is someone talking about me "hating" snowboarders. no , they honestly don't bother me whatsoever. I have just been carefully noticing that while skiing snowbird esp every year, that "where are the boarders" where I ski. I have been asking this question the last few years since I first observed this phenomena, until then I thought maybe i was missing out or maybe too old to learn a new trick.
They don't go down the bumps, too much, except sideways, oh gosh I know there are a few super experts out there that can do everything I can and then some. but i'm just talking the gross averages here.
Sure they can do groomers and single flat blacks as good as anyone. But when i see them in the chutes, the very steep parts of Snowbird, when I ride up Little Cloud lift and look who's and how they are coming down the bowl. I just don't see them, and that is an observation, sure there are tons of them hanging out at the lodge, and in the mainstream traffic areas.
It has nothing to do with hate, whatsoever. I would never dream of skiing Alta or Deer Valley just to be "away" from boarders, like I said they really don't and can't ski(for the most part) where I do.
Now saying that, of course if we have a good 6-10" of fresh on Little Cloud etc, they will now able to ski down and if I lived out west for sure I would board in those conditions, cause it looks like fun.
Look for yourself. This wouldn't hold at places like Killington, full of trendy easterners. go where the REAL skiers go and see for yourself. I'm no super expert or anything. Just a regular "observant" mid 40's "sport" who is very physically fit guy who has been skiing 35 years and who can see for himself.
Why would i want to lock myself into a dumb big board, that i can't even walk with, clumsy, FOR SURE when i do I have less terrain that I can ski(no moguls, or not like a "real" mogul" skier would, dangerous in all the tight corners etc etc. Sorry for the news...