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Re: Skiing or Snowboarding???
Haven't read the whole thread but skiing all the way for me. Never been a boarder but I could see how it had its appeal when skis weren't really practical in deep powder or the park. Nowadays there is nothing you can do on a board that you can't do better on skis IMHO. Not saying boarders are worse but if you look at movies, competition and events. Ski racing (whether alpine, skier cross or other forms) skiers will always set faster times on the same course. Today skiers in the pipe or park are spinning more, going bigger and there are just more tricks possible when your legs aren't attached to the same board. in the bumps skis are more practical anyways. Of course this a generalization and there are plenty of boarders that can wipe the floor with most skiers, but this thread is about generalizing, right?
On top of that your skis eject in a fall (hopefully) which means you have a much greater chance of staying near the top if caught in an avalanche where a snowboard acts like a giant anchor dragging you down (same with tele skis but that's another story). skinning on skis is also way more natural and less of a hassle than snowshoeing with a snowboard or using a split board. Ultimately I'm just glad I'm skis on every catwalk, traverse or Poma or T-bar type lift.
My personal opinion is that snowboarding lost any advantages it might have had over skiing when twin tip and powder skis hit the scene and you are limiting how easily you can access different types of terrain on a board vs skis.
All that said I have nothing against snowboarders (unless you sit in packs of 10 right at the top of the lift an strap in while you're in everybody's way) and have some great friends who board and I really admire people like Jeremy Jones and Travis Rice and could watch Art of Flight or Deeper any day. But when it comes to how I access the goods it's gotta be skis, hands down.
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Last edited by Ranger92; 12-12-2012 at 09:56 AM.