I only take my iPod skiing when I head up the mountain solo, which hasn’t happened much lately. But when I do, music is essential. Forgetting my iPod is like forgetting my poles (which, ahem, has never happened). I understand that there are many who enjoy the sound of nature. I dig that, too. But sometimes I like to break the sound of silence. Or maybe I just need noise to cover up the panting sound I make skiing — a constant reminder of the number of ski-conditioning classes I missed.
Regardless, a good playlist is nice company when shredding alone. It sets the tempo, revs a skier/snowboarder up and keeps them going. Like a warm-up mix before the big game, skiing to music gets the blood pumping. And when my legs are burning half way down the hill, the tempo keeps me moving at least until the end of the song.
You’ll notice, most of these songs in this mix are rock, hip hop or rap., and a couple of old-school favorites for good measure. I like faster-tempo songs when I ski. I realize it’s not for everyone. When the ski day is done, I’m more inclined to turn on Citizen Cope, Tom Petty or maybe some bluegrass, but not standing at the top of a field of snowy, untouched bliss. Staring down a steep vertical chute, I want House of Pain. Yes, that’s right. Jump Around is my favorite ski song. Maybe that’s divulging too much information about myself, but it’s true.
I can’t promise there’re no expletives. There is. That’s my disclaimer. Download at your own risk. But a good ski mix is crucial, so I made one for the listening enjoyment of Montana Snow Sports’ readers. There’re a couple ground rules. Don’t mess with the lineup. It’s perfect. If you have music suggestions, send them along! But don’t be offended if they don’t make the cut. If you think you can make a better ski mix, prove it.
What’s your favorite ski/snowboarding song? I shared, and so should you!