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Old 03-14-2011, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is it possible to be a true skier and snowboarder?

I'm asking the question because I have been skiing for 10+ years, but I've only taken up snowboarding in the last 4 weeks. I'm absolutely loving it, but after putting on my skis for the first time in a week, I'm starting to pine for it a bit. I'm struggling to make the choice as to wether I ski, or snowboard. I feel like you need to do one...or the other.


Can anyone here ski and board to a successful level? Or did most of you have to make a similar choice?
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Who cares what gets you down the hill as long as you're having fun.
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^^^ Exactly. You're worrying about it too much. Do what ever mows your lawn...
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unbelievably, some people still care whether you ride skis or a board.

typically, i call those people skiers
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quite a few people who live on the mountain do both and do it well. and a few did more snowboarding than skiing, got injured and then moved to skis only because its less stressful on the legs...
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I originally skied then switched to snowboarding. I haven't skied in a while but back then I was intermediate in both at the same time. I just felt that it was a waste of time trying to do both when I could focus on one sport.

But like was stated above it really doesn't matter, as long as your having fun.
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It's very possible to be proficient at both skiing and snowboarding, I've been teaching ski and snowboard this season and enjoy them both. There have been plenty of days that I have skied and snowboarded in the same day, however you get down the hill it's all fun.
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There have been plenty of days that I have skied and snowboarded in the same day.
i do believe this classifies you as a 'snow slut'. good work!
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Who cares what gets you down the hill as long as you're having fun.
This. I've never skied a day in my life, but there are certainly advantages to it. For example, there are several runs that I would do more often if I skied because as it is on a snowboard, conditions have to be pretty much perfect to be able to carry enough speed to make it through some of the flats at the bottom. Even in perfect conditions, it's tough to truly enjoy the run because halfway down you pretty much have to all out point it to be able to carry enough speed to make it across the flats.

I could see myself picking up skiing at some point, but I have to admit that with my knees, skiing scares the shit out of me. My knees are pretty much held together by duck tape and bailing wire already.
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This. I've never skied a day in my life, but there are certainly advantages to it. For example, there are several runs that I would do more often if I skied because as it is on a snowboard, conditions have to be pretty much perfect to be able to carry enough speed to make it through some of the flats at the bottom. Even in perfect conditions, it's tough to truly enjoy the run because halfway down you pretty much have to all out point it to be able to carry enough speed to make it across the flats.

I could see myself picking up skiing at some point, but I have to admit that with my knees, skiing scares the shit out of me. My knees are pretty much held together by duck tape and bailing wire already.
If thats the case don't even bother. I can ski a bit but it kills my knees after a few hours (knee issues from playing sport when I was a kid.) It is fun though and I totally see why people love it. I think if you leave near a hill there is no reason why you can't be good at both.
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