smoking weed and skiing

Happy 4/20 to all the cannabis loving happy people out there.  Of course, today is also Hitler’s birthday, the anniversary of the gulf oil spill and Columbine shooting so it’s a weird day to celebrate, right?  Which brings us all into the mindset we need to be in:

Marijuana – is it good for skiing/riding, or not? 


YES – The only real particulars I can offer here are subjective.  I know from first hand experience that being stoned on a powder day is a truly ecstatic sensation.  The exhilaration felt while skiing is splendiferous.  The euphoria of being stoned is stupefying.  Combine the two and you get a bizarre synergistic effect that that will literally make you feel like you’re soaring.  If skiing ever felt like flying, it does when you’re smoking weed and skiing.

NO – The flip side?  For me the flip side was that I didn’t ski as hard.  I didn’t take as many chances and I’d get tired more rapidly.  When ripping around without smoking weed, I’m more aggressive, I take bigger airs, throw more tricks, and charge the mountain with more furor in general. Although I may have had more rhythm and soul when high, the bottom line is that I ski better sober.

The active drug in marijuana, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannot be classified as a stimulant nor depressant.  It’s effects are always simply perceived by the user and can vary from use to use.

Marijuana would get me fired up for skiing, but once I got tired, I was very tired.  It can go both ways within a single use.

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It can also be argued that skiing/riding high is dangerous to yourself and others.  This article is about a Swiss study that shows alcohol to be safer to use while skiing than marijuana:


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