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Old 03-30-2012, 02:52 PM
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Default Snowboarding vs. Skiing....What's the Difference?

For any skiers/snowboarders out there....

If someone knows how to ski (that would be me!), how hard is it to learn to snowboard? What are the major differences between the two (besides equipment)? I have a friend that snowboards, but I ski instead, and would like to know how hard it is for someone who learned how to ski first to learn how to snowboard later on.

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I've only been skiing a couple of times and never boarding but I would think that one of the biggest differences would be how you hold your body, the proper stance for snowboarding seems to be very similar to the correct posture for surfing.

You do have an advantage in that you already have a good idea of how snow behaves but I think that if I were shifting between sports like that, I'd first watch a few videos to get an idea of what the new skills look like and then invest in a lesson or two from a professional instructor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...C7t-HQPm4&NR=1

That video looked like a pretty good one for essential advice about equipment and posture and there were dozens of videos on the subject of snowboarding
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my son took to skiing like duck in water, so I got him his own skiis. he wanted to try the snowboarding so I forced him to take his skiis anyway just in case. We rented his snowboard he was on it a total of 30 minutes and turned it in and went back to the skiis lol. he said it was totally different than the skiing
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That's what I figured. I have a military pen-pal who is into snowboarding big time. I know how to ski, but I've never snowboarded in my life. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun, but I would probably break both my legs if I ever tried to do it!
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Seeyouin10 since your in S.C just exactly where do you ski? haha only snow we see is on t.v. I take my son for Christmas every year to tennessee.
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I travel a lot for work mostly to CA. I've skied Mammoth and a couple of other places closer to LA. I also lived in NY for 10 years before moving to SC so actually NOT seeing snow has been a huge adjustment. I also surf and prefer to do that in CA as well in Huntington, Seal and Long Beach.
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That's what I figured. I have a military pen-pal who is into snowboarding big time. I know how to ski, but I've never snowboarded in my life. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun, but I would probably break both my legs if I ever tried to do it!
Old people like me fall down when we try to snowboard.

But I do live near 7 ski resorts.

Is your pen-pal allowed to receive resort stickers? Skiers and some snowboarders collect stickers from the places they ski/ride at. They put them on their helmets, boards/skis or the racks that carry the skis or boards on their cars.

I can pick up some trail maps and stickers and send them to your pen pal. I live near the best ski/board resorts in the world. Friends don't let friends ski or ride on Sierra Cement.

This is the "awkward in between time" at our local ski/snowboard resorts. Most of the snow has melted but it's not yet dry enough for mountain biking. So it will be a few weeks before I can pick up the stickers and/or trail maps.

If he's a snowboarder, I can send him some nose rings and some green hair dye, too. That's a little skier joke. We kid snowboarders because we love them.
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Yes, the biggest difference is your posture. You also get sore in different muscles, and use a different set of motions. I am predominantly a skier, but I enjoy both. Actually, if you were to get used to snowboarding, the feeling as you go over the snow, is almost, MORE exhilarating.
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I used to ski and snowboard alot when i was a kid. In my opinion, snowboarding is much easier and more fun. I didnt like skiing, it hurt my knees too much when i would try to stop.
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I am much more a fan of slopes that do not allow snowboarding- through the years, I have seen far too many of the immature sh*ts on boards who think that they have no sense of responsibility to the other people on the mountain. Fortunately at least one place I go has no qualms about taking people off the mountain in cuffs and booking them for being reckless...

Most places that do allow the boarding will have rental places, so one need not dive straight in on purchases of equipment...be prepared for several falls if the beginners I have seen at Durango (not sure if it is still referenced as Purgatory or if it has a different name nowadays) were any indication. They did at least provide some comic relief...
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