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I didn't even really try switch until I was pretty good, which has made learning it a fairly slow process. Even though I want to master switch, I find myself hesitant to actually do it since riding in my normal direction is so easy and fluid compared with the other. I can maneuver in and out of switch and link turns on blues, but doing any serious riding pretty much results in eating shit at this point for me. Just one of those things you have to force yourself to do.

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QFT The best way to try to get as close as possible to both regular and goofy riding is to learn both as soon as you start to learn to snowboard. I have a friend that didn't know if he was goofy or regular when he was learning so he just learned both parallel to each other and now he literally doesn't have a dominant stance.
That describes my daughter. She couldn't decide which way was more comfortable so she just kept doing both.
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short answer: Yes

long answer: Yes

It just takes practice...
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That describes my daughter. She couldn't decide which way was more comfortable so she just kept doing both.
She'll probably end up being really good at riding then. It just allows you to have so much control and perspective. It may take a little longer to learn cause you're learning double the amount of stuff, but it will definitely pay of when you start to ride park.

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Almost from the start, when I learned to link turns, I started working on switch riding. Now I ride 50-60% switch (goofy is my normal stance) on any given day. Some days on the slopes, I end up the day feeling more comfortable riding switch than regular. But I definitely have to work more on switch to be equally comfortable both ways.

I'd say I'm 90% when riding switch, compared to regular. Note that I'm no expert, just an intermediate. The only times I've found that I favor goofy is if there are narrow, icy and steep cat tracks. Then I'm not as confident that I can make as quick turns as I need, to control/scrub off speed.
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QFT The best way to try to get as close as possible to both regular and goofy riding is to learn both as soon as you start to learn to snowboard. I have a friend that didn't know if he was goofy or regular when he was learning so he just learned both parallel to each other and now he literally doesn't have a dominant stance. It's actually kind of annoying riding with him because each lift ride up you could be sitting on either side of him.
Update... now I'll say I can ride 100% both ways. No dominant stance anymore and just as annoying as Thunder's friend.

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She'll probably end up being really good at riding then. It just allows you to have so much control and perspective. It may take a little longer to learn cause you're learning double the amount of stuff, but it will definitely pay of when you start to ride park.
Follow-up: basketball has displaced snow sports and she only goes snowboarding a handful of times per season now. Sigh...
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Switch vs natural is a really broad brush comparison, and it will always feel slightly different on a directional board. It might be more useful to compare them across specific tasks.

For example, I think my switch riding in bumps and more open trees/glades is actually stronger than my natural right now because I've been specifically working on it (plus, I think the "hooky" turn initiation on a directional board might actually help here). It's a little slower, but more deliberate and with better fundamentals. But my switch ollie sucks, and I tend to air much less often while riding switch. On groomers, most people probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I can ride open steeps switch reasonably well, but I can't make my turns as small as I can natural stance. I'm still not comfortable switch on anything super technical/consequential, like tight trees or narrow chutes.

You'll get good at whatever you practice, so it's not just about time spent riding switch, it's what specific things you're making yourself practice. To be truly equal, you have to make yourself do everything switch that you do natural, and maybe even learn some tasks switch FIRST, then learn it natural afterward.
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I wouldnt try so hard to get as good switch. Its always good to try to improve but it sounds like youre where most people want to be already.

Tennis players could probably benefit from playing at an elite level with their opposite hand...but most all tennis players can only play at a high level with their dominant side. Same goes for boxing or other sports that involve a dominate side. If it were easy to get as good with the opposite side of your body many pros in many sports would train this and use it to their advantage. Boxers do switch it up here and there but if they are getting their ass kicked they get back to their natural stance fast.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan, arguably the most gifted snooker player ever, is better than most playing left handed but he's even better right handed.

Anderson Silver, ditto.

Pele, ditto.

I think it doesn't matter how good you are on your weaker side, its still your weaker side. Unless of course you only ever practice switch and never ride natural but that would be pointless.
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I would say my switch riding is 50% as good as my goofy riding. With practice I am sure I can get it as good.
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