I used to snowboard but I didn't get out much (maybe 10-20 times in total,) and I wasn't very good.
Then I learned to ski. I took it seriously. Bought a seasons pass. Took lessons. It's only my second season and there is always more to learn but I am comfortable almost anywhere on the mountain now (including double black runs.)
The other night, I decided to dust off the snowboard (I haven't used it in years.) The first run was a little rough but I quickly got the hang of it and by the end of the night I think I was doing the hardest stuff that I've ever done on a board (linking turns on an easy black diamond run.) I'm sure my form was a little gross but believe that the skiing helped a lot. In particular I've learned the slightly unnatural habit of keeping weight downhill instead of leaning uphill and I've probably been desensitized to slope steepness.
It got me thinking about choosing the right tool for the job and the benefits of being able to do both:
1) Although an expert on skis can do anything, it seems to me that exploring some steep and constrained areas on the mountain is often easier on a board (especially when those areas have already been scraped into chutes by other boarders!)
2) A board seems like an easier way for a novice to learn about basic tricks in the terrain park.
3) Each sport seems to use different muscles and by learning to do both, you will become a more well-rounded athlete. Closely related (and the reason I dusted off the board,) is that if you have one particular tendon/muscle that is sore or even slightly injured from one sport, you may be able to still get on the hill if you switch to the other sport.
Would anyone refute those three reasons or add any to the list?
Does anyone switch between skis and snowboard on a regular basis?