I learned to ski right before the snowboarding explosion of the lat 80s/early 90s. A majority of my friends switched teams, I did not. I had relatively new gear, why have to sell it/bug mom and dad for new gear??
Plus I have a tendency to go against trendy shit (skiing when snowboarding is cool, skateboarding when fruit booting was cool, both good long run decisions IMHO), I guess intentionally not being trendy is as bad as being trendy, but thats a discussion for another time/place.
My friends gave me hell for it, calling skiing lame when they were on two planks a season before (and loving it), I just didn't get their huge change of heart. I guess being stupid what being 13 is all about. Group mentality while some how still feeling rebellious and "different".
Anywho I've tried it and found it to be a lot of fun. I thought it was very very easy to learn (compared with skiing), but I already had fair amount of skiing and skateboarding experience, so that may have helped.
I've never owned gear, but if free time, extra cash and/or a SAC/WM/TD deal comes up, I may pick some up.
I honestly, once reaching a certain point, find the sensations to be all that much different. The first few times it was, just learning the technique, but once I could get down the hill with some ok turns, it really didn't feel much different than skiing.
I will sometimes steer newbies who ask about ski vs. board to one plank,as the gear is cheaper, the boots are less of a hassle and its easier to learn. Others I steer towards skiing, it really depends on the situation. In my book its all the same sport, not much different than 29" vs 26" in the MTB world. If my snowboarding friends and I can enjoy the same day on a hill together its all the same thing. Except they can usually destroy me in the deep stuff.
Originally Posted by JDoyal
I sell both ski and snowboard gear, so I feel I NEED to be able to board, otherwise I am no better than the guy at Dick's who sell boards one minute and fly rods the next.
Sales people like you are what our sport needs... See threads about boards and skis in the same shop and how to retain new skies.... We need informed people like you to help people pick their choice of snow sliding planks.