One VS. Two
In the Alpine world there are two kinds of people, people on one board and people on two. The former are known as snowboarders while the latter as skiers. Skiers and Snowboarders often fight over which sport is truly superior. The concepts of mobility, edge pressure, and grabs make skiing much more interesting than snowboarding.
The first topic we will discuss is that of mobility. In Snowboarding, unlike its counterpart, skateboarding both your feet are attached to the board. So if the need were to arise where you needed to move anywhere and there was no downward slope present, you would be effectively stuck. You would have to take your foot out of your binding and push while skiers passed you pushing with their poles and skating with their skis. This predicament is most troublesome when going into the backcountry. For skis there are things such as Randonee bindings. These allow you to pick up the back of your foot to walk with skis. The benefits of such bindings are increase when combined with skins, these go on the bottom of your skis to allow you to walk uphill. Neither of these exists for a snowboard because walking while strapped into a snowboard is impossible. Snowboarders are effectively crippled by deep snow or uphill slopes. Skiers are free to roam where they wish.
One basic purpose of the snowboard is to hit rails. However in recent years skiers have overtaken snowboarding on rails with the concept of edge pressure. Edge pressure is the term used to describe the use of ones skis to change the direction of rotational momentum. Basically, change the way you are spinning. For example, if on a snowboard you do a 270-degree rotation spinning clockwise on to a rail, your option is to do another clockwise spin off the rail. But on skis, by gripping the side of the rail with an edge of one ski you can stop or even reverse your rotation. This more than double the amount of possible rail tricks. This explosion of rail tricks in skiing is not matched in snowboarding.
My final point focuses on jumps. An essential part of any trick is the grab. This is where you grab your board or ski with one or two hands. In snowboarding you are limited as to the number of grabs possible by the inability to separate your feet. You have two tips of the board and two sides. So there are various combinations of grabs with 2 hands and 4 sides of the board. But on skis there are 4 tips and 4 sides. Therefore the combinations are much greater. In addition to the fact that many grabs look different when the legs are moved in certain ways, allowing for more personalized tricks and styles than in snowboarding.
The snowboard vs. ski debate will most likely go on forever. Skiing as superior due to edge pressure, greater mobility, and a greater number of grabs. But to resolve the argument one must look at the basic purpose of snow sports. And that purpose is to have fun. So what you ride on really doesn’t matter as long as you are achieving that purpose. So stop fighting and go have fun.
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skiers sideslip chutes just as bad as snowboarders it has more to do with skill than just snowboarding becuase i know plenty of boarders who just charge