I really don't like to pick on people, but I feel that I need to address this:
Originally Posted by mudfoot
Drinking and skiing is probably more dangerous to you and everyone around you than drinking and driving.
I realize you were just saying it for effect, but that was a very ignorant statement. A skier can only impart so much force on an object... a product of his maximum speed and his bodyweight. Now put in him a 3,000lb car travelling 100mph. With three friends riding along.
Nothing against you, mudfoot; I just cringe every time I see the potential consequences of drinking and driving trivialized. Lecture over.
Back on topic... I'm in my mid twenties and I live with/near and/or work with about twenty of my best friends from college. We established a set of habits back then, and that framework transcended into this post-college phase of our lives (read: old habits die hard). The result? I am a frequent casual drinker. It's not an unhealthy lifestyle (science even provided evidence to the contrary recently - see here
), with the exception of the occasional party thrown; then I'm a heavy drinker.
The result of this is that we incorporate drinking into most of our social activities. We drink because we do. Ski trips included. We don't binge; we enjoy a few drinks at lunch. The skiing is not affected. It's perfectly plausible that one can go for a couple rounds and get in a nice head space and then proceed out to a leisurely and wholly entertaining set of runs on the mountain.
To all those who say there's no justification for a substance-induced high because you're supposed to get it from the skiing itself... that argument doesn't hold water. It's entirely possible to experience a sort of constructive interference of the two highs. And besides, nobody ever said you have to be skiing at your 100% most-aggressive to get enjoyment and/or a 'high' out of skiing. I can get a skier's high cruising down a winding green, because I love it so much. What's invalid about overlaying a pleasant drinking experience onto that? It is quite easy to ski comfortably and safely in the right circumstances under a mild influence from alcohol. To round out this point... after we've been drinking, the above leisurely and casual mode of skiing is that which we partake in. You'll never catch us bombing difficult terrain or crowded runs with a buzz. It's all about self control and balance.
After we get back to the condo, however, all bets are off. Party like a rockstar.
With regard to weed, I've done it before on the mountain, and can take it or leave it. It was a social thing, not a specific desire to get high. Really I can take or leave weed in any setting... I'm pretty indifferent to it. If I smoke, I'll enjoy it. But I do not miss the experience at all in the timespan between my infrequent instances of usage. For others who enjoy it while skiing, I don't expect any problems to arise... the difference between weed and alcohol is that (in my opinion) alcohol has a much higher potential for abuse that could lead to injury to self or others.
In a nutshell, as long as you employ discretion and maturity in your choices, it really shouldn't be a problem.