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Old 01-20-2014, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Snowboarding vs skiing - do you go back?

I just wanted to see what others' background have been on this subject.

I started out learning to ski 6 years ago. Skied for 2 seasons and never could get past a blue hill and it was really difficult on my knees, calves and ankles and just feared going down the blue runs let alone progressing to the diamond runs. And I was NOT having much fun - the blue hills just stressed me out to no end!

After the first year we were skiing my husband wanted to try snowboarding. He tried and tried without any lessons, etc. but he still liked it. I videotaped all his learning process. After his first year he said you know, you can go down ANY hill on a snowboard, even if you just heelside, you CAN get down a run. Well, that did it for me, I was willing to try anything to get down a blue run which just stressed me out on skis. I also had READ online that a lot of skiers switched to snowboarding when they got older as it was easier on their bodies. Well, that did it for me - hoping my thighs and knee pain would not be as brutal on a snowboard. Not to mention getting out of those fricking ski boots!

I watched several videos online and then went and learned on my own as being older I didn't want to hold up any class, etc. So, I started heelside, falling leaf heelside, toeside, garlands, j-turns, c-turns and linking turns. I had my falls but after going down my first blue run linking my turns in control, I really loved it!

Fast forward this is the start of my fourth season (on the snowboard - not having skied since I started to learn to snowboard). This past weekend I had a wild hair and wanted to bring the skis back up and try them. For some reason, I thought that after learning to snowboard that I had somehow turned into Lindsey Vonn on skis! Well, unfortunately I'm not Lindsey! lol As soon as we started down the run I was laughing to my husband saying OMG I HATE THIS!!! What was I thinking???? Neither of us were having fun. After one run, we went back and got the snowboards and decided NEVER AGAIN ON SKIS! What's funny is I missed the poles when I started snowboarding - this past weekend I could wait to get those poles off my wrists! lol

My right (back) knee (ride regular) does swell up after snowboarding for 2-3 days each weekend, but I stretch it out and it is not near as painful as skiing. It does not hinder my riding at all - just the swelling when we get home.

While talking to several people on the chair lifts and the benches one guy said he used to ski and only snowboards now, but that his wife skied, tried snowboarding for a few years but went back to skiing.

I'm wondering why anyone who knew how to snowboard would WANT to go back to skiing. I'm thinking that maybe she just never progressed on the snowboard and then gave it up.

Does anyone on the board have friends or relatives who can relate and I just wondered why anyone would go back to skiing after learning to snowboard.


I learned to snowboard at 50! woo hoo!

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Old 01-20-2014, 02:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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for someone they just dont like being strapped in. and a lot of people can't get over the initial falling period.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can relate, after breaking my wrist last year I dug out my skis. I went down one run and decided skiing just aint for me anymore.
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I know alot of people that do both and are very good at both. I know snowboarders that go to ski as a different challenge. I know more skiers that swap to snowboard and stick with it though.

I only ski uphill. thought about getting an AT setup but decided I'd be passed if I skinned up to the top of a nice line and didn't have the ability to ski down.... Splitboard won that battle.

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Old 01-20-2014, 03:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Skiing - Easier to learn, more effective tool to get down the mountain, especially in less than ideal conditions. Much higher risk of ligament injury.

Snowboarding - Rough first few days, lower risk of injury to knees, more effective carving tool because more pressure distributed over the edge as opposed to a single point.

Both - Fun, Lifetime learning curve, about as dangerous as you make them.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I only ski when I'm with my grandsons, easier to get on/off the chairlift, except I freaking hate snowplowing behind my three year old
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I like to tele ski from time to time. It's actually not too hard for a snowboarder to pick up. Just be sure you're learning from someone competent so you don't start with bad habits. It looks awesome when done correctly.
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I actually do both now. Almost 50/50.

I grew up skiing and then switched to snowboarding in my early twenties and snowboarded for the last ten years exclusively. Then the kids got old enough and I decided they should learn how to ski first when they are young. Of course, I couldn't teach them on a snowboard so I wound up buying modern skis and giving it another go.

I find skiing fun only because I spend my entire day trying to do snowboard-like carves. I like skiing better on a hard / icy day and find it a bit easier on the body since you aren't sitting or kneeling down and strapping in all the time. Plus you can go real fast.

But if there is any powder, I'm still on a board...
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I learned to ski in '86 when I was 8 years old. First snowboarded in '90. The first weekend I switched back to skis after a few runs on both days, but then 2 weeks later I came back, was able to do it, and never put on skis again.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I would probably put on skis once awhile just for shits and giggles. learned on skis just never really liked it somehow.
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