Is ski season over? Summer Skiing post.

Is ski season over, you ask? I’m afraid it is long gone here in the U.S.

Now you may be asking, “What do I do now?”

Good news, the official What Do I Do Now List is here.

1. You could try sliding down the stairs in your house.

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Photo: corbisimages.com

No? Okay.

2. Apparently grass skiing and boarding is a thing now.

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Now I have to say that as someone who would not change a thing about snow sports, I was a little bit skeptical that this seemed to claim to match up to its winter counterpart. I was also skeptical that this entire activity isn’t the most terrifying, face-breaking thing in existence.

All my doubts faded when I saw that you can get a lesson, lift ticket, skis/board rentals, pads, and a helmet all for 30 dollars or less. Hey, I don’t mind risking my life if it’s a good deal.

All kidding aside, I’m sure it’s relatively safe and at least hilarious. Plus, there’s a place you can go close-by in Virginia called Bryce Mountain Resort.

3. When the snow melts some ski resorts turn into mountain biking resorts.

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At Whitetail you can get a beginner lesson for 10 dollars. They have a wide variety of terrain for both beginners and experts. It’s really useful to have ranked trails so you know what you’re getting into and can improve your skills slowly. It’s also a fantastic and exciting source for exercise without being stuck in a crowded and humid gym. Mountain bike rentals are expensive though so look into prices beforehand and see if there’s any shops that will rent cheaper.

5. Indoor skiing exists in several countries.

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Indoor skiing in Dubai

Unfortunately, the United States is not one of them. However in 2014, the construction of the first indoor ski slope in the U.S. will be finished in American Dream Meadowlands, an entertainment complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This 250,000 sq ft indoor ski/snowboard slope will be open year round and feature equipment rentals, a working chairlift, ski lessons, and a ski bar.

6. Skiing and boarding is very much alive in the southern hemisphere. I once met a snowboard instructor who would travel to Australia every year once the season ended and many others do the same. I personally would like to go to Perisher Valley in Australia because it is massive.

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Perisher Valley trail map

Other countries good for ski trips in the southern hemisphere are Argentina, Chile, and New Zealand.

What do you think you’d be most likely to try?

Favorite experience or memory? A Snowshoe Mountain post.

I feel as though this would not be a ski blog without a place to share everyone’s best experiences. I would like to make a post encouraging just that.

  1. What’s your favorite trip you’ve ever been on?
  2. What made it the best?
  3. What did you do?
  4. What was your favorite moment?

I’ll start by sharing mine.

1. The winter before this one my family (including an aunt, uncle, and a friend) went to place called Snowshoe Mountain for a week.

2. Now, this is no Top-tier nationally known resort, but to me, that isn’t what makes a good ski trip. There’s three things that make a ski trip for me: weather, atmosphere, and timing.

  • The weather on Snowshoe Mountain was absolutely perfect. Due to the high altitude it never got above freezing when I was there so it never got icy. Nothing ever really melts until Spring. This was apparent with the trees that basically turned into snowmen.

Not only that but there was about an inch of fresh powder every single morning from overnight snowfall.

  • The atmosphere at Snowshoe was fantastic. I was staying in a room looking right over Snowshoe Village. Snowshoe village, unlike some resorts, is located directly on top of the mountain you ski and snowboard on. This allows you to basically ski down your backyard. The setup gives the entire place a really secluded and close-knit feel. It also makes all the surrounding scenery gorgeous. Here are some panoramic pictures I made from the trip:

  • It was by complete accident but we ended up going during their lowest capacity of the season. For a crowd that a ski resort usually has, the place might as well have been deserted.

This was because it wasn’t during a weekend and there had just been a lot of snowfall deterring others from making the trip. I love to go when places are at low capacity. There are no lines, it’s really peaceful, and everyone just seems to be a lot nicer.

3. Snowshoe mountain offers snow tubing, sleigh rides, snow cat tours, snowmobiling, along with a lot of slopes. We did all but the snowmobiling. Also there is a great bar scene and outdoor hot tubs.

4. My favorite moment was the first night there when it was the most deserted. I skied and boarded at night while snow was falling on the slopes at Silver Creek. Thinking back to that night and is like instant meditation. Then later, meeting up at the bar and playing pool. Does an entire night count as a moment? It does on my blog.

Here’s a video I made showing the trip in action:

Be sure to let me know about your favorite memory or experience!

Headphones for skiing and snowboarding

For most skiers and snowboarders music is a big part of snow sports. Just as in a lot of exercise-based activities, it can boost your enthusiasm, confidence, and concentration. In fact, It’s common for professional skiers to have a specific song that they always race to. Personally, after I tried it once I haven’t gone without my iPod since.

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Such a change got me noticing how terrible some of my headphones were for the slopes. For example, every time I bring the standard Apple headphones for any rough expedition they’ve broken. Durability isn’t the only thing that I look for in headphones for skiing, though. There’s also a definite need for:

Price

I’m putting this first because I’m not willing to pay more than 30 dollars for headphones. I lean towards a price around 20 normally. If you’re willing to pay over a hundred dollars for a pair of top of the line headphones then these recommendations may not be very useful to you.

In-line Remote control

There’s nothing more irritating than having to dig through your coat pockets looking for your mp3 player to change the song while wearing debilitating gloves. If you’re anything like me you’ll go to rediculous lengths to avoid such feats, including jumping up and down trying to activate shake-to-shuffle, consequently launching yourself face first into the snow. (true story)

Sony headphones, while I find to not be the most comfortable brand, do have a remote control great for skiing.

The Sony EX earbuds have on-wire controls for volume, fast forward, rewind, play, and pause.

Comfort

Comfort is a huge deciding factor when it comes to headphones to ski with. Headphones that are normally comfortable feel awful when pressed up to your ear by a hat or helmet. JVC is a great brand for comfort as they make some ear buds completely encased in silicon.

The JVC air cushion headphones have a silicon air cushion that pretty much makes them comfortable no matter what. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have ones with in-line controls. The JVC marshmallow headphones are almost as comfortable though and have a remote.

If you don’t like the way ear buds feel at all there are a lot of winter hats that have headphones built into them.

I have one from American Eagle with play/pause controls that I like using.

Sound Isolation

Of course you want your music to sound clear. When I’m skiing I also don’t want my music to be heard by anyone else but me. Nothing worse than the moment on a ski lift when you know the hipster sitting next to you can hear the Ke$ha blasting in your ears (We R Who We R has a great beat for my turning pace, don’t judge haha).

The MeElectronics M9P headphones have really good sound isolation and in-line controls for an affordable price.

Do you have any preferences? Also, feel free to share your favorite skiing or exercise song.