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Well, I haven't heard either of them, but as a self-confessed audio geek I can give you my two cents.
The Frends appears to be either an open or semi-open phone, while the Skullcandy appears to be closed back. This means, depending on the bass levels in these, the Skullcandy will be more boomy, the Frends sounding "more natural". I also have handled a couple pairs of Skullcandy headphones and from my (admittedly limited) experience, they are mostly, if not all, cheap plastic and quite creaky.
On how they actually sound, I wouldn't be too excited, to be honest. I wasn't able to find *any* reviews of the Frends, and I could only find 6 reviews of the Skullcandies- none of which mentioned what they actually sound like, most said that they were rather flimsy and died from regular use. However, I would highly recommend seeing if you can get hold of a pair of both if you really want to hear them.
Now, I can give you a couple suggestions. I have a pair of Sennheiser PX200's and highly recommend them, but they're closed phones (and appear to have more than doubled in price- I got them for $40, they're $100 now!). The PX100 is their open-backed cousin, and will have less bass, but as I said above, will be more natural sounding, plus safer on the mountain as you can hear what's going on around you. (Note: I have not actually snowboarded with my headphones on.) I would also advise you to look at Grados, and look around anythingbutipod.com and head-fi.org for reviews and things.
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