Here's my two cents...I think that the overall rider population is holding steady, but there is a decrease in snowboarding popularity and an increase in skiing. The core market of snowboarders when it first came out was that 12-20 year olds in the mid 1990's.e. They feel no need to switch to snowboarding after skiing for several years. They are now 28-36, married with kids. I fall into this category. It is nearly impossible to teach a 2 year old how to carve on a snowboard and be able to ride safely. Skis however, offer a little more control for the parent. So, all these guys and gals that were shredding it up on single planks for 15 years are now finding them impractical to take their young children on the hill. The ex-snowboarder's kids get used to skiing, and have plenty of ski options for park us
Its just something that I have noticed with my own experience and with some of my buddies who used to snowboard.
Good point, but not everyone teaches their 2 year old to ski either. They may wait till 4 or 5 or even later.
You are on to something important though, that is most people now know that you will fall like crazy the first day of snowboarding. Skiing, you won't fall nearly as much and will probably make it up a chairlift in the first half day. Many people may just not want to go through the steep early learning curve of snowboarding and choose to get on with skiing instead. At least they won't have to sit down all the time. It's hard to just stand still on a snowboard.