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So many people that I know have started out as skiers, and spent years doing that. Then after trying snowboarding, they never go back to skiing. I personally have never tried skiing, but it seems that the general consensus is that snowboarding trumps skiing for most people.

I'm not putting down skiing, I'm just wondering if anyone else has noticed this and if you guys have any thoughts! :)
 

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I usually ride if I'm out by myself or with a couple other people that are riding. If I'm with a whole group of friends that are skiing then I'll definitely ski because it's a lot more enjoyable as a group.
 

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I skied a couple of times before snowboarding. it's just different.
to me skiing felt more 2 dimensional. sure you can go fast but it feels like your legs are doing most of the work. snowboarding feels 3 dimensional and more fun.
kinda like riding motorcycle. people who have never ridden motorcycles will never understand why riding motorcycle is just so much fun than driving a car.
 

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I'd rather cut my feet off than put them in a ski boot.
OMG the first time i ever went snowboarding my friend and i rented our equipment, and the guy gave us ski boots and when we tried to strap into our boards we were so confused haha. The boots hurt like hell, I was so glad to get out of them when some instructor came by and told us we had been given the wrong boots lol. So I feel ya!
 

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that's ridiculous. skiing is fine, i have friends who rip on skis and friends who suck at snowboarding and i'd much rather go with the skiers. also depends on the mountain, big white for example has just as many steezy skiers as boarders (i mean riding style not looks). if i hadn't switched to snowboarding because all my friends did it i would be as good as i am now on but on skis and i'd be posting this in some skier forum under a thread 'how much does snowboarding suck'
 

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Not the right forum to get an unbiased answer to that ;)

Just saying; I experience the opposite. Most (> 90%) of the ones I know who did snowboard in the mid 2000 went back to skis/tele
 

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I skied for years, way back in the days of dinosaurs. Snowboarding hadn't been invented -- for that matter neither had anything along the lines of park. You skied the groomers or you were a BC skier, and that was it. It was fun, and more importantly it was the only game in town. Eventually gave it up simply because I couldn't put enough time into it.

25 years later, I tried snowboarding and loved it. I like snowboarding better than skiing, but I like skiing better than nothing. The biggest thing I hate about skiing, as others have mentioned, are the boots. If they could come up with a more comfortable alternative to those torture devices, skiing would do a lot better.

As far as skiers trying snowboarding, I've talked to a lot of skiers who tried it and went back to skis. Mostly seems to be the real advanced skiers who either can't handle or don't want to be going back to the bunny slope to start over.

I occasionally rent skis and go with my wife and daughter, and it's ok. But I'm much more bothered by the fact that they are green-run skiers than by the fact that I'm wearing dual planks. Usually they pack it in partway through the day, at which point I whisper "whoo hooo!" and return my rentals and switch to the board.
 

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I skied back when I was so young I can't even remember doing it. I grew up skating, so of course I chose snowboarding over skiing when I was old enough to decide for myself. Back when I started riding around 1990, there were still quite a few places that didn't even let us on the slopes.

I have always pretty much cringed at the thought of putting on set of skis, but I have been dreaming of taking a split board into some backcountry. So now I do want to try it for that reason, and also just as some kind of challenge or something new to try.

It has been pretty interesting watching both sports progress over the years. For a long time there was definitely very distinct ski and snowboard cultures. Back when I rode park all the time, people would get pissed when a skier would roll through. Now, the sports and cultures are much more intertwined than ever, even if the skiers have been riding some coattails into the freestyle and park world. I think it is pretty crazy that they are even going to have halfpipe skiing as an Olympic sport this year.

I'm not sure how I feel about how everything is now. There was always quite a bit of animosity between skiers and boarders. That seems to have calmed down quite a bit more recently, which is probably a good thing. It is pretty awesome that we have pretty much taken over and became the majority at most places I visit.

I will never again go to snowbird and give them any of my money after going there and finding out they had a whole other side of the mountain that was off limits to us. I can't believe I actually went back there the second time I went to Utah. I had a much better time at Solitude and Brighton anyway, plus the conditions seemed to be way better.
 

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Started skiing in the 80's, tried snowboarding in the early 90's and never looked back.

That being said, I did enjoy skiing and can see how it has some advantages over snowboarding. Both are great ways to enjoy the mountain and the debate as to which is best is purely sterile.
I've also witnessed a decreasing ratio of skiers vs snowboarders over the years. There are many articles discussing the fact that snowboarding is dying out and, even though it's a bit exaggerated, there are some generational and technical factors that do explain a trend change.

I also know of more people that went back to skiing after trying snowboarding than vice versa.
 

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Never skied but go with skiers all the time. I think the only time i've seen a skier with steeze was my grandpa. An old norwegian with extremely long wood telemark skis and he could rip down any slope. If I got more than 7 days of real riding a year then I would probably try it out just out of curiosity but for now I will stick with the coolest sport in the world.
 

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I skied once as a little kid, then my folks split up and I moved to Cocoa Beach, FL, where I grew up surfing. So, many years later when I moved back to New England I figured snowboarding would be a natural fit. In Florida I couldn't even waterski with TWO planks, I also slalomed, even starting out on one ski. I never even considered skiing, although literally everyone I ride with are skiers, including my wife (she took it up a couple of years after I started riding because she was tired of being left alone every weekend). It kind of drives me nuts, because skiers don't seem to understand the inherent differences in the sports, like how much it sucks (and hurts) to have to deal with flat areas, or why I prefer to sit on the outside seats on the lift so I can get the fuck out of their way as their jabbing their poles into my bindings getting off the left. I bitch about skiers more hogging up the trails with there slooow back-n-forth crap more than even skiers bitch about "knuckle draggers." But still, we manage to get along. ;)
 

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I only skied because in elementary school the class would go on field trips to some of the local hills and they were too freaked out about this new fad called snowboarding and would not let us get board rentals only skis.
I never would have skied if it weren't for that because I used to skate and I just saw snowboarding and the winter version of that.
 
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