<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by AltaSkier:'seats, you trying to start something? 'cause it already been brought!
Start something? ...no, I don't mean to... unless it's a discourse on the merits of using the 'right' tool for the job. I've tried bringing this up before but people always seem to bring it back to the 'us vs. them' snowboard controversy... i dunno, maybe it's a gear issue
I'm a skier thru 'n thru. But watch'n boarders since the late 80's 'surf' the snow rather than plow though it has always intrigued me. Even less advanced snowboarders seem much more graceful than experienced powder skiers. They just float on top and display very little of the bouncy, up/down porpoising of skiers. They take a straigther line with very aesthetic arcs devoid of speed shimies; they can bleed off speed easily by digging in the tail or stalling their forward momentum into the infamous power-slide. And they throw up a spectacular rooster-tail spray like a good slalom waterskier on a glassy day. Very pretty to watch... graceful.
But most importantly, in contrast to their 'hatchet-job' style in moguls and ice, snowboards go with powder like a hammer for nails; black 'n white film for Ansel Adams; or reverb for Pink Floyd. It's no coincidence that powder skis are looking more 'n more like snowboards every year.
I ain't hangin up my fat skis, but boarding does have a place in my heart - on a powder day.
... course, philth does have a point about traversing.