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Jammin' on the Mountain?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
So I’ve been reading the archives about listening to music while skiing. I was surprised that there wasn’t more and more vehement objection to the practice. I’m wondering if feelings have changed much.
  • Do you listen to music on the lift?
  • Do you listen to music while skiing?
  • If so, how does it add to your experience?
  • Do you care if others on the slopes are listening?
  • If so, what bugs you about it?
Personally I dig it. I’ve retro fitted my helmet with speakers and have an inline mute button so I can go into quiet mode at any time and since there are no buds in my ears, I can hear just fine then. I listen while skiing probably about 70% of the time but lots of times I prefer to just listen to the snow and the wind. Sometimes I want something funky and hard driving while other times I want something mellow and relaxing.

I’ve been jammin’ on the slopes for three years now so I resisted the thought for a long time. There’s no doubt that just being out in the snowy mountains is a sublime experience that is in no need of enhancement but I’m not often one to let well enough alone.

At times I really enjoy tailoring my turns to the music, bashing the bumps to some agro punk like Dead Kennedys or leaning them way over for big fast arcs to King Crimson’s Mate Kudasai. On the lift I listen all the time if I’m alone (which is often) but I always mute it if I’m riding with someone that’s interested in having a conversation.

What do y’all think?
post #2 of 22
Love to ski with tunes. I Have a Giro 9.9 with tunups. It is a big improvement over the days of earbuds falling out while skiing.
One of my favorite songs is AC/DC Thunderstruck, it just keeps building, you can start out a little easier at the beginning of the song & just keep building power & speed. I just hope oneone can hear me singing along, I sound like an alley cat.
post #3 of 22
I've listened while skiing, and I don't like it. I find it more relaxing to listen to the sounds of me and the snow. I do like it for listening on the lifts, but don't usually, 'cause i rarely ski alone.


If others want to, that's fine with me, as long as you can still hear what's going on around you.
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post
Personally I dig it. I’ve retro fitted my helmet with speakers and have an inline mute button so I can go into quiet mode at any time and since there are no buds in my ears, I can hear just fine then. I listen while skiing probably about 70% of the time but lots of times I prefer to just listen to the snow and the wind. Sometimes I want something funky and hard driving while other times I want something mellow and relaxing.

What do y’all think?
I think you need to buy a helmet that takes a tune up kit.
Mine.
Giro Fuse with tune ups.
I don't use the ipod a lot but when I do, I really enjoy it.
post #5 of 22
1. and 2.

I listen while skiing a decent bit.

3. It clears my head and keeps me focused to charge lines. Helps me build a rhythm and makes me flow better. It basically drones out the outside world to its me and a mountain.

4. not at all
post #6 of 22
I occasionally will listen to music, but only if I'm by myself and it's not crowded...More often than not, I'm skiing with friends/family and under those circumstances, or when I'm skiing some bc technical lines w/partners (some situations, communications can be the difference between a fun day and great bodily injury/death), I just leave the tunes for the car ride.

I'm not annoyed by people listening while on the chair, but what really gets my blood boiling is when they talk on their damn cell phones.

The funniest conversation I ever heard was when I was skiing some stupid easy blues w/my kids and some dude was talking on his cell phone telling some dude how radical he was boarding on totally gnarly terrain...He was skiing the same run we were and he was falling every 20 feet, or so. My 4 year old daughter was laughing her ass off at the "dumb slowboarder" who was getting in her way.
post #7 of 22
I have 2 words to say to you bumpers who tune up for your runs....








TOMMY BOLIN!
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by memosteve View Post
I occasionally will listen to music, but only if I'm by myself and it's not crowded...More often than not, I'm skiing with friends/family and under those circumstances, or when I'm skiing some bc technical lines w/partners (some situations, communications can be the difference between a fun day and great bodily injury/death), I just leave the tunes for the car ride.

I'm not annoyed by people listening while on the chair, but what really gets my blood boiling is when they talk on their damn cell phones.

The funniest conversation I ever heard was when I was skiing some stupid easy blues w/my kids and some dude was talking on his cell phone telling some dude how radical he was boarding on totally gnarly terrain...He was skiing the same run we were and he was falling every 20 feet, or so. My 4 year old daughter was laughing her ass off at the "dumb slowboarder" who was getting in her way.
Wow nice story.. I can just picture it.. A self absorbed ******* riding up the lift on a beautiful mountain, blood is boiling because someone is making a phone call.

You know what really gets MY blood boiling? Some ******* encouraging his 4 year old to laugh at and insult someone. Then being so stupid to post it on the net trying to prove how you are.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
I think you need to buy a helmet that takes a tune up kit.
Mine.
Giro Fuse with tune ups.
I don't use the ipod a lot but when I do, I really enjoy it.
The Giro didn't fit to my liking so I got the tune up kit and stitched it to my old helmet. It works pretty well but I've got my eye on the new Scott audio helmet.
post #10 of 22
I don't listen. I don't mind if you do. I think I could enjoy skiing to music. The downside would be the time and attention spent fiddling with the device, selecting the right tunes for your mood of the moment.

It's a lot like listening to the stereo while driving, ok except when your fiddling with the stereo. Oh, and listening to something like old Black Sabath or King Crimson's 21st century schizoid man, could get me in trouble as it tends to make my right foot very heavy.
post #11 of 22
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Wow nice story.. I can just picture it.. A self absorbed ******* riding up the lift on a beautiful mountain, blood is boiling because someone is making a phone call.

You know what really gets MY blood boiling? Some ******* encouraging his 4 year old to laugh at and insult someone. Then being so stupid to post it on the net trying to prove how you are.

To each their own, I guess.:

Actually what's even worse is when that same stupid ******* hits my 4 year old because they can't ski/board in control, after talking on his cell, telling all his buds how gnar he is...That's happened as well...So if my 4 year old calling him "stupid" and "in the way" to his face (which in this particular case, she didn't) keeps him away from skiing/riding next to us, then I'm all for it, especially when the same ******* lights up his damn cigarette, while on his cell, in front my kids in the lift line, or on the chair...I think that person NEEDS to be insulted.

I do discourage my kids from intolerance, but in some situations, such as the one above, it has nothing to do with intolerance but rather I don't want my kids to be walked on and put up with situations they shouldn't.

Besides, you are probably hypocritical youreself...How many times have skied and pointed out to your buds the "gaper" on the hill...In essence, isn't that paramount to what my 4 year old did?
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by memosteve View Post
To each their own, I guess.:

Actually what's even worse is when that same stupid ******* hits my 4 year old because they can't ski/board in control, after talking on his cell, telling all his buds how gnar he is...That's happened as well...So if my 4 year old calling him "stupid" and "in the way" to his face (which in this particular case, she didn't) keeps him away from skiing/riding next to us, then I'm all for it, especially when the same ******* lights up his damn cigarette, while on his cell, in front my kids in the lift line, or on the chair...I think that person NEEDS to be insulted.

I do discourage my kids from intolerance, but in some situations, such as the one above, it has nothing to do with intolerance but rather I don't want my kids to be walked on and put up with situations they shouldn't.

Besides, you are probably hypocritical youreself...How many times have skied and pointed out to your buds the "gaper" on the hill...In essence, isn't that paramount to what my 4 year old did?
A good buddy of mine owns a busy business with several locations. Every time we go to the mountain he gets several calls that he simply has to answer. Maybe some day he will have the money to hire a GM to do what he has to now, but long story short, he needs to be available on the phone at this stage of his life. Without his phone there's 0 chance he'd get out there at all. It's a wonderful enabler in his case.

People running into your kid are horrible.. But I don't think that has anything to do with making a call from the lift. If you want an authentic mt. experience without any phones and smokers.. guess what, break out the skins and start hiking. Since you say things like

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I think that person NEEDS to be insulted.
I'm thinking you're just a jerk..
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by bobbutts View Post
A good buddy of mine owns a busy business with several locations. Every time we go to the mountain he gets several calls that he simply has to answer. Maybe some day he will have the money to hire a GM to do what he has to now, but long story short, he needs to be available on the phone at this stage of his life. Without his phone there's 0 chance he'd get out there at all. It's a wonderful enabler in his case.

People running into your kid are horrible.. But I don't think that has anything to do with making a call from the lift. If you want an authentic mt. experience without any phones and smokers.. guess what, break out the skins and start hiking. Since you say things like



I'm thinking you're just a jerk..
In the case of your friend, I think that's fine...I've had to do the same thing. I should've clarified my position a bit more. Sorry.

What I meant was more specifically the situation where the person was bragging about how awesome they are (and they always have to be loud enough so that everyone w/in 100' can hear them) when everyone on the chair knows different. I'm also annoyed when people start a conversation w/you, while on the chair, then answer the phone and never finish their conversation w/you...That's just rude, and that applies everywhere, not just the slopes.

As for breaking out the skins and hiking...I do that sometimes, but that would be very irresponsible w/my 4 and 9 year olds, not to mention my wife and yes, even some of my friends who are slow "gapers" trying to learn, and I DO like skiing with those people just as much as I enjoy skiing w/my rippin gnar ski/board buds.

As for being a jerk, I'm more into helping out my fellow mankind than most...But, I will standup for myself and what's right, regardless of who may be offended. That's the way it should be and if more people had this balance we wouldn't have nearly the problems we now have in society.
post #14 of 22
1. No
2. No
3. Doesn't apply
4. Yes
5. If they've got it cranked (as many do) they can't hear you say "on your left" on traverses. You're basically taking away one of your senses. There's enough people without much sense as it is. Plus I think the whole "wired 24/7" mentality is silly.

As far as backcountry is concerned, I'd much rather go solo than with someone who is wearing an Ipod.

Don't get me wrong I love loud music. I love beer, too but I don't chug down four bottle of Grolsch before I ski.
post #15 of 22
I have Tune-ups in my Giro too. I don't use it that much, but when i do, it usually is just on a low volume. Its like skiing with my own theme song .
post #16 of 22
If I skied at a small or congested resort I might listen to music to "transport" me.

But at Whistler, all I need is the sound of my skis in the snow and the flutter of chickadees in the trees.

I love music, but I can't improve on those sounds.
post #17 of 22
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But, I will standup for myself and what's right, regardless of who may be offended. That's the way it should be and if more people had this balance we wouldn't have nearly the problems we now have in society.
Fully agreed!
I feel I'm happier not letting the little stuff get to me. The guy you describe to me is laughable rather than upsetting, but whatever. When the 4 year old is in the mix feelings can justifiably change very quickly towards drugs (including cigs). My best friends tend to be the most abrasive yet honest people.

and on the music. Another riding friend of mine built a strap around a thin batter powered speaker set



connect to "ipod" in pocket and tunes are going. Sadly it's not really loud enough to hear on the way down, but cool on the lifts.
On long lift warm rides sometimes I break out my music phone.
I like the sensation of riding down with music on, but I can't stand the lost sense of hearing unless it is 100% empty on the slopes.
post #18 of 22
I don't listen to music while I ski. I don't have a problem with others doing it EXCEPT when I'm forced to listen to it too because they have it cranked so high.
post #19 of 22
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I don't listen to music while I ski. I don't have a problem with others doing it EXCEPT when I'm forced to listen to it too because they have it cranked so high.
Have you ever really come across a skier with a loud enough sound system to bother you on the slopes? Amps in the jacket?
post #20 of 22
People can do whatever they want while skiing or boarding, even sitting down on the trail - as long as it doesn't interferer with my skiing. I don't mind going around people, skiing past kids with their pants falling down or people talking on their phone.

What I don't like is getting on to the lift with someone zoned out and disinterested in anyone else, listening to tunes. It's rude and inconciderate. Riding up is part of the experience and I have met some really fine people on the lift. In most cases, it's probably better not to meet them, but no doubt, it's friggin rude to say the least.

I also find radios much more offensive than cell phones. They're loud and they dominate. Using a cell phone on the lift is rude, generally speaking. I am guilty of that, but try not to do it.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by bobbutts View Post
Have you ever really come across a skier with a loud enough sound system to bother you on the slopes? Amps in the jacket?
Yes. It happens quite a bit on the lifts. They have the tunes turned way up and I have to listen to a tinny rendition of something I don't want to hear anyway. More than once I've heard people with tunes going from speakers attached to themselves (maybe really loud headphones?) which I could hear from long away.

Also the lifties at some places (Stevens Pass, Tye Mill Chair in particular) crank out the tunes so loud that you can hear them all over the mountain. Not to mention the terrain parks (don't get me started).
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
1. No
2. No
3. Doesn't apply
4. Yes
5. If they've got it cranked (as many do) they can't hear you say "on your left" on traverses. You're basically taking away one of your senses. There's enough people without much sense as it is. Plus I think the whole "wired 24/7" mentality is silly.

As far as backcountry is concerned, I'd much rather go solo than with someone who is wearing an Ipod.

Don't get me wrong I love loud music. I love beer, too but I don't chug down four bottle of Grolsch before I ski.
I agree with this. I'm surprised no one else has commented on not wanting zoned out people around us.

I usually find myself humming something. It changes depending on how fast I'm going and how many turns I'm making. I wouldn't want an MP3 player to dictate that to me.
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