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post #31 of 51
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Originally Posted by SkiingPilot View Post





I hate that so much!! I go to the mountain to enjoy the day, but when I get there all I see is snowboarders sitting on the side of the trails and sliding down on their bums saying how snowboarding is better than skiing. Wheres the point in that?

If someone where to believe in conspiracies, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think that snowboarding was invented as a testing lab for pants and gloves. 
 

post #32 of 51

oh. my. god. 

 

Single-sport skiers and boarders definitely have one thing in common: 

 

They both massively exaggerate every possible less-than-perfect stereotype of the other sport. be it stepping in, painful traversing, less-than-stellar mogul performance... or wedging down a single green before going in for a drink, wearing tight neon one-pieces, or "knee damage".

 

It's safe to say that most skiers who "don't like" snowboarding probably stink at it. (Though they may not know it.)

And most snowboarders who "don't like" skiing probably stink at it.  (Though they may not know it.)

 

And most people who don't like either sport just plain stink. 

 

post #33 of 51
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Originally Posted by TahoeBoy View Post

I tend to snowboard more in the backcountry using my snowmobile, because the boots are so much easier to ride in. Besides, anything except powder is only marginally fun on a board.


 

That sounds fun. I assume you snowmobile up and ski/board down... but how do you snowmobile back up again if your rig's at the top of the hill still? Do you have a co-pilot to do the shuttling?

post #34 of 51

I ski because it works much better than a snowboard.

post #35 of 51

I suppose the reason why I ski, because I'm not a manatee.

 

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post #36 of 51
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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post

oh. my. god. 

 

Single-sport skiers and boarders definitely have one thing in common: 

 

They both massively exaggerate every possible less-than-perfect stereotype of the other sport. be it stepping in, painful traversing, less-than-stellar mogul performance... or wedging down a single green before going in for a drink, wearing tight neon one-pieces, or "knee damage".

 

It's safe to say that most skiers who "don't like" snowboarding probably stink at it. (Though they may not know it.)

And most snowboarders who "don't like" skiing probably stink at it.  (Though they may not know it.)

 

And most people who don't like either sport just plain stink. 

 


I snowboarded for years before ever skiing. I am not awesome at it but I can make link almost carved turns groomed black and can board in the woods with powder. So stink compared to skiing? I guess but stink? Id say no.

post #37 of 51

I ski because it's what I've always done, and I love it to boot. I don't think I could ever use a ski vacation to learn to snowboard.

post #38 of 51

It's only the crappy snowboarders that still make fun of skiers.  The good riders on both sides know better.

post #39 of 51

'cause I'm not a bitch.

 

I honestly I ski because I have my whole life. Everyone who I ski with boards and are park rats and in that area boarding is appealing. Rails are so much easier but you still get so much more respect for being on skis.

post #40 of 51

I do both, but I'm much better at skiing.  Lack of mobility is snowboarding's biggest drawback.  

post #41 of 51

At Mt. Baker the snowboard is king.  However, I've noticed a new tendency toward skis by the young.  More and more the "core" folks are riding two planks instead of one.

 

I ski but don't board.  Learning to board looks like a lot of work and falling.  I am now at the time of life when I don't bounce anymore, I just crack, snap, and pop, so I will stick with the sticks.

post #42 of 51


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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post




 

That sounds fun. I assume you snowmobile up and ski/board down... but how do you snowmobile back up again if your rig's at the top of the hill still? Do you have a co-pilot to do the shuttling?

 

Either tandem (two people on a sled) or ghost ride it down if the terrain is appropriate.

 

If people think that you can't ride extreme terrain on a snowboard, you might want to checkout two fellows named Jeremy Jones and Xavier Delereu. Xavier's segment in this year's movie "The Storming" (Standard Films) is some of the fastest big mountain riding I've seen.

 

As for me, tried snowboarding once or twice, but dicking around on the bunny hill learning was a waste of time.

 

post #43 of 51

Like many... I've skied my whole life.    Tried the snowboard thing when it became big... did a few lessons and did a few days out on the board. 

I thought it was fun...and i loved the comfort of the boots... but (there's always a but right?)

1. Didn't like how green slopes were now blacks for me

2. Didn't like how much i was falling down (i don't fall on skis that often)

3. Didn't like that I was nervous of hurting myself or others (that whole stopping thing troubled me)

4. I freaked when anyone got near me going fast (i felt like a geezer thinking "SLOW DOWN YOU YOUNG WHIPPERSNAPPERS!")

5. That whole getting on and off the lift thing

6. Didn't like that my board wouldn't come off when I wiped out.

 

I think that was it. 

I respect boarders just like I respect all on the mountain when they ski/board under control and within their ability. 

 

I tried surfing as an adult...and while i loved the feeling of catching a wave...that whole getting caught in the wave when I didn't make it was no fun.  Had I started younger.. I'm sure I would have LOVED it...just like boarding. 

 

But I'm a skier...always have been...always will be. 

 

post #44 of 51

My situation is similar to rickg's. I actually bought a snowboard and started using it. Was an interesting feeling getting on a chairlift that only had easy Blue runs! I always thought the toe side carve in over a foot of fresh powder looked wicked cool.  To really lay it over and get as close as I could to the snow was my goal. However, after snowboarding a handful of times over the course of a winter, I never (obviously) got too good and never reached my snowboarding in deep powder dream. Then next ski season came around and I just didn't want to go back to the blue runs any more. I am just a skier.
 

post #45 of 51

Because I spend all my money on ski gear. I still board two or three days a year, I wakeboard in the summer and its almost exactly the same exept for where you place your weight, way back for wakeboarding or you bite it in the turns, on the front foot for snowboarding or you cant turn.

post #46 of 51
Thread Starter 

Wow! Thanks for all of the great feedback everyone.

post #47 of 51

Because they won't let me on the lifts at MRG with a board.

post #48 of 51

Because I look stupid in baggy plaid.

 

Because people who can pronounce wedeln are too old to

have any kinda steez on a board.

 

Because I have red curly hair, automatically dissed as a SW wanna-be.

 

Because there is no steez in a board traverse. None. Ever.

 

Because riders come out of every safety meeting sounding like Keanu Reeves.

 

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

 

Cheers,

 

Alli

post #49 of 51

Button/poma lifts - when I learnt to ride (before I saw the light), getting down the hill was actually easy in comparison to getting back up! I have to thank my wife for wanting to learn to ski and making me do it with her, it's so much easier on my knees (despite the injury stats mentioned above) !

post #50 of 51

For me a lot of it comes down to injury. Both my wrists are weak and I messed the right one up pretty bad. Plus I already have a very tight back so all that falling and sitting on my butt wouldn't help. Plus I don't like the idea of having to unbuckle my boots all the time. When ever I go sledding during the winter (or on a cardboard box down a steep hill during the summer) I treat my sled like a snow board and I'm pretty good at it. I can make turns (I guess it's not carving since there is no edge to dig in) and go off jumps, but for me nothing beats the feel of two skis underfoot.

post #51 of 51

It all comes down to mobility for me. Being able to skate and sidestep makes all the difference.

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