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Is it safe to listen to music when you're skiing?

Woman

October, 2016

Boy-oh-boy, we can't believe how often this subject is discussed. And not just on the slopes and in the chalets at Granite Peak, but everywhere around the world. There's no right or wrong answer to this question, but there are some critical opinions and insights worth noting.

According to Dave Byrd, Director of Risk and Regulatory Affairs for the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) "It's kind of a fine line. If people want to go out by themselves and put on some classical music and ski in a winter wonderland, we want to give them that opportunity-within reason. We want to reinforce critical safety messages, but at the same time we don't want to be a bunch of killjoys; there are plenty of people who probably can ski with music in a very controlled manner."

On the other hand, wearing ear buds and listening to music can increase the risk of collisions, particularly skier-to-skier collisions because listening to music definitely silences the sounds of skiers and snowboarders approaching from behind or from the sides. The major problem is that policing against wearing ear buds is all but impossible given the wide use of helmets and high-collared gear. So, the advice we give to skiers and snowboarders at Granite Peak is to Know the Responsibility Code, and that means staying in control, keeping your wits about you, and avoiding distractions.

As the Midwest's number one family ski resort destination, and with so many families enjoying the slopes, terrain parks, mogul runs and tree-skiing at Granite Peak, we encourage you to know your limitations as a skier or rider. If you want to listen to music, make certain you're still aware of your surroundings and that includes your fellow skiers.