Originally Posted by neiche
~~The big controversy: Skiing vs Snowboarding~~
I'm only 14, and I'm already devoted to skiing. I love it and all of it's aspects in every way. I ski every single weekend of the winter.
Recently, well not really recently, I've been so fed up with people's opinions on the ski vs snowboard thing.
Most popular kids my age will say this: "Dude, skiing is so gay. Snowboarding is so much cooler".
First of all, well I'm not going to get into it, but the whole "that's so gay" thing is so irritating also. But I just don't understand WHY people would think snowboarding is "cooler" than skiing. Maybe if they are really good at it and really enjoy it and maybe have tried skiing and don't like it as much. But most likely that's not the case.
"Two boards are better than one" is what I tend to say.
So yeah, I mean how did the whole "snowboarding is better" thing start?
I'm going to make two lists. One list will be WHY skiing is better than snowboarding. The second life will be MAYBE WHY people think snowboarding is better.
Why skiing is better than snowboarding-On skis, you are more balanced then on a snowboard.
-Doing tricks like spinning(360's, etc) looks so much better than snowboarding tricks.
-You are facing forward down the hill (unless you are going backwards ), whereas snowboarding you are having to look sideways.
-When snowboarders stop, they usually sit on their butts, where we can just stand all the time.
-We can go where ever we want, trees, side trails, etc, where snowboarders are SOMETIMES limited to certain places.
-Supposedly, snowboarding is more dangerous.
Why people think snowboarding is cooler (think)
-They think snowboards can do better jumps.
-...peer pressure..."snowboarding is cooler"
-"Skiing is for nerds". Ick.
now lets all have a discussion and you can add stuff to the list if you want.
Thanks for reading!
Also just vote on the poll for the heck of it.
this arguement is so 90s....
just remember you probably ski on twin tips, or shaped skis, with out snowboarding those type of skis would never exsit...and in alot of ways twin tips started with skiboarders who reliezed that the 100cm ski board were simply not long enough for anything.
I love how sports can have sexual prefence too. Using the term gay make all of you sound like the 14 year old.
Skiing is way easier to start out on but lets be honest here, people get stuck in the intermiedate rut because its very easy to do defensive movement on skis.
Snowboarding is WAY tougher to start on, but once you get the middle level the upper levels are alot easy to abtain.
When I was teen I started snowboarding for more than a couple years, yep that right I snowboarded first. I was ok could do all the slopes at Hidden Valley in skidded turns and hit jumps. IN the end I just didnt like going sideways and having to buckle in each time.
Being a aggro inliner I was very excited when line and salomon started produce ski boards at the time most people were still on long straight non twin tip skis and just tail pushed all the ways down the run. The skiboards could carve and hitting jumps was very easy. Great skiboarders like Mike Nick(great skier now) and Eric Pollard(once snowboarder, now a great skier) and great freeskiers like Shane McConkey and Seth Morrision didnt know it at the time, but in couple years with help from lots of other people who create a totally new part of the sport. Freestyle park skiing...which is the best thing to happen to skiing in the past 10 years.
So if you want to keep hating on snowboarders, skiers, or even skiboarders. Just remember that if one of the above didnt exsit, you equipment wouldnt be the same today. With out skiing, Snowboarding wouldnt of progressed in design as much as it did early. With out snowboarding skiboards, the first truly widely used shaped skis would of never came about(yes at my home mountian more people used these than shaped skis). and for the snobby skier, with out snowboarding and with out skiboarding, you would still all be skiing 205s for everything. Man would that suck.