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Old 03-26-2013, 12:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Good or bad idea: Listening to music while boarding

As I've posted before, I'm very new to boarding. At Whistler, my home mountain, I notice a lot of boarders and skiers listening to music while bombing down the slopes. Is that a good or bad idea? Is it safe to listen to music while boarding - especially in a place like Whistler that can get crowded? Or is is potentially dangerous because it can limit one's ability to detect other skiers and snowboarders nearby, increasing chances of collisions?

I'm of a mixed mind about the matter. Since I'm new to the sport I'm pretty hyper-vigilant about those around me so I can avoid accidents with others. But I'm thinking about listening to music while boarding because it could improve my rhythm and help me feel more relaxed.

What do others think?
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I think moderation is key. I listen to earbuds, but at a volume that I can still hear people talking to me.
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I ride with a massive boombox strapped to my chest and play loud disco music so everyone within a 50 yard radius is at the same hearing disadvantage.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Personally I use earbuds, though its because I usually ride alone. The last time I went was with a bunch of friends, and I didn't use them because we would just talk the whole way down. I do like them because the music helps me concentrate, and I associate certain songs (Sloan-ill placed trust) with snowboarding.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Helmet audio, always on. I just love riding to music. If I'm with people I have it quiet, if not its cranked. I just use my head and always know whats around me since I can't hear but mostly I ride faster than the rest of the hill so I'm not overly concerned with whats behind me.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Helmet audio, always on. I just love riding to music. If I'm with people I have it quiet, if not its cranked. I just use my head and always know whats around me since I can't hear but mostly I ride faster than the rest of the hill so I'm not overly concerned with whats behind me.
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I ride with friends, no earbuds here. If I was on my own on open trails or faces I might, but in the trees I like to be able to hear.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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only time im w/o music is when i ride with my kids, i want that together time...i sometime turn it down for the lift if it looks to be someone i may want to talk too, then crank it right before my run

make a mtn playlist so you dont have to fuk with it...learn your pause and vol button so you can adjust thru your jacket
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The only downside is I don't get to hear all the people yelling "wow your amazing" and all the girls screaming how gorgeous I am and how they want to rip my clothes off. I'm sure I've missed mulitiple sponsorships because I couldn't hear the rep on the lift offering me 6 figure contracts.

But hey, I'm just there to ride.
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