How To Listen To Music While Skiing? (Explained!)

How To Listen To Music While Skiing?

It’s hard to think of what winter would be like without skiing. It’s the most fun thing you can do in the snow. Let me tell you about something that can make that even more fun – Music!

It’s like a magic pill that makes you happy and lifts your mood. Some people, like me, can’t do their daily tasks without music. But can you listen to music while skiing?

In this post, I’ll go over the main concerns of skiing with music like safety precautions and which gadget you should use. Plus, I’ll show you how to listen to music while skiing.

Can You Listen To Music While Skiing?

Yes, you can listen to music while skiing! But there are important things to think about, especially regarding safety. Like how loud the music is and what kind of equipment you use to listen to it.

And you also need to think about how comfortable music gear is and how easy it is to use.

Also read our guide on how to keep your phone warm while skiing.

Can You Listen To Music While Skiing?

Safety Precautions

You may have made the best skiing playlist ever and be dying to go out, play it while skiing, and have the time of your life. But try to avoid getting too caught up in the music. Keep an eye on the weather and your surroundings.

On the slopes, it’s important to keep your ears up and music can be distracting, and you might not notice things that could hurt you.

So, keep your volume low. Set your earbuds to “ambient mood” if you are using them. Skiers with more experience say to only use one earbud and leave the other ear open.

Choosing Audio Equipment

It is vital to have the proper audio equipment to enjoy an uninterrupted and feel-free music experience in the snow. 

The first thing you should consider is how easy it is to control. As you wear gloves with a lot of padding, think about how easy it will be to pick up, put on, and adjust the music wear.

Second, think about how you will feel. Is it comfortable enough to wear for the entire day? Easy to put in and take out of your ear?

Third, you have to choose whether to use wires or not. Compared to wired ones, wireless ones will give you more freedom and room to move. But wireless ones are easy to misplace.

Finally, pay attention to the device’s performance in cold weather, Waterproof ratings, and touch sensitivity.

Best Way To Listen To Music While Skiing

There are a few ways to listen to music while skiing. Most skiers use headphones or earbuds when they are on the slopes.

Even though both options have pros and cons, we think wireless earbuds like AirPods are the best way to listen to music while skiing.

Also read our guide on learning to ski after 50

But let’s look at all of these options so you can choose the one that works best for you.

Using Headphones While Skiing

There are sports headphones out there that are waterproof and are made to be used outside. Plus, these have adjustable headbands and ear cups making skiing safer and more comfortable. 

However if you ski with wired headphones, they can get tangled up, and you must keep your device close.

Plus, some headphones block out too much outside noise, which could be dangerous when skiing in a busy area or on a deep slope.

Using Earbuds And AirPods While Skiing

Using Earbuds And AirPods While Skiing

Earbuds are small, light, and simple to put on. Depending on the type of earbuds like airpods, you can use different extra functions – like picking up the phone, giving voice commands, etc.. 

Unfortunately AirPods aren’t made for sports, so they might fall out if you move around a lot or if it’s cold. Plus, they are not sweat- or water-resistant, so getting them wet could damage the earbuds.

Skiing With A Speaker

If you use Bluetooth speakers, you will be on alert about your surroundings while enjoying the music you like, and this can enhance your sense of security.

However, you’ll need to find speakers designed to deal with the effects of the freezing weather. Plus, your music could also annoy the people around you and the environment.

I wouldn’t recommend using Bluetooth speakers at all.

Bottom Line

Skiing can be more fun and enjoyable when you listen to music. It can also help you ski better and give you more energy but it can be dangerous to ski if you aren’t paying attention. So, you should always keep your ears and eyes open.

The most popular for listening to music among skiers are headphones and earbuds. Both have good and bad points. When you pick one of these, consider its ease of use, comfort, portability, cold weather performance, waterproofness, and touch sensitivity.

Try to use “ambient mood” or low volume when you are skiing and maybe wear only one earbud for safety. 


How Do I Make Sure My Airpods Don’t Fall Out While Skiing?

You could try wearing a head balaclava or headband to help secure the airpods in your ears. Or else you can switch to sports headphones or headphones with ear hooks or over-ear designs.

Is It Rude To Listen To Music While Skiing?

No, not really. But being aware of your surroundings and putting safety first is important. Also, you must follow the rules and regulations of the skiing area and be respectful of other skiers by removing your music equipment before starting a conversation with them.

What To Consider When Using Music While Skiing?

You should prioritize safety and awareness when listening to music while skiing. Select comfortable, long-lasting earbuds or headphones. Be nice to others and always remove your headphones when you talk to them.

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Lisa Hayden-Matthews

An avid Skier, bike rider, triathlon enthusiast, amateurish beach volleyball player and nature lover who has never lost a dare! I manage the overall Editorial section for the magazine here and occasionally chip in with my own nature photographs, when required.
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