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Old 02-08-2014, 01:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Going up the slopes by yourself, is it ever a good idea?

Hi all, I'm in SF, and we FINALLY have a storm here. The weekend is pretty much stormed out and I had planned to drive up to Lake Tahoe this coming Monday or Tuesday.

However, pretty much all of my friends have backed out because of sudden events. I am still tempted to go by myself because I don't always have a free weekday, and we all know weekdays = empty slopes = no lines! Also, I take some joy on bombing down a mountain with just myself. I wouldn't have to wait for anyone. Bomb down the slopes, get on the lift, bomb down the next slope, rinse and repeat.

But, is it EVER a good idea to go by oneself onto the slopes? I'm just thinking, we all know s*** happens on the slopes. You can break an ankle as easily as getting tangled up getting off the lifts, to something as serious as head and lower back injuries . Not to mention, random miscellaneous road troubles due to the weather.

I err on the side of caution, so I am thinking of forgoing this opportunity to ride by myself.

What about you guys, have you ever gone up the slopes by yourself? How was it? Any "oh s***" moments and you wished you had someone there with you?

Thanks! Share your stories!

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Old 02-08-2014, 01:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As long as you stay inbounds you should be fine. If you do get hurt then ski patrol will be on it.
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I went up solo quite a few times when I had a pass at big white. I didn't care as much about school and wanted to progress my riding so I'd go on weekdays. It's awesome cause you can do what you want, but more than a few times I would get myself into sketchy situations. There were a few tree well deaths at big white over that time including a friend of mine, so I began to focus a lot more on park went I went by myself. I've fallen in enough tree wells to know one time head first is all it takes. As for general injuries and such as long as you are in bounds and easily visible it's fairly easy to get help in an emergency.

Bottom line, be aware, know your limits and the risk associated with where you're riding and you'll be fine.

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I went up solo quite a few times when I had a pass at big white. I didn't care as much about school and wanted to progress my riding so I'd go on weekdays. It's awesome cause you can do what you want, but more than a few times I would get myself into sketchy situations. There were a few tree well deaths at big white over that time including a friend of mine, so I began to focus a lot more on park went I went by myself. I've fallen in enough tree wells to know one time head first is all it takes. As for general injuries and such as long as you are in bounds and easily visible it's fairly easy to get help in an emergency.

Bottom line, be aware, know your limits and the risk associated with where you're riding and you'll be fine.
A friend of mine got a concussion (he was wearing helmet already) and all of us as a group was glad myself and a few others were with him. Because he didn't know he had hurt his head and he wanted to get moving again. I was like: " Oh hell no, you're not going anywhere until the ski patrols get here." He was glad I was able to shuttle him down the slopes along with the ski patrol. He just caught a hole in the snow and got launched. It's moments like that, that makes me not want to go up by myself.

Yeah I know my limits too. And I'm not shy about NOT testing my luck.

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Old 02-08-2014, 05:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I prefer to ride alone, inbounds of course.
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I prefer to ride alone, inbounds of course.
Go with friends only to abandon them and vanish into the woods. Hours later, play it cool and say something like: "what? I was looking for you guys the whole time!"

Or you don't tell nobody you're going to the mountains and disappear for a day?

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I always go alone. Don't have any friends who ride, and the ones who ski are four-times-a-year skiers. It's not ideal, but the alternative is not riding.
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I fly from DC to Colorado once or twice a month to ride alone. Just stay inbounds and you have nothing to worry about. I ride summit mostly, so tree wells really arent a problem, and theres generally people "around."
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Dont let your friend lameness stop you from being awesome! None of my friends ride as much as I do so Ive started going by myself a lot lately and its great, nobody to slow you down and you can follow your own schedule. I am actually heading to colorado next week for 3 days on a solo trip, have fun dude!
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worse case buy a referee whistle and carry it around your neck or somewhere easily accessible.
Blowing that damn thing will, draw the attention of folks.
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