"I will firmly say that you are NOT missing anything... enjoy your skiboards.
I come from skiing and more skiing.... then I bought skiboards.... and I would bring my long ski's with me to the slopes thinking I would use them; did this for about 3 seasons and only ONCE did I use them!!! For the first half of the day I used my long ski's and HAD to force me to use the first! After mid day I switched back to my skiboards and right then and there I knew I'd never use the long ski's again. FREEDOM=SKIBOARDS.
The ONLY thing I THOUGHT I was going to miss with long ski's was the squatting way down low, holding those poles out behind me and just letting myself cruise fast on them nice long blue runs.... well, I have had those days enjoying that, sure, but I will never go back to those normal long ski's again. Skiboards have way more advantages and the fun factor beast them hands down... beside, I can still squat down low and cruise on skiboards if I want too.
Hope that helps you not wonder anymore about learning and dealing with long ski's and poles and hassles!!!!! Enjoy the ride on your skiboards, trust me!"
"I have to agree with you guys. I skiied for years, never very often, or nearly as often as I skiboard now, but did it for some time. I never truly did ski that much, maybe for the feel or whatever, but now with skiboards thats all I want to do. I am addicted to snow slidding and have that giddy feeling every time I slide down the hill that I did the first time I learned to ski.
Skis, to me personally, were too long and combersome and I never enjoyed them that much. I never felt I needed the poles, but it's hard to skate with Skis, or at least harder than it is with skiboards.
I haven't missed skiing one time yet since I've been on skiboards. In fact, from the first time I've skiboarded I've been on skis once. And then shortly after I got back I sold my skis.
So for me, I don't miss a thing, not many people here do, but there are others here who still do both, or even snowboard as well.
Just because you slide down the hill on one type ala skiboards, doesn't mean you can't pick up a pair of skis and try them again and come back to skiboards. As long as you enjoy yourself it's worth doing, but for me, skiboards is what I enjoy and that's what I'm riding."
"I twin tip ski and skiboard and my opinion is that you are missing nothing. My twin tips get almost no use compared to my skiboards. I find lugging around the giant heavy skis and poles isn't worth it and when going down the hill my skiboards are more maneuverable and fun."
"I figured I should probably add my input here as well... I was a skier for 20 years... Mostly getting to the snow once or twice a season for weekend trips and day so I didn't really have a chance to perfect my form, though I was no amateur.
I always loved the idea of skiboarding and when I actually got a chance to give it a shot this year I'll never go back to skiing. NEVER! [IMG]skiboardsonline.com/vbulletin/upload/images/smilies/tongue.gif[/IMG]"
this is both entertaining, and sad at the same time.