Around here, the "mountains" don't have the most interesting terrain. The skiing and snowboarding is mediocre on these hills, so I was wondering if there was any downhill sport other than skiing/snowboarding that people would recommend. Has anyone ever tried snowblading, ski biking, or anything else? Was it any good?
Skiing/snowboarding alternatives for small hills
Telemark will give you more of a workout and makes short runs feel longer.
Carving skis (short, with lots of sidecut) or a carving snowboard (most snowboards have enough sidecut to allow carving clean arcs, but a narrow board with plate bindings is best suited) can make groomers more fun. Not everyone would be satisfied with carving groomers and It's not my favorite kind of skiing, but I enjoy it.
Teleboard is a fun carving tool that you can use with Telemark boots.
How about snow-paddleboarding? Haven't tried it yet, but I'm hoping to if we get some decent snow (don't think this is something I want to do on the rocky, icy sketch out there now).
Snowboarding with a lurk is highly overrated. Teleboarding on the other hand, is difficult without a pole of some kind. I prefer two ski poles but a lurk designed for Teleboarding is available.