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Old 01-01-2013, 08:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hey NoOtherOptions have you been skiing to any of the mountains in AZ recently?
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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snowboarding isn't for everyone. Case in point: you used to play hockey, so a part of your mind developed to a forward stance. I grew up skateboarding and surfing, so I'm more geared toward a sideways stance (although, I can ski pretty good, too...except in pow). Other than when it comes to spins, I'm definitely always in a surf mode of thought when I'm snowboarding...when I ski, it's more like rollerblade mode.

skiing is definitely still "in" and always will be. Skiing is easier for beginners and older people (there's a club of 80-90 yr olds at my local mtn), plus Skis are better for flatter resorts because you can push with poles and "walk" out of flat spots with the skis still on. Skis are better on steep icy runs because of twice the amount of effective edge. Skis have a much tighter pivot point for lightning quick turns, but I guess you have to be an east coast glades rider or into those tight ass hardpack moguls to really appreciate it (I think the motion looks kind of ugly)...the frequent deep snow and wide spaced trees on the west coast caters to the snowboard.
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The learning curve is different for everybody....
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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A friend of mine just left today, she was visiting from Toronto and she's both a skier (intermediate) and boarder (noob). She left her board in Toronto because she didn't want to slow anybody down or limit herself in the runs she could do at Fernie. Turns out she was bored after a few runs on her skis and was talking about renting a board for the second day. I took her out myself on day 2 and showed her more of the mountain and I think she had a lot more fun, but her gut reaction was still that she found skiing boring and snowboarding more of a challenge.
This is exactly how all my friends were when I taught them how to snowboard. They had all skiied in the past but said snowboarding was much more fun because there is so much more of a challenge. I have never tried skiing, but I have never gotten bored of snowboarding; there's always new stuff to learn.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:53 PM   #15 (permalink)
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"More fun" is purely subjective of course, since one activity is not inherently more fun than the other. I've seen people decide to have a bad time no matter what.

Go with your gut on what set of equipment to buy. If you try to decide by reasoning it out then you'll probably end up wishing you bought the opposite sooner or later.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:15 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Hey NoOtherOptions have you been skiing to any of the mountains in AZ recently?
Yupppp. SnoBowl recently, got dumped on. Will be hitting Sunrise or Snobowl on Sunday depending on the weather.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:56 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Arizona native here! I love riding at Ski Valley on Mt. Lemmon; nothing like a pow day there! The Bowl is where I learned to ride and Sunrise is great, especially over on Apache Peak on the runs like Ronnie's Dream and Suicide. Love going back now and then and riding there!

Not a think wrong with going to skiing if you want but don't completely give up on snowboarding. Go to Snowbowl and lap Aspen over on Hart Prairie for a full day; you will get the hang of it.
I wish Hart Prarie had a little more branching, it's so wide open and flat that I'd think it would get boring quickly for a newbie.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:58 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Hey NoOtherOptions have you been skiing to any of the mountains in AZ recently?
I was at Snowbowl on the 29th and Sunrise 27th and 28th.
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I was at Snowbowl on the 29th and Sunrise 27th and 28th.
How's sunrise? Im debating hitting it Sunday.
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How's sunrise? Im debating hitting it Sunday.
Sunrise was actually REALLY nice. It started snowing when we pulled in and was dumping all day. Awesome POW and had a BLAST!

Ill be back @ Sunrise on the 12/13th and Snowbowl the following weekend.
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