Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
for me mountain biking east coast single track on a sunny day is more fun than the average day skiing.
With mountain biking its trail choice and not trail condition in what makes it a good day. Everyday can be a 'powder day".
Now a skiing powder day is second only to driving a shifter kart IMO. The skiing powder day is closer to a natural feeling, while the shifter kart is just fing insane.
Hmmmm...I used whitewater kayaking for a number of years. The rush is intense, but the stakes are high, too. The incidence of injuries and fatalities is high for a sport with relatively few participants. It has the "natural" feeling of powder skiing. A whitewater boat is half submarine, and face shots are common. The required commitment when you drop into a class IV or V is considerable, since you can't stop just anywhere, and it can take considerable skill to make use of the available stopping points, if any. As a rather mediocre kayaker, I rarely did class V. Fortunately, I never swam in a class V! Or in any of the class IV runs I was fond of, either.
If you think beginning skiers are nervous, consider whitewater kayaking! In skiing, you fall down, stop, get up, collect your gear, etc., taking as long as you want. When you flip in a rapid, you have a major problem, because you can't breath and you can't stop. If you attempt to solve the breathing problem by getting out of the boat, your problems have just begun, because you're still not going to stop, and now your boat weighs 600 lbs, and you have to get it to shore somehow.
I got to the point where I didn't swim very often (very good roll), but it was always sobering when I did. I never made the jump to modern flat-bottomed hard chine playboats. I still own a Dagger RPM.
Don't do whitewater much any more. I've taken up sea kayaking on southern British Columbia's big interior lakes. That has a very "natural" feel, too, but no rush. And I can still roll the sea kayak.
I use in-line skates on occasion, but in-line skating in most of Nelson is insane because the town is glued to a rather steep hillside. Skateboards are popular around here, since you can get off before you kill yourself. I've never seen a pair of in-line skates in Nelson, besides mine.
DH mountain biking is popular around here, too, but I've already broken enough bones, thank you. I do single-track, two-track, rails-to-trails, etc. on my 20-year-old Fisher.
The hiking here is world-class. Period. What can I say? It's British Columbia.
INEPTITUDE - If you can't learn to do something well, learn to enjoy doing it poorly. (With credit to Ashleigh Brilliant)