I like to ride with people for fun and safety factor...
There's something to be said for riding solo though. I get to push my own pace instead of waiting for people, I can explore whenever I feel like it, I can stop and take pictures, bla bla bla. And riding alone is way more theraputic imo
"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. Thatís my religion." - Abraham Lincoln
I like both. Going by yourself is laid back because you can do things at your own pace and concentrate on your own riding. Going with friends is a little more strenuous because not everyone wants to do what you want to do, but friends will pump you up.
Yes going by yourself has its advantages such as the singles line at the lift. You can go at your own pace. You dont have to wait for slower riders in your group. You can try new things and if you bite it your friends can't laugh at you. The rest of the mountain will but who cares about those guys...
With friends you have camaraderie and people to talk to. Jokes, pranks, and games can be played on/with your friends.
Last year I did about 50% solo riding and 50% crew riding. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
If I get enough solo days in a row I prefer riding with friends. If I ride with friends a lot I really enjoy the times I get to go solo. I hate weekends more solo than with friends though. I don't think I have a preference.
I definitely like riding with friends more, but my riding is split about 50/50 between solo and with friends.
I ride every chance I get, so if I can go and no one else is off, I'm going dammit! Riding solo definitely helped me to progress. As others have said, you can focus on your own riding 100%. It really gives you a chance to focus on those areas where you're weak.
With friends for sure. I ride mostly at night and it can get lonely in the dark on the lift Of course it's worse when you are alone and get paired up with some super chatty wrangler jeans wearing skier. Respect the earbuds dude...