Originally Posted by TheIlluminati
I recently turned 18 and for 10 years now i have been snowboarding. I'm not sponsored or anything but i can shred on every hill. The thing is, my whole family skiis and the more i watch dudes shredding through powder on skiis my jaw literally drops. This makes me want to try skiing. However, i don't want to be total garbage when i start. I mean, i'll sacrifice a season or two learning, but after that, i want to tackle powder and black diamonds. I do not want look stupid. Is it too late become good? And by good i mean going down moguls, double blacks and powder.
You are definitely not too young. At 18, there are very few things that you are too young to achieve. Being charged as a juvenile defendant is the only one that comes to mind.
I was a beginner/intermediate snowboarder but had probably been out less than a dozen times. At age 28, I decided to take up skiing. I had the luxury of doing night-skiing at a local hill on a regular basis and also receiving many lessons. By the end of my first year I did some double black diamond runs. I didn't do them very well... but I made it down. I was quite comfortable on all blue runs and was also tackling blacks. On the down side, pushing so hard in my first year caused a muscle or tendon to act up in my ankle and I had to sit out a lot of the end of the season.
I'm in my second season now and I'm feeling pretty good. Greens are boring. I can have a lot of fun on blue runs. Blacks challenge me to improve. I still have to be careful about my ankle but I'm trying out a few exercises to help with that. The nice thing about skiing is that every time I go out I feel like I have a good time and also that I improve and learn.
For me, the primary motivation to switch to skiing was to be able to get into the backcountry. You can use splitboards in the backcountry but I chose skis for a few reasons. I love exploring and I love exercise. Starting at the resort was important but I am now also doing some touring (I have taken avalanche training and have all that equipment.) It's rare to find deep powder at the resort I was skiing at but I have experienced some in the backcountry and I managed fairly well.
Re: "I do not want look stupid."
No offense but the only thing that looks stupid is an 18 year old "boy" who is afraid how he looks to other people on a ski hill. A man who has self confidence won't cringe about sharing the bunny hill with the kids to pick up a new sport. Does this mean that you will never pick up any other sport for the rest of your life? You realize that you will always have bad form when you try to push yourself to learn something new, right? What if you turn 40 and your kid wants to learn hockey. Will you be willing to look like a goof at first so that you can learn the skills required to play hockey with him or will you sit on the sidelines?
Will stuff transition over?
I'm sure some of it will but you will also need to be very careful to not carry over some of your snowboarding practices to skiing. I strongly encourage you to get lessons from someone who is both a qualified snowboard instructor AND and a qualified skiing instructor. They will be able to tell you about the key differences and will be able to notice when you are using form/habits that you picked up while snowboarding that should not be applied to skiing.
0) Do it. If only to help you get over your fear of looking stupid in front of other people.
1) Learn about ACL injuries and how to fall safely to avoid them.
2) Budget some money for lessons and find an instructor with snowboard and ski qualifications.
3) Set reasonable expectations. There are probably some skiing-specific muscles that will just take time to develop.
4) Have fun.