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I am a snowboarder and I will answer why I want to ski park.
1.Skiing on rails is the sickest thing ever. You can move each leg individually, making your jibbing options virtually endless. Pretzeling is a lot more feasable, because you have 4 edges to work with to grip the rail. Obviously it's still do-able but a lot more difficult. There is just a bigger variety of things you can do on a rail than us snowboarders.
2.When landing a trick, skiers have the option to land a little bit sideways and shifty out. Snowboarders, especially while jumping, have to land with their board parallel to the run, or they are fucked. They will either end up slipping out or catching an edge.
3. Watching How We Livin, or Refresh last year really gave me a broader view of the freeskiing sport. I love watching snowboard videos, but ski movies are a completely different level.
4. More of the mountain is accessable. Hiking is all good fun, but honestly, when I drop in on Park Lane jumps I have to drop in higher because I am 100 lbs and the fact that I am on a board. It is much easier for skiers to gain speed and send it off a jump, and they can rotate much quicker and with a lot more ease. I always get snaked by skiers on jump lines just because they have the option to drop in lower. Then you get to the whole hiking situation being easy, and unstrapping and restrapping, and blah blah blah, with snowboarding.
5. Freeskiing is progressing at a ridiculous rate. I think it's more that snowboarders are switching BACK to skiing, because most kids start as skiing and eventually they might switch to snowboarding. I, myself, have never skied, but have always wanted to. I am definitely going to give skiing a shot this year, but I am not giving up boarding.
I could go on, but I am done. I have to get up early... to go shred.
Obviously pretzeling on a snowboard is do-able I meant.
I accidentally switched those I meant to say yeah it is easier to hike for a snowboarder, but when youre in park, it really doesnt matter - you dont even have to take off your skis. I am little and it is harder for me to gain speed so i have to drop higher. Believe me, I don't have an issue pointing it.
Skiers can do an iceskating motion moving their feet individually to get their momentum started, and then use their poles to give them an extra push. So they can drop lower.
And what snowboarders do you know that are throwing 14s and 16s... rotating is WAY easier on skis.
This is sooo true!
Most of my freinds who snowboard switched to skiing or are thinking about switching, or want to but don't have the money for it.
I know it's been done. wasnt the 16 done by some random kid no one knows about?
but what i meant is that like what snowboarder do you know that could throw 14s and 16s in a slopestyle comp. there are several skiers who can do a 14 and isn't Schiller the only one who has done a 16 in a comp? correct me if I am wrong... cuz I honestly dont know if anyone else has in a comp.
but yeah, i should try skiing and see if all my reasons to switch are legit haha
Uh no wasn't it landed by some norwegian dude?
I really dont think Peetu landed a 16
just googled it, Ulrik badertcher...
then googled peetu and 1620 and whatnot and it didn't come up with any results except peetu competing against ulrik and ulrik coming 2nd behind mikkel bang in something. didn't really read into it because I got the answers i was looking for.
link me to peetu's 1620?