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Favorite Ski Songs

EarphonesSeveral years ago, I wrote a post about whether or not to ski/ride with music, I figured it’s time to write one about my favorite songs to ski with. Here’s my playlist to ski to:

  • Even Flow // Alive – Pearl Jam
  • Blue Sky – Big Head Todd and the Monsters
  • But Anyway – Blues Traveller
  • I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
  • Ickey Thump – The White Stripes
  • Tighten Up -The Black Keys
  • Everylong // Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday // Beautiful Day – U2
  • Life and How to Live it – R.E.M.
  • Weekapaug Groove – Phish
  • Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  • Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard
  • Mr Brightside – The Killers

We’re all different, so what are a few of your favorite ski (or snowboard) tunes? Drop ’em in the comments as I’m always looking for new suggestions for my ski days!

I’ve got another question.

What do you use to organize your tunes?

I’ve gone through a slew of MP3 players over the years and I’m now using Google Play Music on my phone. I’ve tried Pandora, Spotify and Songza, but with Google’s acquisition of Songza and (finally) integration of its curated playlists into Google Music, I’m satisfied with it as my choice for a home and on the slopes music player. It allows me to download music to my device, stream it online and create my own playlists, play from an album or use either Songa’s curated lists or “radio” options based upon genre’s or an artist.

Photo credit: Flickr user photosteve101 

To Tune or not to Tune?

I enjoy listening to music while I’m skiing on my own. I make sure my Ipod is tuned to a level where I can still take part in a conversation on a chairlift, select a play list that fits my mood, and off I go. I don’t always plug in when I’m riding alone, but I do find that myself skiing with tunes more often than not as I find it can help pass the time on the lift and also add some much needed rhythm to my skiing.

Because I do like to ride with my music, I do often think about the potential downside: is it going to distract someone from hearing another person overtaking them or is it going to make so someone doesn’t hear a snowmobile coming along a trail? I imagine it probably will someday (if it hasn’t already) and that makes me wonder if having music on while skiing and riding is something that resorts will try to limit or is this just something that we all need to be aware of and ski and ride appropriately? Anyone have any positive or negative personal experiences to add to this?

Photo Credit: maxf
(I love this photo because the gondola icons look like little Ipods to me!)
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