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Effect of rise in snowboarding on ski instruction

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Wondering if/how YOUR business has been affected by the growth in snowboarding. Would it be a fair assumption that those who are teaching those new to snowsliding are most affected, as more newbies are hopping on one rather than two boards?
Do you know ski instructors who decided to learn to board in order to keep pace with the change? If the current growth trends continue, how might ski instruction adapt? Is there "tension" at your hill between ski instructors and the snowboard instructors. Have you noticed any residual effect on the "vibe" of the hill as a result of an increased portion of the vibe-makers being on snowboards?
Et cetera.
If this post gets much response, it's my hope the feedback will sidestep the temptation toward "boader bashing." I'm more curious about the cold, hard facts, how you've assimilated them, and your own take - if you're willing - to forecast where it's going.

EDIT: footnote...

[ August 19, 2002, 10:51 AM: Message edited by: ryan ]
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Most of the conflict I see is based on ignorance and attitude.

The vast majority of boarders have never taken a formal lesson and are ignorant of all of those "rules of the road" that are usually presented in the first lesson. To a big degree it's really not their fault, since they weren't told what the rules were before they started playing. Ski resorts make attempts with varying degrees of success to post the rules, but the attention of the rider is usually focused on the white stuff. Add to that a young punk (I won't get into the state of youth today) with a bad attitude in front of his "posse", and his rebel facade reflects poorly on the rest of the boarders.

However, most skiers are unaware of a boarder's blind side, and will blame the boarder for something that was the skier's fault. There are also more than a few "ski snobs" out there that seek every opportunity to find fault with borders and confront them with their transgressions. These incidents generally get repeated and inflated as they get passed along, until the boarders view every skier as an adversary.

One solution- If you notice anyone not following the code, TACTFULLY point it out to them and explain why the rule is that way in the first place. If you see them repeat it, ignorance can be ruled out and you can point it out to a patroller.

Another solution- Ski with a boarder. As long as there is a segregation of skiers and boarders on the hill, the understanding between the two groups will be minimal. In addition, it's amazing how much a positive role model will affect how someone views the mountain.

As for attitude, well, that's more of a social issue...

I've skied a lot with boarders the past few years, and I've always admired their abilities in powder. They, in turn, generally find my speed potential and carving ability to be drool-worthy. Different strokes.
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