1 August 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Skiing is better than snowboarding

© Robinseed, Wikimedia Commons

Let’s get this straight once and for all: everybody knows that skiing is better than snowboarding. Winter sports wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for those pioneering Norwegians strapping two boards to their feet to glide over the ice and snow. If you want to put both feet on the same board, then you’re better off surfing or skateboarding. In this article you’ll find 10 reasons why skiing is the #1 winter sport. Waiting for snowboarders to strap into their bindings, lending a ski pole on the flat bits, ruined mogul pistes after snowboarders have scraped off all the snow... is there even any point trying to argue otherwise?

1. There's no waiting around when you're skiing

Have you ever skied off a ski lift and straight onto the piste? It’s a glorious feeling, but it’s impossible to do when you have snowboarders in your group. Who invented this inconvenient device that requires strapping in and strapping out of the bindings every time you get on and off the ski lift? Snowboarders are a huge time-suck on your ski day.

No waiting for skiers

Skiers don't need to strap on their bindings every. five. minutes.

2. Skiing is easier to learn

It’s pretty much a given in the winter sports world that skiing is easier to learn than snowboarding. This might have something to do with the fact that skiing doesn’t require you to contort your whole body in an unnatural pose just to face forward. When beginner skiers are already lacing together turn after turn on the blue pistes, snowboarders are still struggling to learn how to carve without falling face-first into the snow.

Skiing is easier to learn than snowboarding

Skiing is easier to learn than snowboarding

3. Lifts are no problem for skiers

Chairlifts are the nightmare of every snowboarder. While skiers just stand up and glide merrily off the lift, snowboarders must figure out how to guide their board off the lift without taking out the poor skier next to them. Drag lifts aren’t any better, with muscles quickly seizing up from the effort of keeping the board on course.

4. No whinging about flat stretches on the mountain

Snowboarders can pretty much forget about accessing half the mountain if they don’t want to take off their snowboard and walk along the flatter routes. While snowboarders must resort to borrowing a ski pole, walking with their board under one arm or jumping energetically to move one inch at a time, skiers whiz happily by without a care in the world.

Snowboarders always get stuck on the flat bits

Snowboarders always get stuck on the flat bits

5. Skiers don't get cold arses

Tired? Take a seat in the snow. Strapping into your bindings? Take a seat in the snow. Waiting for friends? Take a seat in the snow. As it’s almost impossible to stand up straight on a snowboard if you’re not moving, snowboarders wind up spending half the day on their backsides, which is soon freezing cold and wet. Not the ideal setup for a winter sport.

Snowboarders with cold butts

Lovely to have that snow seeping through your back pocket!

6. Skiers aren't so injury-prone

Although skiers go much faster than snowboarders, snowboarders still manage to injure themselves more often. The shoulders, knees and especially the wrists are vulnerable areas – almost half of snowboarding injuries are in the wrists. Might have something to do with all that twisting and turning.

7. Freestyle skiers can pull off better stunts in the snow park

It's just obvious that freestyle stunts look way gnarlier on skis than on a snowboard. On top of that, skis offer so many more possibilities. You can cross them, spread them or even use them to imitate a helicopter. What can snowboarders do? Just grab an edge and that’s it. Booooring.

Skiers rule the terrain park

Skiers rule the terrain park

8. Off-piste is loads more interesting on skis

Yeah, you could argue it looks kind of cool when snowboarders carve big turns down the piste, leaving a cloud of snow behind as they drag along their hands. But nothing beats the beauty of first tracks through off-piste virgin snow on a nice pair of powder skis. Remind us how snowboarders access the backcountry? Oh right, by transforming their splitboard into a pair of skis!

Gorgeous carving through off-piste powder snow

Gorgeous carving through off-piste powder snow

9. The word 'ski' is everywhere

How much more obvious can it get? SKI resort, après-SKI, SKI school, SKI piste, SKI lift, SKI pass, etc. etc. Everything is named after skiing! It just wouldn’t sound right if we had to say après-snowboard. Sounds a little funny.

Snowboarding just doesn

Snowboarding just doesn't have the same ring to it

10. Skiers go faster, higher, further

It's been empirically proven, folks. The results are in: skiers can go faster jump higher and jump further. The world speed record on skis is 255km/h. The world speed record on a snowboard is 203km/h. ‘Nuff said.

Have you crossed over to the dark side? Are these fightin’ words? Keep tuned for 7 reasons why snowboarding is better than skiing!

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!