From what I've read, seen and been told, snowboarding is hard on the butt and on the wrists. The butt punishment hurts but usually doesn't incapacitate, but the wrists I can't afford to risk. I've broken my right hand in a horseback riding incident, and my left wrist [smashed to shards] in a rollerblading incident. In each case, the impact on my ability to handle books, files and computers was severely compromised [meaning my capacity for serving my clients and producing income was affected], so, I will not risk snowboarding. Yes, there are wrist guards, but they didn't work when I broke my left wrist. Besides, I just love skiing too much, and I prefer to slide downhill facing the direction in which I'm travelling. There are lots of things I enjoy or might enjoy if I tried them; but there's only so much time available, and I prefer to use it for skiing, tennis, working out and, occasionally, hiking and biking.