The Snowboard Shrinkage Crisis?

These photos were taken from more or less the same place, on the same day, at almost the same time.

Much like when the My Alaska teaser dropped, the release of the full movie last week got me thinking about this whole ski vs snowboard thing, again. Last time I pondered if we should all just get along , but this time, a commenter brought up a very good point.

Yeah I know the general consensus is the snowboarding/skiing war is over and we should love each other and probably start mating. Hear me out, though: If we keep mixing these two sports people will inevitably compare the two. And guess who looks like they go bigger, faster, AND have extra gear to let go when bailing? I thought so, too.

Now I don’t know that we actually came to a consensus about the war being over, and even since the last time I beat this horse, plenty of other people have too, but I do think that the “bigger, faster, AND have extra gear to let go when bailing” has some merit. Add to that the fact that at a certain session, of a certain summer camp last summer, ski campers out numbered snowboarders nearly three to one, well, it’s got me a little worried. Is snowboarding going to be the one to suffer because of this freeski/shred unity movement? Will someday we all just start skiing again? Are we suffering from a sort of non-cold related shrinkage?

Well, since I asked, there are a few reasons I don’t think free skiing will overtake snowboarding in the winter sports ranks, and since we’re a damn snowboard site, here they are.

1. A wise man once said “if I wanted to see someone spinning around holding onto poles: I’d go to a strip club.” No matter how much of your awkward looking body position that tall-t is covering, bouncing around on skis in the park is always going to look a lot more like rollerblading than skateboarding. Remember, we’ve already established everyone wants to be a skateboarder.

2. Skiing still sucks to learn. You gotta figure out what do with with all that extra equipment and how to keep both those sticks pointing the same way. It can take years just to get semi okay at it. Snowboarding takes three days, tops, before you can make it down the hill without looking retarded. Then you can spend the rest of your life trying to learn tricks.

3. You’re in it for the love, man. So while yes, the bigger, faster thing might be more compelling footage for the average ESPN viewer, do you really give a shit when it comes to actually hitting the snow? Didn’t think so.

4. That said, skiers are in general way bigger jock-o-douchebags. Did you hear some of them are starting some sort of MMA training camp? Seriously.  So maybe if you fancy yourself a jock, then you should ski. But if you’re actually cool (or at least think you are), then snowboarding is much more likely to keep you that way.

5. No matter how much you make ski boots look like boxing gloves, they will never be as comfortable or as easy to walk in as snowboard boots. The end.

For all these reasons and many more, I’m not really worried about the snowboard shrinkage crisis. And hey, as long as we keep talking about it, we’ll all get a ton of traffic from angry young Newschoolers, and isn’t that what it’s really all about?

80 replies
  1. Gerg!
    Gerg! says:

    You should add to the list that skiing is way more expensive. Neither sport is cheap, but look at the average price for a pair of skis/bindings vs snowboards… it is almost double the price!

  2. oater
    oater says:

    Snowboarding fucking saved the ski industry! Fuck two plankers. Most of ’em at least. I kinda disagree with #2. Whilst, I believe the snowboard learning curve can be rather quick, most kooks can figure out that pizzie pie snow plow thingy taught by some idiot with an Australian accent in ski school pretty damn quick (1-2 hours). Way less ass time in ski lessons. Did I say ass time? Yes, indeed I did.

  3. shitballs
    shitballs says:

    i also disagree with #2. skiing is way easier, which is why they can go bigger/faster and do 450 oppo switchup 360 switch up switchup switchup cork pretzel out on dfdfdfdfdfdfd’s

  4. bHappy pAul
    bHappy pAul says:

    I worked at that “certain” camp this summer and I have to say, it’s pretty crazy what skiers can do. I have respect for those coaches AND campers getting upside down twice while twirling. I didn’t see to many snowboard campers doing that. While the vast majority of the skiers are super nice dudes, there are a few arrogant f*%ks that really bring their image as a whole down. I know that it goes both ways though too; snowboarders have those same assholes. It’s cool to see certain aspects of both sports cross over into each other, and skiers and boarders sessioning a jump together.

    I tried skiing one day and there is no way in hell I will ever do that to myself again. Torture. I choose one plank, and soft boots. Although, I did like wearing an XXXXXXXL tall tee for a day.

  5. jon
    jon says:

    Let’s face facts, dudes in Affliction t-shirts are gonna choose snowboarding 9 times out of 10. Snowboarding’s got some MMA bros in its future for suuuuure.

  6. Dylan
    Dylan says:

    I don’t think any of us should dread the shift in popularity from snowboarding to freeskiing (inevitable as it may be). Snowboarding has always been an “outsider sport”. Its exclusivity is what brings passionate shredders together and keeps it feeling unique and personal. Why would any of us want it to get so blown out that we can no longer associate with other snowboarders because they’re all, well… just like some douche assed freeskiiers who want to someday be an XFL player? I for one think we should welcome freeskiing as the “in” thing so that snowboarding doesnt turn into motorcross and subsequently rally racing with 50 helicopters shooting it and a billion dollars in bull testosterone money. Down with oversaturation. And if you want to be just another Eric Corff (look it up) go for it. but don’t try and represent the soon to be fucked out culture that some of us truly and passionately believe in.

  7. Brian
    Brian says:

    Freestyle skiing looks like a bunch of dudes with Cerebral Palsy flying through the ari. Two skis, two poles and big ugly, single-person game of twister that looks like shit. There is no trick in freestyle skiing that looks clean or has style.

    It’s the 90’s equivalent of the rollerblading craze. No matter how high they go or what trick names the swipe from board sports, it still looks like shit and eventually it will go away.

  8. bHappy pAul
    bHappy pAul says:

    That was the contest set-up for the snowboarders. Why would Austin be hitting the jump during the (very oddly set up) Pipe2Pipe? He hit that jump a bunch during that session.

    We should all just start freestyle scootering anyway… it’s the way of the future!

  9. shawpaw
    shawpaw says:

    i wonder if anyone hating on skiers has any friends that ski… some of my friends that ski are some of the coolest people i know. and i bet none of you guys knew some of these pro skiers watch snowboarding videos and visit the websites just like all you “cool” people. we obviously have influenced their styles and tricks recently but whats wrong with that? and aint nothin wrong with havin some two plankers around on a pow day, comes in handy i tell you what.

  10. BerntTaters
    BerntTaters says:

    free ski kids just look straight up confused, like they asked there parents to buy em two snowboards instead of one. then again kids quitting could just be a weeding out? snowboarding evolved tech and saved skiing and now, skiing can save us from the kooks? wait. not likely to ever happen until budlight starts making skis.

  11. samson
    samson says:

    i once knew a kid who skied.

    he said the worst part about it was, having to tell his parents he was gay

  12. Colin Becker
    Colin Becker says:

    hahaha. The overall voice of the article is anything but “cool” you want to say that we skiers are jocks: okay, I do not deny that racers are uptight assholes, both in their attitudes and choice of clothes. So amen to that.

    Second, who cares how easy to walk in ski boots are, you don’t need to walk when you’re on the mountain. (Unless of course you are hiking a feature)

    The strip club point did get me laughing though. I will say that much.

    happy skiing/riding.

    new foolers-theres a comment for you

  13. Falcore
    Falcore says:

    Just a few of my own thoughts on why skiing is shitty:

    1. All the shit you gotta lug to the hill 2 poles, 2 skis, a pair of boots since they get all messed if you walk in them

    2. Its way more expensive most skiers have more than one pair of skis, if you could just buy a single ski it would probably be the same price as a snowboard

    3. rail pics every single rail picture looks the same

    and 90 percent of freestyle skiers are the children of parents who didnt want ther kids having anything to do with snowboarding so the kids layed of skiing for a while because mommy and daddy always know whats best. then it started to get cool with the baggy pants and what not so they got into it again.

    AND I have you ever seen a skier park edit? theyre all slow mo the whole time with some shitty mash up song or dubstep

    the other 10 percent of skiers would probably agree with me

  14. upstatemike.
    upstatemike. says:

    sking will always look extremely gay. there is nothing you can do it to fix that, end of story.

    rollerbladers go way bigger than skateboarders, and in alot of instances, BMX dudes. and that shit isn’t cool. so relax.

  15. TiTaN
    TiTaN says:

    Guys, its not because skiing is easier that we can do 450 on. Its because of the way we’re facing the mountain/rail/jump.
    It allows us to spin quicker.
    And i completely disagree with the “But if you’re actually cool (or at least think you are), then snowboarding is much more likely to keep you that way.” part.
    It was probbably written by some faggot snowboarder. Not all snowboarders are faggs, dont get me wrong. And not all skiers are faggs. The racers are (I think we can all agree on that).
    And im sorry, but people complaining about the boots…Be a man! Toughen up!

  16. Dave
    Dave says:

    I know way more douchbag snowboarders than skiers but I dont understand how a sport has an effect on that so i dont really know what your talking about. i dont know what you mean by awkward poses it all looks sick its just easier on snowboards. 2 and 5 dont really mean shit. as for #3 i mean comon its a personal choice, whichever you chose your gonna have fun so your right people shouldnt care. i dont really understand why people have to think one is better but i know that people will think one is better. i do both even though i technically own skis so i can say that each is better for its own reasons, snowboarders tend to fall a lot more but its also far easier to learn while skiiers might not fall a lot (hurts like a bitch when you do) but its hard as shit to get down perfect

  17. rpfeiffe
    rpfeiffe says:

    Was just wondering why no one has made the point that snowboarding is now trying to be like backcountry/ pow and or big mountain skiing? That part of skiing has always been strong and going to Alaska to ride big mountains was started by and continues to be dominated by skiers. Big mountain skiers and pow skiers have welcomed snowboarders into their world and have done it with respect. (kinda)

    Oh yeah, everyone wants to be a surfer not a skateboarder.

  18. Nisredna
    Nisredna says:

    There is a forum dedicated to these little ski shits where they take cute little pictures of themselves all suited up and post them. Then they talk about how sick their kit is and how huuuge their 14 shirts are and how saggin’ their pants are. If that isn’t the epitome of gay butt-fucking I don’t what is. If you ski, fuck you. Jam those poles up your ass.

  19. miguel
    miguel says:

    I ski… that said… hummm. I really like it, i’ve got twin-tips, i like to ride the park, it’s more a like, than a know how, to ride the park. Skiing is probably the best feeling i can get on the snow. Never the less i tried snowboard, and after the first afternoon of pain and misery, and a few tips from a friend, on the second time i tried (one year after the first one and only for 1 hour or so) i could go down blue runs, and with an amazing feeling of “carving” on my legs. I went down blue runs with the board on the blades and turning, it was incredible, a so easy and rewarding. I like them both a ski much better than i do snowboard, more apparel it’s true, comfortable boots… i like my ski boots, i ran with them on, i feel “comfortable” and happy with them on. I wouldn’t trade skiing for snowboard, but if i had more time on the slopes, i would do both.

  20. Andy
    Andy says:

    I agree with a lot of what is being said here. I am also a skier. I started skiing when snowboarding was the cool thing to do, and am not happy with what skiing has become. Now freeskiing has become the cool thing to do, and it pisses me off. 90% of the kids that you see in the park can barely hit a rail, buy 3xl tall tees, and hang out at the drop-in all day. The music in the skiing industry sucks. We are not gangsters. Skiing should be about going out with your friends and having a good time, regardless of weather or not they are skiers or snowboarders. Some skiers are original and have style, like max hill. You won’t find much about him on the internet, because he hasn’t sold out yet, but he does butters and presses on skis, just like snowboarders do, because that is what all of his friends did when he was growing up. Snowboarders are also a lot more creative and original than skiers when it comes to seeing what is possible on rails or jibs. A lot of snowboarders are cool, and so are some skiers, but both sports have gapers that are an embaressment to our culture and way of life. It is sad to see our sport judged by what one person does, but it happens everywhere. I feel like this article is directed at these people, and not at the core skiers/boarders who can see past what we choose to ride on, and can just go out and have a good time. Ok. I’m done with my rant now.

  21. skiyo
    skiyo says:

    As a skier and snowboarder it’s easy to see that some of these points are true. Skiers bodies looking awkward? i don’t see it. and for the idiots saying it’s easy to ski, you can do a snowplow. that is not skiing. The dispute can continue, but for all the people who aren’t biased ass holes the cool snowboarders will be friends with the cool skiers. There are cool crowds on either sides, and “jock-o-douche-bags” on either side too.

  22. Nick
    Nick says:

    I freeski, and I snowboard… both pretty well.. I just love bein on the slopes, honestly I think if anyone even considers one being better than another I say F***um right away. Both are cool. And for the which one is easier/more style… wow really? I spent 1 day on a snowboard and got it down, it took me a few hours to learn how to ski, and this is because I have good balance, not because one is easier than the other. If a kid who skateboards gets on a snowboard it’ll take him like a few minutes to get it, whereas a completely non-athletic guy will suck at learning it. For the style, ONCE AGAIN its the person, I’ve seen some skiers who are just absolutely sick with their style, and I’ve also seen snowboarders who just kill it. Finally the douchefags, you will have haters everywhere you go, stop judging the sport because you met one guy who was a jerkoff (at the skier dad video). Done. Snow = win.

  23. Fonzie
    Fonzie says:

    If you’ve got a good attitude and just want to ride/have fun w/your friends then I’m down with you; regardless of plank count. What I’m not down with are the jocks that don’t have a passion for either. Unfortunately, as someone already mentioned, the snowboard jocks outnumber the skiier jocks by far because snowboarding is still the mainstream cool thing to do. We can deal with it though.

    Hating on either is the wrong approach IMHO. …Shit is sounding oddly like what happened when snowboarding first came around. That said, snowboarding is funner to me (learned to ski as a kid) and allows for more style with tricks, but that is personal opinion. I’ve seen some skiers do amazing things in the local park.

  24. Masshole
    Masshole says:

    I never wanted or want to be a surfer.

    I hope that, in the medias eye, snowboarding always takes a backseat to skiing. As much good thats come from skating getting huge in the last 10 years, i wish it was small like when I started in the early/mid nineties. Keep snowboarding as small as possible as an industry. Keeps companies honest, products more legit and makes for an overall better community imo.

  25. Tyler
    Tyler says:

    It dosent matter where you go or what you do your going to get some douches. With that out of the way I think that snowboarders and skiers should just atleast try to get along. The real douche bags on the hill are the people who don’t respect what someone else is doing, do what ever looks fun to you. Most people will probably snowboard because it’s similar to skateboarding and face it skateboarding is the most respected and watched extreme sport. If you don’t want to be hated on don’t hate on others and if you go out looking for that you are the real tool.

  26. YOUNGBUCK
    YOUNGBUCK says:

    honestly, you can have all the little 14 year old way too tall tee wearing newschooler mother fuckers if you want em, they are kinda making us look bad anyways. As for the question of style and flow, well i guess you’re just crazy if you think skiers dont got it.

  27. upstatemike.
    upstatemike. says:

    great, now we got ski kids coming on here, gayin this site up even more with their nightgowns and spinney tricks.

    and #24…no one wants to be a surfer. i would literally rather chop off my own dick and eat it then want to look/talk/act or even think about being a surfer. they’re actually higher than skiers on the gay scale.

  28. Blurred
    Blurred says:

    So let me get this straight….you’re bagging on skiing because it’s more difficult to learn? Good.

    You don’t like ski boots? Do they hurt your poor little feet? Those Moon boots you wear went out of style in the 80’s. (just like snowboarding)

    You wanna talk about awkward? Look at you tool bags dragging your board by your leg in the lift line. You look like a wounded coyote caught in a steel jawed bear trap.

    You guys really look cool without poles too…..I mean, how are you gonna wave your hands around like a flaming homosexual with poles in your hand?

    BTW, why do you guys grab your board all the time? Do you think it’s gonna fall off?

    If you wannabes want to try a sport that actually takes more than a day to learn, yet doesn’t show that you know skiing is cooler, get a snow skate.

  29. Bladesteezer
    Bladesteezer says:

    I’m a rollerblader pissed about skiers thinking they are cool as snowboarders. Just like skateboarders thinking they are as cool bladers. Those f-in skiers are stealing all our tricks and re-naming them! We were the first to wear nightgowns! WE invented that steez! One thing I do share in common with the club toting cavemen, yeah we do our sports because it is easier to look cool at the park and show off for all the babes that love to check us out!

  30. coleman younger
    coleman younger says:

    I ski and snowboard, and love both…but as far as the bigger and faster thing goes, two words: Shaun White.

  31. Nisredna
    Nisredna says:

    @Blurred, I checked out your epic site. Why don’t you fucks just turn that into a gay porn site, since that basically what it is with you and all your cock-gobbling boyfriends on there.

  32. Disco Brunch
    Disco Brunch says:

    The fact that you have to call it FREESTYLE skiing says a lot. Back when there was roller blading, there was aggressive roller blading. Nah I’m not a skier bro, I’m a freestyle skier, its way sicker.

  33. stevieP
    stevieP says:

    i dont think there is really a need for a debate. The bottom line is that there is alot of style in snowboarding and no matter how hard skiiers try to flip and spin as quick as possible the potential to make it look good does not exsist. especially on rails. skiiers should stay off rails period, its extremely gay looking. sorry but that is the truth. THERE IS NO STYLE IN SKIING!!!

  34. Aaron
    Aaron says:

    I would really appreciate it if Nick’s diagram was made into a yobeat shirt. And I would show my appreciation by buying it.

  35. Jabari
    Jabari says:

    In the future we’ll all be airboarding.

    But really, jibbing on a snowboard will blow skiing away every time. It’s too damn funny watching skiers on rails.

  36. Josh P.
    Josh P. says:

    Skiing is fun to watch, although I’ve never been good at doing it myself. The point is that my internet fun would be greatly reduced without skiers. I mean who else is going to chuck themselves off of a 100 foot cliff, land flat on their back, struggle out of their bomb hole, and then ski away claiming it like Shaun White after a pipe run?

    Just messin, there’s room for everyone, let’s see some more of those snowbike dudes on hill already!

  37. Porterfield
    Porterfield says:

    As the god of ski movies aka Warren Miller once said if snowboarding came before skiing no one would ski. Why would you want all that gear getting in the way.

  38. Just ride
    Just ride says:

    Check out the new video Eye Trip its a ski movie that kills a lot of spots from snowboard movies over the last 3 or 4 years. Snowboarding is still sick but other than shaun white and tanner hall on the skiiing side doesnt everyone just love snow

  39. scottie
    scottie says:

    the worst thing would be moving snowboarding out of the “board sport” world where it gets associated with skating and surfing, and into some piece of shit “winter sport” world where it gets associated with skiing, chalets, agressive snowmobiling, 15 dollar cheeseburgers, gondolas, cashmere sweaters, etc. etc.

    as dylan said, “the times they are a’ changin”

  40. Falcore
    Falcore says:

    Why are skiers responding? This is a snowboard site. go back to newschoolers and lets us make fun of you in peace

  41. americuh
    americuh says:

    Blurred, boy i do like the way you think and express yourself. please keep giving us some of your insight on this here website. upstatemike, i bet you hop on your shiny little razor scooter and ride around Greenwich Village all day with all them weirdos round there hootin and a hollerin and carrying on.

  42. comment57 your a fag :)
    comment57 your a fag :) says:

    correction we are awesome. posers? we ride for the love of it, how is that a poser and your a douche, go die.

  43. B
    B says:

    I like to skiboard. I’m one of those, whatever, as long as everyone’s having fun and the douche up his own ass can keep his mouth shut for more than 10 minutes (not from lack of clever things to say, obviously) kinda guys. You kinda have to be if you choose snollerblades. lulz

  44. Don't Worry About It
    Don't Worry About It says:

    I hope you guys realize that whether or not you want to admit it, the sports feed off each other to survive. We are a snowsport community that needs to learn to accept the other sports. As soon as we accept the other sports, we can truly progress our own.

  45. polar
    polar says:

    generalizations get us nowhere. there’s no need for hate towards any large group. certain individuals, for sure. hah.

  46. A Newschooler
    A Newschooler says:

    To Whom It May Concern,
    First of all, all of your points can be easily argued. In the terrain park, who’s the most known person? Shaun FUCKING White. We all know the X Games are completely centered around him. “He’s the only one doing double corks in the pipe!” That’s all I heard through the entire thing.
    You can’t compare the amount of people who ski and snowboard either, considering a kid who cruises through the park on racing skis and stands on the lips of jumps isn’t a part of our community. If you really look around at a terrain park, there’s so many less of us then you, it all depends what you count as a park skier. Who has a video game? You do, Shaun White Snowboarding, SSX, and quite a few others. Kids think snowboarding is cool, cooler then skiing. Open your ignorant fucking eyes and see the truth.
    Yes, ski boots aren’t even as close to as comfy as snowboarding boots. That’s an absolute fact. Is that really a reason that your sport is better? Skis don’t cost more then snowboards. How much is a decent snowboard? Above 400 dollars. So are skis. Don’t point out specific snowboards that are good but under 300 dollars either, I can do the same thing. The majority is expensive. So what if it ends up actually being more money to ski? If that’s a reason you don’t ski, then you don’t love your sport enough.
    Most of the people that commented on this are douchebags. None of you can come up with a reasonable arguement other then “go suck a cock you fag”. That was cool to say in 4th grade. Grow up. Don’t shit on me for writing this either, I’m just trying to shut all of you ignorant fucks up. I’m tired of hearing this, and would rather we all just do what we do.
    All you see is regular grinds on skis, with a lot of spinning. All we see are kids who are too scared to spin onto a rail because your’re afraid of falling. Nosepress dude! WE DO PRESSES AND KEWL STUFF. Shut the fuck up. So do we. You just don’t look for it enough. Ever heard of Ahmet Dadali? I thought so. Your all just more stereotypical people that can’t see past the obvious.
    I don’t hate snowboarding, the exact opposite actually. We get a shitload of inspiration from your sport. If your sitting there at your computer saying “YOUR SPORT WOULD BE NOWHERE WITHOUT US” then I don’t dissagree. Snowboarding is leading skiing in alot of ways, but vice versa.
    Love,
    FriedRice

  47. shmad
    shmad says:

    for real, fuck skiing vs snowboarding. if you can’t show some respect for the things the opposite side does, you really should get the fuck off the mountain. and no one who posted anything hating on the other side above is going anywhere with their sport. who is it who argues about this shit? gapers and posers

    any way you get it, we are all in for the same thing- the love of bein out there, havin fun. we all do it for the same reasons

    i don’t care what you ride on, as long as you’re out their smiling. hate on anyone for what they are riding and you are out there for the wrong reasons my friend

    bless

  48. Rough
    Rough says:

    to all of you that keep saying skiing looks awkward and shit? watch phil casabon, then come back on here and tell me its all looks awkward.

  49. Brent
    Brent says:

    This article is a perfect example why snowboarding is not any better than skiing, if not the opposite. You have so much time on your hands to go and write something like this to get more people pissed then not. I know for a fact skiers have loads of respect for snowboarders, but I guess it isn’t the other way around.

  50. jimmy
    jimmy says:

    Whoa,you are doing way to much generalizing. You honestly have no idea what you are talking about. Both are very fun but knowing that you ( an ignorant little scrub) are a snowboarder , I am now much happier about being a skier. Have fun taking twice as long to get down the mountain gaper 😉

  51. MAX
    MAX says:

    tell me we don’t have style after taking a look at this. http://vimeo.com/15765931

    when i ski, half the guys i’m up with are boarders. do any boarders in my local park bitch about skiers? no. do any skiers in my local park bitch about boarders? no. we get stoked on each others tricks and progression, and learn new stuff together. where’s all the fucking hate coming from?

    skiing’s been around for thousands of years, you fuckers have been around for not even half a century. that being said, the only hate i have for snowboarders is directed at the hate you have for us.

    i watch almost as many boarding edits as i do skiing edits, and i’m just as stoked watching boarders ride as i am skiers. i went to as many, if not more, board movie premiers this fall than skiing movies. what does that say about me? i think the sports are equal. quit the hate.

    the whole 6XL tall tee phase is a part of skiing right now but shit, half of you guys are wearing the same stuff as us. the other half are hesh as fuck, us too. either way it all looks good if you can pull it off.

    quit your bitching, strap in and go shred. stop giving a shit what other people do, we all have the same love for the sport.

  52. who cares?
    who cares? says:

    you guys hate on newschoolers so much, but i dare you to check it out. its a far more respectful community than anything you will find from any snowboard site. since i have been on the site, i have not seen a single snowboard hate thread. we all respect what you guys are doing out on the mountain 100%, so why dont you respect what we do?

  53. A NEWSCHOOLER
    A NEWSCHOOLER says:

    First off, pretty good revision of the ’10 reasons snowboarding is better than skiing’ article.
    But in response to all the comments, why are snowboarders so concerned with hating on skiing? I know that most the hate must be coming from the gaper weekend warriors who buy everything burton has to offer and have posters of shaun white on there wall. All the good snowboarders i know are equally stoked to see sick skiing as most of us skiers are stoked to see good snowboarding.
    Be glad that there is as many people as there are wanting to do both sports or else we would have no where to ride.

  54. Kyle
    Kyle says:

    The people who wrote/commented negatively on skiing or snowboarding are the real douchefags. First of all it shouldnt matter, if you snowboard and love it thats great! if you ski and love it, good for you! But when your the guy who starts comparing the two…well you should just go fuck yourself. 99% Snowboarders i know are super supportive about skiing and also all of the skiers i know are cool with snowboarding. Also when people say skiing has no style i find that to be very hard to see. And on rails, ive seen skiers do some pretty gnarly stuff(they call them alien grinds i think??). But the same can be said for snowboarding. Also the other day i was watching fuel tv when it was talking about Jossi Wells walking into a hotel and then his FRIEND Louie Vito egged him on to play a guitar or some shit. So when you look up your Idols such as T-hall or Shaun White do you see them arguing about this or calling eachother names? No you see them having fun, so how about you stop bitching and go shred.

  55. Ty
    Ty says:

    The guy who wrote this post is obviously one of those pricks who has to keep on bringing up this stupid argument that has been beaten to death already. Ignore this guy’s hate and listen to the decent guys like Kyle and Tyler. And stop saying that skiers and snowboarders can’t get along, watch the voleurz videos, I see a lot of chill skiers and snowboarders having fun together.

    Both sports are sick, do what you want and quit the hate.

  56. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    ok so ive skied my whole life but every year me and my buddies swap for a day, snowboarding is fun as hell but for me it does not compare to skiing. no one of my really good friends says just the oppsite.

    all i can say is this weekend a snowbaorder did a 180 on tail press 3 off a dfd rail, all the skiers on the lift, at least 8 of us, were extreamly impressed. then i was about to drop on a jump line and the boarder next to me was saying how nasty the 9 that a skier just threw was.

    my point anyone who really skis or boards could give a shit, if a person throws everyone is stoked

  57. moses
    moses says:

    You mad?
    Sorry man, but just because you went to a ‘summer camp’ and saw more skiers than snowboarders doesn’t really merit an entire article on why you think snowboarding is better than skiers.
    I say quit the b*tching and just ski or snowboard, who cares what other people think? I think if you are worried about snowboarders not having as many registered people as skiers you should ask yourself if your doing what you love because it is your passion or is it because it is popular? You sound like you do it for the passion, so who cares about what other people are doing.
    I’ve done both and while my base is skiing, I still have mad respect and enjoy snowboarding. One is not better than the other, it’s just different.

  58. lol
    lol says:

    You just gave biased opinions while in a bad mood. It sounds like you are just trying to come up with reasons on why snowboarding is absolutely better than skiing.
    Everyone wants to be a skateboarder? No, not really.
    Skiing still sucks to learn? Only if you have a quitter attitude, dude I learned skiing first and than after years I learned snowboarding. I could make it down a blue run within a week after starting to learn how to ski and snowboard. It’s not the sport’s fault you can’t multitask.
    Your in the love of it. I agree with this statement, but then you went off track and said something that makes no sense. You pretty much say that skiing is bigger, faster and more compelling, but then say no one gives a shit when they hit the snow. That is a pretty big fallacy and just being hypocritical. Each sport has their audience and their perks.
    Ski boots are less comfortable than snow boots. I agree, but then again they are built for two different purposes. Suck it up princess, if you can’t handle stiff boots then don’t ski, nobody is asking you too. But in all honesty, if you aren’t a moron and get the right size of boots they shouldn’t hurt.
    This article is pretty damn biased, and nothing but a snowboarder ranting after realizing that may be, just may be not everyone wants to snowboard.
    Dude, like I said, I do both and to each his own. There’s no point to rant and get your panties in bunch every time you see a someone ski or snowboard

  59. ayeeeeeee
    ayeeeeeee says:

    This could be the most biased article ive ever read. Snowboarding is now the “cool” thing to do. Hating on skiing is also the cool thing to do for some reason. Writer of this needs to cut themselves.

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