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Yep, it's official now...yahoo said so!

Snowboardings just not the craze it was when I was learning to ski, so I'm not shocked at the numbers. It'll die a slow death, then makes a comeback when I'm 80 years old, then ill tell my grand kids all about how it all began....
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These things are cyclical. Just as long as people keep coming to the mountain, I am fine with it. The other thing I'm seeing first hand is a lot of boarders having an interest in trying to ski after years of boarding. It's all good!
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I was just reading this at work.  It makes sense, I boarded for 8 years and now I ski.  Just as much fun, but i find it a lot more enjoyable.

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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post

Just as long as people keep coming to the mountain, I am fine with it. 

Or don't come. Either way. 


I'm starting to notice a lot of my cronies who board are occasionally strapping on skis now, or some who boarded are going back to skiing full time. There's definitely some slippage there; most of them tell me it's age-related. 

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I skied for a lot of years then switched to the board when my kids were old enough to go. My wife just went back to skis. I like them both. Ill probably go back to skis after a few years but hitting terrain parks on a board is fun.  I find it a lot more fun to be good at both.

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 most of them tell me it's age-related. 

Age related, as in skiing is more "mature"?  Or, as in skiing is easier on the knees, etc for the "older" folks?

 

I was under the impression that boarding is easier on the body, but I could be completely wrong.  Anyone who does both can comment?

post #8 of 15
The economy has to have a little to do with it. A lot of the snowboarding demographic are young and still being supported to some extent by Mom and Dad. If Mom and Dad are strapped for cash, and Son or Daughter are having to rely more upon their own finances, guess who's not taking a snowboarding trip with friends this season. I think this same scenario could also be a contributor to the decline in new snowboarders. Obviously it's a myriad of things that are affecting these statistics, but I think my theory is a worthy one.
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"Sales of snowboards and snowboard equipment have slipped 21% over the last four years, while sales of skis have climbed 3% in the same period, according to SnowSports Industries America" - perhaps snowboards are better quality and do not need to be replaced as frequently as skis.

 

As Gunnerbob mentioned, I thought that snowboarding was easier on the knees?  I've never tried it, but it has been strongly suggested to me numerous times post ACL.

post #10 of 15

I have an alternate thought. Maybe snowboarders haven't bought into (or are less susceptible) to marketing pitches that you need a different board for different conditions. It looks like ski companies and magazines are trying to convince skiiers that they need a minimum of three skis in their quiver for every possible condition you encounter. Notice that the article says that ski sales are up 3% which does not necessarily translate to number of skiiers being up 3%.

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Snowboarding is easier on the knees.  But, harder on some parts of the upper body.  As regards knees, skiing is sort of like smoking, fun but a lot of people wouldn't do it if they had to pay upfront with ACL rehab.

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Gotta love the stock photo in that Yahoo! article.  Where do they dig up those things? 

 

Snowboarding is easier on the knees but harder on wrists and ankles.  Falling is usually more sudden and dramatic , and it's also a bigger workout than skiing.

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The two biggest and most outnumbering injuries I see with snow boards are wrist injuries and tailbone or other rear end injuries. As folks get older, I'm thinking they like the break away aspects of ski bindings. Also as you get older, it's harder to get up from a board fall than it is to pop out of your skis and get up than to get back up with your board on. I also think the skate board generation is now in there 40's so getting older can be a bitch!
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A few observations of the article, which I think is generally poor reporting.

 

 

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the number of days that snowboarders go to resorts has fallen from 7.6 days a year 15 years ago to around 6.1 days per year today. Skiing, on the other hand (or foot?), has remained at around 5.5 days per year for the past few years.

 

So skiing is "heating up" when the average skier gets less days in than the boarder and the average hasn't increased. Um the facts cited do NOT support the conclusion. I wouldn't be too surprised to find that skiing was gaining over boarding, and I think it is fairly irrelevant to the key figures of how many people ski AND board and how many times they do it- those are the numbers that will determine whether the mountains in operation today will be in operation in a decade.

 

 

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"Sales of snowboards and snowboard equipment have slipped 21% over the last four years, while sales of skis have climbed 3% in the same period, according to SnowSports Industries America." Part of that is due to new ski designs that make skiing easier to pick up and enjoy.

 

I think that is an understatement. Skis have seen a game changing revolution and a giant improvement in versatility where many fat skis will offer better hard snow performance than 75-80 waisted skis of last generation. Never mind the huge growth market of backcountry and AT setups. I view snowboarding tech as much more settled, mainly because a lot of the design ideas incorporated in skis these days started in snowboards, and it is my neophyte understanding that even a hard snow oriented board will be pretty decent in powder (I have a snowboard, but I am strictly bunny hill with it). Thus, not a real push for a snowboarder to replace his 4 year old board, while a set of 2008 Apache Recons just looks ancient in my eyes now.

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Maybe it has to do with traversing...
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