Originally Posted by Simplemind
This 61 yr. old took up skiing 3 years ago
:. My 10 yr. old son had a lot to do with that! Had/have difficulty with the fear factor and for some bio-mechanical reasons (bowed tibia's) could just not get those skis to work well. So I took to snowboarding the next season, and for similar reasons (fear) could only progress to linking on greens. Two weeks ago, took a pretty hard backside fall (yes, wore a helmet) that left me toast for the remainder of the day. I'm back to skiing.
What is interesting though, my son, who can now do everything on the mountain on a snowboard, wants to ski. Seems there is a resurgence in the sticks, and when we were at Copper a few weeks ago they had the X-games Super-pipe going on and I think there were more contestants on skis than snowboards. Was that my imagination
Go Rusty, you da Mon! (I'm really envious)
Way more skiers here at Les Arcs than boarders, even among the younger guys and at the park...locals say boarding peaked a few years ago and has been declining.
Myself, I started boarding when I lived in Vegas ('94) because the local mountain 45 minutes away did not seem to be enough of a challenge to ski...perfect place to learn to board which I did for 3 years before moving to Florida and not touching snow for 3 years.
Enjoyed boarding for many of the reasons listed above including making a boring hill fun, being able to hang with less skilled riders and the chance to make rapid progression. Main downside for me is that boarding falls seem harder and more sudden when I catch an edge...can go many days without falling skiing, but not there yet on a board.
In '00 at Copper, CO went back to skiing after a 6 year absense and have only been on a board a handful of times since. Planned to mix boarding and skiing this year, but have enjoyed the skiing enough so far not to bother renting (or buying) a board. New shaped skis have definitely allowed for progression in a sport I thought I had plateaued out in.