Man, oh man... Why is it that some people have to spend so much time knocking others down? Is it so they can feel big? Or is it that they lack the skills and awareness to be responsible for their own saftey and fun on the hill - and have to take that out on someone else? Whatever the reason, I find the anti-boarder sentiment that routinely pops up here quite disturbing - and disappointing. Whenever the topic of boarding comes up, the "boarders suck" brigade is sure to show up at warp speed. Lots of passion and emotion, but mighty little logic. As was noted in a post above, when you cut out all the emotional noise, skiers and boarders have quite a bit in common.
I guess I can believe that different places are hit by different fads at different times. So I can believe that in some places youthful rebellion manifests itself in some form of kid boarding culture with "teenage attitude". So what? In two years, if the post above is to be believed, all the little rebels will be on tele gear
: Certainly as boarding is taken up by more adults, and as more and more young boarders mature, it will be rather unappealing as a badge of rebellion. Honestly though, at least where I live, I don't even notice this as an issue today. And, in the end, most of the little rebels out there (boarders or not) will be just fine people.
I know many, many adults who board. A number are business owners.Some are corporate executives (or retired execs). In general, you couldn't ask for a better set of citizens to share a hill with. One friend is a very good boarder, good company, great citizen on the hill - and is the mother of a pro boarder.
I often chaperone on school "ski bus". Been doing it for about 4 years. The kids are split about 50/50 between boarders and skiers. They are all fine kids. No major behavior issues regardless of snow sliding weapon of choice. The sample size is small, but accident rates seem similar between the skiers and boarders. So where is the issue?
As for skills, I don't see the hill being damaged by good boarders or good skiers. In fact, I often see boarders displaying a feel for the snow that I hope to achieve some day. On the other hand, I see idiots (I'm not including people just pushing themselves in reasonable ways) of both persuasions putting themselves in jeopardy and trashing good snow. Why pick on boarders? And why claim that their sliding tool of choice limits their ability to have fun?
It seems to me that boarding is here to stay. It may grow or shrink in popularity. But people will be on the hill on boards. Many of my friends board, and I value the ability to spend time on the mountain with them. If I ever get to the point where I'm happy enough witth my skiing, I'll likely dabble in boarding myself.
I just don't understand why anyone here needs to attack boarders as a group. If anything, it just makes all of us look petty.