Corollary question: How hard is it to learn switch with a directional board?
Last season I worked on riding switch but never quite got comfortable. I only have directional freeride, all mountain, and pow boards and don't plan to buy a twin tip just to learn this one skill on.
As Snowwolf says this makes it inherently harder to learn switch. Both my boards are also directional freeride.
I can center the bindings but the flex and side cut are not twin so it is much harder to control at speed.
I would say up to 70% of top speed its fine, but then you really start to notice the tail is softer (because its the nose) and its easy to wash out.
I am also not really wanting to buy a twin so I spend one day of a 3 day trip in switch (I am goofy so regular).
I set up my bindings that way so if I ride goofy I am at a disadvantage and can maximize my ability and thus speed of learning switch.
Guess if I really want to get as good both ways I should be spending 2 days switch and 1 goofy.
I just enjoy riding both ways and really find it uses my whole body better. It also gives you the freedom to freestyle the the whole mountain in more ways.
I also agree with others that the best way to get good with switch is as soon as you have something down in your regular stance to start doing it in switch. I was riding switch from the beginning as soon as I had basic linked turns in goofy I started trying it the other way.
Do teachers recommend this?
I know its not for everyone, but it does seem a god idea to me. Again in football (soccer) we do just that. Get it down on the dominant foot and as soon as that is fairly OK its time to learn how to do it with your other foot.
People who don't do that early on often have a huge difference in skill level on one side.