faster and more 'pro'. maybe that is part of my problem, i feel like a fraud.
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by Rigaudripper View Post
Well i have a neat little video about helmets and crashes from a telemark series. Can't remember where i got it but it's on youtube now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vpvOKbhVk

ouch! lucky man.

but if i ever found myself on a "run" like that, i'd be taking of my skis and slidding down on my butt or side stepping all the way down. :
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