Well, I've read all of the posts on this subject, which are pro ski-boards and those that are con, and both have put forth many good points. However, though each person is entitled to his/her opinion about all types of equipment,its use and whether the equipment improves your ski technique or not, there appears to be a penchant for some here to bash the opposing person's viewpoint. This is very disappointing to one, who has enjoyed this forum for the last three seasons.
First let's understand that this forum is supposed to be a place to share, exchange, uplift, encourage, support, and possibly to agree to disagree with another person's point of view about any subject put forth. Additionally, this forum is to be a place to expand one's depth of snow sports education, for the most part skiing, hopefully.
However, in so doing I would like to remind those that appear to enjoy bashing the other person's ideas about the subject, to disagree with respect and courtesy for the other person's position. I think we will all learn alot more and, for those of you who wish to continue bashing, I suggest you save the bashing for the bar after skiing, if that's what you need to do.
Now, as far as the current subject is concerned, I am completely pro ski boards as both a training tool and as a fun time to slide on snow. My position is simple and that is, sliding on snow is supposed to be fun. Therefore, it shouldn't matter what type of equipment you're on provided you're enjoying it. For those of us who are snow sports instructors & coaches, we should be open to all types of snow sports equipment, even if we don't participate with the specific equipment in question.
For example,I don't personally snowboard, but I enjoy watching those that do and I think it's a great way to experience snow country. I think that we can all learn from each other's various choices in equipment and thereby increase our overall experience and /or knowledge about it.
Finally, as Technical Director of one of the largest adaptive snowsports schools here in NH, I can tell you that we slide on snow with the most diverse types of equipment that you will ever be on. And guess what, it all works the same whether you're a stand-up skier/rider or a sit-down skier/rider. I can assure you from personal training / coaching experience that the movements don't change from one piece of equipment to another.
So why bash the ski-boarders for having some fun and maybe learning a heck of a lot? As long as I'm sliding down a mountainside on snow I don't care what I'm on as long as it's fun!!!!