Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, most of us are a little bit superstitious in one way or another. From long held habits of doing things a certain way, all the way down the spectrum to clinical Obsessive Compulsive tendencies.
Most of it leads back to us wanting things to go our way and for our lives to be graced with good luck and good fortunes. And like any good niche, the mountain community has its own set of lore and legends, so let’s dive in…
This one resides firmly in the reverse psychology category as it is thought that Mother Nature will only ever precipitate out of spite, to ruin your nice freshly clean car. So if you’re wanting a little more snowfall to head your way, go put a nice spit shine on your wheels, and the storms are sure to be not far behind.
Kind of a simple one, and more of self reassurance that you’re ready for the ski run that you’re about to undertake. Like a boxer tapping their gloves together pre-round, tapping your poles together is a sign of good luck and blessing that you’ll have a good and safe run. Once the habit is started, it’s a hard one to break.
While not unique to skiing or snowboarding, this tradition is one that many folks adhere to without even thinking about it. One particular boot first, every time. Whether it’s the right or the left, putting the same one on first is a modest superstition to ensure your day will go by as planned, because you’re sticking to the same routine as every safe day you’ve had before on the slopes.
These are things “not to do” or things that if you forget not to do, could result in a sub-par day on the slopes… according to superstition.