Just like many famous grudges of the past, the long-standing battle between snowboarding and skiing is one that has divided loyalties over the years, with each camp claiming theirs is best while dismissing the claims of their rivals. However, for many beginner ‘snow-junkies’ out there the decision to choose between these two champions of the alpine can be quite difficult, and can often come down to preference – do you prefer one board or two?
Regardless of your preference, it’s undisputable that both activities are an excellent way to satisfy the needs of any adrenaline-junkie, by offering an experience like no other. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro, an adrenaline junkie, or just a keen enthusiast, because when it’s just you and the mountain, there aren’t many other experiences as thrilling – it’s that unstoppable feeling of power as you know you are pushing the limits of your ability.
There are valid arguments for each – both are challenging, but both are rewarding and exciting. So, which one do you choose?
When it comes to pulling of the best tricks and showing of your freestyle abilities on the slopes, then nothing is more accommodating for this than snowboarding. The flexibility you get on a snowboard is ridiculous and so much so that you have a lot more freedom than you would with skis – much like you would find with skateboarding, a lot of the tricks and movement can be quite easily replicated on your snowboard.
Although skiing was around first, snowboarding burst onto the scene and quickly gained a reputation for itself as the cooler, younger brother of the former – reshaping the way people hit the slopes by using one solid board as opposed to two.
Public perception, for one reason or another, is that snowboarding is the cooler option, because of its more dangerous nature – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. If you are looking for all out speed and a more thrilling experience, then you would be surprised to know that skis are the faster of the two. The added stability from an extras board allows you to maintain a better stance and focus on unleashing raw speed.
Another misconception people have about skiing is that it’s about seeing how fast you can get to the bottom of a mountain – it isn’t all about jumps and slaloms! In fact, one of the most brilliant aspects of skiing is ‘backcountry’ riding, which is a little more adventurous than the traditional option – it’s all about exploring the great unknown and getting in touch with nature, as you travel across the beaten track and endless plains of the unexplored.
- Paul James (Guest Writer)