Originally Posted by freeskinow
OK, maybe I'm wrong. So, you are saying that snowboarders are less responsible than skiers. Sorry I'm putting words in your mouth. If it's not the equipment then why so many problems with boarders?
And Lloyd, I don't mean to pi$$ you off. And I may not know a lot. But there ARE way more problems with boarders crashing into others than skiers. I don't think it's because they are less moral or people who don't care. I think:
IT IS THE EQUIPTMENT!
The way I see it is this (and yes, this topic has been beaten to death):
1. Not all snowboarders are bad/reckless/jerks, etc just like not all skiers are in control, nice, etc
2. Snowboarding DOES seem to attract a higher proportion of the thug/punk/lowlife demographics than skiing does, for whatever reason. Especially around major urban centers.
3. I think more snowboarders are self-taught or taught by friends than skiers are. I've got a bunch of friends who are snowboarders, and while they're all great guys, not one of them has ever taken a lesson. They're OK at it, but could definitely use a few lessons to improve technique and stay more in control on tougher terrain.
4. As for the equipment, I have no idea whether snowboards are more dangerous than skis, but not being able to separate your feet does seem to restrict options. Just an observation, have no idea whether its true.
Bottom line is, riding a snowboard doesn't instantaniously make someone an A$$hole or make them out of control. I think people mistake that for the simple fact that more jerks/idiots are attracted to snowboarding for some mysterious socio-cultural reason. I'm not a snow-sports sociologist so I'm not going to guess why. Are there punk skiers? You betcha, just less of them, and the skis didn't cause that. Its just not as many thugs were attracted to skiing. Are there skiers who careen down the hill on their heels having never taken a lesson? Plenty, but definitely more snowboarders, as the learning curve starts steeper but levels out quicker than skiing.