In my past life out west, solo riding was my favorite! Couple doobs, some good tunes in the phones, and a mountain all to myself!
I did however notice that I would progress my skills more riding with others, especially those better then me. More with growing balls then anything, but sometimes I like others to push me to try shit I normally would't lol.
The joy of lighting up looking at a ton of fresh pow and no one else around is pretty sweet.
2015/16 -2- Kirkwood days
Arbor A-Frame 158 2009-10
Jeremy Jones Hovercraft 156, 2011/12
Subaru WRX 06
I go alone almost every time I go. I don't know anyone down where I'm living right now and I like going alone anyways. It lets me focus more on my riding and allows me to go at my own pace and just zone out and not worry about who I'm with.
I have seen the number of people that I can ride with dwindle so I ride alone most of the time... I think its tough in this area, even people I know that skied or rode all the time seem be the single trip a year sorts now.
Most of my riding with others is on trips so I typically enjoy it... although it does slow me down. I have also done a solo trip in the past when traveling for work.
I am possibly going to do that again.. stopping in SLC on my way home from LA at the and of the month. In LA on the 29th and trying to leave Thursday the 31st to get in a "weekday" of riding Friday. Anyone around during that time interested in riding PM me. I'm good for treating for a few beers in exchange for some guiding as it will be my first trip there.
If I waited for my friends/family to go with me I would only get to ride about 5 days a year which is not enough for me. I have a 5 day solo trip planned the last week of February that I cant wait for.
I just ride. Sometimes it's alone, sometimes it's with friends, and sometimes it's with complete strangers. I mostly ride mid-week, so that drastically reduces the amount of my friends that can ride with me. Hence why I ride alone a fair amount.
I ride alone plenty. When I'm alone I work on different skills then what I can if I'm with people. Going slow popping all types of 180s the whole way down a run isn't something to have a friend along for. At the same time getting juiced to try something new in the park is hard when you're alone.
Though right now I'm looking at taking a major trip to the mountains by myself. None of my snowboard friends have the time or money. I'm nervous and excited about that.
I take a solo trip each winter to some resort. Last year I went to Big Sky. Next month I'll be going to Park City. I love going alone. I can go where I want and do what I want without having to accommodate others. I'm perfectly at ease with venturing out by myself. Normally I have a wife and two kids to attend to, and at work I manage people and problems all day, so when I have solo time it's a real luxury.