Well, I think that any kind of music, according to how one thinks, could be suitable for listening while skiing.
Definitely, I agree with that! I play piano, mostly romantic or modern classical music. I don't, however listen to music with an iPod while skiing, but however, I remember the music I play and listen to them in my brain while skiing! It presented me a gorgeous feeling. The pieces I played that I listened to them while skiing are: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and 3, Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 and 15.
So, this isn't music to ski to, nor is it what I prefer skiing big mountains, BUT there's a liftie at my home mountain that ALWAYS plays Johnnie Cash. For those of you who ski Seven Springs, I'm talking about Buck, the liftie who runs the six pack off of Gunnar. There's something about hearing Johnnie Cash that just fitting for skiing in PA. Maybe it's because I know I'm not skiing all that hard and that, at this point, I just expect it, but it makes me smile.
Bryon Friedman was on the US Ski Team and as such a lot of his music is skiing related, I think of him as skiing's Jack Johnson, very chill. I listen to a lot of country when I am skiing. If I am ripping the groomers on some GS skis I like a little dubstep (but not much) for the most part some good time/drinking country is all I need to be happy on the piste. Eric Church, Willie Nelson, Eli Young Band, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, Jerrod Nieman. They are all very solid and are nice to listen to almost anywhere.
I haven't been posting since like May or July, but I'm here again. Regarding to one of my previous posts here, I actually found it easier to ski without listening to music in my head, especially if it is a technique-concerning thing. Well I guess that you should listen to music when your skiing technique is like advanced or so, but I guess anything could be music, such as silence, the wind rushing, or even the scenery itself. But please - no noisy, thumping music!! I prefer something more on the classical side, like Rachmaninoff or Prokofiev. But I guess listening to music while skiing helps for some, at least.
Bang on. The music must rock, lots of good tunes on this thread. I'll add:
Bo Diddley: Mona
and Jeff Beck's Flash album:
You know, you know
People get Ready (Curtis Mayfield song, sung by Rod Stewart)
And the very best song for skiers:
The White Buffalo: The Pilot Song
The version with The Hangmen on "Tribute to the Ocean" is the theme song to TGR's "The Big One." It is unobtanium, unless you grab the whole $$$CD...
I learned during my early days that listening to music while skiing on more difficult terrain interfered with my technique. Great for inspiration before starting but not while skiing.
But was quite enjoyable on long easy groomers or lower gradient fresh powder. Any of the 70s or 80s classic rock tunes I can dance to I can also enjoy skiing to on unpopulated groomers. Recall one morning in the early 80s two of us being the first at the top of Olympic Downhill at Heavenly with perfect cold freshly groomed snow, putting on Green Grass and High Tides, then syncing turns all the way to the bottom. Tape players those days were a bit hefty.
Rockin out to The GoGos "We Got the Beat" with the walkman. But you have to ski the Rossignol VAS at least 200cm down a steep mogully run and let your mullet flow in the wind.
PS I LOVE THE 80s!!!!
Pps BRING BACK THE DAFFY!!!!
I like a mix up uptemop rock and feel good jamband stuff when skiing. I'll typically listen to a song on the lift and then pick a new song before heading down the slopes.
Siri on the iphone works great for this as you can just click her on and request a song, without having to take off you gloves, etc. I can request whatever song I want right as I'm about to get off the lift.
Skiing the Vallee Blanche two years ago we were serenaded at lunch at the Requin hut by two guides--a beautiful folk song, beautiful harmony. I have no idea what they were singing about--probably how miserable it is to spend one's life shepherding clueless tourists--but it sounded lovely. That's skiing music in my book.
DONT FORGET " ROCK CITY " INSPIRED BY THE AREA JUST TO RIGHT OF THE HIGHEST CHAIR LIFT AT BIG SKY
COMPOSED BY GREG POLSKI , A SOULFUL WAITER AT THE TIME , EMPLOYED AT THE HUTLEY LODGE.
TO BEGIN THIS STORY ,
POLSKI THOUGHT HE HAD FOUND A UNTOUCHED WIDE OPEN POWDER FIELD . ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT AFTER SKIING INTO IT ,
IN FRONT OF HIM LAID OVER TWO HUNDRED YARDS OF LIGHTLY COVERED SHALE ROCK COVERED BY A FINE PURE WHITE SNOW.
HIS CHOICES ......................HIKE UP AND OUT ....OR ......STRAIGHT DOWN .............NO TURNS ................AND HOPE THAT GOD WOULD BE MERCIFUL.
MAKING HIS DECISION
DOWN HE WENT , BEING AS LIGHT ON HIS SKI`S AS POSSIBLE (IF THERE IS SUCH A THING ) WITH SPEED BUILDING UP , HE`S GOING STRAIGHT WITH HIS EYES FIXED AT THE BOTTOM OF FIELD, IT WAS A LONG DISTANCE WITH VERY LIGHT SOUND COMING FROM HIS SKI`S .THEN TURNING INTO SKIING TRAFFIC , HE CONTINUED ON DOWN THE MOUNTAIN TO THE VERY BOTTOM .
WHEN THERE , HE PAUSED FOR WHAT SEEMED AT LEAST A COUPLE OF MINUTES TOGATHER THE COURAGE TO KICK OFF THE SKI`S AND LOOK AT THE BOTTOMS.
QUICKLY , HE SLIPPED OUT OF THE BINDINGS AND FLIPPED THE SKI`S OVER.
IT LOOKED LIKE A POTATO PEALER WENT WILD ON THOSE BOTTOMS.
NOT WANTING TO CRY .................
HIS THOUGHTS RACED INVOLVING MAKING THE JUDGEMENT. ARE THESE TOTALED ,SALVAGEABLE...............WHAT ?
HE THOUGHT, YOU KNOW WITH A LOT OF WORK AND THIRTY P-TEX CANDLES I CAN MAKE THESE LIKE NEW AGAIN .......................................................NO BETTER !
POLSKI , THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST THOUGHT " WHAT ELSE GOOD CAN COME OUT OF THIS ........................? "
I`LL TELL YOU WHAT ELSE !
THE BEST FUCKING BLUES SONG ABOUT SKIING EVER WRITTEN , THATS WHAT !
BUT IT MUST BE WRITTEN QUICKLY BECAUSE I AM IN THE MOMENT !
SO , AS TIME WHEN ON , AND AS POLSKI ROLLED A FEW AND WENT TO WORK ON HIS SKI`S . HE DIDNT REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH HARD WORK WAS INVOLVED WITH BRINGING THE SKI`S BACK.
AND THE MORE HE WORKED THE MORE INSIGHTFUL HE BECAME.
HENCE THE SONG " ROCK CITY " WAS BORN.
" I`m SKIING ROCK CITY .
MY SKI`S SAY WHAT A PITY .............. CAUSE I DONT HAVE P-TEX ANYMORE .
I HIT THE HILL AT DAWN AND FIND MY EDGES ARE GONE .....................CAUSE I DONT HAVE P-TEX ANY MORE.
MY SKIING`S KIND OF LAX ...............THESE SKI`S WONT HOLD THE WAX ...................CAUSE I DON`T HAVE P-TEX ANY MORE . "
WELL YOU GET THE IDEA........................GREG WAS, AND STILL IS A WHITE GUY FROM MINNESOTA ...........
AND TO BE PERFECTLY FRANK ,
PRINCE OR BOB DYLAN HE`S NOT.
HE DID GET THOSE SKI`S BACK TOGETHER THOUGH .
AND THEY WERE AWSOME TO SAY THE LEAST !
HE HAD A FRIEND BEG HIM TO SELL THEM TO HIM WHEN HE GAVE UP THE GOOD LIVE OF WORKING AT BIG SKY.
I GUESS POLSKI FIGURED LET THE SKI`S LEGEND CONTINUE.
WHICH IT DID .
IF YOU WERE A GOOD SKIER , THESE SKI`S MADE YOU A GREAT SKIER;
(KIND OF LIKE PRE- PARABOLIC DAYS IN A WAY).
SO POLSKI SOLD THE SKI`S
NOW SOME OF THE REALLY GOOD SKIIERS AND NOT SO GOOD SKIERS BACK IN THOSE DAYS SAY THE QUICKEST TURNING SKI OF THOSE TIMES WERE THE ROSSIGNOL STRATO`S OR THE FISHER STAR SERIES SKI OR EVEN POSSIBLY THE MULTI-COLORED BURNS TURNS SKI.
BUT THATS NOT TRUE !
NO NO ,MY FRIENDS .
THOSE SKI`S OF POLSKI`S WERE THE QUICKEST TURNING STRAIGHT SKI`S IN THE WEST. ABSOLUTLY, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT !
PUT BACK TOGETHER CAREFULLY WITH LOVE ......................
APPRECIATED BY THE SKI , THAT THOUGHT IT WAS GOING INTO THE SCRAP HEAP.
IT WAS A COMBINATION THAT WAS INCREDIBLE ...............
PLUS THEY TURNED OUT TO BE (BY THE SERIAL NUMBER ON THE SIDEWALL) A SPECIAL FACTORY RACE TUNED BUILT SKI , WHICH WAS REALLY RARE BACK THEN.
SO TO SAY THEY WERE ONE OF A KIND (AS ALL TRULY . AND I MEAN TRULY GREAT THINGS ARE ) WOULD BE PUTTING IT MILDLY.
NOW YOUR PROBABLY THINKING ..................THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE BIGEST A BUNCH OF CRAP .................
BUT YOU KNOW JUST THINK ABOUT IT . SOME TIME IN YOUR LIFE YOU MUST HAVE COME ACROSS SOMETHING THAT IS SO CRAZY THAT NO ONE IS GOING TO BELIEVE IT . WELL FOR SKI SONGS AND A SKI THE SONG WAS WRITTEN ABOUT ,THIS IS IT !
ONLY TWO PEOPLE KNEW OF THOSE SKI`S .
POLSKI AND THE GUY THAT BOUGHT THEM.
NOW YOU KNOW, SO THE STORY LIVES ON ..............BUT, ITS NOT QUITE FINISHED YET .
WELL , THE GUY THAT LAST OWNED THOSE SKI`S NOW LIVES IN ASPEN.......
BEEN THERE AS A RESIDENT FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS........
MUST BE PRETTY HARDCORE DUDE TO LIVE THE SKI LIFE FOR THAT LONG , RIGHT ?
YOU NEED TO ASK HIM.
(AND ALL GOOD SKIERS FIND THERE WAY TO ASPEN SOMETIME IN THEIR LIFE, RIGHT ?)
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SKIS AFTER HE HAD THEM ,TO FINISH THE STORY.
TO GET HIM STARTED...................................................ASK HIM IF HE EVER OWNED A PAIR OF HEAD HRP COMPS...........................
BUT, YOU BETTER BE PREPAIRED TO SIT AWHILE ........CAUSE.............HE`LL TELL YOU THE LONG VERSION
AND SO NOW,
ONLY THE LEGENDARY TIM SEMRAU IN ASPEN CAN FINISH THIS STORY .
TRY TO KEEP THE FOG OFF THE GOGLES AND SEE YA IN THE LIFT LINE,
awesome choice, glitch mob "we can make the world stop" is a great one too
A "ski music" sub-genre does not appear to exist. The sub-genre that best fits the ski scene IMO is surf music. My 3 favorite surf bands:
1. The Atlantics. "Reef Break": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyREz_Z2Fuc
2. The Ventures. "Wipe Out": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjiOtouyBOg
3. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones. "Let's Go Trippin'": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1gskj1VQR0