Snowboarding Versus Sking

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    Nov 18, 2010 2:21 AM GMT
    Anyone know which one is easier to learn. I am going to Dear Valley and was wondering which one I could learn quicker. Thanks the advice is much appreciated
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    Nov 18, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    Skiing is so much easier but I think snowboarding is more enjoyable.
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    Nov 18, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    Skiing is easier to learn.
    You will fall all the time the first time you snowboard,on your knees and coccyx,and will have to roll out of bed the next day.
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    Nov 18, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    Thanks. Advice is much appreciated. I had a friend say snowboarding was easier but I think its because he already has a snowboard and doesnt want to go sking icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 18, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    snowboarding isn't that hard to learn... but skiing is easier
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    Oct 31, 2011 10:14 AM GMT
    skiing is more fun icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 31, 2011 11:06 AM GMT
    Sorry, but I have to disagree. Snowboarding is by far easier to learn then skiing. Especially if you have done any skate boarding or surfing. The boots are also much more comfortable. The key is to take lessons, and not from your buddy (unless he's a ski instructor). Also, both spots are muscle memory type activities. So what ever level of ability you achieve in a given year, stays with you for life. That said, invest the money up front in lots of lessons, and get as many ski/board days as possible in your first couple years, and you'll be set for life. And both sports are a blast, but I lean toward skiing cause I like going through steep tree terain. Also should you decide to take up both sports, master one, before moving to the other. Have a blast.
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    Oct 31, 2011 11:51 AM GMT
    I also have to disagree with the guys who said, that skiing is easier to learn.

    I grew up in the Alps and I saw tons of kids and tourists learn how to ski/snowboard. The thing is: You can put on your ski and drive Pflug (I have NO idea what's the english word for that, you're basically have your skis in an ancle of 45° all the time and drive extremly slow) and have absolutely no fun at all. OR: You could take snowboarding lessons for about 3 days and after that you're good enough to have really fun on the slope.

    I learned skiing first when I was a child until I was 14, then I changed to snowboarding and I have to say it's WAY MORE FUN! It's like surfing in the snow, just great icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:09 PM GMT
    Oh and @TriAthlnCa: You can also do steep tree terain with a snowboard and if you do it right it's even easier cause you stay on one lap of the board all the time.
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:28 PM GMT
    snowboarding is much easier to learn (I can't believe anyone would say otherwise) but the first day of snowboarding is way more painful than the first day of skiing. Falling on a snowboard is fast and rough. But learn to ski!

    What's the difference between a vacuum cleaner and a snowboard? . . . . . The way you attach the dirtbag. Hahahahaha


    from a die hard skier
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:46 PM GMT
    Justtrying saidOh and @TriAthlnCa: You can also do steep tree terain with a snowboard and if you do it right it's even easier cause you stay on one lap of the board all the time.


    You must be quite the skiier / boarder. I am by far a much more advanced skier then a boarder. I'll ski anything, but on a board, not quite ready for streep, ungroomed. I only bloard a couple times a year, where I ski 20+ days. I didn't get to grow up in the alpsicon_biggrin.gif

    @Jakenoh - too funny...
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:39 PM GMT
    TriAthInCA said
    Justtrying saidOh and @TriAthlnCa: You can also do steep tree terain with a snowboard and if you do it right it's even easier cause you stay on one lap of the board all the time.


    You must be quite the skiier / boarder. I am by far a much more advanced skier then a boarder. I'll ski anything, but on a board, not quite ready for streep, ungroomed. I only bloard a couple times a year, where I ski 20+ days. I didn't get to grow up in the alpsicon_biggrin.gif

    @Jakenoh - too funny...


    Haha yeah but that's the only positiv thing about growing up here. And all the sweet stuff Apfelstrudel, chocolate etc. but they aren't that good for your body sooo...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    Not hard to learn and get good at either one. I started early - skiing first, and went every chance I got until I got good. It helps to have good friends who are better than you are - and naturally you pick up your technique from all the times you go up with them.
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    Most will say skiing is easier.

    But to me having both my feet attached to 1 thing feels way more comfortable.

    Also I have experience wakeboarding, but could never water ski. So snowboarding came very naturally to me. And I still can't ski or water ski, but can snowboard no problem.
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    Oct 31, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    Gonna chime in with skiing being easier to pick up. It's less natural to have your feet set on a board at a certain distance apart. Plus falling on a board happens fast and painfully; kind of like when someone falls on family guy. But you should eventually learn both because they're so awesome.
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    Oct 31, 2011 3:13 PM GMT
    Both can be hard to master.

    I have been skiing for 19 years of my life and Snowboarded 11years. Skiing is my fav. out of the two. Nothing like being out in the snow when the sun is shinning. Try both.
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    Oct 31, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    shred_thegnar saidBoth can be hard to master.

    I have been skiing for 19 years of my life and Snowboarded 11years. Skiing is my fav. out of the two. Nothing like being out in the snow when the sun is shinning. Try both.


    Totally agree. I've skied for 15 years, raced, and instructed. I've also snowboarded for three. The learning of both is about equally difficult, but the mastering of the two is where they diverge. It depends on what you're most comfortable with - facing straight down the mountain or somewhat sideways, having your feet separated or on the same piece of equipment.
    They're both a blast and take some effort and an effort to overcome the fear of falling.
    Have fun!
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    Oct 31, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    DsJp said
    shred_thegnar saidBoth can be hard to master.

    I have been skiing for 19 years of my life and Snowboarded 11years. Skiing is my fav. out of the two. Nothing like being out in the snow when the sun is shinning. Try both.


    Totally agree. I've skied for 15 years, raced, and instructed. I've also snowboarded for three. The learning of both is about equally difficult, but the mastering of the two is where they diverge. It depends on what you're most comfortable with - facing straight down the mountain or somewhat sideways, having your feet separated or on the same piece of equipment.
    They're both a blast and take some effort and an effort to overcome the fear of falling.
    Have fun!


    indeed ski instructor as well here for 5 years.
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    Oct 31, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    Any of you who think snowboarding is easy should come ride some BC with me, I'll change your mind really quickly.icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 31, 2011 3:52 PM GMT
    I think skiing was easier for me to learn at first (although I was a kid, and I think everything is easier to learn when you're young), but I was never able to get very good at it. Snowboarding was a lot harder to learn (and I didn't start until I was maybe 20?), but I'm a way better boarder now than I ever was at skiing. I agree with the comment that if you've ever skateboarded, you fall into it a little more naturally.
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    Oct 31, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    This isn't a which is more fun question.

    This isn't about which one is easier to master.
    It's about a new guy goin to a ski resort for what sounds like his first time.

    I'd say skiing is easier to pick up if you're just foolig around on the hill for a couple days. Grab some lessons---it'll save your vacation.
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    Oct 31, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    My first day in a skiing class was miserably difficult, and I had no fun at all.

    My first day in a snowboarding class was miserably difficult... And I had a blast! Been snowboarding ever since, for about eighteen years now.

    Whichever you choose to try, take a class. Unless they're an instructor, don't let friends convince you they can show you... too easy to pick up other's bad habits that way.
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    Oct 31, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    sking is easy snowboarding can be a challenge for those who are not use to turning like that. However I learned to ski about two years after I learned to walk and snowboarding when I was 14 and I love boarding havent dusted off the skies since
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    Oct 31, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    also on a side note skiers and boarders should check out www.outboard.org
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    Oct 31, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    So interesting to see folks say skiing is easier to learn. With 1 weekend of lessons, I could board advanced blue runs no problem. Granted I had skied some 20 yrs before I boarded. Very similar with my son. Made him master skiing 1st. At 14, he was doing double blacks and skiing the fall line through moguls. So last season, by the end of a 3 day trip to Mammoth, lessons every day, here was boarding down intermediate blues. Maybe its just once you get one down the other follows easily?