So… I love riding with my friends. It’s fun when you have other people to chat with on the chairlift and when you’re all getting each other excited to learn something new.
Friends can be a huge plus to your snowboard experience and can help push your progression. However, if you want to see quick progress, learn to ride by yourself as well.
For whatever reason, some people don’t ride by themselves. They think of snowboarding as a group only exercise, but really, if you want to get better quickly, you’re going to have to ride by yourself from time to time.
Why riding solo is good for your snowboarding
I love my friends as much as the next guy and I love my group park sessions and I’m not saying you can’t keep riding with your friends. However, it’s not always ideal to ride with your friends.
Let me give you an example or two.
1) You’re stuck on their schedule
You can’t always be relying on your friends to go snowboarding with you. Sometimes they’ll be hungover. Sometimes they’ll be slow and/or lazy to get up. Sometimes the conditions may be perfect and they aren’t there.
Don’t be afraid to strap onto your snowboard and go out by yourself. You don’t have to wait around for your friends to go snowboarding.
I’ve often met up with friends on the hill after having arrived much earlier in the day to get more runs in. Don’t feel like you have to snowboard only according to your friend’s schedule all the time.
Your snowboarding will progress faster if you mix in some solo riding outside of just riding with your friend, because at the end of the day, time on snow is the biggest boost to becoming a better snowboarder.
2) It’s harder to focus down on what you want to ride
When you’re riding with a friend or two, you have to ride what the group wants to ride. That means if you want to hit the jumps and learn 360s and everyone else wants to hit the rail park, you’re stuck going with them.
Sometimes it’s nice to just be able to ride exactly what you want to ride.
When you’re by yourself you can drill down on exactly what you want to do and focus. You can hit that jump 50 times if you want and you don’t have to wait around for anyone.
Some of the best progression I’ve seen were days when I was by myself on the slopes focusing down on the new trick I wanted to learn.
I don’t know what to call it and maybe it’s just me, but it’s nice to be alone with just you and your snowboard once in awhile. There’s a certain peaceful feeling that comes with a relaxing, solo ride on the slopes.
Some days you just need to unwind and relax by yourself. Get away from noise and everything else and just enjoy snowboarding. I find those moments help you relax and re-focus if you’re getting frustrated or stressed out.
Maybe it’s just me for this 3rd point, but I’m sure I’m not alone I’m not saying you shouldn’t ride with your friends, but I am saying that I think it’s good to mix it up.
Ride by yourself from time to time