Which is easier skiing or snowboarding?
In the shell of a nut: Skiing is easier to learn but harder to master, snowboarding is harder to learn but you can master it more quickly. Lets take a look at how this breaks down:
A Q&A with Phil Teare from The Ski Gathering
Hi, Im Phil Teare and I am here to to answer the classic question: Skiing vs Snowboarding? Ask a skier, and they'll tell you skiing rules. Ask a boarder... well, you can probably guess. It can be hard to get neutral, well-informed advice, with evangelists from both camps passionately insisting that their chosen sport is by far the superior. So I should begin by laying out my cards.
I've skied and snowboarded in countless resorts over more years than I care to remember. I am one of the few people who can do both to a pretty similar level, and I spend about 50% of my time on each. Most people who can do both are really experts at one and do a bit of the other. But in my case I have little personal preference or ability difference. So, perhaps for the first time ever, the unbiased guide to the ski vs snowboard question!
Learn to ski: Your first week
Learning to ski, your first week is usually a lot of fun. Many people pick it up quite quickly and take to it well. On the first day you'll be doing your first turns on the beginner slopes. By the end of the first week you may be already happy on some of the main ski slopes and get get yourself around your ski area quiet well as long as you avoid the steeper slopes.
Learn to snowboard: Your first week
Your first week of snowboarding is a little different. The first 2 or 3 days involve falling over, a lot. It feels like nothing is going in, as you take tumble after tumble. It's also exhausting, mostly because of having to pick yourself up every few minutes. Do not despair though, there is light at the end of the tunnel! For most people after a couple of days it "clicks", and they suddenly start to make real progress. By the end of the week you may be able to get down some of the easier of the main slopes of your ski resort on your own, even if you still take the odd fall.
Quick Tip - it can well be worth getting some padding for your first snowboarding week. Myself, even after many years, I still use protective shorts with pads across the back and sides, back protector, wrist guards and of course a helmet. Some beginners also swear by kneepads, though myself I've never used any myself (for some unknown reason all my big falls have always over back-wards).
Conclusions about Week One:
If you only have one week and you really want to get the most enjoyment out of it then perhaps skiing could be a good choice. By the end of the week you should be able to go off exploring and get your way around the resort, and enjoy yourself in the process. The first week of a snowboarding holiday is a bit more of an investment. For many, it's a case of getting your skills down so that next time you can really start exploring and enjoying yourself. Week one of snowboarding may be an investment, but week 2 of snowboarding is great fun.
Is it easier to master skiing or snowboarding?
I'm giving this one to the "plank riders" - Snowboarding is easier to master!
Week one of snowboarding is tough. But once it clicks and you are linking turns, then you are good to go. The transitions to steeper slopes and to off piste flow more easily. Skiing however is a very technical sport. Even after all these years I'm still striving for the perfect turn. Getting the right pressure on the right part of your foot, getting the ankle roll just timed perfectly, there's always something to improve on.
Quick Tip for your more advanced skiers - the odd lesson here and there is well worth considering. With all the little technical aspects to skiing well, it's very easy for bad habits to creep in (so the pot is saying to the kettle here!) Myself I've found the odd lesson not only very enjoyable, but also very useful as well as giving me some fun new challenges to work on whilst I'm skiing on my own.
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