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What it's like to Ski Alone

  • Written by Lindsey Huster
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  • 4 min read
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  • Last updated 4 months ago

Keith’s injury at Powder Mountain meant he was out for the rest of the season and possibly part of next season. 🙁 Read more about our trip to Powder Mountain and his injury by clicking here.

Taking advantage of Spring skiing

February was ending, but Spring skiing was just around the corner. Last season we had some of the best skiing for the year in March and April! The valley might be switching over to Spring, but the mountains still get loads of snow. I decided to take full advantage of my Snowbird pass and ski during the week to finish out the season.

What would it be like skiing alone?

I had only skied by myself a couple of times prior and enjoyed it so I figured I’d have fun. There are definitely pros and cons and I wondered how I would feel skiing alone at Snowbird. I was a little nervous heading out alone, but found it was so much fun (sorry, Keith!).

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Lindsey Skis Alone // Snowbird // 2018-2019 Utah Ski Season (W15P1)

Weekday vs. weekend skiing

I hear complaints all the time about the traffic and crowds at the resorts on the weekends. Yes, they can be extremely busy and it can be overwhelming and frustrating at times, but for the most part, I feel it’s somewhat expected. I mean, we do have the “greatest snow on Earth” and some of the best resorts in the country. It’s a sought-after ski destination and sure it would be nice to be alone on the mountain at all times, but that isn’t a reasonable expectation. This opinion seems to be the exception though. 😉

Weekday Benefits

  • Little traffic in the canyon.
  • Good parking spots.
  • No lines for the bathroom.
  • No/few lines at the lift.

Weekend Benefits

  • The energy on the mountain is up with a bigger crowd.
  • Patios and lodges are full, more fun for après skiing.
  • More likely to see big jumps, expert skiers, etc.
  • More likely to see weekend events happening; races, contests, etc.
Selfie of Lindsey alone on the chairlift
Selfie of Lindsey alone on the chairlift
The resort looks like it is totally empty
The resort looks like it is totally empty

Should you ski alone?

I would absolutely say yes! Just like anything else, there are factors to consider, but there are benefits to enjoy by skiing. Maybe it’s because I’m an introvert or because I moved across the country and only know a few people here, but I truly enjoy doing things on my own.

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It’s not easy to do something new on my own, but I always quickly fall at ease with the activity. For example, last summer Keith left town and I knew I didn’t want to go a whole week without hiking. I had only been on a short solo hike prior to Keith leaving town. While he was gone, I hiked 3 times on my own! Now, I don’t even think of it any different than hiking with him. It’s the same with skiing, once you do it a few times it doesn’t seem scary or intimidating any more.

“Alone time is when you distance yourself from the voices of the world so you can hear your own” --author unknown

I believe there are great benefits to doing things alone. The time with yourself allows you to think at a deeper level, relax at a deeper level and appreciate different aspects of life. I find that I can move slower and take moments to enjoy the simple things in life when I’m alone.

I was recently sitting alone at a coffee shop and overheard the most amazing example of family support and excitement for a woman with a new job. I was heartwarming, thoughtful, funny, and probably something I would have missed if I weren’t alone. Some of the most amazing interactions with strangers take place when you are alone and able to focus on the present.

Lindsey is skiing alone at Snowbird Ski Resort
Lindsey is skiing alone at Snowbird Ski Resort

Slopes: A skiing-focused iOS app

I got an Apple Watch for my birthday, which was right before ski season. I tested out a few skiing apps before choosing Slopes. Slopes just seemed to work the best for me. Some of the other apps would turn off throughout the day, not record each run, freeze up, etc. It should be noted that Keith tried to use a few apps with his Android phone/watch and he preferred other apps as they worked better with his devices. Ultimately, he chose not to track his skiing so he didn’t put a whole lot of time into it. Personally, I would recommend researching the apps and their features. Then try a few of the free versions before determining which app works best for you and your devices.

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I have really enjoyed tracking my stats on the Slopes app. I did pay for the Premium feature which costs $19.99 per year. You do have to remember to cancel your subscription or you will be billed next season. With Premium, you can access premium maps, interactive replays, and additional stats. I felt like these additional features were worth a little extra money and have been happy that I upgraded the app. The Slopes app also integrates with Strava if that is something you use to track other activities.

Since I’m a fairly new Apple Watch user, do you have any favorite apps to recommend?

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