once you learn switch on a snowboard you get it just like when you learned regular riding. your just learning a diff foot forward.
what it really comes down to it are we talking about purely riding switch, or are we talking about switch landing and take offs in the park? TOTALLY DIFFERENT THINGS.
park riding switch i feel is harder on a board, but all mountain switch riding is obviously harder on a pair of skis.
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As an AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) member i can assure you that it is harder to ski switch. you have to realizr that absolutely nothing changes when you snowboard switch you fundamental body movements are still the same.. with skiing they are diffenernt because you can oncly bend your knees one way and the same goes to your hips and back. so yes, its is much harder to ski switch
I would say I'm decent at both skiing and snowboarding and snowboard riding all mountain is way easier switch than skiing, but doing tricks skiing switch is easier, so it really depends what your actual question means.
Have you guys ever tried to ride a skateboard switch? That shit's hard. Skiing switch is easier but I'd imagine it is more intimidating to hit jump backwards rather than just with a different foot forwards.
skiing switch is easy, but switch carving looking around both shoulders is much harder than snowboarding switch. snowboarding switch is easy enough once you get comfortable, its easier to imitate big body movements mirror-image than small movements, hence why skateboarding switch is really hard... I never looked as stupid on a skateboard as when I was learning switch flips
I ALWAYS tell snowboarders this. and they don't believe me. there all, "dude i landed switch and 3'd that box... SWITCH!" and im like, yeah. but you can at least look where your going when "switch"... whatever, my .02
skiing is defs harder, there is no point in time on a snowboard where you can't see where you are going. I've done both btw
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I taught snowboarding for 6 years, and have been skiing since i was in elementary school.
Snowboarding switch is infinitely harder.
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the backwards aspect of skiing isn't as difficult as balancing switch on a snowboard.
Its funny because it is hard to tell if a snowboarder is riding switch where as it is super obvious when a skier is doing it. My snowboarding friends are always like "did you see that! I landed that trick switch!"
skiing switch is way harder.....i snowboarded for 4 years and switched to sking last year and in s fucking hard on skis but everything else on skis is way easier like boxes and jumps. Snowboarding switch is extremely easy.
This thread is( for the most part) completely biased,,,when most of the people on this site have never boarded/or done it enough to know. Everyone will say jus cause your riding "backwards" its harder on skis, but i think riding switch on skis is really fuckin easy, now i wont run any zipper lines switch or anything, but i have tons of friends that board who are fairly good who say its hard as fuck to hit stuff and especially land riding switch.
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Just a couple thoughts.... Think going unnatural on a rail... for me the thing that makes it the most difficult is the lack of confidence in it and the change in where my center of balance needs to be. It is harder to learn how to snowboard then on skis but easier to get proficient in, so this might be similar with going switch. Also at summer X in 2008 Bob Burnquist beat Danny Way on the mega ramp with a 360 indy vs. Danny Way's 540 McTwist with a varial, Mainly, because of the switch landing. I don't think one is harder than the other just different.
For a few years I both skied and snowboarded, and snowboarding switch is definitely harder than skiing switch, it's just way more awkward and it's a completely different feeling than snowboarding forward. However, the blindness factor of skiing switch is a tricky one, but it's only for a second for the most part (if that) and otherwise switch skiing isn't that hard, while snowboarding, yes you can see in front of you at all times, it's just a weird feeling that can't really be described unless you try it's...it's really like trying to write or draw lefty, it's that awkward.