Is there anything more beautiful than snowy mountains?
We’re back for another episode of Shred Life (check out the last episode here). This one is all about solo ski days folks. I’m not talking about going out in the backcountry and riding solo, which is stupid and dangerous, but simply taking some laps on the resort’s runs sans company. Love me a good groomer. It’s nice to do this once in a while. Maybe it’s because I grew up skiing and I have so many amazing memories from it, but whenever I feel stressed out, taking some time alone in the mountains always makes be feel so much better. I used to do this the morning of big ski competitions, too to get help in the zone (what an intense little kid I was haha). Even just waking up in a mountain town like Whistler is calming. Who doesn’t feel less stressed when you look out your window, see a fresh sprinkling of snow on the pines, and your pretty skis perched up on the balcony just waiting for you to take them out for a spin. Anyway, here’s my top 5 reasons why taking a solo ski day is rad and totally therapeutic:
1. NO LINE UPS. You get to use the singles line for the chairlifts which is generally a lot quicker. Faster wait times = more runs.
2. MUSIC. Plug in your ultimate shred playlist and get in the zone. I love skiing with music in sometimes, but when you’re with a crew you keep having to turn it on and off haha. If you’re skiing alone you don’t have to interrupt you jamming at all, even on the lifts.
3. NO RUSH. You can do whatever you want: ski slow or ski fast, have a 10 minute break mid-run to take in the view…no one’s waiting for you at the bottom.
4. PEACE. In this world of hectic lives and technology everywhere, it’s so nice to take a moment alone all to yourself. It’s easy to do this in the mountains…find a quiet spot off the trail and just BE. Sounds cheesy, but I’m into it. Turn off the tunes, sit in the snow, and look at all the beauty around you.
5. FRESH AIR. Duh! Clean mountain air does wonders for you brain and mindset. Somehow if you’re in the quiet company of only yourself you feel the benefits of it even more.
BONUS: If you love taking photos like me, when you ski alone you can do it whenever you like without holding up the group. I’m a sucker for a good mountain photo (and selfie haha). It’s so amazing how at different elevations the mountain can look so different on the same day. From the snow-frosted small trees in the high alpine with a view of the Black Tusk in the distance, to the large pine trees down lower revealing the snowy valley in between their branches…it’s all beautiful. Mother nature, you did good.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your skis, your tunes, and your inner peace…it’s time to go for a solo rip! Happy skiing babeskillets, Tita xx