I started snowboarding in 1985 on the east coast when only Stratton and Alpine Mountain (in PA and ahead of their time) allowed it. Literally, me and my friends were the only guys on the mountain that first year. My first year I had a Snowtech with no edges and only steel fins on the back. And I snowboarded all the way up to age 39 when I decided to go back to skiing which is what I originally learned how to do as a kid and was very good at age 16 when I switched.
I switched to snowboarding b/c #1 I surfed and #2 it was "cool" and "different" at the time. I switched back to skiing b/c #1 I wanted a change, #2 I was tired of kicking around and strapping in and out and #3 my daughter started to ski at age 4.
Both sports are great but it is true that you look at the mountain differently on either.
Also, there is NO WAY skiing would be where it is at today without the influence of snowboarding and Jake Burton.
Today I carve and ski more like I used to snowboard then I did back in the day skiing. Now I am 42 skiing 179s and carving my ass off and that has everything to do with people seeing what we were doing on the snow back then and being forced to progress the sport of skiing. Also, snowboarding in powder back then blew away any feeling you could get on skis but, once again, skiing caught up and now the float you get on rockered powder boards rivals snowboarding if not surpasses it - particularly on super steep.