I am intermediate (greens, blues, blacks, and some double blacks) snowboarder who has been riding for the past three seasons and I feel as though I have come a long way. I can ride powder, some moguls, but have only beginner experience with park. I can shifty and do 180's in (mostly) all four directions (sw bs, sw fs. bs, fs), and I can 50/50 (not even a trick IMO) most boxes. I can also boardslide (though front board is way cooler, I mostly almost always hit my face) and I am super timid on rails.
The point being that I feel like I have it together for only riding a few seasons, and only putting a few months into freestyle, usually hitting rollers on blues and greens for practice.
Since I am still new to this sport, I feel as though I have the advantage when it comes to choosing the winter sport that is right for me. I ride a 156cm NeverSummer Funslinger, advertised as a park board, but totally rips it in the pow, and I really do think I would continue to ride it in pow. While I have little to no trouble keeping up with my friends on skis, there is something about skiing that catches my eye. From hardpack, to park, skiing has way more appeal.
It simply looks more fun; you can go faster, be more agile, turn sharper, spin harder, and rails are just cooler looking on a pair of skis.
To be blunt, I guess my questions are:
Does anyone have any experience with switching from snowboarding to skiing?
Is there any advice an expert skier could give a noob with snowboarding experience?
If I do enjoy skiing (after I rent skis from the local hill and learn the basics)
-deep breath-, what gear should I consider looking at if I want to get into freestyle(so I don't have to purchase multiple skis)?
I'm 5'11, 200lbs, if that helps?
I know this shit isn't easy, but nothing in life is. Thanks NS.
PS: I just built a rail to practice some jibbing (yes, at first on my board, and yes, I still have to build a ramp) and I want you to tell me what you think. Modeled after reading Andy Parry's guide. There are supports in the middle, but you can't see from the picture.