Most people who ski go with a friend or in groups. I find being alone out there is at lease as satisfying, and sometimes more so, as skiing with others.
Especially on busy days, being a 'single' offers the benefit of the shortest lift lines. While others wait patiently, you can often ski right up and hop on a lift. More skiing, less waiting.
Also, the ride on the lift is a great time to take a deep breath and relax. Enjoy the fresh air and the views, which is easier to do when you are alone.
Some days I feel like going all out, trying some new terrain and challenging myself. Other days, I like to just hang on the groomers and cruise around.
Sometimes, when skiing with others, you feel as if you are either slowing them down or forcing them out of their comfort zone.
When you are alone, you just do what you want. It's nice to have that freedom sometimes.
Once in a while, it's nice to be able to lose yourself in your thoughts. I love hanging out with my friends and chatting. But, for me, skiing alone is relaxing and satisfying. It's a nice time to catch up with myself.
Do a few runs and be done, or plan a longer day and pack a lunch. By myself, I only have to think about what I feel like doing.
Sounds selfish but as a doctor and a mother of two small kids, I don't get to just think of myself very often. It's very indulgent, in a healthy way, I think.
Living in a ski resort town with resorts within 20 minutes, I can go up whenever I have a free couple hours (ok, it's not that often). If I didn't love to ski alone and felt like I needed a companion, I would miss some of the best powder days.
Obviously, when you are going to ski alone, you need to be sure that you follow safety guidelines. Stay on marked or open trails, make sure someone knows you are going and when you expect to be back.
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