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Old 01-12-2014, 02:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I skied for years, way back in the days of dinosaurs. Snowboarding hadn't been invented -- for that matter neither had anything along the lines of park. You skied the groomers or you were a BC skier, and that was it. It was fun, and more importantly it was the only game in town. Eventually gave it up simply because I couldn't put enough time into it.

25 years later, I tried snowboarding and loved it. I like snowboarding better than skiing, but I like skiing better than nothing. The biggest thing I hate about skiing, as others have mentioned, are the boots. If they could come up with a more comfortable alternative to those torture devices, skiing would do a lot better.

As far as skiers trying snowboarding, I've talked to a lot of skiers who tried it and went back to skis. Mostly seems to be the real advanced skiers who either can't handle or don't want to be going back to the bunny slope to start over.

I occasionally rent skis and go with my wife and daughter, and it's ok. But I'm much more bothered by the fact that they are green-run skiers than by the fact that I'm wearing dual planks. Usually they pack it in partway through the day, at which point I whisper "whoo hooo!" and return my rentals and switch to the board.

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Old 01-12-2014, 02:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I skied back when I was so young I can't even remember doing it. I grew up skating, so of course I chose snowboarding over skiing when I was old enough to decide for myself. Back when I started riding around 1990, there were still quite a few places that didn't even let us on the slopes.

I have always pretty much cringed at the thought of putting on set of skis, but I have been dreaming of taking a split board into some backcountry. So now I do want to try it for that reason, and also just as some kind of challenge or something new to try.

It has been pretty interesting watching both sports progress over the years. For a long time there was definitely very distinct ski and snowboard cultures. Back when I rode park all the time, people would get pissed when a skier would roll through. Now, the sports and cultures are much more intertwined than ever, even if the skiers have been riding some coattails into the freestyle and park world. I think it is pretty crazy that they are even going to have halfpipe skiing as an Olympic sport this year.

I'm not sure how I feel about how everything is now. There was always quite a bit of animosity between skiers and boarders. That seems to have calmed down quite a bit more recently, which is probably a good thing. It is pretty awesome that we have pretty much taken over and became the majority at most places I visit.

I will never again go to snowbird and give them any of my money after going there and finding out they had a whole other side of the mountain that was off limits to us. I can't believe I actually went back there the second time I went to Utah. I had a much better time at Solitude and Brighton anyway, plus the conditions seemed to be way better.
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Steezy skier? is that actually possible.
hehe my thoughts exactly
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Started skiing in the 80's, tried snowboarding in the early 90's and never looked back.

That being said, I did enjoy skiing and can see how it has some advantages over snowboarding. Both are great ways to enjoy the mountain and the debate as to which is best is purely sterile.
I've also witnessed a decreasing ratio of skiers vs snowboarders over the years. There are many articles discussing the fact that snowboarding is dying out and, even though it's a bit exaggerated, there are some generational and technical factors that do explain a trend change.

I also know of more people that went back to skiing after trying snowboarding than vice versa.

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Skiing is awesome.
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:38 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Never skied but go with skiers all the time. I think the only time i've seen a skier with steeze was my grandpa. An old norwegian with extremely long wood telemark skis and he could rip down any slope. If I got more than 7 days of real riding a year then I would probably try it out just out of curiosity but for now I will stick with the coolest sport in the world.
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:51 PM   #17 (permalink)
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First rule of splitboarding. Bring a skier. Happy to have them along for the ride. But yeah, I am having more fun.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:12 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I skied once as a little kid, then my folks split up and I moved to Cocoa Beach, FL, where I grew up surfing. So, many years later when I moved back to New England I figured snowboarding would be a natural fit. In Florida I couldn't even waterski with TWO planks, I also slalomed, even starting out on one ski. I never even considered skiing, although literally everyone I ride with are skiers, including my wife (she took it up a couple of years after I started riding because she was tired of being left alone every weekend). It kind of drives me nuts, because skiers don't seem to understand the inherent differences in the sports, like how much it sucks (and hurts) to have to deal with flat areas, or why I prefer to sit on the outside seats on the lift so I can get the fuck out of their way as their jabbing their poles into my bindings getting off the left. I bitch about skiers more hogging up the trails with there slooow back-n-forth crap more than even skiers bitch about "knuckle draggers." But still, we manage to get along.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:29 PM   #19 (permalink)
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when i was younger, i skiied,

glad i started snowboarding instead...
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:09 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I only skied because in elementary school the class would go on field trips to some of the local hills and they were too freaked out about this new fad called snowboarding and would not let us get board rentals only skis.
I never would have skied if it weren't for that because I used to skate and I just saw snowboarding and the winter version of that.
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