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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-30-2008, 11:28 AM
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Thumbs up A new "switcher" on the forum ...

Hello: My name is Jeanie and I am 25. I have only been boarding for 2 years now, but I am addicted. I am (what some have called me) "a switcher" because I originally rode and learned on skis, but then when I tried snowboarding, I have not looked back. I am late to the game on snowboarding, but better late then never.

I moved to Telluride, CO in May and I am working here through the winter. I am mostly a ski rental and tech employee at a local shop here, but I don't think that will stop me from being able to shred the gnar! I like fiddling with gear and playing with tools, so I am sure I am going to have fun as a ski tech too.

I also like to mountain bike, cyclo cross bike, swim (competitively), surf, scuba dive, boulder, hike and backpack when I am not snowboarding. On the off season, I am a swim and scuba diving instructor ... along with guiding outdoor excursions.

Hope you all have a nice winter season (when the snow arrives) and enjoy the slopes!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-30-2008, 11:36 AM
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Not bad getting stuck in T-Ride. One of only a few resorts I haven't had a chance to visit in Colorado. Looks fantastic and the San Juans are amazing. Welcome to the forum.
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Thank you. Nice to meet you.
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-30-2008, 11:58 AM
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Thank you. A few people have been calling me a "switcher" in terms of trading skis in for a snowboard.

A "switcher" is also more commonly used when a person switches from using a PC to a Mac ... still I think it works.
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:wave:

I guess you can call me a "switcher" too... I skiied for about 6 years before trying the sideways slide 2 years ago, and I'll never look back.

Skiing came pretty easy to me, cuz I was really into rollerblading, but my recent addiction to snowboarding makes me wish I'd learned to skateboard before trying it through the snow...haha.

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Ok...No one please get mad at me or try yo kick my ass. But I've never Ski'd, I started boarding and been there since for going now on my 3rd year. My GF asked me last year if I wanted to try sking or take a lesson, I told her "not really" but I am curious to see what it's like, should I do it?and what if i like it more than boarding?..Oh god what am I saying?
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Im actually more concerned with my GF liking to ski than riding. Here riding skill's are not the best and if she ski's and take's to it, I can see myself buying all new equiptment which would suck for me.Trust me I love Snowboarding to much (addicted even) to take up skiing. But like I said my GF might like it and that would suck..Well i can alway's find another GF. lol
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I guess I'm a "switcher" too, both PC to Mac and Skis to snowboard. I spent many years skiing and from my experience switching, not much translates from skis to snowboard. I was looking for a challenge and thought "I might give snowboarding a try." I don't think I'll go back. Having said that, it's worth giving skis a go, if for no other reason than to say you have. After snowboarding, having two planks strapped to rigid boots, plus the poles, will seem like excess baggage.

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Arrow Yes you should try skiing!

I would definitely TRY skiing. From my experience, the learning curve is shorter.
Although, I do agree skiing has so much more stuff that it can get in the way of riding than a board. There are 4 edges on a ski instead of just two on the board. I'm a surfer too, so boarding seems more natural than surfing (but in surfing, your stronger foot is in the back of the board instead of the front).

If you are hesitant about trying skiing, think of it this way: skiers won't give you as hard of a time because you can say you tried skiing ... and if it is still not your thing, no big deal. If you end up still sticking with a board, hopefully your GF won't mind.

In addition, I know snowboarding is my winter sport of choice because the alternative (skiing) does not give me a rush as much as boarding.
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i have never known a rider switch to skis

but i have known many to ditch the sticks in favour of the sideways slide.

it is only natural.

Just coz you don't understand it
Doesn't mean it makes no sense!
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