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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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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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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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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.
Exactly +1
 

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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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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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Lol!

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.
Now THAT was funny, Casual!

I asked about the music because the other day a beginner skier just nailed me from behind. I don't listen to music while riding because I want to hear everyone around me. But the skier came out of nowhere and plowed into me. I did hear her at the very last second, which allowed me to prepare for the impact. Fortunately, I was fine. But I wondered that if I had music on I might not have heard her at that last second.
 

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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.
Maybe that's my problem too!!! :yahoo: Oh wait, I don't listen to music while riding! :blink:

OP, I've been riding for 21 years and never with music. I just feel like it'd be another thing to distract me. I love the purity of boarding. Also I tend to board in trees a lot with friends, and we're calling out to each other to keep tabs, report on conditions, etc.

I don't think it's a safety hazard to groomer cruise with some tunes on, but it's not for me.

For what it's worth, I love music and listen to it almost all the time, as well as try to play it on occasion! lol The hill is one place I don't bring it.
 

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Music is almost always on at one level or another.

I have the Smith bluetooth enabled audio kit though, so to turn on and off is the push of a very large button on the side of my helmet. Works every time I push it.

The only time I won't have it on is if I'm in thick long tree runs with, or without for that matter, others or back in the gated/expert terrain areas.

Things like hearing running water can make a difference.
 

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I've usually got buds on and at lower volume while riding: low enough that I can hear and have a conversation. I tend to ride to the rhythm and find it helps on the steeps and the moguls: no shopping for turns
 

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HAHA--- I actually laughed out loud when I saw this!

Hilarious!









Not your post, the fact you think my wife would even talk to you. :eek:k:
 

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Music can certainly serve to motivate

I'm also a climber and have often listened to music while bouldering because it helps me feel the flow, gets me amped to pull down hard, and can sometimes distract me when I'm a bit nervous on high ball problems. But I don't listen to music when I'm route climbing because the risks of making a mistake while 1,000 feet up are so much higher.

I can see how listening to music with earbuds at low volume could improve my boarding by getting me in a groove. But as a new boarder I try to be really aware of everything gone on around me. I think music might impair that ability.

When I get better at boarding and feel more comfortable perhaps I'll put on some Iron Maiden, Pantera, or Opeth.
 
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