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|01-13-2014 10:47 AM|
1. Ski Boots Suck.
2. Ski Poles Suck.
3. Skis Suck.
4. Having to carry all this shit 1/2 mile from paking lot to base while walking in fucking ski boots Sucks.
5. You can't replicate the feeling of a deep layed out carve on a snowboard with skis, so why do it.
|01-13-2014 09:29 AM|
TLDR summary: After alpine and tele skiing for 36 years I think snowboarding is MUCH more fun!
I alpine skied from 3 to 20. I tele skied from 20 to 39. During that time I snowboarded once with a rental board in the very early days when lessons didn't even exist. I think I was too small for the board. I twisted awkwardly and slightly injured my knee. I also had no clue what I was doing and did not get it right away, so I went back to skiing.
I was working at a small resort in 1993 when a buddy and I took up tele skiing. It was great - different and fun. This was in the days before the ski revolution so there wasn't much interesting happening in skiing. During those days we skied equally with buddies who skied and buddies who snowboarded. Hanging out together was never an issue. I grabbed a board a couple times in there, but never bit. We got very good at tele skiing - the steeper and deeper the better. I will do plenty of cliff-type drops on teles, but I never really hit the park even once that became acceptable.
In 2001 I moved to upstate NY for school. I loathe skiing in the East and I thought it would be fun to also learn to snowboard a bit better so I got a board off eBay. (Got one for my wife as well. She was also an expert tele skier.) For me tele skiing in the East is just a workout. My wife has a great attitude as long as she is sliding on snow - I do not! I wasn't having as much fun except on our trips back West. I still primarily tele'ed between 2001 and 2011, but would occasionally snowboard - probably 10 - 15 times over 10 years.
Last year (age 39) I finally embraced snowboarding and only tele'ed once. I am addicted. At this point snowboarding is SO MUCH MORE FUN. Learning new things is great and snowboarding seems much more playful. I am hitting small rails. I started doing (and landing) frontside and backside 180's. I try to ride switch a good portion of each day. Even just going out and spinning around and playing on my edges is fun. Perhaps it is different for young people taking up skiing, but snowboarding lends itself to a lot more small, easy tricks that give you things to practice and drive improvement. At this point I can ride most anything on the mountain, but I was also quite happy spending two hours yesterday in the "mini park" riding probably 100' vertical. I can also snowboard all day and tele skiing usually wore me out in 1/2 a day. Effort-wise snowboarding is probably 10% of the effort of tele skiing and 50% of the effort of alpine skiing.
I absolutely believe everyone should do both. As someone mentioned earlier, you look at the mountain differently. I am always amazed at the stupid things skiers do that frustrate snowboarders. I also know a lot of the things skiers hate about snowboarders. Why can't we just all get along!
Anyway, I know this was a long and boring read for many of you, but the bottom line is that it is a different experience for everyone. Unless you are a kid, I think getting to be a good skier is harder than getting to be a good snowboarder. But, it is less painful to become and intermediate skier.
|01-13-2014 07:31 AM|
Originally Posted by Tarzanman View Post
|01-13-2014 07:28 AM|
I have met a lot of folks who have done both. I would say that going from snowboarding back to skiing is more common than the other way around.
I skiied once when I was 12. Didn't make it back to another snow covered mountain until I was 28. The plan was to ski and snowboard that trip... however I strapped that board on first and never took the skis out of my bag.
I almost skiied again a 2nd time when the group wanted to go to Alta. However, one of the girls on the trip saved me by begging me to ride Snowbird with her instead Good times.
|01-13-2014 07:21 AM|
Originally Posted by KansasNoob View Post
Also, I grew up skiing (between 3-10, occasionally dabbling into snowblades) and then I would board for 2 or 3 days a week when I was 10. Now I tend to board most of the time and I'll grab a pair of rental skis for a day or two. I'm the only boarder in my family, and this year I'm going with a group of 12 and I'll be the only boarder. I much prefer boarding, but skiing certainly doesn't suck.
Although I did go once with a group of boarders and loved it so much.
|01-13-2014 02:38 AM|
|marlo_df||I've tried skiing, it was nice. I prefer snowboarding. So in my opinion skiing doesn't suck, it's just different. Like someone posted previously.|
|01-13-2014 12:55 AM|
I do both. Like everything in life, both have advantages and disadvantages.
BTW, go check out some video some JP Auclair videos. Skiing doesn't suck compare to riding. It's just different.
|01-13-2014 12:36 AM|
|Saint Alphonso||I grew up on skis. Took it to a pretty high level and skied competitively. I blew out my knee badly and had some surgeries. Doctor recommended snowboarding as a healthier alternative for my knees since you don't have that range of motion. My first day I was like "holy shit why didn't I start this 15 years ago?".|
|01-12-2014 07:58 PM|
I like the learning curve of snowboarding better.
Like other people have mentioned, it's easy to become an intermediate skiier and then get stuck there. My first time ever on a ski resort I was skiing, and after lunch that day I was comfortable zipping down blues. At that point I thought I was the best skiier in the world, but had I tried to improve my skiing I would probably have taken a long time.
I guess I was pretty lucky I got dragged along on a ski trip with a bunch of boarders (which encouraged me to try boarding) - I was getting bored of skiing already, and I kind of enjoyed the challenge of boarding. Now I find it more dynamic and flexible than skiing =D
|01-12-2014 07:27 PM|
|KansasNoob||Have yet to have a fellow rider talk down on me. I have had a skier or two be disrespectful. Not to mention they rarely chat on the lift. I don't think I've ever not had a convo with another boarder.|
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