Downhill skiing has been with us about 150 years, while snowboarding is much more recent, having been developed into the sport we know todayin the 1980s.
In the 1980s and 1990s snowboarding was seen as very cool and skiing looked dated by comparison. There were predictions boarding would become more popular than skiing by the year 2000.
Instead skiing re-invented itself. Skis were re-shaped so instead of being long, thin and straight they got shorter and wider. They got easier to learn on and freestylers went back to skiing in the snow parks, doing the same cool tricks that boarders were.
But which one should you try?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question, as both skiing and snowboarding have their ups and downs, and it ultimately depends on what makes you happy and excited. Here are some things to think about when choosing between skiing or snowboarding:
Learning curve: Generally speaking, skiing is easier to pick up but harder to master, while snowboarding is harder to pick up but easier to master. This means that you might learn how to ski faster than snowboard, but you might improve faster in snowboarding once you get the knack of it. Of course, this also depends on how fit, coordinated, balanced and keen you are.
Equipment: Skiing requires skis, poles and boots, while snowboarding requires a board and boots. Wrist guards are highly recommended for snowboarders too. Both sports require a helmet, goggles, gloves and appropriate clothing. You can either buy or rent your gear. It’s generally better for beginners to rent – especially if you don’t know which sport to continue with!
Style: Skiing and snowboarding have different styles and vibes associated with them. Skiing is more classic and versatile, and you can ski on different types of terrain and conditions, such as groomed runs, moguls, powder and ice. Snowboarding is considered more trendy and creative, with many people learning tricks and jumps in terrain parks. However, both activities can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age or fitness levels.
Fun: Ultimately, the most important thing to think about when choosing between skiing or snowboarding is how much fun you have. Both can offer you an awesome and satisfying experience that will make you feel invigorated and happy. The best way to find out which one rocks your world is to try them both and see which one makes you grin more.
Opinion varies as to which of skiing and snowboarding is the easier to learn, and which is ‘cooler’.’