I just want to make sure I'm choosing the right one by trying both. I only went snowboarding three times so I wasn't great or anything. Problem is, the second time I went out, I got hurt and that made me timid about the sport.
I had a really bad fall the second time going down an actual run, the second time I went out. I caught my edge on a turn while I was going way too fast and fell on my head. After that I was just really afraid. Even when I felt like everything was fine, I kept remembering how easy it was to fall so badly, with no warning. I literally was doing great, turning just fine, then WHAM! I was one the ground tumbling on my head before I realized what was happening. I don't remember falling to the ground it was just one second up, the next second my world was white and black and stars and my head was slamming on the ground and I was tumbling down a mountain.
Skiing just looks like you are more in control. I have had multiple friends who are really experienced riders go out and break bones on their snowboards. I just don't think I am cut out for that.
The first time I was going down the mountain, it was the most free I have ever felt. Everyone else in my lesson could barely stand up but I was just cruising, doing turns and stuff. Then the second time I fell and the next couple times I went I was too afraid to go fast. If I started to pick up speed at all I would just slow myself down. I only went one more time that season after that, and the whole time I couldn't go fast out of fear. It really was a terrible fall. My neck was sore for over a week and I had pounding headaches. I'm convinced that if I hadn't had a helmet on I may have done permanent damage.
I'm hoping skiing is just as fun. My girlfriend skis so I'm trying to justify my terror of falling by saying I 'm switching to skis for her.
It looks to me like even when people are really good at snowboarding, they still fall a ton, and it's a lot harder for them to, say, do a black diamond than it is for a skier. I want to feel great going down a mountain, so if I can do that as a skier and feel safer then I'm going to try for that.
A couple quick questions:
I know that the first thing they teach you is "pizza, french fries." Is this only for beginners so slow themselves down or do experienced riders also use this method? I heard that you actually accelerate on turns when you ski, is this true? If so, how do you slow down?