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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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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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