Frankly, Lars, boarding has certainly helped the "bottom line" of the ski areas, which is not a bad thing for skiers. However, if that factor were to be eliminated, the presence of boarding on ski slopes has NOT improved the sport of skiing. It's here to stay, so both accomodation and control are legitimate topics for dicussion. However, I would be a happier camper at an area where boarding was not present, whether by happenstance or by fiat. Of course in all fairness to the rest of the world, I'd also ban adolescence if I could - these kids are SO much more tolerable when they're past that! At least, that's my paternal experiene. So maybe I'd feel differently about boarding when the boarders are past the "adolesence" of their development. As a skier, I'll confess, I still have raging hormones and not as much control as I wish.