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Old 01-08-2013, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My wife wanted to send me out snowboarding for the day today (Birthday). I turned down the offer because I have some interview prep I need to do. But then I got thinking that I don't want to spend my Bday hanging out by myself.

Is it common for you guys to hit the slopes solo? I find when I go I have a lot of fun shooting the shit with my buddies on the chair lift. I would find it boring if I were alone.

Anyone else?
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Boarding alone can be good at times. Lets me really focus on my technique and improve my riding. I do like to ride in a group, especially with people who are better than you but riding alone is very beneficial.
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My wife wanted to send me out snowboarding for the day today (Birthday). I turned down the offer because I have some interview prep I need to do. But then I got thinking that I don't want to spend my Bday hanging out by myself.

Is it common for you guys to hit the slopes solo? I find when I go I have a lot of fun shooting the shit with my buddies on the chair lift. I would find it boring if I were alone.

Anyone else?
I ride almost exclusively alone! Didn't start off like that by choice,.. just got into it late in life & don't know anybody else that boards or skis.

It might be different if I were out west somewhere with multi mile runs & off piste to explore, but here in MI. with it's 90 sec.-4 min. long runs, I'm OK going solo! The only person I've ever really ridden with is Sabatoa from our regional forum, and I honestly never saw him ride.

I'd start down the run first & when I got to the lift, there's "Ol' Speedy Gonzales" standin' there waiting on me!! Never even saw him go by!

(...besides, every time I try to make a friend on the lift, they JUMP OFF!! Weirdest damn thing!!!!)
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I ride alone all the time. Just be aware of the conditions and dangers if you do ride alone. Also make sure friends or family know where u are just in case something happens. I personally like the freedom of going as fast or slow as I choose.
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+ 1 on improving the technique.

I ride solo a lot. It is the ultimate "Great Escape" and you can enjoy the luxury of moving at your own pace. Take five along the way to take in the view or hammer down and rip. You decide where and when. You pick the trail, you pick the paces. What a treat

That is not to say I don't ride with the gang. When we can, we are a group of five ( my bother, his son and daughter and my daughter ) and we have a blast together. The kids push us old farts to try different lines and keep us young at heart. What could be better?
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My weekday riding, however many they are, are usually spent riding alone. It's not by choice, not cause I want to focus or anything, it's just that my riding buddies have work and other responsibilities that prevent them from riding on a weekday.

I ride with at least one person on weekends though. Riding alone is not very fun compared to riding with buddies. I'm all quiet, and not being able to shoot the shit after runs is really boring. But most of my riding time has been done alone.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I love boarding. Ill go solo if I have to for the day. It is funner with the crew but we all have lives and does not coincide all the time. I would have jumped on the opportunity and the wify was paying. You'd be suprised how fun it can be on your own time.
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I ride alone almost always.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I like riding with a crew but sometimes the crew isn't always available. And sometimes you don't want to ride with the people who are just starting because that's not beneficial to you. So I'll go on my merry way and cruise around by my lonesome. It's good because you can focus on your riding if you choose to do so, and if you don't want to do that, you can take it easy and soak in the scenery whenever you want. I love stopping in the trees to take a breather and look at everything while it's still covered in snow and all pretty.

On the flip side, you might start the day alone but you can meet some awesome people on the lifts. Who knows, might even find a new riding crew for the day!
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:38 AM   #10 (permalink)
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So.......It's your birthday.......wife tells you to go boarding.....you're worried about "interview prep" and don't go? Worried about going alone? Seriously? Do you ask your friends to go to the bathroom with you?
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