Fortunately, time spent exploring the slopes is rarely wasted. Your performance is graded every time you complete a course, you can get your photo taken and added to your Wii's bulletin board any time you encounter a photographer, and animal lovers will give you cryptic clues as to where you can find the resort's elusive wildlife. Incidentally, the availability of these extras varies depending on whether you're skiing at night or during the day, but the only other differences between day and night are visual--occasionally making the latter a little more difficult.
Skiing with friends can make aimlessly navigating the slopes a little more interesting, and if you happen upon any challenges you can progress through the game exactly as you would playing solo. We Ski supports up to four players in split-screen mode, though even when there are only two of you playing the frame rate can go downhill fast if the slopes get busy. Some of the challenges are more difficult to complete when your view is restricted in split-screen mode and there are other players to bump into, while others are made much easier by the presence of additional players who can work alongside you to achieve a common goal. If your friends prefer competing in traditional events to exploring the resort, any races, slaloms, and mogul competitions that you've unlocked can be replayed at any time via the main menu. They're fun for a while, but they get repetitive more quickly than the other challenges that you find on the mountain because they're short, there aren't many of them, and only the slaloms offer any significant variety.
Photo opportunities like this one don't present themselves very often.
While challenges are scattered all over the resort, most of them can be found close to the ski lifts where groups of skiers congregate. These locations are generally the only place that you get to hear anything other than the occasional "swoosh" noises of your skis and the irritating gibberish that serves as character speech, since the lift stations are equipped with speakers. Occasional announcements about missing children and badly parked vehicles are a nice touch, but it's the soundtrack that will make you smile if you're a fan of previous Namco Bandai offerings, since it's composed of theme tunes from the likes of Pac-Man and Katamari Damacy.
We Ski isn't a game that will satiate your need for high-speed thrills, over-the-top stunts, and fierce competition. Rather, it's a relatively sedate game in which you can have fun exploring, taking part in friendly contests, running errands for other skiers, and posing for photos. If that's something that appeals to you, then the Happy Ski Resort is definitely somewhere you should plan on visiting.