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    what music do you like to ski to?

    this varies wildly by mood, location, snow conditions, etc, but generally:

    - mellow acoustic music like iron and wine and bon iver, when i'm feeling reflective
    - the disco biscuits, when i want to fucking party
    - the grateful dead, always appropriate tho probably more in rotation on my way to the mountain than while skiing
    - hip hop, if i'm feeling steezy, drake, kendrick, frank ocean
    - house and techno when i bash bumps.

    we've hit the time of summer where all i think about is skiing. i've already booked trips. i'm checking opensnow and the gfs daily just for glimmers of early snow. i'm here regularly again. i can't wait.


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    None. I like simply hearing my surroundings (which ideally would be relatively peace and quiet).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdskier View Post
    None. I like simply hearing my surroundings (which ideally would be relatively peace and quiet).

    big ol ditto.

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    Soulive, Phish, Jay Z, Beasties, Yonder Mountain String Band, KRS 1, Black Sabbath, Jimmy Cliff, Dead, Hendrix, Cypress Hill, Galactic, Pink Floyd, RRE, Dre, Notorious B.I.G, Tony Rice Unit, Lettuce, Tony Furtado.

    Thats just a sample of one of my riding playlists. I usually take my favorite songs from each artist and just throw it on shuffle. I have a more jam band only play list too and a more funk/hip hop one. I have a IPOD nano, holds enough for a couple of days without repeats. Battery last about a full day in an inside pocket. I have the bluetooth chips in my helmet. It makes it easy to skip a song when the mood isn't right.

    Like the OP, I usually only play it loud when alone. When riding with the fam I usually just keep it low enough that I can hear backround music. I don't have an issue hearing other skiiers or converstation at that noise level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY DirtBag View Post
    Like the OP, I usually only play it loud when alone. When riding with the fam I usually just keep it low enough that I can hear background music. I don't have an issue hearing other skiiers or converstation at that noise level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56fish View Post
    big ol’ ditto.
    Double ditto. I don't listen to music when skiing, or running or cycling. I prefer to hear what's around me that I can't see, even when walking the streets in NYC.

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    Probably goes without explaining, but music and skiing are my two greatest passions. When I joined this forum about 15 years ago and had to come up with a handle, I chose deadheadskier as a combination of the two past times in life I'm most passionate about; The Grateful Dead and Skiing. Love plenty of other music too, but the Good ole Grateful Dead have been my favorite band since I was 9 years old and that's still the case 32 years later.

    Despite my passion for music, I actually never listen to it on the hill. Skied with a Walkman a bit in middle and high school, but I just wasn't that into it. When I ski I just prefer to zone everything out and focus on the quiet of being in the mountains. This is especially true skiing in the trees on a powder day when your skis barely make a sound hitting the snow.

    I definitely like to pump myself up with tunes on the way to the hill, but once on the hill I tune out from everything. Just me, the terrain in front of me and the sounds of me skiing it is all I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdskier View Post
    None. I like simply hearing my surroundings (which ideally would be relatively peace and quiet).
    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Despite my passion for music, I actually never listen to it on the hill.
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    For me, listening to music while skiing would defeat a big percentage of why I enjoy the sport in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    This is especially true skiing in the trees on a powder day when your skis barely make a sound hitting the snow.
    One of my favorite sounds in the world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdskier View Post
    One of my favorite sounds in the world!
    Woods choked so full of snow that all sounds are completely insulated except the occasional thwack of a low lying branch hitting your helmet or poles. I love all ski days, but those are the days I yearn for most.

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