Originally Posted by freeskinow
I'm sure you are a great boarder. I too will always stop to help someone in need of help. There are many great boarders on the mountain. But there are many, many not so great baorders who are not concerned about control and safety.
The blind spot is another story.
I agree that when a snowboarder is straightlining, and the board is flat, control is poor. Maybe this is why there 'seems' to be so many bumps on the hill.
A ski is also less reactive when flat, but there are two and the ski is narrower. A skier straightlining today usually stands on an edge making it quicker.
Hey, there are plenty of skiers who aren't concerned about control and safety. Just look for Texans on Colorado slopes
Learning to lay your board flat is hard, it's something now that I have no problem with. The extra .0001 of a sec it takes me to get on edge from that position, is something I just don't notice anymore. Again, level of experience makes a difference here. Not sure what you are driving at with the "bumps" comment.
I really think that 99% of the problems people have with boarders and skiers is that those groups are being jerks or idiots. I've had confrontations with plenty of both. For skiers, especially those of you who seem to have problems with changes (though it seems everyone likes those shaped ski's, thanks to snowboarding) if it is a confrontation with a boarder, it really sticks in your head. Yet, similar incident with a skier, it's blown off.
We have talked about inherently dangerous, but how many skiers have died on the east coast this year hitting trees and such? Many more than boarders. Far outweighing any sort of per 1000 skier/boarder day stat. Even here in Colorado, all of the on slope collisions resulting in death have been skiers. That sort of stuff is what makes this a bogus argument. Control is the issue for all of these deaths. Both sports are dangerous and both can kill.