Creating the Perfect Skiing Playlist
By. Jess kopitz
Every true skier or snowboarder knows that feeling. You’re out on the hill for your first run and you begin to pick up speed. The wind rushes by your face as you lean into the first turn, creating a wave of fresh powder that cascades across the snow. Your heart beats faster as your adrenaline takes over and pushes you faster down the hill. You feel so free, so alive; this is as close to truly flying as you will ever get. What can possibly make this experience any better? The perfect playlist.
Personally, I like to listen to music no matter what I’m doing. I believe that life should be more like the movies, with theme music playing at all times. If there isn’t any appropriate background music, I will make some up and sing it out loud, doesn’t phase me any. But while skiing or snowboarding, for me, there is nothing better then having the perfect playlist to really pump me up whether I’m dodging small children while bombing a groomed run, publicly embarrassing myself in the park doing face plants or eating powder in midst of what appears to be five million trees.
Everyone has their own personal taste when it comes to music and what they like to listen to while riding the slopes. Some people like something that will relax them and make the whole experience more enjoyable while others want something that will just make you want to punch someone in the face and then bomb the next run. So first things first, decide what kind of music really enhances your skiing or snowboarding experience. After you’ve picked your style, try and decide on a genre (or two or three) that fits your snow riding mood. This will help immensely when browsing through your music library if you’re anything like me and have thousands of songs and no time for shenanigans.
Then simply browse through your musical selection and pick out the songs that really get you going. What really helps me is once I’ve chosen a song, I put it on and close my eyes. Then I just picture myself gliding down the slopes and see how it would feel to have that song playing. I know this might sound kind of lame, but hey, I also enjoy the occasional Britney Spears song so I’ve got bigger issues to deal with. It might take a few test runs to get your playlist perfected, but don’t worry because playlists are possibly the easiest thing to fix in the skiing industry.
Now, I know that no one has the exact same musical taste and selection, especially when it comes to playlists. With this in mind, I would like to share with you some of my favorite songs from my library of playlists. I should also say that I have a very eclectic taste in music so hopefully there will be something on this list for just about everyone.
1. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
2. Ready to Die by Andrew W.K.
3. Berlin by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
4. Lit Up by Buckcherry
5. Hurricane by Cascada
6. Church of Hot Addiction by Cobra Starship
7. Money for Nothing by Dire Straits
8. China Groove by The Doobie Brothers
9. Captain Kelly’s Kitchen by The Dropkick Murphys
10. Anytime by Eve 6
11. My Goddess The Exies
12. What’s Golden by Jurassic 5
13. Outro by Obie Trice Feat Eminem D12
14. Homecoming by Kanye West
15. Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil’ Wayne
16. Positive Vibes by The Kottonmouth Kings
17. When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin
18. Bleed It Out by Linkin Park
19. Paper Planes by M.I.A.
20. Love Today by Mika
21. When Worlds Collide by Powerman 5000
22. Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen
23. Good Thing by Reel Big Fish
24. Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That by Robert Randolph and the Family Band
25. Release by Seed
26. Closer to the Sun by Slightly Stoopid
27. Ride by The Vines
28. Baba O’Reily by The Who
29. G.B.A. by Xavier Rudd
30. Running Through My Head by Zebrahead
If you don’t know many of the songs on this list I encourage you to look them up and expand your musical knowledge base. If you do know most of these songs, touché to you. If you enjoy my choices and would like for me to give you a few more of my favorites feel free to shoot me a comment and I will get back to you with some. If you don’t like my choices, feel free to post your own list and prove me wrong. Go ahead, I don’t mind. Really.