Well, all I can say is that boarding is changing the snow conditions on the slope. Watch closely how trails are snowboarded, and you'll see what a board does to the surface. Regardless of what the image is of either a boarder or skier, the board works the snow differently. These are different times. And if you ski small resorts, and on trail, you'll have to deal with it. I'm convinced that only large resorts with deep snowpack can at least cope with the change in the surface. *Very* few boarders can carve a nice line. It must be very difficult on a board to do so.
|Originally posted by Charlie Crabb:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Lisamarie:
Is this the image most people have of skiers?
</font>[/quote]This post makes me very sad. The whole point of this discussion as I see it is us skiers being upset that we are still portrayed as stuck up toffs. you then come back with a completely unfounded remark about snowboarders changing the snow conditions. Really wake up. The whole problem with stereo types is that they work both ways. You say very few snowboarders can carve a nice line, well next time you are on the chairlift take a look at the skiers below you, if you see more than 20 "carving a nice line" in a day I would be pretty impressed. Take a step back for a minute and remember where the nice carving skis that allow skiers who weren't thrown down a race course at three years old come from. From snowboards with nice depp sidecuts.
Snowboarders certainly don't have any more effect on the snow than your average "I think I am carving skier".
I am as annoyed as you when you see a snowboarder sideslip down a powder run but c'est la vie. Have you seen what a determined group of intermediate skiers can do to a mogul run.
If I have misinterpreted your comments I apologise but if not try not to be so small minded, that is what got the snow riding comunity into this position in the first place.