Ski Songs

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Surfers are lucky. They get their own genre of music. No shortage of tunes for the car while chasing an endless summer.

Skiers? We have but one album. And what an album! Bob Gibson straightlined it with this 1959 folk pressing. These 11 mostly jaunty songs stay on target, warning skiers what will happen if they don’t bend their knees, castigating barroom blowhards, reflecting on the beauty of snow-shrouded mountaintops and praising patrollers.

It’s not as earnest as the album cover makes it look, but every bit as ski-centric. Bob’s no Bono, so it doesn’t come pre-loaded on your phone, but you can get the soundtrack for your next skiing road trip at

 by IAN MERRINGER in the Fall 2014 issue

Ski Songs

Road trips aren’t possible without a good sound track. Depending on the year you were born, here’s our starting list of favourites through the decades for your iPod or cassette player.


Not Fade Away
Buddy Holly

Great Balls of Fire
Jerry Lee Lewis

The Isley Brothers

Who Do You Love
Bo Diddley

Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash


Like a Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan

Night Train
James Brown

River Deep Mountain High
Ike and Tina Turner

Drive My Car
The Beatles

All Along the Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix


American Woman
Guess Who

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking?
The Rolling Stones

Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Grateful Dead

Hotel California

Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen


I Love Rock and Roll
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Train in Vain
The Clash

Summer of ’69
Bryan Adams

Another One Bites the Dust


Pearl Jam

Smashing Pumpkins

Under the Bridge
Red Hot Chili Peppers

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The Proclaimers

No Rain
Blind Melon

2000 and beyond

You tell us,

Ian Merringer
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